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Then they came for Child Youth and Family

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Date published: 8:05 am, April 2nd, 2015 - 38 comments
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The Government has appointed Paula Restock to head an expert panel tasked to review Child Youth and Family.  Even now the intent appears clear, outsource functions and cut costs.  But if they were determined to improve matters they should reduce child poverty.

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Media Take – on GCSB and spying

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Date published: 9:41 am, April 2nd, 2015 - 1 comment

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Check out the most recent Media Take (Tuesdays on Maori TV), on the GCSB and the consequences of our Pacific spying.

Generous welfare makes people more likely to want to work

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Date published: 7:36 am, April 2nd, 2015 - 14 comments

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Evidence on levels of welfare and willingness to work suggests that yet another nasty fight-wing myth is wrong. Reality and its well known liberal bias strikes again.

Open mike 02/04/2015

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Date published: 6:25 am, April 2nd, 2015 - 32 comments

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Victory for the workers at Cotton On

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Date published: 3:00 pm, April 1st, 2015 - 23 comments

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FIRST Union has announced the ratification of the first ever collective agreement for workers at Cotton On.

April fool Pete George released from ban…

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Date published: 1:53 pm, April 1st, 2015 - 82 comments

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Pete George was released from his ban this morning. Something that he was clearly bracing himself for yesterday when he directly lied about this site yet again…

Fruukd: New Media Venture

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Date published: 11:22 am, April 1st, 2015 - 13 comments

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The Standardista Collective today announced plans for a massive new media venture, Fruukd.

Unintended Consequences

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Date published: 10:09 am, April 1st, 2015 - 122 comments

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Winston Peters is poised to announce who will replace him on the NZ First list. It may even be someone who can lead the party after he retires. There’s one really obvious candidate; an ex MP suffering from relevancy deficit syndrome and keen to get back in the political spotlight. It’s ….

Fast followers – not

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Date published: 7:33 am, April 1st, 2015 - 28 comments

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In which NZ, along with many other countries, flunks the first test of the Paris climate change talks.

Open mike 01/04/2015

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Date published: 6:35 am, April 1st, 2015 - 224 comments

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Is GCSB using increased awareness of mass surveillance to justify mass surveillance?

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Date published: 1:00 pm, March 31st, 2015 - 20 comments

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Denis Tegg has persuaded the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security to inquire whether the GCSB is conducting mass surveillance on the Kafkaesque grounds that the legislation allows this to happen if a party ought reasonably to expect that the communication may be intercepted.

NRT: This does not bode well

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Date published: 12:30 pm, March 31st, 2015 - 22 comments

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I/S at No Right Turn on the way that National is manipulating official environmental reporting to try and conceal the damage…

Drill baby drill will not work

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Date published: 11:14 am, March 31st, 2015 - 25 comments

Cleaning up John Keys mess

Simon Bridges announced yesterday the release of the 2015 block offer. Potentially oil companies could be drilling in deep sea pristine environmental areas off the West Coast where the endangered Maui’s Dolphin lives. He calls for a “mixed balance” of energy generation. But all this means is that he wants the good mixed with the bad.

Leadership and loyalty

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Date published: 7:45 am, March 31st, 2015 - 55 comments

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Key ran out on failed candidate Mike Osborne in Northland, just like he ran out on Melissa Lee in Mt Albert.

Open mike 31/03/2015

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Date published: 6:30 am, March 31st, 2015 - 162 comments

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Bait and switch

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Date published: 10:58 pm, March 30th, 2015 - 62 comments

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Congratulations to Labour for a very clever strategy in the Northland by-election – lulling and gulling John Key into thinking they were going to run a conventional proxy-partyvote campaign, where National would have the upper hand.  Key, the rockstar politician, also thought Andrew Little would be on the training wheels.  He got that badly wrong; Little’s handling was superb.

Have your say on our electoral system

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Date published: 3:22 pm, March 30th, 2015 - 24 comments

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Make a submission about how our voting system should be improved.

RMA backdown?

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Date published: 12:43 pm, March 30th, 2015 - 32 comments

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If this is accurate it is good news for the RMA and good news for NZ…

Sledging sucks

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Date published: 11:01 am, March 30th, 2015 - 33 comments

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Hey, all you folk angry with Aussie cricket team sledging – how do you put up with John Key PM?

Twelve mistakes National made in Northland

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Date published: 7:39 am, March 30th, 2015 - 86 comments

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There are many specific reasons why National lost Northland, but arrogance is the thread running through all of them.

Open mike 30/03/2015

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Date published: 6:30 am, March 30th, 2015 - 335 comments

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CWC15 Final

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Date published: 3:34 pm, March 29th, 2015 - 65 comments

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Big day for NZ cricket – all the best to the Black Caps!

LocalBodies: Northland speaks and National still isn’t listening

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Date published: 2:22 pm, March 29th, 2015 - 25 comments

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Steven Joyce is adamant that Northland was unique and what it really needed was improved infrastructure such as roads and broadband. Joyce has a narrow, blinkered view of the world. Sadly the election defeat didn’t remove his blinkers or open his eyes to look at Northlands real needs.

Crowdfunding Scoop – last chance

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Date published: 11:38 am, March 29th, 2015 - No comments

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If you value independent news and investigative journalism please go and give them a hand at Pledgeme

Some random thoughts on the Northland result

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Date published: 9:51 am, March 29th, 2015 - 62 comments

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Winston Peters’ win in Northland yesterday was based on turnout that was significantly higher than turnout for any other recent by election.  And occurred in no small part because of some adept handling of messaging of support by Andrew Little.

Open mike 29/03/2015

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Date published: 8:05 am, March 29th, 2015 - 126 comments

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By-elections are FPP

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Date published: 10:38 pm, March 28th, 2015 - 24 comments

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Paddy Gower and Duncan Garner don’t understand our electoral system: “that’s MMP”. By-elections are pure First Past the Post – and that’s why Andrew Little didn’t need to do a deal, and Northland doesn’t stink like Epsom.

Random observations

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Date published: 9:27 pm, March 28th, 2015 - 19 comments

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A selection of the wit and wisdom of Twitter tonight. Compare and contrast the Labour and National leaders.

Winston takes Northland

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Date published: 8:30 pm, March 28th, 2015 - 309 comments

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Is anyone else experiencing a bit of political shellshock?

The Northland Buy Election

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Date published: 7:01 pm, March 28th, 2015 - 201 comments

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A post to allow for the discussion of the Northland Buy Election result.

International reaction to our spying

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Date published: 8:37 am, March 28th, 2015 - 77 comments

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How are other nations going to react to our spying on them? Key’s response when the question arose in Korea was very typical of him – bullshit and bluster. So far Brazil, Fiji, and Latin American countries have all proved him wrong.

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