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Live long and prosper

Written By: - Date published: 1:07 pm, February 28th, 2015 - 12 comments

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Nats laundering donations (as ever)

Written By: - Date published: 10:09 am, February 28th, 2015 - 21 comments

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National have found new ways to launder their donations. Makes you wonder what they’re hiding.

Public support for the Iraq deployment (In which the insightful and knowledgable Mike Hosking springs to the defence of the embattled PM!)

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, February 27th, 2015 - 87 comments

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Despite the best efforts of Mike Hosking, the poll numbers tell us that Kiwis have lost their historical appetite for this kind of misadventure.

Obama vetos Keystone pipeline

Written By: - Date published: 10:42 am, February 26th, 2015 - 8 comments

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Too little, too late, but a victory the environment (and for sanity) none the less.

National’s fruit flies

Written By: - Date published: 7:13 am, February 24th, 2015 - 73 comments

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Brook Sabin pulls no punches laying the blame for the fruit fly outbreak at National’s feet. Key’s attempted denial is some of his worst work ever.

The Save Invermay Campaign

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, February 23rd, 2015 - 8 comments

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National is letting the regions wither. None more so than (Labour voting) Dunedin, with the closure of the Hillside Workshop, the underfunding of Dunedin Hospital, and the planned closure of the agricultural research center at near-by Invermay. Check out Dunedin North MP David Clark’s video update on Invermay.

Three polls is a trend

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, February 23rd, 2015 - 79 comments

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That’s the third poll this year to have Labour well up to 30% range.

Christchurch four years on

Written By: - Date published: 12:41 pm, February 22nd, 2015 - 42 comments

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It will soon be four years to the minute since the most destructive and deadly Canterbury / Christchurch earthquake. Condolences to the friends and families of the dead. Greetings to all who lived through it and remember.

Charter schools mess – what a surprise

Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, February 21st, 2015 - 193 comments

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One of National’s first five charter schools is a failure, and applications for new charter schools have been cancelled. Who could have predicted such a mess? Just about everybody…

Another Roy Morgan

Written By: - Date published: 7:20 am, February 21st, 2015 - 77 comments

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Another Roy Morgan poll out late last night makes decent reading for Little, Labour and the left.

The Telegraph scandal

Written By: - Date published: 7:17 am, February 20th, 2015 - 21 comments

money into pocket

Recent events at The Telegraph in the UK are symptomatic of the slow death of journalism.

Calling Mr Gower – more late payments!

Written By: - Date published: 9:49 am, February 19th, 2015 - 203 comments

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Apparently Mr Gower worked himself up into an unseemly state of excitement with a chance to stick it to Andrew Little on the telly last night. Here are some more cases of late payments he might be interested in looking in to…

Free houses?

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, February 17th, 2015 - 188 comments

National government state house sales Tamaki Housing Group

That may be what it takes to interest charities in becoming “social housing” providers.

Principled stands from Little

Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, February 17th, 2015 - 153 comments

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It’s looking more and more like Labour has found the right leader at last.

Hide vs anonymous editorial on Sabin

Written By: - Date published: 12:44 pm, February 16th, 2015 - 51 comments

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Rodney Hide vs The Herald’s anonymous apologist on National’s mishandling of Sabin, and what it means for our democracy.

The truth about The Standard

Written By: - Date published: 7:50 am, February 15th, 2015 - 258 comments

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There are some persistent lies and a lot of nonsense written about this blog. The truth is really simple…

The drought

Written By: - Date published: 7:43 am, February 13th, 2015 - 37 comments

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Drought has been declared for a huge region of the South Island. Weather extremes are going to be the new normal – why aren’t we adapting?

Another week another banking scandal

Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, February 12th, 2015 - 91 comments

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Another big tax evasion scandal with links to NZ. Don’t expect the government to spend any time looking in to this.

Salvation Army – State of the Nation

Written By: - Date published: 9:42 am, February 11th, 2015 - 18 comments

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This morning the Salvation Army released their state of the nation report – A Mountain All Can Climb. It is mixed news, and most coverage has focused on the impact of the housing crisis.

Locking in housing inequality

Written By: - Date published: 3:20 pm, February 9th, 2015 - 37 comments

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We are in the process of locking in inequality through the intergenerational ownership of housing, thus squeezing more and more mobility out of society.

Hide vs Armstrong on Sabin

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, February 9th, 2015 - 114 comments

Hide and Key

In which Rodney Hide writes the column that The Herald’s senior political reporter should have written…

Unemployment up

Written By: - Date published: 2:27 pm, February 4th, 2015 - 40 comments

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We need a much better analysis of what kinds of jobs and conditions are out there in NZ, crude figures are not telling us enough.

Abbot in trouble

Written By: - Date published: 9:11 am, February 3rd, 2015 - 22 comments

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Seems like Australian PM Tony Abbot might be facing a leadership challenge.

How do the Greens grow their base?

Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, February 3rd, 2015 - 105 comments

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Following on from yesterday’s discussion of the future for Labour – what next for the Greens?

How does Labour keep the momentum?

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, February 2nd, 2015 - 216 comments

Andrew Little

Labour have bounced back well from the disastrous election result. But how do they keep up the momentum?

Little’s leadership

Written By: - Date published: 11:09 am, February 1st, 2015 - 95 comments

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Two positive pieces in The Herald today on Andrew Little’s leadership.

PM’s science award winners on the sell-off

Written By: - Date published: 11:51 am, January 31st, 2015 - 27 comments

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“The Government’s continuing attempts to divest itself of state housing overlook the enormous benefits to society which these homes produce in alleviating severe housing shortages. They were built up by successive generations of New Zealanders, and to “sell them off” under the pretence of efficiency is a disservice to all of us, whether we’re homeowners or renters.”

Questions on Key’s housing sell-off

Written By: - Date published: 7:12 am, January 30th, 2015 - 71 comments

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Key’s state house asset sale policy doesn’t make sense at any level, and the questions are piling up…

Forgetting what the game is for

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, January 29th, 2015 - 19 comments

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The Herald’s coverage of yesterday’s speeches gives us the opposite extremes of journalism. But the headline slot goes to the superficialities of the game, and spinning for their man Key at all costs.

Greece to reclaim its future?

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, January 27th, 2015 - 248 comments

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Greece has voted to reclaim its future from the banks.

The image of farming

Written By: - Date published: 10:10 am, January 25th, 2015 - 98 comments

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Farmers are copping stick for doing what the rest of us are doing. We all need to change, not just them.

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