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Stopping the clock

Written By: - Date published: 11:11 pm, June 22nd, 2016 - 21 comments

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John Key’s refused to stop the clock on Kiwi workers losing a million dollars a day. That’s a mistake.

Guest Post: How to preserve workers’ entitlements to past holiday pay

Written By: - Date published: 5:05 pm, June 22nd, 2016 - 8 comments

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Eva Hartshorn-Sanders on the background to the Holiday Leave Protection Bill, why it is important for the Bill to be passed into law and what you can do to support it.

Guest post: Corie Haddock on the homeless crisis

Written By: - Date published: 9:45 am, June 18th, 2016 - 52 comments

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Co chair of the New Zealand Coalition to end homelessness Corie Haddock writes about the causes and implications of New Zealand’s homelessness crisis.

How about a bit of balance on Hillary Clinton?

Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, June 13th, 2016 - 275 comments

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I think it’s time we stopped buying into the Trump-ite view of Hillary Clinton.

Indigenous Perspectives

Written By: - Date published: 1:55 pm, May 29th, 2016 - 30 comments

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“It is possible to live in a society with a world view that does not include empire”

– Winona LaDuke

Interview with William Black

Written By: - Date published: 7:15 am, May 15th, 2016 - 29 comments

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William Black consented to a rare interview with a young New Zealand local radio host and longtime Standard commenter.

It Feels Kinda Half Baked.

Written By: - Date published: 11:06 am, May 13th, 2016 - 26 comments

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Maybe you didn’t hear that this week is NZ sign language week…

Climate Change Change Pt 1: What are we waiting for?

Written By: - Date published: 9:20 am, May 3rd, 2016 - 48 comments

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Before government spending cuts there was The Riot for Austerity, a grass roots Climate Change movement that showed how it was possible for ordinary people to change and significantly reduce their carbon emissions without someone forcing them to.

Justin Lester: begging is a social issue, not a crime

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, April 9th, 2016 - 50 comments

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The Auckland local government race isn’t the only one where begging is becoming a top issue.

Deborah Russell: What’s going on with foreign trusts?

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, April 5th, 2016 - 63 comments

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Deborah Russell provides expert analysis and commentary on the treatment of foreign trusts in New Zealand and how there is actually a loophole.

Will the Republicans have the courage of their gun convictions?

Written By: - Date published: 10:20 am, March 29th, 2016 - 20 comments

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Will the Republicans have the courage of their convictions and allow open carry at their approaching Convention?

Guest Post: Government’s multi billion dollar lies

Written By: - Date published: 7:44 am, March 20th, 2016 - 39 comments

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Amakiwi analyses why foreign corporations are hurting New Zealand’s economy and questions why they should be allowed the estimate their profitability.

Don’t stress, our banks will be ok – RBNZ

Written By: - Date published: 4:34 pm, March 16th, 2016 - 36 comments

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Guest Post: by Simon Louisson The news for cow cockies and the wider dairy industry just gets grimmer and grimmer, but relax everyone, the banks will be fine, according to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand today. On a day when prices fell another 2.9 percent in Global Dairy Trade auction and Fonterra announced it […]

Local democracy just got screwed

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, March 15th, 2016 - 31 comments

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If the RMA Amendment Bill goes through, then community groups all over the country are going to become intimately acquainted with just how badly they have been shafted by Mr Smith and his accomplices.

RB snaps awake, jolts markets

Written By: - Date published: 3:06 pm, March 10th, 2016 - 49 comments

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Simon Louisson on the Reserve Bank’s surprise announcement to reduce the official cash rate by 25 points.

Fonterra faces liquidity issues as rivers of “white oil” dry up

Written By: - Date published: 5:47 pm, March 8th, 2016 - 141 comments

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Pundits, most residing in the National Party, just three years ago predicted the economy would surf high on “rivers of white oil” flowing from the dairy industry, but they now have cow pats splattered on their faces as Fonterra today announced another payout downgrade and signalled liquidity pressures.

Fight to save Christchurch’s trees

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, February 9th, 2016 - 50 comments

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Christchurch has already lost so much. Now its “notable trees” are threatened. A small group is fighting to save them. Please help spread the word, or make a donation.

The toxic masculinity of Return of Kings

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, February 4th, 2016 - 28 comments

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John Palethorpe on the Return of Kings group and plans to oppose their misogynist view and celebrate by way of a peaceful counter protest.

What they don’t tell you about the TPPA

Written By: - Date published: 7:07 pm, February 3rd, 2016 - 146 comments

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When a government prepares to surrender a share of its sovereignty, you would expect a compelling reason for doing so. No country would accept limits on its law-making power without an equal trade-off, surely? Well, no country except New Zealand. The TPPA places substantial limits on the government’s law-making powers while offering very little in return.

Is RBNZ ignoring deflation bogey?

Written By: - Date published: 6:52 am, January 29th, 2016 - 71 comments

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Is Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler so concerned about the bogey of Auckland’s housing bubble that he is underestimating an equally nasty bogey – deflation? Deflation will certainly cure the problem of the property bubble, but that cure will be at a terrible cost.

Keep Calm and Carry On

Written By: - Date published: 9:13 am, January 25th, 2016 - 135 comments

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Regular commenter Paul rounds up the links you need to read to prepare yourself for the coming second GFC. National won’t be able to pass this one on to future generations by loading NZ up with crippling debt. We’ll be paying for GFC2 economically, socially and personally, right here, right now.

Musings on Dead Cats and Sick Parrots

Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, January 24th, 2016 - 99 comments

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A self explanatory post by McFlock.

John Key – the White Ribbon Ambassador

Written By: - Date published: 12:03 pm, December 28th, 2015 - 278 comments

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A comprehensive run through of behaviours and attitudes associated with a White Ribbon ambassador.

Guest Post: Employment and Unemployment

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, December 26th, 2015 - 46 comments

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Incognito on the meaning of work and unemployment at a time of increasing change.

Child poverty has been monitored – now what?

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, December 18th, 2015 - 104 comments

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A guest post from McFlock on what we might do about poverty when the talking’s done.

The mantra of ‘Poor Choices’

Written By: - Date published: 1:45 pm, December 12th, 2015 - 195 comments

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It is that time of year when poor people realise just how poor they really are – the season for giving, the season to be jolly. Well that may be so for some of us, but some people will be working on Christmas day instead of spending time with loved ones. These will probably be […]

Sua William Sio: COP21 and the Pacific Islands

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 12th, 2015 - 25 comments

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Labour MP and associate spokesperson for Foreign Affairs (Pacific Climate Change) Sua William Sio describes the repercussions of a COP21 conference that does not agree to limiting global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees.

There is Hope.

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, November 10th, 2015 - 65 comments

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Anarchism, past and present.

Poverty’s Beneficiaries.

Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, November 8th, 2015 - 68 comments

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While pondering this post, I was pointed to a post from last year, in which poverty and the cost of breakfast were on the agenda. Stephanie was writing in response to the ignorance of Nikki Kaye who claimed that giving affordable nutritious breakfast to children was easy. While I haven’t taken the time to read all of the comments on the subject, I thought Stephanie proved the point quite aptly that the reality is far different than the hypothetical world of poverty in which Nikki Kaye lives.

Food Bank Charity

Written By: - Date published: 4:45 pm, October 30th, 2015 - 97 comments

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Guest post from Kōrero Pono on the politics and ethics of food banks.

Guest post: Auckland’s transport towards next year

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, October 1st, 2015 - 18 comments

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Ad discusses Auckland transport projects likely to be introduced over the next 12 months.

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