Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, February 9th, 2016 - 50 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 7:07 pm, February 3rd, 2016 - 146 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 6:52 am, January 29th, 2016 - 71 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 9:13 am, January 25th, 2016 - 135 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 12:03 pm, December 28th, 2015 - 278 comments
A comprehensive run through of behaviours and attitudes associated with a White Ribbon ambassador.
Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, December 18th, 2015 - 104 comments
A guest post from McFlock on what we might do about poverty when the talking’s done.
Written By: - Date published: 1:45 pm, December 12th, 2015 - 195 comments
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 […]
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 12th, 2015 - 25 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, November 8th, 2015 - 68 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, October 1st, 2015 - 18 comments
Ad discusses Auckland transport projects likely to be introduced over the next 12 months.
Written By: - Date published: 5:19 pm, September 25th, 2015 - 203 comments
Think the Green Party have just sold out and will do a deal with National next election? Think again…
Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, August 30th, 2015 - 34 comments
They were, until a few months ago, the biggest company you’d never heard of. They failed in the UK, they failed in Australia and they’ve failed here in our prisons. But they are still making good profits here. They’re a company dedicated, it seems, to making a profit while failing to deliver lots of different public services. We don’t need or want them here.
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, August 28th, 2015 - 34 comments
Simon Louisson recently made a post about National’s profligacy, and all of the debt they have racked up. Guest poster Michael disagrees with Simon and says that “Yes, National was profligate.” and “No, National should not have balanced the books.”
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, August 27th, 2015 - 136 comments
In a guest post Ad suggests that in this time of crisis the left should set out a plan for handling the crisis, rather than hoping that a new order will emerge.
Written By: - Date published: 7:15 am, August 26th, 2015 - 54 comments
John Key says New Zealand has options in the face of a share market meltdown and is not like Greece (well that’s a relief). Simon Louisson asks how real are John Key’s options? Thanks to this Government’s profligate past spending, including irresponsible tax cuts, our options have narrowed drastically.
Written By: - Date published: 2:22 pm, August 22nd, 2015 - 54 comments
Solid Energy was this month placed in Voluntary Administration following its financial collapse. Landcorp may not be in quite the same pit as the coal miner, but negative cash-flow and rising debt likely mean it has breached banking covenants. It may be forced to sell good assets at the bottom of the market. Simon Louisson questions why?
Written By: - Date published: 7:19 am, August 14th, 2015 - 62 comments
James Gluck is doing an academic study of the ideologies that exist on the left. He is asking for those interested to participate in a anonymous online survey.
Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, August 12th, 2015 - 13 comments
Tautoko Mangō Mata has discovered the words to a mystery song buried deep in a Crosby Textor staff manual.
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, August 3rd, 2015 - 36 comments
Deborah McMillan’s husband and Skyla McMillan’s dad Shane was killed in a workplace accident five years ago. They are part of a campaign to strengthen the currently weakened health and safety legislation.
Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, July 31st, 2015 - 166 comments
A guest post on a Government attempt to change the Resource Management Act to prevent local councils from restricting the planting of genetically engineered trees.
Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, July 3rd, 2015 - 111 comments
A guest post from Ad following up from Mandy Hager’s recent post on Andrew Little exploring the question on what should be Labour’s, the Green’s and New Zealand First’s vision for New Zealand’s future.
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, June 14th, 2015 - 45 comments
The death of Emma-Lita Bourne is not just a personal tragedy for the family: it is an event that should make New Zealand angry with the powerful people in our society who control the purse strings. They are responsible for condemning thousands of children to life-threatening conditions. And they are doing it in our name!
Written By: - Date published: 11:11 am, June 13th, 2015 - 94 comments
There is always a need for rental properties and the idea that there is not enough supply again comes from the inability for people to purchase housing themselves. This swells the demand above and beyond. So should the Government try to stop people becoming landlords? Of course not. But to raise the standard of living that a landlord must provide will slow demand and give better housing