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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

Misogyny party checklist

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

AreYouAnAnarchist

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.

English: it’s all the planners’ fault

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 30th, 2015 - 23 comments

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A guest post from Ad analysing Bill English’s speech where he blames planners for Auckland’s housing woes.

Green Politics

Written By: - Date published: 5:19 pm, September 25th, 2015 - 203 comments

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Think the Green Party have just sold out and will do a deal with National next election? Think again…

Guest Post – Hawkes Bay is GE free

Written By: - Date published: 9:41 am, September 14th, 2015 - 26 comments

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A guest post by Ad on the Hawkes Bay’s decision to prohibit under its District Plan the release or the conducting of field trials of GM crops and animals.

Serco – the company that fails at providing public services

Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, August 30th, 2015 - 34 comments

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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.

No, National shouldn’t have balanced the books.

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, August 28th, 2015 - 34 comments

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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.”

Guest post: How the left should respond to financial crises

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, August 27th, 2015 - 136 comments

Keep calm vote left

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.

In face of share market meltdown, Govt’s options limited

Written By: - Date published: 7:15 am, August 26th, 2015 - 54 comments

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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.

Like Solid Energy, hubris behind Landcorp’s predicament

Written By: - Date published: 2:22 pm, August 22nd, 2015 - 54 comments

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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?

Radicals, Reformists or Revolutionaries? Ideologies of the Left.

Written By: - Date published: 7:19 am, August 14th, 2015 - 62 comments

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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.

Labour did it too

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, August 12th, 2015 - 13 comments

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Tautoko Mangō Mata has discovered the words to a mystery song buried deep in a Crosby Textor staff manual.

Guest post: The flag – a change is gonna come

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, August 4th, 2015 - 169 comments

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A guest post by Enzo Giordani about why progressives should support a change in the flag and showing his proposal for a new flag.

Deborah McMillan’s story

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, August 3rd, 2015 - 36 comments

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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.

Guest Post: Sneaky and sudden Government move on genetic engineering

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, July 31st, 2015 - 166 comments

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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.

Guest Post – What is Little’s vision for New Zealand?

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, July 3rd, 2015 - 111 comments

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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.

The Responsibilities of Government

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, June 14th, 2015 - 45 comments

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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!

Housing Bubble

Written By: - Date published: 11:11 am, June 13th, 2015 - 94 comments

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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

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