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Nanaia Mahuta – live Q&A

Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, October 30th, 2014 - 44 comments

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A statement from Nanaia Mahuta concerning the Labour Leadership contest.  She should be available to answer questions this afternoon between 2 pm and 3 pm.

Open mike 30/10/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, October 30th, 2014 - 225 comments

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Meet Nanaia and Andrew in West Auckland this weekend

Written By: - Date published: 11:44 pm, October 29th, 2014 - 40 comments

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Labour West are hosting an event this weekend where you can meet two of the Labour leadership candidates.

Roast busters – not prosecuted?

Written By: - Date published: 2:13 pm, October 29th, 2014 - 182 comments

From: https://www.dartmouth.edu/sexualabuse/educated/bringing_in_the_bystander/rape_culture.html

“A lack of evidence”. Seriously?

Update: Confirmed.

Dairy Workers back Andrew Little

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, October 29th, 2014 - 35 comments

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The Dairy Workers Union has officially endorsed Andrew Little’s bid for the Labour leadership.

ImperatorFish: There appears to be an off button

Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, October 29th, 2014 - 16 comments

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Scott wonders how we can get around the wonder of whether John Key is currently Prime Minister

Bat Bean Beam: Dirty journalism

Written By: - Date published: 7:07 am, October 29th, 2014 - 32 comments

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Giovanni Tiso on Bat Bean Beam is pulling at the threads of the connections between National’s dirty politics and journalism.

Open mike 29/10/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:52 am, October 29th, 2014 - 156 comments

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NRT: Cronyism in Christchurch II

Written By: - Date published: 6:39 pm, October 28th, 2014 - 18 comments

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Back in August, National announced they were handing a $284 million contract to build a new convention centre in Christchurch to a consortium which included the Speaker’s brother. From the outside, it looks like cronyism, if not outright corruption…

Emmerson – The bloodsucker’s treat

Written By: - Date published: 11:51 am, October 28th, 2014 - 6 comments

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Questions for the candidates

Written By: - Date published: 10:28 am, October 28th, 2014 - 117 comments

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The live Q&A sessions have been great, but we would like to put some written questions to each of the Labour leadership candidates, so that more detailed answers can be compared. Suggestions please…

Open mike 28/10/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:48 am, October 28th, 2014 - 167 comments

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Save our tea breaks

Written By: - Date published: 7:49 am, October 27th, 2014 - 60 comments

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Labour hopes to collect signatures for this petition over Labour Weekend…

Open mike 27/10/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, October 27th, 2014 - 137 comments

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Open mike is your post. The Standard is not a conspiracy – just a welcome outlet for the expression of views. Leaders that command respect will not be undermined by this. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Andrew Little’s Palmerston North Speech

Written By: - Date published: 2:18 pm, October 26th, 2014 - 38 comments

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Video and the transcript of Andrew Little’s speech at the Palmerston North Labour Leadership meeting

NRT: National lets Shell drill illegally

Written By: - Date published: 10:28 am, October 26th, 2014 - 14 comments

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Illegal drilling in our “Exclusive Economic Zone” gets let off with a “warning”.

Open mike 26/10/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:36 am, October 26th, 2014 - 93 comments

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Is the Prime Minister in the House?

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 pm, October 25th, 2014 - 14 comments

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Or is the leader of the National Party? Or a husband? Or a ‘private citizen’? Or a…

Have a coffee and a yarn with Andrew Little on Labour Day (Auckland)

Written By: - Date published: 3:48 pm, October 25th, 2014 - 17 comments

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Servo Cafe, Te Atatu, 2:30 on Monday 27 October.

Open mike 25/10/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:28 am, October 25th, 2014 - 86 comments

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NRT: Political interference at Maori Television

Written By: - Date published: 5:04 pm, October 24th, 2014 - 11 comments

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A government-owned television channel arranges an interview with a former opposition MP, but the government-appointed CEO spikes it. Something from Russia or Cuba maybe? No – according to Hone Harawira its happening right here in New Zealand. National’s specially appointed CEO Paora Maxwell apparently personally doing the gagging of a previously independent Native Affairs show.

Weekend social 24/10/2014

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, October 24th, 2014 - 21 comments

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Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever. No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

Open mike 24/10/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, October 24th, 2014 - 137 comments

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Open mike is your post.  The Standard is not a conspiracy – just a welcome outlet for the expression of views. Leaders that command respect will not be undermined by this.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).  Step up to the mike …

Save our tea breaks

Written By: - Date published: 2:50 pm, October 23rd, 2014 - 97 comments

Fisher on the OIA arms race

Written By: - Date published: 11:26 am, October 23rd, 2014 - 27 comments

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Over at Public Address, Herald reporter David Fisher has written a long and fascinating piece on his experiences in getting access to public information. Short form – NZ has over the last 25 years gone from a good place to a very bad place indeed.

Cullen endorses Robertson

Written By: - Date published: 6:50 am, October 23rd, 2014 - 137 comments

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Grant Robertson picked up a heavyweight endorsement yesterday.

Open mike 23/10/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:40 am, October 23rd, 2014 - 193 comments

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Open mike is your post. The Standard is not a conspiracy – just a welcome outlet for the expression of views. Leaders that command respect will not be undermined by this. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Question time this year

Written By: - Date published: 2:44 pm, October 22nd, 2014 - 68 comments

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Question time this year isn’t going to be much fun for Dirty John. Here’s today’s Question 3 as told by Twitter.

Open mike 22/10/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:35 am, October 22nd, 2014 - 122 comments

Gough Whitlam

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NRT: National’s failure on housing

Written By: - Date published: 1:54 pm, October 21st, 2014 - 25 comments

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A year ago National rammed through special housing areas promising 9000 homes consented in the first year under it. Over the last year they have managed to build 5 and consented 294. Nick Smith fails maths yet again. This year 13,000 – yeah right!

Open mike 21/10/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:35 am, October 21st, 2014 - 150 comments

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    Scoop politics | 11-11
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    Scoop politics | 11-11
  • Claim that Paedophiles Can’t be Rehabilitated is Nonsense
    “Garth McVicar’s claim that there is no known cure for paedophilia, and that paedophiles cannot be either cured or rehabilitated is absolute nonsense, and he knows it”, says Rethinking spokesperson Kim Workman. McVicar, spokesperson for...
    Scoop politics | 11-11
  • Smith / Traynor debacle leaves many questions to be answered
    How can it be that a convicted killer and paedophile can appear in Court and be found guilty of crimes under a name that is not legally his? – McVicar The Justice Spokesman for the Conservative Party says the plot...
    Scoop politics | 11-11
  • Pilots React to Eagle Air flights being abolished
    The New Zealand Airline Pilots Association has responded to Air New Zealand's announcement that by 2016 the beech 19 seat fleet will be abolished....
    Scoop politics | 11-11
  • Farm leaders critical of Air New Zealand cutbacks
    The impending abolition of Air New Zealand services to and between provincial centres has been condemned by Federated Farmers leaders in the affected regions. “Kaitaia is a typical example of how National will not support Northland,” according to...
    Scoop politics | 11-11
  • Britain and Germany join for Armistice Day commemoration
    Britain and Germany have joined together for a special Armistice Day commemoration at Parliament this evening (Tuesday Nov 11)....
    Scoop politics | 11-11
  • Changes to Temporary Releases
    “Temporary releases from prison of prisoners will be suspended, for at least the next fortnight,” says Corrections Chief Executive Ray Smith....
    Scoop politics | 11-11
  • Match-fixing bill – Select Committee removes a loophole
    A potential loophole in the Crimes (Match-fixing) Amendment Bill will be mended by making it clear that any sporting manipulation done with the intent to influence a betting outcome will be a crime....
    Scoop politics | 11-11
  • Partnership Schools: The Path to Quality Education
    This is the second issue of what will be a regular newsletter, commenting on and reacting to political and other issues. On this occasion, the topic is the ongoing journey that Partnership Schools face as they improve standards and face...
    Scoop politics | 11-11
  • Phillip Smith investigation now focused on Brazil
    This is believed to be the last known destination of Mr Smith, who transited through Santiago in Chile where he was ticketed on to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil....
    Scoop politics | 11-11
  • Eagle Air closure to cost high value jobs in Hamilton
    More than thirty aircraft engineers in Hamilton may lose their jobs following Air New Zealand’s announcement today that it plans to close subsidiary Eagle Air. Eagle Air is a regional airline which flies under Air New Zealand’s Link brand, servicing...
    Scoop politics | 11-11
  • InternetNZ supports President Obama’s plan
    Overnight, US President Barack Obama made some startling announcements about his plan for an open and free Internet....
    Scoop politics | 11-11
  • Joyce Incubates Whole New Method of Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the announcement from Science & Innovation Minister, Steven Joyce, that Callahan Innovation's expanding business incubator network has granted its' first interest free grant, Taxpayers' Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 11-11
  • Armistice Day Peace Vigils
    On Armistice Day 2014, the second in the series of peace vigils that will take place three times each year during the World War One centenary will be held in Hokianga, Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Otaki, Lower Hutt, Wellington, Takaka...
    Scoop politics | 10-11
  • Tough times mean people more likely to turn to gods
    A major new cross-disciplinary study has found strong evidence that human cultures in poorer environments are more likely to believe in moralising, high gods....
    Scoop politics | 10-11
  • TPP misses another deadline at APEC meeting
    “Leaders from the 12-nation TPP negotiations meeting on the sidelines of the larger APEC meeting, have missed yet another deadline to close the deal. This partly reflects the influence on governments of public resistance to the US TPP agenda. This...
    Scoop politics | 10-11
  • Inquiry Stands By Robustness of Economic Impact Study
    The Glenn Inquiry stands by the robustness of the study it commissioned on the economic impacts of child abuse and intimate partner violence “Measuring the Economic Costs of Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence in New Zealand.”...
    Scoop politics | 10-11
  • Kaipatiki Residents Get Short Changed … Again
    This has been an expensive week to live in the North Shore! Kaipatiki Local Board members Lorene Pigg, John Gillon, and Dr. Grant Gillon are deeply concerned around the affordability of the crippling rates increase combined with the proposed motorway...
    Scoop politics | 10-11
  • Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    The chairperson of the Government Administration Committee is inviting submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is 30 January 2015....
    Scoop politics | 10-11
  • Research shows disparity between tax paid by women and men
    Research from Victoria University of Wellington examining taxation and government welfare spending by age and gender in New Zealand shows that women pay less tax than men over their lifetime and receive more government assistance. According to researchers...
    Scoop politics | 10-11
  • Violence costs women, children and the New Zealand economy
    Violence costs women, children and the New Zealand economy The Glenn Inquiry economic impact study, ‘ Measuring the Economic Costs of Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence in New Zealand’ released today, shows that the cost of family violence...
    Scoop politics | 10-11
  • Stats staff welcome new minister with red letter
    Staff at Statistics New Zealand will welcome their new minister Craig Foss today but instead of smiles and handshakes they’ll be handing over a letter detailing the breakdown of pay talks and the industrial action that has been in place...
    Scoop politics | 10-11
  • The cost of violence is too high for us to ignore
    “The release of Glenn Inquiry report into the rising costs of family violence is sobering and timely,” says White Ribbon Campaign Manager Rob McCann. “The violence can’t be ignored and this report is a further wakeup call that we need...
    Scoop politics | 10-11
  • Building NZ’s reputation as a leader in food safety in China
    BEIJING, 10 November 2014 – New Zealand Government owned AsureQuality and PwC’s New Zealand and China firms are cooperating with COFCO, China’s largest agricultural and food products supplier, to continually improve China’s food safety and quality....
    Scoop politics | 10-11
  • Auckland Welsh Choir’s benefit concert will support CPAG
    Child Poverty Action Group is delighted to have been chosen as the recipients of a benefit concert by the Auckland Welsh Choir and the Devonport Chamber Orchestra....
    Scoop politics | 10-11
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