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London elects Muslim mayor

Written By: - Date published: 2:04 pm, May 7th, 2016 - 25 comments

Sadiq Khan London Mayor

“Tooting MP becomes first Muslim mayor of an EU capital after beating Tory Zac Goldsmith by 57% to 43%”

Open mike 07/05/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 7th, 2016 - 37 comments

omt

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Daily Review 06/05/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, May 6th, 2016 - 4 comments

John Key at the end of the day

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Another Panama dump on NZ links

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, May 6th, 2016 - 80 comments

key panama lie

Australia’s Financial Review has just published more details of NZ’s starring role as tax haven in the Panama Papers.

Update: Claims that Key’s lawyer never dealt with Mossack Fonseca seem to be – untrue.

NRT: A Poor Choice

Written By: - Date published: 2:55 pm, May 6th, 2016 - 26 comments

no-right-turn-thumb

I/S at No Right Turn on the irony of sending Judith “Minister of Corruption” Collins to an an anti-corruption summit in London next week.

Slane on burning our reputation

Written By: - Date published: 9:42 am, May 6th, 2016 - 10 comments

slane-listener-burning-reputation

Open mike 06/05/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 6th, 2016 - 151 comments

omt

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Daily Review 05/05/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, May 5th, 2016 - 38 comments

Peter Dutton Hannibal lecter

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Little’s Healthy Homes Bill passes first reading

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 5th, 2016 - 22 comments

HealthyHomes

Last night Andrew Little’s Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill passed it’s first reading. Bravo to Andrew Little, Labour, The Greens, NZF, The Maori Party, and Peter Dunne, who voted in support.

Open mike 05/05/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 5th, 2016 - 39 comments

omt

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Daily Review 04/05/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, May 4th, 2016 - 22 comments

weeldonmoet

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Little’s Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill up today

Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, May 4th, 2016 - 29 comments

Healthy Homes

And this time it might get through.

Open mike 04/05/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 4th, 2016 - 117 comments

omt

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Daily Review 03/05/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:02 pm, May 3rd, 2016 - 28 comments

Bankers united

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We’re number one!

Written By: - Date published: 7:55 am, May 3rd, 2016 - 34 comments

housing-number-one

Open mike 03/05/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 3rd, 2016 - 68 comments

omt

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Daily Review – 02/05/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, May 2nd, 2016 - 32 comments

John Key was not me I wasnt there

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Open mike 02/05/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 2nd, 2016 - 44 comments

omt

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Dunne concerned about “extremely damaging” tax haven label – years too late

Written By: - Date published: 3:35 pm, May 1st, 2016 - 50 comments

key panama lie 220

Peter Dunne is concerned about the ‘extremely damaging’ tax haven label. Guyon Espiner points out that he used to call it ‘legitimate tax avoidance’.

Garner – government “missing in action”

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, May 1st, 2016 - 47 comments

key fail

Duncan Garner reckons the government is “missing in action” on housing. Similar pieces could be written about poverty, pollution, the rising debt, carbon emissions, the use of NZ as a tax haven, etc.

Open mike 01/05/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 1st, 2016 - 85 comments

omt

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Hilary Barry quits TV3 (for TVNZ?)

Written By: - Date published: 9:03 am, April 30th, 2016 - 23 comments

hilary-barry

All the best to Hilary Barry in whatever she chooses next.

Open mike 30/04/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 30th, 2016 - 63 comments

omt

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Daily Review 29/04/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, April 29th, 2016 - 11 comments

Down with this sort of thing

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If you need a good laugh this morning

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, April 29th, 2016 - 71 comments

nick-smith-in-a-field

“Nick Smith reckons Akld housing’s more affordable now than before National came to power”

Grant Robertson: Full independent inquiry needed to save New Zealand’s reputation

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, April 29th, 2016 - 33 comments

grant-robertson

Grant Robertson is calling for a full inquiry into circumstances surrounding the Government’s 2015 decision not to review the country’s foreign tax rules.

Open mike 29/04/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 29th, 2016 - 116 comments

omt

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Daily Review 28/04/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, April 28th, 2016 - 26 comments

Mossack Fonseka taxes are for poor people

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Little just visited NZ troops in Iraq

Written By: - Date published: 4:20 pm, April 28th, 2016 - 11 comments

andrew little in iraq

“Opposition Leader Andrew Little has visited New Zealand troops at Camp Taji, Iraq. Mr Little also met with Iraqi Defence Minister Khaled Al-Obedih and senior military officials from the Coalition forces in Iraq. He now heads to Jordan to see the unfolding refugee crisis first hand.”

Open mike 28/04/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 28th, 2016 - 86 comments

omt

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Daily Review 27/04/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, April 27th, 2016 - 20 comments

Environment less important than economy

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    1 week ago
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