Written By: - Date published: 7:56 pm, June 30th, 2016 - 152 comments
Unless you are scaremongering and “anti-science” you should embrace GMO foods. Say 107 Nobel Laureates.
Written By: - Date published: 9:42 am, June 29th, 2016 - 52 comments
Inequality in NZ is the worst it’s been in a decade. Key’s response is pathetic. We need to vote to end suck-up economics. We need to be a better country than this.
Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, June 28th, 2016 - 269 comments
From the circus that never leaves town.
Written By: - Date published: 3:08 pm, June 27th, 2016 - 40 comments
Reposted from Boots Theory with some updates requested by the author
Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, June 22nd, 2016 - 149 comments
It’s basically flat-lining – only partially animated by immigration and a housing bubble.
Written By: - Date published: 11:28 am, June 17th, 2016 - 104 comments
Or not. More National ideology burned to the ground by facts.
Written By: - Date published: 7:42 pm, June 14th, 2016 - 70 comments
Guardian journalist Owen Jones nails the failure of many to call the Orlando killings what they are; homophobic terrorism. It’s not an excuse for anti-muslim hysteria, as Trump, Seymour and Peters would have it, it’s the worst single attack on LGBT people since the holocaust.
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, June 14th, 2016 - 17 comments
So what should the next President of the United States focus on? Military power or economic domination or international institutions?
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, June 13th, 2016 - 54 comments
Last year there were officially 22,000 unoccupied properties in Auckland. This year 33,000 are officially classified as empty. “Auckland’s 6.6 per cent vacancy rate is higher than either Sydney (5.2 per cent) or Melbourne (4.8 per cent), where there has been an uproar over “ghost houses” deliberately left empty by speculators trading on a soaring market”. This is madness.
Written By: - Date published: 10:26 am, June 12th, 2016 - 133 comments
Hickey: “Helping employers to bring in low-skilled migrants instead of investing in new technology and becoming more productive so they can pay local workers more is essentially stunting our productivity and real GDP per capita.”
Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, June 8th, 2016 - 63 comments
Radio New Zealand has reported that the promised jobs relating to the construction of the Convention Centre are appearing. But in Thailand, not New Zealand. Updated with comment on the terms of the supplemental agreement.
Written By: - Date published: 9:42 am, June 7th, 2016 - 213 comments
Winston Peters has called for a slashing of migrant worker numbers and for screening of would be workers based on things like their attitude to women. Is it time for a taihoa on immigration or is Winston just doing a Trump?
Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, June 7th, 2016 - 35 comments
Seems the path towards acceptance of the UBI is not going to be smooth.
Written By: - Date published: 9:02 am, June 5th, 2016 - 24 comments
In Australia in the midst of the election campaign an ordinary Australian, Duncan Storrar, talked publicly about how difficult it was to live and support his children on the minimum wage. The response of the right through News Corp was to attack and humiliate him.
Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, June 2nd, 2016 - 13 comments
There are various suggestions that the metro industry’s domination of the world may be in decline.
Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, June 1st, 2016 - 159 comments
Even the IMF now acknowledges that neoliberal economics and government austerity policies have failed. Look around at New Zealand – you can see the effects.
Written By: - Date published: 6:38 am, May 30th, 2016 - 143 comments
Both One News and The Herald have pieces this morning highlighting different cases of dirty money being “filtered” through NZ. Panama papers, National donors, SkyCity and more…
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, May 29th, 2016 - 46 comments
The Electricity Authority is planning hearings on proposals that will mean that Rio Tinto will save money on electricity charges but people living in Auckland and Northland will pay more. Time to make your voices heard.
Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, May 23rd, 2016 - 25 comments
In a guest post, regular commenter Tony Veitch takes some learnings from Noam Chomsky’s latest documentary Requiem for the American Dream. The neo-liberal plan has been in place for over thirty years. How come we’re only just starting to understand it?
Written By: - Date published: 12:11 am, May 20th, 2016 - 173 comments
What does it really mean to reduce NZ’s total fossil fuel use by 50% by 2030: a warm up discussion for an upcoming thought experiment.
Written By: - Date published: 9:08 am, May 18th, 2016 - 54 comments
Prime Minister John Key has today announced a radical plan to solve the housing crisis. The homeless are now welcome to go flatting with him in his Parnell bach. The plan includes draining the swimming pool and subdividing it into flats, putting hammocks in the palm trees and making soup in the pool cabana’s kitchen. Max Key may have to move out to make way for the homeless, but the PM described that as a painful sacrifice he was now willing to make in the light of his son’s most recent social media posting.
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, May 16th, 2016 - 15 comments
“The findings also reveal how the Quota Management System, despite its intentions and international reputation, actually undermines sustainable fisheries management by inadvertently incentivising misreporting and dumping,” University of Auckland’s Dr Glenn Simmons said.
Written By: - Date published: 6:29 pm, May 15th, 2016 - 84 comments
Last week, Andrew Little gave Phil Goff permission to vote with National for the TPP. Bryan Bruce asks if it is time for all MPs to be given a conscience vote on the TPP.
Written By: - Date published: 3:04 pm, May 14th, 2016 - 51 comments
The Nats are all over the place on this, and they’re trashing our reputation in the process.
Written By: - Date published: 7:43 am, May 14th, 2016 - 43 comments
“The newspaper market is buggered anyway. I wouldn’t expect we will have any daily newspapers in ten year’s time,” says Brian Gaynor.
Written By: - Date published: 4:49 pm, May 13th, 2016 - 35 comments
When a corporation launders its earnings in a tax haven, it is completely upfront about where the money came from and who it belongs to, which differentiates the activity from “money laundering.”