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Class sizes don’t matter?

Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, June 2nd, 2012 - 44 comments
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44 comments on “Class sizes don’t matter?”

  1. Carol 1

    Gone viral!

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10810207

    The Prime Minister told the Listener he sent his children to private schools for educational reasons, including smaller classes and better resources.

    It was not a direct quote, but a picture of Mr Key with the comment alongside was posted on Facebook yesterday and by last night had appeared on numerous blogs and been shared by more than 6000 people.

    Comments about it included labelling Mr Key a hypocrite for arguing now that increasing class sizes in the state sector would not affect standards of education.

  2. seeker 2

    Almost a direct quote

    “Mostly, he says, that decision was for educational reasons. Their schools have smaller classes and are better resourced than most state schools. ”

    http://www.listener.co.nz/commentary/show-a-bit-of-class/

  3. Bill English’s budget has caused a lot of upset in the education world. Intermediate schools; their teachers and the parents of the students who go to them, were dismayed to find that huge cuts were to be made to teaching staff and to the practical subjects offered. What reason could there be for such severe cuts to Intermediate schools? National has for a long time now, pushed the idea that bigger classes are better, that crowding children into a classroom will help their learning. Children at State schools that is. Not those going to private schools, where many of the politicians own children go. At the private schools, parents are promised small class sizes and the benefits that come from the extra attention their child will receive as a result. What I find difficult to understand, is how the Government can say two different things and expect us to believe them. Small is good for their children, but big is good for ours. I don’t believe them.

    Robert Guyton

    http://robertguyton.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/i-wrote-letter-to-editor.html

    • Bill 3.1

      “Small is good for their children, but big is good for ours.”

      :-) Privatisation is good for all people who want to make a buck. Our children, their children, all children…fair game. Now, whatyamean you’re a wee bit poor and can’t afford to send you’re child to one of the ‘more efficient by outcomes’ schools? You been making ‘bad life choices’ there? Oh well, them’s the breaks. Can’t have your bad choices and tall poppy syndrome ruining it* for the rest of us**, can we***?

      [* our opportunity to make dosh]
      [**mythical and all inclusive ‘us’ with the exception of you know who]
      [***the real ‘us’…us with the dosh and the itchy palms]

    • seeker 3.2

      I think Gabriel Makhlouf opined a great deal about class size,’master teachers’ and tradeoffs in March 2012.http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/media-speeches/speeches/economicleadership
      He should have stuck to what he had some knowledge of rather than fraudently trying to enter and pontificate upon the specialised world of Education by (ab)using his position of CEO of the national piggybank. We all know how the government listens to the treasury! The blind leading the blind.

      • DH 3.2.1

        It’s like being a fly on the wall at the mad hatters tea party. They bring in an import from a country in a worse financial state than we’re in and he has the gall to preach to us about education!

        They can’t even do their maths properly at Treasury. Anyone who has spent even five minutes talking to NZ teachers would know that an increased class size leads directly to an increase in their workload. That’s more marking, more assessment, more preparation, more parents to coddle etc etc.

        Teachers are going to demand compensation for the extra time, it may only translate into a few percent but that will negate any savings made from reducing teacher numbers. The next few rounds of teacher pay talks will almost certainly include demands for extra pay to cover the increased workload.

        Once again ideology trumps common sense.

    • Andy 3.3

      Read your Orwell. It’s called doublethink. Ignorance is strength.

  4. DS 4

    Don’t forget that private schools don’t have to jump through the unnecessary hoops involved with National Standards. The parents and presumably employers are quite content with the label of “private school”.
    Or that “smaller classes” can be part of the special character of private schools when they ask to be integrated.

  5. Brian 5

    I’m with you on this one John – sending your kids to school for “educational reasons” is definitely the best course of action.

  6. Nick K 6

    Mostly, he says, that decision was for educational reasons. Their schools have smaller classes and are better resourced than most state schools.

    The first sentence is a quote from Key. But the second isn’t.

    • North 6.1

      Nick K……..seems Key HAS NOT DENIED that he identified smaller class sizes and/or better resources as “educational reasons” why his kids were at private schools ?

      If he does not then we have on the table a direct reporting of his “……reasons”.

      So, until he does deny (in which case Listener writer Joanne Black’s interview notes/recollections would need to be consulted) I can only see your assertion above as a nervous spray of bullshit occasioned by the searing embarrassment you are feeling.

      Your idol has clay feet and the perpetual dribble spin which trickles down is washing them away ?

    • Penny Bright 6.2

      Browsing: Home / Commentary / Show a bit of class
      Show a bit of class
      By JOANNE BLACK | Published on May 28, 2005 | Issue 3394

      ” ……………..
      It might be sick, but it also might be why Key’s children – Stephanie, 12, and Max, 10 – go to private schools. Mostly, he says, that decision was for educational reasons. Their schools have smaller classes and are better resourced than most state schools. But he acknowledges that the connections children make are also important”

      THAT is the quote from the Listener article.

      Penny Bright
      ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’

      http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com

      • Puddleglum 6.2.1

        Thanks Penny.

        That seems to clear up the issue of whether or not the second sentence summarised his stated reasons. The third sentence reveals that, discursively, he was trying to avoid the accusation that he was sending his children to private schools so that they would make connections with the sons and daughters of the elite.

        By emphasising their ‘educational’ advantages, he was avoiding what he (then) saw as the more damaging, elitist implication of his decision to send his children to private schools. That is, trying to emphasise the ‘what you know’ NOT ‘Who you know’ advantages of private schooling.

        After all, he enjoys his reputation of being an ‘ordinary New Zealander’ and preserving that public view of him would have been paramount at the time.

    • redman 6.3

      Then let Key come out and say he would be happy for his kids to be in a class with 30+ kids in it, no teacher aid and one teacher.

      Lets see that statement from the PM.

  7. millsy 7

    Private schools exist only because parents dont want their precious little darlings to mix with dirty poor or brown kids. Nothing else. Unless those dirty poor/brown kids are good front-rowers for the first XV mind you..those Korean calculus whizzes make the test scores look good, but wouldnt know a scrum from a ruck.

    The increasing tendency for parents to send their children to wealthier private schools across town contributes to an ever incresing social stratification in this country.

    Back when I was a child, enjoying the blissful innocence of childhood oblivious to the unfolding chaos that was Rogernomics, my parents, sent me to a primary school and kindergarten that bordered a huge Housing Corp estate, known for its gang violence, etc, as did a lot of parents from that area, though my auntie and uncle, who lived just down the road, sent my cousin to a school in a more respectable area. Back then, even in the mid to late 1980’s parents didnt break their necks to send their kids to private school like they do now. And that primary school wasant a really bad school, it had some awesome teachers, and a principal who would personally visit the sick bay if a child was there to see if they were OK.

    Now I have at least 2 people from my work who live near that school who send their children to posh Catholic schools across town. No dirty poor kids for those darlings.

    As for class sizes, I really dont get why people think class sizes dont matter. I found that it was way easier to learn in a class size of 10-15, rather than a class size of 30-35, and that is right up to when I finished my degree.

    • Murray Olsen 7.1

      Spot on. It’s all about creating and demarcating an upper class in our “classless” Erewhon. The rulers who know all the right (wing) people and the ruled who get enough education to attend compulsory WINZ interviews where they’re probed, harassed and threatened. If they’re really lucky and not too brown, some of them might even get enough training to be waiters at the new Sky City Convention Centre on the odd occasion that someone has a convention there.

      • Puddleglum 7.1.1

        Hi Murray,

        Just wanted to say that is a very well-crafted comment. There are more insightful points – and implied points – in those few sentences than in many a long thread.

        Much appreciated! 

      • Colonial Viper 7.1.2

        some of them might even get enough training to be waiters at the new Sky City Convention Centre on the odd occasion that someone has a convention there.

        I’m sure John Key has promised to hold lots of tax payer funded events there.

  8. Wyndham 8

    The hypocrisy is further compounded by the fact that Key and Co. voted $35 million from the taxpayer to support private schools. No “user pays” dogma there.

    How do they get away with this stuff?

  9. ianmac 9

    Remember that it is not just Intermediates that will be hurt. Fabregas4 wrote a piece a few days ago showing how his 4/5 teacher contributing school will be seriously affected. At least 20? more kids than previously would be needed to get his 5th teacher. Can’t find his post. The Technology Centres are just a very public part of a very serious threat to younger kids.

  10. Dv 10

    Ianmac
    Here are a couple of examples I have found of the effects of class size.
    Thw key is the need for class sizes of 40 in some classes.
    I am absolutely positive the reseach did NOT model classes of this magnitude.
    It is these numbers that need to be kept to the fore.
    We need more example.

    Both are from teachers/principals

    BOTH have classes of over 40 in the new model.

    Example One
    Now
    Year 1 18 children (recommended 15) 18
    Year 2 22 24
    Year 3 22 (Beginning Teacher)
    Year 4/5 26
    Year 6 28

    We still have new entrants to come which will lift us to around 123 children by the end of the year. We are funded for 5 teachers after child 101, the 6th at 126.

    New
    After changes we will be funded for teacher 4 at 97.5 – the 5th at 125 – the 6th at 153.5.’

    So if we hit 123 children at years end we still would not qualify to be fully funded for teacher 5 meaning classes like this
    Year 1 18
    Year 2 24 (can’t in all conscience go higher for 6 year olds)
    Year 3 40
    Year 4/5 41

    Example 2
    1 teacher at my school is 20% of teachers! At each years end I have around 120 children. If I place 15 children in Year 1, then the balance of 105 children must be fitted within three classrooms. Quite frankly 27.5 children is too many in a Year 2 class – especially a rural, decile 1, 88% Maori school. So if I place say 24 in this room I have two classes of 40 left!

    • burt 10.1

      DV

      It would seem that in your example ‘bulk funding’ would probably produce better outcomes. How ironic is that.

      • ianmac 10.1.1

        I have a sneaking suspicion Burt that Bulk Funding will be on the Agenda and might well be behind the current pressure on Teaching. “Twist and screw them teechers so that a dose of Bulk Funding will be accepted.”
        Of course the money has to come from somewhere. Save money by increasing class sizes so that the money via BFunding can be spent by Schools to reduce class sizes. Brilliant!

    • North 10.2

      That’s why the liars are now casting the debate in terms of “maximum staff loss = 2 teachers”.

      It conceals in Ianmac’s example that in 40% of his school’s classes the pupil numbers will rise from 24 to 40 – a massive increase of 66%, just to hold ground in the other classes. Forget about your at first blush, seemingly innocuous “2”.

      It’s rank dishonesty anyway to bandy about any figure in a vaccum as they do with this “2” business.

      Be ready to be defamed and abused as incompetents when you can’t do the impossible teachers.

      Key and that Flash Potato Parata (Maori when it suits her but kupapa otherwise) are certainly King Canute when the prescriptions they invent fall to be met by others.

      They are disgusting, dishonest people (as confirmed by Key’s “educational reasons……”) who richly deserve from the public the exact same measure of contempt they offer to the public.

    • ianmac 10.3

      Thanks for that Dv. Have bookmarked this page because it should be a major issue and numbers are facts. Will publish in our local paper.

      • Dv 10.3.1

        Ian mac, the projected class sizes should be collected AND published across the country.

        burt, you are right. This could a trojan horse for bulk funding, but that has been clear fpr a while.

      • ianmac 10.3.2

        Have posted my letter to Editor using both sets of figures thanks DV and Fabregas4.

  11. burt 11

    I’m not actually surprised that this is posted with an author of ‘the standard’. I once questioned Mallard face to face on why his children didn’t go to their in zone school. His answer was quick and decisive – Don’t you dare bring my own family into a political discussion.

    Who put this post up, who’s going to put their name to it ? If it’s nobody then how about we also discuss why when Mallard supported school zoning as a policy for others his own kids were transported out of zone for schooling.

    All that aside. I think that as long as we have a state one size fits all school system for the masses that MPs should use it for their children. If they say it’s good enough for everyone else then they should eat it too. The same goes for the state health system – how many MP (from any party) have private medical insurance? How many of their kids wait 2-3 years for tonsillectomy etc.

    They need to eat their own dog food!

    • Dv 11.1

      Burt, I agree with the basic tennant of your comment, that MPs should have to live in the society they create.

    • millsy 11.2

      “The same goes for the state health system – how many MP (from any party) have private medical insurance? How many of their kids wait 2-3 years for tonsillectomy etc.”

      Probably why I wasant too keen on Cunliffe becoming Labour Leader. He said in a 2008 interview he had private health insurance.

      • Vicky32 11.2.1

        How many of their kids wait 2-3 years for tonsillectomy etc.”

        Burt, do you even understand why kids wait that long? In the early 1990s, my son had frequent bouts of ear infection and tonsillitis, and it was explained to me, that in contrast to my own youth, doctors now prefer to avoid tonsillectomies if at all possible. I was told that L., could have a tonsillectomy if and only if he had three bouts of infection within one calendar year – and he never did.
        Tonsils are now known to be an essential part of the immune system, and should never be removed until it’s absolutely necessary.

    • North 11.3

      Oh, the old diversionary chestnut from Burt……..”don’t bring my family into it.”

      Remember that in this issue Key is “bringing into it…….” every family in New Zealand with a child who will end up in an increased numbers classroom. What’s more he is engaging what amount to falsehoods to get the job done.

      If that in itself is not good enough to justify comment about Key being free to avail optimum educational circumstances for his family then his hypocrisy and his “Let them eat cake…” pose on class size, as evidenced by the picture and accompanying text above, certainly is.

      Strange though Burt that after blowing a valve about dissemination of the picture and text above you do for all money denounce Let Them Eat Cake Key’s going private by saying he shouldn’t be free engage that choice in the first place.

      I guess you’re terribly conflicted – a primal urge to engage apologism – fighting a searing embarrassment – fighting what might well be a vague shred of socialist principle.

      Have a cuppa and a lie down bro’.

    • Puddleglum 11.4

      Hi burt,

      I agree that MPs should take the consequences of the general policy decisions they make.

      As for ‘bringing his children into it’, I really don’t see it as a point about his children. I thought the point of raising this quotation was to show that Key’s stated beliefs about the educational value of small class sizes undercuts the claim that increasing class sizes (as a matter of explicit policy) will not effect the quality of children’s education.

      Whether in fact it does or doesn’t is not the point. It’s clear that, at least in 2005, Key believed that class size matters. Has he changed his view? If so, would he now caution people against paying money to have their children attend private schools on the ‘false’ belief that smaller classes were educationally helpful?

  12. Penny Bright 12

    Looks like John Key is going to be forced to do a big fat ‘U turn’ on increasing class sizes?

    Nearly 9000 Facebook ‘shares’ (as at 11.30am Saturday 2 June 2012)

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151003966976477&set=a.207470516476.164174.568131476&type=1&theater

    HYPOCRITE! SHONKY JOHN KEY! http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10810207

    Kiwi DIY ingenuity! An innovative way of coping with increasing class sizes…..

    http://www.trademe.co.nz/building-renovation/fixtures-fittings/handles-levers/auction-480723906.htm

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’

    http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com

  13. weka 13

    Would someone from TS mind clarifying whose image that is in the post? With The Listener header it looks like it’s something from The Listener. I’m assuming it’s not, but it’s a bit confusing at first, and even second glance. If it’s something someone at TS made, can you please credit it as such? (I mean credit it to TS, not necessarily an individual).
     
    It’s a good image. I just think this is another case of TS not being clear enough about who is the author of what. If people want to use that image elsewhere, it would be good if they knew who to credit it to.

    • Penny Bright 13.1

      Here you go Weka!

      “Would someone from TS mind clarifying whose image that is in the post? With The Listener header it looks like it’s something from The Listener. I’m assuming it’s not, but it’s a bit confusing at first, and even second glance. If it’s something someone at TS made, can you please credit it as such? (I mean credit it to TS, not necessarily an individual).

      It’s a good image. I just think this is another case of TS not being clear enough about who is the author of what. If people want to use that image elsewhere, it would be good if they knew who to credit it to.”

      TO WHOM TO GIVE CREDIT:

      http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151003966976477&set=a.207470516476.164174.568131476&type=1&theater

      Chris Glen

      So Mr Key, bigger classes are OK for kids from average NZ families who can’t afford private schools?

      Please SHARE on your Wall, your friends Walls and in your Groups.
      We all know about the ‘real John Key’, lets make sure others do too.

      This graphic was produced for Action for Good by me and not by the NZ Listener. Their logo is used as John Key’s remarks appeared in an interview published in the magazine in May 2005.

      John Key’s remarks sourced from: NZ Listener, May 28, 2005.
      http://www.listener.co.nz/commentary/show-a-bit-of-class/

      Photo Source: http://www.kingscollege.school.nz/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=26649

      ____________________________________________________________________________

      Penny Bright
      ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’
      http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com

  14. redman 14

    How typical of Key and his 2 faced scummy party. One rule for the plebs and another rule for him and his buddies.

    I see Whale Oil is saying the left are lying, making the quote up out of what Key actually said. Well here’s a question for Key then, would he be happy to keep his kids at their private schools, AND increase the numbers in those private classes to 30+ kids?

    Lets see a quote from Key to that question.

    • North 14.1

      Of course Key’s not here is he………fortuitously off to be Her Majesty’s most simpering and loyal servant at the Court of St James.

      Potato Parata must be ropeable. She’s conquered “Slap the Lippy”, got a handsome pass in “Hire the Limo”, here she is halfway through the “Smile and Wave” section of John Key 101, and blow me down the guy buggers off to mince and tap his way across the Buck House stage.

      Looks like a fail for Potato and a much flasher photo gallery on the prime ministerial Iphone.

      Joking aside – with heavy darts positively flying at home and remaining integrity and honour seminally at risk, Key should have been able, from London, to deny the “educational reasons…….” attributed to him. Were they deniable.

      He hasn’t. Bets on another case of Springbok Tour can’t remember durrrhh………? Or is the underlying hubris now so ingrained that he really don’t give a stuff ?

      I’ll be very hoha if Her Majesty gets a little too tipsy over the weekend and starts wavin’ that sword around. Nek minnit an impromptu job lot of unplanned knighthoods. Can’t you just see it ?; Key shoulder-charging people out of the way to fall under that sword.

  15. NattyM 15

    If class sizes don’t matter and the government really needs to cut costs, the next logical step is to cut public funding to private schools so that they too increase class sizes.

    • Dv 15.1

      WHY are private schools being penalised from getting the bests result for their pupils by having small classes?

      THIS is disgraceful and must not be tolerated.

      • mike e 15.1.1

        dv ant yes your understanding as those of your elitist cohorts will mean we will slip further down the economic ladder as a nation.So you are saying that large class sizes shouldn’t be tolerated at all even in public schools.

        • Vicky32 15.1.1.1

          dv ant yes your understanding as those of your elitist cohorts will mean we will slip further down the economic ladder as a nation.So you are saying that large class sizes shouldn’t be tolerated at all even in public schools.

          I fear Mik.e that you missed his sardonic point!

  16. Penny Bright 16

    Gosh – appears my reporting the FACTS have got a few bites?

    All good!

    ‘You don’t cop the flak unless you’re over the target’

    Keep going – you’re making my evening ………… :)

    Oh dear – seems I have kicked over a hornets’ nest on Cameron Slater’s blog?

    Funny the reaction some people have to the FACTS?

    Oh well – see what the response is to this next KICK………….. ? :)

    http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2012/06/the-lies-the-left-tells/

    You have all checked out http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com ?

    Any considered opinions on when ‘shonky’ John Key is going to have to stop protecting ‘dodgy’ John Banks?

    Having held seven protests to date in the streets of the Epsom electorate, I can tell you that there are a growing number of voters who are concerned with John Key’s continued defence of the indefensible.

    Mind you – given John Key’s blinding hypocrisy and proven track record over Tranz Rail – it’s unlikely that he’s going to be able to ‘lead from the front’ when it comes to ‘honorable’ and ethical behaviour?

    Kind regards,

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’

    http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com
    http://www.pennybright4epsom.org.nz

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    Stinky Jim has been playing a rather engaging cumbia version of New Order's 'Blue Monday' on his 95bFM radio show. Having tracked down the Soundcloud stream, I thought that I would quite like, in my old-fashioned way to, you know, buy...
    Public Address
  • And the Banks saga rolls on…
    It’s just been reported that John Banks has been successful in his appeal, with the Court of Appeal overturning his conviction and ordering a new trial. The appeal hinged on the evidence of two US-based businessmen, David Schaeffer and Jeffery...
    Occasionally erudite
  • Tonga votes
    Tongans went to the polls yesterday in their second election since the 2010 democratic reforms - and threw out most of their Parliament, returning only five of their incumbent People's Representatives (and only one PR Cabinet Minister). Unfortunately this doesn't...
    No Right Turn
  • What if a technology revolution happened and nobody noticed?
    A new NZIER research report, entitled “Disruption on the road ahead! How auto technology will change much more than just our commute to work“, makes the case that new technologies will upend urban transport systems: Near autonomous cars followed by...
    Transport Blog
  • Submission on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
    Below is my submission on John Key's Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. Hopefully some of you made your own as well. I oppose the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill and ask that it not be passed. I also oppose the...
    No Right Turn
  • River story winner Bill Kerrison – Saving NZ’s longfin eel
    The Award winning River story for the 2014 New Zealand River awards story is about one man, Bill Kerrison, who has worked tirelessly for more than 20 years trapping and transferring eels and other native fish species past the dams...
    Gareth’s World
  • Little Expecting A Lot
    Great Expectations: Labour's new leader, Andrew Little, is expecting a lot more from his Shadow Cabinet than the standard neoliberal commitment to keeping the books in the black. He will not be judging the worth of Labour’s economic policies by...
    Bowalley Road
  • Prolongation of Life and the Quality of Life.
    A couple of comments to an earlier column asked questions about the quality of life versus the prolongation of life....
    Pundit
  • Saving Peatland With the President
    Today we made history in the protection of Indonesian peatlands. I’ve just got back from a monitoring trip to Sumatra’s devastated peatland forests with Indonesia’s new president Jokowi, where the president witnessed firsthand ongoing peatland and rainforest destruction and took...
    Greenpeace NZ blog
  • Submission on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
    Submission of the Tertiary Education Union Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee on the “Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill” Introduction The Tertiary Education Union Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa (TEU) welcomes this opportunity to respond to the proposed...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Gordon Campbell on Andrew Little’s debut, Mockingjay, and drunk texting
    John Key’s credibility has taken a hammering this week – at least among the 50% of the electorate who have always had doubts about him on that score. The other substantial story of the week has been about Andrew Little’s...
    Gordon Campbell
  • Five houses
    Labour's Phil Twyford says: The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were...
    Polity
  • Round up the usual suspects
    This post is just to keep track of all the people Cameron Slater has accused of being involved in the conspiracy to hack his computer and kill him. As Giovanni Tiso has pointed out, when Slater posts about Rawshark he...
    DimPost
  • The Soya Moratorium lives on – but what will follow after it?
    For eight years, the Soya Moratorium has protected the Amazon rainforest from deforestation. It has just been renewed for the eighth time. But what happens when it ends for good, 18 months from now?The Soya Moratorium was the industry’s answer to our campaign...
    Greenpeace NZ blog
  • 2014 New Zealand River Award Winners
      Two Canterbury rivers – the Otukaikino and Cam – took out 1st and 3rd place in the 2014 New Zealand River Awards for the most improved rivers in the country. The Oroua River in the Manawatu was the 2nd...
    Gareth’s World
  • Neetflux: Leak absorbent
    ...
    On the Left
  • Housing Accord first year results
    The results for the first full year of the Housing Accord between the government and Auckland Council have just been released. It’s a politically charged topic – witness the government talking it up (“First year Auckland Housing Accord target exceeded“),...
    Transport Blog
  • Armchair psychoanalysis of the day
    A week ago I was having coffee with some fellow politics nerds, scoffing at the idea that newly elected Labour MP Andrew Little could defeat Key in 2017. ‘The best he could hope for’, I pontificated, ‘Is to get up into...
    DimPost
  • Doctors support call for independent health assessment
    Press Release – Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Senior doctors and dentists are formally throwing their weight behind growing calls for a formal independent health assessment of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). A recommendation about the TPPA was put...
    Its our future
  • Mercury Rising: 2014 Likely to Surpass 2010 as Warmest Year on Record
    The monthly global analysis for October has been released at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and it reveals that global surface temperature for October 2014 is the warmest October in 135 years of record-keeping. This follows on from the 2nd...
    Skeptical Science
  • Legal Beagle: A rather incomplete submission on the Countering Terrorist Fi...
    I've been busy lately, and have been unable to prepare the submission on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill that I would have liked. I also have a half-written blog post fact-checking claims made before the bill was released by...
    Public Address
  • US Report shows zero Australian economic growth from TPP
    ...
    Its our future
  • Stuart’s 100 #59: Missing from the City Centre Series: Street Kiosks
    59: Missing from the City Centre Series: Street Kiosks What if there were flower sellers on Queen Street? Our city centre is really starting to burgeon with pedestrian activity and public life through the day and well into the evening,...
    Transport Blog
  • The Law Society on the spy bill
    At the moment the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee is hearing submissions on John Key's Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. One of the first submitters was the Law Society. So what did they think of it? It is a...
    No Right Turn
  • John Key’s TXTs and the Public Records Act
    Today in Question Time, in response to further questions about the Prime Minister's communications with sewerblogger Cameron Slater, Steven Joyce (on behalf of the PM) informed the House that Key deletes all his text messages, "in case his phone is...
    No Right Turn
  • Council washes hands of pensioner housing
    Hamilton City Council is washing its hands of its social responsibility to care for its elderly residents by selling off its homes for pensioners, Labour’s Hamilton-based MP Sue Moroney says. “The Council’s decision to sell its remaining 344 pensioner housing...
    Labour
  • Bold response required to Blueprint
    The Government must give urgent consideration to recommendations in The People’s Blueprint if it is serious about tackling New Zealand’s deplorable record of child abuse and domestic violence, Labour’s Justice and Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“The ‘one family, one judge’...
    Labour
  • Private prisons poaching in state jails
    The Corrections Department-sanctioned poaching of public prison officers for the new private prison at Wiri has to stop, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It is unacceptable that prison staff are being trained by Corrections and then being poached by...
    Labour
  • Climate report- a must read for all New Zealanders
    A strong scientific analysis of rising sea levels in New Zealand by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment makes climate change the number one issue for our city planners, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.  “Dr Jan Wright’s report...
    Labour
  • Exports drop puts more pressure on surplus
    A 5 per cent fall in exports shows National’s reputation for economic management is taking a hit and even puts its golden surplus target at risk, say Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson and Exports Growth spokesperson David Parker. “Bill English’s...
    Labour
  • Fourth housing report confirms failure
    The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were approved in the special...
    Labour
  • Fourth housing report confirms failure
    The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were approved in the special...
    Labour
  • Ministers all over the place on Smith passport
     Ministers responsible for the Phillip Smith debacle are at  odds over the passport he used to escape, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It  beggars belief that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the passport issued to Smith, under his...
    Labour
  • Ministers all over the place on Smith passport
     Ministers responsible for the Phillip Smith debacle are at  odds over the passport he used to escape, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It  beggars belief that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the passport issued to Smith, under his...
    Labour
  • Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman’s speech – Rod Donald Memorial Lect...
    It's been nine years since Rod's tragic death. I'd like to start out by talking about what Rod achieved. Then I want to talk about the things that I think he might want us to achieve in his absence. We...
    Greens
  • Hard road ahead for thousands more Kiwi kids
    News that there will be 8000 more students in low decile schools next year reinforces the absolute failure of the National Government’s economic approach, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots is increasing....
    Labour
  • Hard road ahead for thousands more Kiwi kids
    News that there will be 8000 more students in low decile schools next year reinforces the absolute failure of the National Government’s economic approach, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots is increasing....
    Labour
  • Free your voices
    Last week Victoria University of Wellington lecturer’s Dr. Sandra Grey and Dr. Charles Sedgwick released some figures from the 2013/14 update of the 2008/9 survey of the community and voluntary sector. Their research question was: ‘How is democracy – as...
    Greens
  • The facts of power price rises
    Everyone knows power prices are increasing and it feels like it is eating more and more of their weekly pay check. This morning I released census data showing this common feeling is in fact borne in the data. The data...
    Greens
  • Slavery was cheap too…Pay equity fight back to court
    Today the NZ Aged Care Association announced they will appeal the decisions of the Employment Court and Court of Appeal in favour of Kristine Bartlett, to the Supreme Court. They say they have no choice but to appeal because many...
    Greens
  • Why Pakeha are so offended by John Key’s idea of a peaceful settlement
    The statements by the Prime Minister on the Waitangi Tribunal ruling that Maori never ceded sovereignty in 1840 are enough to make any student of history choke. First was the denial that the ruling means anything significant. And then there...
    Greens
  • Restoration of the Christchurch Arts Centre well underway
    It was inspiring to be shown some of the major restoration and rebuilding work underway at the Christchurch Arts Centre recently. With 22 of 23 Arts Centre buildings damaged by the earthquakes, this is one of the largest heritage restoration...
    Greens
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • Report confirms John Key abused power of PM’s Office
    Today's Inspector General of Intelligence and Security's (IGIS) report confirms that the Prime Minister's office engaged in a serious abuse of power, says the Green Party.The IGIS report looked at the release of an Official Information Act request to disgraced...
    Greens
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • Sexism, rape culture and power
    Our discourse around sexual violence is complicated. All too often perpetrators are described as ‘monsters’, so when someone you know tells you the lovely man that you really like sexually abused them it’s hard to believe, because they’re not a...
    Greens
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • New faces, wise heads in bold Labour line up
    Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience....
    Labour
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • The Deep State Surfaces
    IT IS EIGHTEEN YEARS since education lecturer, Denis Small, surprised two Security Intelligence Service (SIS) agents attempting to break into the home of the anti-free trade activist, Aziz Choudry. The SIS was to pay dearly (quite literally as it turned...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why bother joining a union?
    This past couple of weeks Unite has had a number of graphic examples on why it can make a huge difference in you work life whether you are a union member or not. 100 cleaners jobs at SkyCity were saved...
    The Daily Blog
  • Ferguson – it just ain’t cricket
    Why do white men fear young black men? Why in this country do we continue to struggle with this? Asked by an old black guy in Ferguson, the crafty questions were answered by an abrupt end to the story to...
    The Daily Blog
  • MEDIA WATCH: If we want to understand the world around us, we might be bett...
    Psychologist Daniel Kahneman is a Nobel Prize winner and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, a depressing but impressive book that is the culmination of his life’s work. Kahnemann proposes that people think in two different modes – ‘fast’ and ‘slow’....
    The Daily Blog
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep 2.
    TDB Video: The Daily Blog Breakfast Club, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week Activist and blogger Jessie Hume and political commentator Keith Locke. This Week: Topic...
    The Daily Blog
  • The Slater-Key Txt-Messages Trip-Up – Did Cameron Slater Plan this?
    . Cameron Slater (L) and John Key (R) . Timeline Sunday 23 November: John Key apologises to right-wing blogger Cameron Slater over the publication of an email that forced Justice Minister Judith Collins’ resignation. Monday 24 November: John Key and...
    The Daily Blog
  • When the teflon is stripped away…
    . . To re-cap something I wrote on 13 September, regarding a hard-hitting interview between “The Nation’s” Lisa Owen and John Key; For possibly the first time since Stephen Sackur interviewed Key on Hard Talk in May, 2011, this [...
    The Daily Blog
  • My Select Committee submission against the “terrorist fighters” bill
    This morning I gave this “oral submission” to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee opposing the Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill.  It is a pity only Greens are against the Bill. It’s a pleasure to be able to talk to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Pixies in the Garden? Making money
    In 2009, John Key said “there aren’t little pixies at the bottom of the garden printing cash” (John Armstrong, Colin Espiner). He was wrong of course. Just about every country has its own pixie-in-chief, though not at the bottom of the...
    The Daily Blog
  • AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE – Government must allow further scrut...
    As the New Zealand government seeks to rush new through new anti-terror legislation, Amnesty International is raising grave concerns over the speed at which the Bill is being rushed through Parliament and is calling for an extension to the consultation...
    The Daily Blog
  • Tension inside the Blue Tent – questions that should be asked
    With Andrew Little on fire taking a straight shooting no crap approach to Key’s dead eyed duplicity, the tensions inside the Blue Tent of National are at risk of erupting again. When the TeamKey brand falters, National’s factions sharpen their knives....
    The Daily Blog
  • FiveAA Australia: Is NZ’s PM a Liar? + Kim Dotcom Says He’s Broke
    5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.In this week’s Across The Ditch bulletin on FiveAA.com.au Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey discuss how allegations of dirty politics continue to dog the Prime Minister John Key’s third term in government. Also, internet tycoon...
    The Daily Blog
  • Cam’s ‘Slightly Left of Centre’ sock puppet threatens Key in public
    What did Judith Collins say about payback? Looks like Slater has taken that lesson to heart as he uses his sock puppet over at Slightly Left of Centre to drop threats and hints that he has recorded conversations with Key that has...
    The Daily Blog
  • Justice System Changes Must Ensure No More Roastings In Court
    On Monday there was good news for rape survivors and this blog was supposed to be about the success of our advocacy, and it is about that success, but today’s events have brought into stark focus the real-world importance of...
    The Daily Blog
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Electio...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Election...
    The Daily Blog
  • Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key
    So Cam texted Key before the report came out despite Key claiming no contact? Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key 5 – I still have all the photos 4 – Yes my shapeshifting Lizard Master Overlord 3 – Max isn’t talking to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Hold on – did NZ just have a coup?
    Ummmmm. Wait a minute here. Just so that we all understand what’s been revealed. The Prime Minister’s Office used the Secret Intelligence Service to falsify classified information to smear the Leader of the Opposition via a far right hate blogger...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
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  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
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  • Q + A 30/11/14: Spying, Family Violence, Texts
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  • Arrival of Phillip Smith in New Zealand
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  • UNICEF Calls on NZ Youth to Apply for Youth Ambassador Roles
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  • Kiwifruit Claim Filed in High Court in Wellington
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  • Doctors support call for independent health assessment
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  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau: Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 November 2014
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  • Human Rights lawyers’ concerns over Terrorist Fighters Bill
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  • Privacy Commissioner’s naming policy
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  • Need for whole-of-government approach to family violence
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  • Solidarity with West Papua on 1 December
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  • No charges laid over piggeries investigations
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  • Deep Sea Drilling in Rising Seas
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  • Slower population growth in the long term
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  • Big Buddy on the Glenn Inquiry People’s Blueprint
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  • People’s Blueprint – Both Good News and a Wake-Up Call
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  • People’s Blueprint Offers Solutions to Family Violence
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  • Submission: Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
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  • EDUCANZ Debate Ignores Teachers
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  • NZ’s gender equality issues in international forum
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  • Countering human trafficking is an ongoing challenge for NZ
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  • Government must allow further scrutiny of bill
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  • Calling on anti-violence activists to step up
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  • More effective social services inquiry update Nov 2014
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  • Keith Locke presentation on Countering Foreign Fighters Bill
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  • Significant issues for NZ in sea level rise report
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  • White Ribbon Campaign Shocked at Fatal Stabbing
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  • One Plan signing is “historic moment” for the environment
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  • Look at the Road, Not the Speedo
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  • Worker immunity critical to safety in Meat Industry
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  • PCE report brings home impacts of climate change
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  • Law Society urges reduction of terrorist fighter bill powers
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  • Sea level rise won’t only affect infrastructure
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  • Council refuses to take part in farcical submissions process
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  • Laws of War to Be Debated at Wellington Event
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  • Forum Compact Development Partner Peer Review of New Zealand
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  • YWCA Auckland award for long-time women’s role model
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