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Like shit warmed-up

Written By: - Date published: 7:20 am, November 23rd, 2011 - 81 comments
Categories: brand key, election 2011, john key, leadership, national - Tags: , , ,

John Key is really showing the strain of campaigning, he’s not bearing up under the stress of it at all well. Lucky for him it’s such a short one because if this was a full-length campaign, or lasted just another week, I think he’d be a total wreck. Meanwhile Goff on the other hand continues to look as fresh and energetic as ever.

Clearly the National Show Pony was not built for endurance.

 

81 comments on “Like shit warmed-up”

  1. Colonial Viper 1

    Like shit warmed up? I wondered what that aroma he was emitting was.

    Key has got money, he has his royal wedding photos, basically he can barely be stuffed with this campaign already. He’s already been visibly bored to tears in Government for the last one year.

  2. bob 2

    National soar to 54% in the polls, labour nowhere to be seen, and this is the best you can come up with.

    Get used to another 3 more years. Asset sales, National standards, tough on bene’s stealing from the system (just the bad ones I’m talking about here), – Its going to be fantastic.

    Nats to govern alone – and labour reduced to a nothing.

    • Lanthanide 2.1

      Yeha, lets look to more fiddling while Rome burns.

      Funnily enough that same poll also asked people if they’d prefer a coalition or single-party government.

      Coalition got 54.1% of the vote. So I think National being on 54% is a bit weird, don’t you?

      • bob 2.1.1

        Personally I would like them to be in a coalition also. Although at the moment partners are looking a little thin on the ground.

        As such people dont want to waste a vote – and are sending it Nationals way (thats how Im reading it anyway) Meaning that to an extent they helping a single party rule, against what they would prefer.

        Still – its better than the rag-tag of losers labour would need to form one.

        • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1

          Glad you’re supporting the selling off of NZ, mate. Of course the ‘born to rule’ set think it is best if they end up ruling alone. They aren’t built to share with others, after all.

          Don’t be surprised when all your children and grandchildren end up living overseas because all our local investment income is being pumped out of this country back to Australian shareholders.

          • the sprout 2.1.1.1.1

            i suspect bob is not a new zealander in the first place, hence his lack of concern for our foreign owned future

            • bob 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Nope – all Kiwi me. Born in the mighty Waikato.

              Lived overseas – returned to NZ. Had job offers overseas (UK, Aust and US) – all in the last 12 months and still live here.

              Kids love it, all doing well and even tho two are in their 20’s both earn 50k + already so doing OK for young ‘uns.

              Youngest is only 14 but running his own little business and looks like he is going to do well in live – even here in Godzone.

              I have concern for NZ – thats why I support 100% part privatization. Its the dumb ones that cannot see the benefits that would cause NZ to go backwards.

              [sprout: and yet you are commenting from an ISP in the US. how odd]

              • The Voice of Reason

                “Its the dumb ones that cannot see the benefits that would cause NZ to go backwards.”

                You said it Bob!

                The rich benefit, NZ goes backwards.

                • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell

                  In 2002, Phil Goff was in a cabinet that decided to sell off 20% of Air New Zealand to foreigners.

                  Luckily, now he sees that selling anything at all we happen to presently own never makes any sense ever. No matter what.

              • katie may

                This right here is the difference between a National Supporter and a Labour supporter – plenty of Labour supporters enjoy successful, comfortable lives and have fabulously clever children with O.Es and good jobs (hi dad!), they just aren’t deluded enough to think that everyone else in this country has had the same opportunities. I’m under no illusion that my successes in life – albeit, modest ones – aren’t the result of being a white female who grew up in the cozy, middle-class enclave of Tauranga. I certainly haven’t worked harder than those putting in night shifts at factories or working 70 hour weeks in rest homes, and in no way do I think that my job and existence is of greater value than theirs.
                Plenty of Labour supporters like nice things too; they just don’t feel the need to keep all the nice things for themselves (“My precious, my preciouuuus”)

              • Deadly_NZ

                Yes Sprout. But if I want to I too can have a US IP address it’s called a Proxy Server, very handy for the Skynet law. And if you could look at all my log ins I would have been “in” the US some of the time when I forgot to turn it off before logging in. Sorry but it’s not that unusual anymore.

                But apart from that BOB you are full of it if you think that Shonky is gonna reign supreme.

              • ghostwhowalksnz

                Hawaii most likely , just like Key: one of the those ‘hard workers’ that get 4- 6 weeks leave a year

    • Dr Terry 2.2

      This is pure gloating bob, but it sounds so bad that I think you must be speaking tongue in cheek. If you are serious about the next glorious three years, you must be one of life’s smug fortunates. As the cliche goes, “what goes around comes around”. Your time is coming, do not complain when it does.

      • Colonial Viper 2.2.1

        I see that stores are already pre-ordering supplies of pitchforks, torches and guillotines. Might be next season’s fashion.

      • bob 2.2.2

        No gloating – genuinely happy about it.

        Yep – fortunate – but did it the hard way via effort, and working hard. Smug – no, thats generally an assumption made by people that didnt make it, that all who did must be.

        Envy it is called. But really – Im a hell of a nice bloke.

        • Lanthanide 2.2.2.1

          Actually bob a lot of commenters on this blog have “[made] it” and are genuinely interested in helping out the rest of NZ. We’re not envious of you, we’re contemptuous.

          • seeker 2.2.2.1.1

            So well said Lanthanide. Here’s another dose of contempt for poor old Bob but with a little dash of advice that “all that glisters is not gold” and a hope that he will he wise up before it’s too late. .

        • felix 2.2.2.2

          Hell of a nice bloke?

          You’re a hell of a transparent astroturfer is what you are.

          Go back to studying your cue sheet of Kiwi idioms, you’re fooling no-one.

        • Roy 2.2.2.3

          If you’re a hell of a nice bloke, you sure hide it well! In your comments here, you come across as a smug, heartless a**hole.

        • muzza 2.2.2.4

          Bob can you please tell us how selling assets will in fact help pay off the public debt over the long term.
          While you are there can you explain how NZ can mathematically pay off its national debt including principle and interest, given that the borrowing into NZ begins its life, and remains, until it is paid back as CREDIT.

      • Majella 2.2.3

        ..or Bob may be simply ‘imagining’ his perfect family of two older sons already on $50K (selling ‘E’ in Remmers, perhaps?) and a 14 y/o already exploiting who-knows-what penchant of the teeny-boppers. Again, I bet his market is in the well-heeled, entitled cohort. I wish Katie May could have a word with this guy…

    • johnm 2.3

      Hi bob
      “tough on bene’s” Last night saw a tv programme on child poverty in NZ. There are 200,000 children here living in an impoverished state. We have Third World diseases affecting them as a result of overcrowding and damp cold mould ridden houses. These families can’t afford heating electricity is too expensive.children go to school without breakfast and don’t eat properly during the day. They have skin infections and respiratory diseases. It’s costing the tax payers a fortune to treat these kids whereas prevention comes at a fraction of the cost. Labour wants to belatedly do something to improve their lot by extending working for families to them. has all this misery resulted from being “tough on benes”? We treat them as pariahs rather than fellow nzers. Access to doctors is expensive.

      The free market neoliberal garbage ideology you and your nat mates follow has created a divided ugly new zealand of hostility to the less fortunate. If we didn’t have the safety valve of Australia we would really be in the sh*t as to unemployment wouldn’t we?

      Contrast Sweden more like the socialist days of NZ where children have free access to health care at all times, a medical service is at each school. Every child has a free cooked lunch in a cafeteria at school and the houses are not cold and damp and mould ridden. That would be being too kind to benes wouldn’t it?!

      All parties in Sweden recognise that children are our future and must be looked after 100%

      Once Shonkey has sold off our power companies you can be sure the new shareholders will want more dividends putting up power prices. People like you Bob are turning this country into a future hell hole of poverty and social division, I wonder i waste my breath with you!

      • bob 2.3.1

        You will see I did say “the bad ones” – I firmly believe that benefits are there to help those who need it.

        But it is NOT there for the bludgers who use it as a lifestyle.

        Help those in need, and kick the others up the arse.

        Not all benes are equal. Not by a long shot – something that seems to be forgotten by a lot on the left.

        As for the doco last night – didnt watch it.

        • Lanthanide 2.3.1.1

          “As for the doco last night – didnt watch it.”

          You should have. I was surprised by how bad the situation really is.

          My only thought was that Labour really didn’t do enough when they were in government. They should have taken a couple of years worth of surplus and fixed up the state housing stock. We probably would have made the difference up in cost savings on health and better educational outcomes already.

          • Jilly Bee 2.3.1.1.1

            I too watched that doco with utter despair. I also worked at the Auckland City Mission at the beginning of the great new century and often despaired at what had happened in the 1990s under Jenny Shipley/Ruth Richardson’s regime. I recall the incoming Labour lead Government had a policy of ‘Closing the Gaps’, but of course the great unwashed Bobs of this world squealed unrelentingly at such socialistic policy to the extent it had to be quietly dropped. It needs to be resurrected NOW.

        • uke 2.3.1.2

          “kick the others up the arse.”

          I guess this applies to corporate welfare bludgers and dairy farmers bludging cheap water and polluting rights, too, right?

        • Draco T Bastard 2.3.1.3

          The only bludgers are the capitalists. The people who think they should be rewarded for being rich.

        • Deadly_NZ 2.3.1.4

          Well then why dont you go and use TV3’s On demand, and fuck off and watch it then. You are below contempt.

        • mik e 2.3.1.5

          bob each way cause you are in the US

  3. freedom 3

    Key on RNZ right now

    • Yep.

      Superficially he is a really good performer. He could describe going to hell in such a way that you would look forward to the trip.

      He keeps referring to a reduction in the giving of food parcels in Auckland. It appears there has been a temporary drop over winter. The article he is referring to is at http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10767779

      He ignores the rest of the contry. The article states

      Numbers were 14 per cent higher than a year ago in the central division and 45 per cent higher in the South Island, even after excluding direct earthquake relief.

      The thought of another three years of having to deconstruct everything our PM says because they are full of spin is very daunting.

  4. Tel 4

    Logic dictates only “shit warmed up” could get so many shit for brains to vote for the shit sandwich he’s selling.

    • bob 4.2

      comment deleted
      [sprout: you have now contributed more than one third of all the comments on this post and are descending into obvious trolling. desist for a while if you want to keep commenting on this post]

      • Shona 4.2.1

        over 15 % are undecided in that poll. Those who get it left Nz eons ago. Personally I find it ironic that my Grandchildren will be Aussies after relenquishing so much material wealth to leave Oz and return to raise my family in Nz. Land of the 3rd rate and the powerfully elitist. A backward country. On an average day I deal with the some of the most idiotic professionals( all foreign trained) ever inflicted on a society. While the educated professionals of my own whanau whose skills are so desperately needed here all work in foreign climes all are high achievers all are better paid than their kiwi counterparts some are now mind bogglingly wealthly.It costs a fortune to visit them and so another kiwi family is torn apart for the sake of the ideology of the insane and truly stupid.

        • Roy 4.2.1.1

          Me too Shona…I am appalled by most of the foreign ‘experts’ I have met, that this country has imported at great expense. One of the problems we have in NZ is a contempt for the home-grown article and an assumption that imported professionals and academics must be better than anything we can produce. That assumption is false!

          • Deadly_NZ 4.2.1.1.1

            And why do we have ‘foreign’ experts??? Because this bunch of incompetents in power have driven all the good Kiwi experts away with shit wages and conditions.

      • bob 4.2.2

        If I was trolling – I would be on all threads – I am commenting mainly on here replying to comments made to me.

        And I only stated in here because of the “shit warmed up:” title.

        • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 4.2.2.1

          You put up a post entitled “Like shit warmed up” making the point that the PM seems a bit tired and you are disappointed at the quality of the comments it attracts?

        • The Voice of Reason 4.2.2.2

          ‘And I only stated in here because of the “shit warmed up:” title.’

          Bob is attracted to shit. Why am I not surprised?

  5. insider 5

    Goff seems to be looking a lot greyer these days…Is the pressure telling?

    • Goff’s been grey for a long time but he isn’t looking at all tired or harried like Key.

    • Lanthanide 5.2

      Go have a look at Obama. The position has taken a lot out of him, he’s going grey around the temples (his very short hair helps to disguise it).

      Being a politician is stressful. I’d say Goff has had his fair share of stress in terms of a partisan media that previously has only been interested in running Goff’s latest bungle while giving Key a free pass.

      • Dan hansen 5.2.1

        I wouldn’t worry too much about Goff he will no doubt be resigning in 3 or 4 days time and will have plenty of opportunity for relaxation 

        Actually will Goff leave parliament and force a bi-election in 2012, what other senior labour MP’s will leave and do the same – how many labour related bi elections will there be in 2012?

        All good questions which will no doubt be the focus of conversation next week, along with the evitable discussion about how the new labour leader is the second coming of jesus and that Goff was the sole reason for labours demise. Fun times

    • The Voice of Reason 5.3

      Phil doesn’t have the luxury of taking his hair off and having it washed, spun and lubed by underlings on a daily basis.

  6. randal 6

    this stuff’ll probably kill ya lets do another line.
    you sure to see someone you know on heart attack and vine.

  7. Galeandra 8

    Take the long view. Genuine socialism will be reborn in NZ as elsewhere out of sheer necessity. One hopes it won’t require pitchforks and machetes, CV.

    You will always get the self-satisfied gloaters, their egotism is what helps make them materially sudccessful, so they don’t value service work like that done by environmental inspectors or nurses or pre-school teachers etc and they don’t consider them ‘successful’. They’d rather make megabucks owning a garage or a pie shop, no matter how socially deleterious the service they offer is over the longer term.
    The melt-down in Europe is ultra contagious….Hungary, Austria, Germany etc are filling the news from Europe now. Bond markets are beginning to spike everywhere. UK now admits it can’t get its deficit down. The fantasy of perpetual capitalist wealth is collapsing, and Bob is going to have to put up with a government that can’t get the books right and can’t borrow and is simply prodding the smouldering remains of the neo-liberal bonfire. A lot of his mates will be lined up in queues with the needy before the next electoral cycle is over.
    As for Bob’s reverse paraochialism : ‘looks like he is going to do well in live – even here in Godzone.'; well, the scales will fall from his eyes as the Asian economies implode in reaction to the trade and currency problems of the Euro-American centre. ‘Doing well’ will involve having enough for the basics of dignified survival, by the way, not the consumption wankfest that so many ‘patriotic’ RWNJ’s like to enjoy, especially on their long OE’s and holidays abroad.

    • Afewknowthetruth 8.1

      Gal.

      ‘ Bob is going to have to put up with a government that can’t get the books right and can’t borrow and is simply prodding the smouldering remains of the neo-liberal bonfire.’

      A good description of the short term outlook.

      There will be desperate attempts to keep the bonfire going via fracking, deepwater drilling, plus mining and selling anything that can be mined and sold, of course.

  8. Rose 9

    I lived overseas too Bob, came home, got married, we have a nice house & good jobs, but unlike you Im saddened by what I returned to. Lots of hardworking people in my family are struggling to get by, especially my family in Christchurch. So yes I can sit back & feel very chuffed with myself and what I have achieved, but while so many NZ’ers are struggling and suffering its not a country I feel very proud of.

  9. randal 10

    like shit warmed up all right.
    kweewee has been spouting a whole load of pols 101 ever since he gave hooton a gig telling him how 2 and 1 makes 4.
    all this crap about stable government.
    what a load of rubbish.
    if he thinks NZ isa banana republic then it is only due to his policies.
    it aint even National any more.
    Its the John Key party pure and simple.
    out with them.

  10. Afewknowthetruth 11

    The combination of peak oil, unravelling of fiat currencies and environmental collapse is gradually grinding the system down. The system will eventually grind to a halt.

    The US ‘super-committee’ has effectively admitted collapse will come in or before 2014. Meanwhile the Eurozone is in chaos and looks to be on track for disintegration some time in 2012.

    Key obviously knows we are in the early stages of global systemic failure and is finding it increasingly difficult to keep up the pretence that he will provide the average NZer with anything other than destitution if re-elected, especially since he is about to carry out a looting exercise.

    Lying continuously when things provide the facade of going well is obviously a lot easier for him than lying continuously when things are going badly and are about to get a lot worse.

  11. Afewknowthetruth 12

    bob.

    ‘tough on bene’s stealing from the system (just the bad ones I’m talking about here), – Its going to be fantastic.’

    What are your views on global corporations stealing from the commons and the usary system set up and maintianed by money-lenders?

    And what are your views on a tiny gang of elites enslaving the rest of society and exploiting them?

    Can you please explain what is going to be ‘fantastic’ about living in a post peak oil society that is rapidily collapsing because no preparations were made [by the government]?

    Can you tell me what will be ‘fantastic’ about living in a society undergoing fiat currency collapse?

    Can you explain what will be ‘fantastic’ about living on a planet that is undergoing environmental collapse? (That question particularly applies to your progeny.)

    • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 12.1

      The best thing about the post apocalyptic age is that we won’t have to listen to you anymore. Bring it on, I say.

      • johnm 12.1.1

        Hi Gormless
        Right if everything goes to shit AFKTT will be redundant!!!

      • Afewknowthetruth 12.1.2

        Gormless.

        Yes, bring it on. Collapse of industrialism is the only thing that will preserve the habitability of the Earth.

        Another positive about the post-collapse society is that most of the idiots who mocked and scoffed when they should have been preparing will either be eating their words or will have died of starvation.

    • johnm 12.2

      !00% Right AFKTT!!!!

  12. Brian 13

    Never underestimate the greed or hypocricy of the average Tory. Bash a bene so they can feel better about themselves, whilst applauding theft at the top as enterprise ! sad bastards the lot of them.

  13. Gruntie 14

    “John Key a well produced product”
    thats all

    • Deadly_NZ 14.1

      But like any product well produced or not all have one thing in common. Shelf Life and Key’s is running out.

  14. gnomic 15

    The weasel boasts that he only gets 5 hours sleep a night as he gives his all to bring about a brighter future. Little wonder he looks tired. One might ask how he can possibly make good decisions when he is chronically fatigued.

    Speaking of the ‘brighter future’, how does he keep a straight face when he spins that line? Absurd twaddle.

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  • 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,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
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  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
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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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  • Support for Blue Print call for a stand-alone agency
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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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  • The case is clear for climate action that supports health
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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
    The New Zealand Law Society says powers proposed in the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill should be reduced to ensure they are strictly limited to countering the threats that have arisen....
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  • Sea level rise won’t only affect infrastructure
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  • Changing climate and rising seas: Understanding the science
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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
    New Zealand’s first female Governor General and Mayor of Auckland has been granted a Lifetime Achievement Award by YWCA Auckland, for her services to the Auckland community and acting as a role model for Kiwi women nationwide....
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