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Nick Smith’s RMA reforms – low cost housing in Epsom?

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Date published: 8:32 am, January 22nd, 2015 - 83 comments


Nick Smith has given his housing speech and blamed Auckland’s housing crisis on the RMA. A Treasury commissioned report, based on discussions with developers, has put dollar figures on what the RMA is allegedly costing. The logic of the analysis is that by reducing urban design standards we will make housing more affordable.  Updated with link to Rob Salmond Polity post.

Open mike 22/01/2015

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Date published: 6:56 am, January 22nd, 2015 - 266 comments


Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).
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Guantanamo Diary

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Date published: 11:10 pm, January 21st, 2015 - 4 comments


The Guardian has some amazing extracts from a diary that Guantánamo detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi kept and gave to his lawyers. It’s the first book by a serving Guantanamo inmate.

The prince and the pea

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Date published: 8:45 pm, January 21st, 2015 - 76 comments

bomber bradbury

I have pointed out before that Bomber Bradbury is wee bit unsuited to the two way dialogue of the blogs. A fragile prima donna who doesn’t like to be contradicted by the people he gallantly slags off in his routine piques of bitchy ranting. Updated with Bomber proving the point as his manufactured myths fall apart.

But which club?

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Date published: 3:41 pm, January 21st, 2015 - 7 comments


I think when justifying sending troops to Iraq the club John Key is really talking about is the group of right-wing political parties known as the International Democratic Union. Today Key chairs its Executive in Sarajevo, his first meeting as President. This move by Key to the IDU is calculated; he sees himself as leader of the world right-wing club and this is the first step to his international political career post New Zealand politics.

Beneficiaries falling

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Date published: 1:59 pm, January 21st, 2015 - 12 comments


Falling numbers yes, but falling through the cracks.

The price of the club

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Date published: 8:17 am, January 21st, 2015 - 179 comments


Yesterday Key justified our likely military intervention in Iraq as “the price” of being in “the club” with other Five Eyes countries.

Where is Cameron Slater?

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Date published: 7:55 am, January 21st, 2015 - 142 comments

whaleoil court

Yesterday I got contacted about Cameron Slater’s current address. Apparently the arsehole of the kiwi blogosphere hasn’t been paying his court ordered judgements against him that have been incurred in recent years. The person who contacted me wanted to serve a notice to bankrupt him.

Open mike 21/01/2015

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Date published: 6:50 am, January 21st, 2015 - 268 comments


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Who was the better economic manager – Helen Clark or John Key?

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Date published: 6:59 pm, January 20th, 2015 - 149 comments

NZ debt CLark Key comparison

Sometimes a simple graph is much more eloquent and powerful than a whole lot of words …

NRT: GCHQ spies on journalists

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Date published: 4:30 pm, January 20th, 2015 - 7 comments


I/S – “GCHQ considers investigative journalists a “security threat” alongside hackers and terrorists”…

NRT: Our financial laws mean nothing

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Date published: 4:25 pm, January 20th, 2015 - 20 comments


I/S – “the Financial Markets Authority knew about almost 4,000 crimes and never bothered to prosecute any of them”…

Espiner profile on Andrew Little

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Date published: 12:30 pm, January 20th, 2015 - 17 comments

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Guyon Espiner has a paywalled profile of Andrew Little up at The Listener.

RMA reforms … be very afraid

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Date published: 9:00 am, January 20th, 2015 - 95 comments


Nick Smith today announced proposed changes to the Resource Management Act. It is likely he will resuscitate the reforms that were stalled after Peter Dunne refused to support them last year. ACT’s David Seymour has said he will support the changes even though he did not know what they are. Treasury are to release a paper with proposals for change. Updated lprent – yep National stupidity reprised.

Where have all the houses gone?

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Date published: 7:10 am, January 20th, 2015 - 131 comments


Yesterday it was announced that Auckland is the ninth least affordable city in the world requiring 8.3 times their average wage to buy a home. Reducing regulation hasn’t worked, otherwise more than 20 homes would have been built under the 2013 fast track accord. The problem is a shortage of affordable housing.

Open mike 20/01/2015

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Date published: 6:45 am, January 20th, 2015 - 139 comments


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Top 1% own 50% of world wealth: Oxfam

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Date published: 10:44 pm, January 19th, 2015 - 241 comments


Winnie Biyanyima of Oxfam is one of six co-chairs at the Davos World Economic Forum. She says her role  is to challenge the powerful elites, and she goes armed with a new report that shows that on current trends by next year the world’s richest !% will hold more wealth than the other 99%. She’s got some good ideas on what to do about it too.

An interesting milestone

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Date published: 4:22 pm, January 19th, 2015 - 37 comments


An interesting milestone in inequality is about to be passed.

Protecting our Freedom

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Date published: 1:27 pm, January 19th, 2015 - 7 comments

internet freedom

UK PM David Cameron thinks freedom will be enhanced by monitoring everything – something we used to call totalitarianism. We need more encryption and to make sure the internet is built for the people, not the data-miners – be they our security agencies, criminal gangs, or facebook.

War Begets War

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Date published: 9:49 am, January 19th, 2015 - 75 comments


We’re not good at learning from history.

Andrea Vance on Andrew Little’s game plan

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Date published: 8:30 am, January 19th, 2015 - 94 comments

Andrew Little

Andrew Little will give his state of the nation speech on 28 January. What can we expect to see in it?

Open mike 19/01/2015

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Date published: 6:23 am, January 19th, 2015 - 193 comments


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2014 hottest year – a good thing!

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Date published: 11:20 am, January 18th, 2015 - 161 comments


As widely reported, 2014 was the hottest year on record. And that’s a good thing!

A discussion on the media

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Date published: 10:32 am, January 18th, 2015 - 24 comments


The team at Scoop are running a series called “The State of the NZ News Media – A Public Conversation”.

What should John Key do in 2015?

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Date published: 9:57 am, January 18th, 2015 - 39 comments

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James Griffin has written a tongue in cheek article on what John Key should be doing this year. But the article is full of political fluff and has no real proposals for action. What should John Key be doing this year?

Open mike 18/01/2015

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Date published: 7:30 am, January 18th, 2015 - 250 comments


The Authors of The Standard are now in holiday mode. Posting will be less regular and dependant on individual author enthusiasm.

The “pop-star” economy could go pop

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Date published: 4:36 pm, January 17th, 2015 - 38 comments

popped ballon

This the time of year when papers are thin and economic prognostications abound as the pop-star economists from banks and brokers look to raise their public profile. In 2013 the same Cameron Bagrie gave us the “rock-star” economy, this year apparently in Wellington we can all be  part of the “movie-star” economy. Such puffery is […]

TV3, Cameron Brewer and more of the same

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Date published: 2:06 pm, January 17th, 2015 - 39 comments

Cameron BRewer

TV3 recently interviewed Cameron Brewer to provide adverse commentary on a story about Labour seeded by David Farrar and Cameron Slater.  And they did not even mention Brewer’s links to the National Party.

Free Raif Badawi

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Date published: 1:00 pm, January 17th, 2015 - 7 comments

Raif Badawi

Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi has been sentenced to 1000 lashes. The international outrage is growing.


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Date published: 12:02 pm, January 17th, 2015 - 6 comments


Generation Zero encourages you to make a submission on the Skypath. All those in favour – say so!

The Light Dawns

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Date published: 9:33 am, January 17th, 2015 - 62 comments


The evidence is surely mounting that the remedies to recession proposed by orthodox policy have failed.

The whole basis of monetarist policy is revealed to be a charade.

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