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A Tale of Two Droughts

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Date published: 6:38 pm, June 22nd, 2016 - 44 comments

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Climate change is now causing extreme dry weather events and is increasingly blamed for water shortages. But what we are doing on the ground has just as much influence on our experience of drought. As New Zealand farmers call for drought relief this winter, it’s time we looked at how we manage land and water, and the critical role this plays in whether humans can live with variable rainfall in the age of climate change. Here’s a stellar example from India.

Daily Review 22/06/2016

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Date published: 6:00 pm, June 22nd, 2016 - 50 comments

Michael Savage here to serve

Daily review is also your post.  This provides Standarnistas the opportunity to review events of the day.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).  Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

Guest Post: How to preserve workers’ entitlements to past holiday pay

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Date published: 5:05 pm, June 22nd, 2016 - 8 comments

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Eva Hartshorn-Sanders on the background to the Holiday Leave Protection Bill, why it is important for the Bill to be passed into law and what you can do to support it.

Dirty Politics Farrar and freedom of speech

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Date published: 1:45 pm, June 22nd, 2016 - 119 comments

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There’s a petition – Get Rid of Hosking – it’s closing in on 16K signatures. Dirty Politics Farrar is a mite agitated about it, so let’s all give the Streisand effect a big hand.

When is a toll road not a toll road?

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Date published: 9:36 am, June 22nd, 2016 - 37 comments

John Key City Rail Link

When it is a variable network pricing mechanism …

Our zombie economy

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Date published: 7:04 am, June 22nd, 2016 - 149 comments

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It’s basically flat-lining – only partially animated by immigration and a housing bubble.

Open mike 22/06/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, June 22nd, 2016 - 90 comments

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Daily Review 21/06/2016

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Date published: 6:00 pm, June 21st, 2016 - 25 comments

IRaqi surgeon came by boat

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ECAN turning a blind eye

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Date published: 12:56 pm, June 21st, 2016 - 41 comments

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Is ECAN just another typical Nat party fuckup, or are they deliberately turning a blind eye?

Another shocking environmental record

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Date published: 10:28 am, June 21st, 2016 - 16 comments

New life

The world’s news is full of new environmental records. Here’s a shocker.

Pay up Compass

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Date published: 10:22 am, June 21st, 2016 - 39 comments

Compass hospital food Coleman

Not only has Compass being serving below quality food to hospital patients but it appears that they may not have paid some long term employees what they are entitled to.

Can We Support Phil Goff for Auckland Mayor?

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Date published: 9:00 am, June 21st, 2016 - 59 comments

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Every year, Auckland is more of New Zealand. More of its real estate risk, more of its social problems, more of its productivity drag. Just more. And hence more of its politics. This government has long since abandoned policy coherence over any Auckland issue: housing, immigration, innovation, transport, electricity, youth employment, poverty, public health, growth, […]

Open mike 21/06/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, June 21st, 2016 - 143 comments

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Mission Creep

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Date published: 7:06 pm, June 20th, 2016 - 50 comments

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The military mission to Iraq is to be extended by another 18 months, much to nobody’s surprise. John Key has put the creep into the mission.

RM: National Party support falls 2.5% to 43%

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Date published: 7:02 pm, June 20th, 2016 - 138 comments

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National support is down 2.5% to 43% in the latest Roy Morgan, just ahead of LAB/GR at 42.5% (up 1%).

Daily Review 20/06/2016

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Date published: 6:00 pm, June 20th, 2016 - 53 comments

Media distraction

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Another day at Te Puea Marae

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Date published: 12:54 pm, June 20th, 2016 - 7 comments

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An update on Te Puea Marae, a homeless teen cancer sufferer, and how to help.

The strange case of the disappearance of a Stuff article critical of Lord Mike Hosking

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Date published: 10:13 am, June 20th, 2016 - 54 comments

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Are we doing censorship to protect the government’s media assets now?

Hone Harawira is getting the band back together

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Date published: 10:00 am, June 20th, 2016 - 54 comments

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It’s useful with controversial politicians to hear what they actually say, and in context too. Here’s Harawira in his own words.

The politics of dumb anger

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Date published: 6:05 am, June 20th, 2016 - 112 comments

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There are some pretty depressing political trends going on.

Open mike 20/06/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, June 20th, 2016 - 111 comments

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Mana 2.0

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Date published: 12:41 pm, June 19th, 2016 - 254 comments

New Zealand Holds General Election

Hone’s back! The leader of the Mana party has announced he’s re-forming the Mana Movement and will stand again in Te Tai Tokerau. Is there a chance of a deal with Labour to strengthen the next Government?

Mike Hosking should not be TVNZ’s frontman

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Date published: 8:00 am, June 19th, 2016 - 128 comments

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Liz Gunn sets out why Mike Hosking needs to be removed as TVNZ’s frontman.

Open mike 19/06/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, June 19th, 2016 - 95 comments

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Guest post: Corie Haddock on the homeless crisis

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Date published: 9:45 am, June 18th, 2016 - 52 comments

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Co chair of the New Zealand Coalition to end homelessness Corie Haddock writes about the causes and implications of New Zealand’s homelessness crisis.

Petition against the veto of the paid parental leave bill

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Date published: 9:15 am, June 18th, 2016 - 19 comments

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“We request that you withdraw the financial veto certificate against the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave and Work Contact Hours) Amendment Bill.” You can sign the petition here.

I think we can all agree that Paula Bennett is the real victim here

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Date published: 8:30 am, June 18th, 2016 - 56 comments

Paula Bennett dirty politics

Te Puea Marae, whose only “crime” in this the Brighter Future was to try and help the homeless, “has fears of ‘smear campaign’ “. Naturally Paula Bennett is the real victim here. And furthermore, it’s all Labour’s fault.

90 day trial – no lie too outrageous for National

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Date published: 7:22 am, June 18th, 2016 - 52 comments

Truth-and-Lies spin

For eight long years National have been telling us that the 90 day trial (fire at will) law was all about creating jobs. Yesterday a new Treasury report showed that it had failed to do so. RNZ: “The government now says its 90-day trial period was never about increasing the number of jobs in New Zealand”. Of course.

Open mike 18/06/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, June 18th, 2016 - 48 comments

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Daily Review 17/06/2016

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Date published: 6:00 pm, June 17th, 2016 - 47 comments

Paula Bennett disgraceful

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Kiaora Matariki Puaka

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Date published: 4:20 pm, June 17th, 2016 - 27 comments

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It’s been a hard week, and many of us could do with some kindness and good news. Let’s take a moment to remember Matariki. What would Standardistas and other politically progressive people like to see for the coming year?

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