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Written By: - Date published: 11:12 am, October 11th, 2012 - 62 comments
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Bill English on quantitative easing: “There are big risks with it and it is just barmy to suggest that in an economy growing at all that you would do it”. So, are the countries that are using QE to push up our currency growing? EU: -0.3% (14 of the 27 member states are growing), US: 2.1%, Switzerland: 0.6%, Japan: 3.3%. So, yes, countries use QE while growing – and it lets their businesses undercut ours.

62 comments on “Research-based opinions”

  1. Un. fucking. believable.

    The only reason these countries have an expending money supply is because of QE and the financial speculation the bankers still foist upon the European populations. There is rampant unemployment in Ireland, England, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece to name a few. Please, please, please stop spouting this crap.

    The worlds biggest economy is imploding right in front of our eyes!

  2. Pete 2

    The Economist explains quantative easing (2 minute video)

    With an RBNZ OCR of 2.5% I think there is still some juice in the tank before Q.E. would need to go ahead. It may be enough to direct the Governor of the Reserve Bank to take a desirable exchange rate level into acoount in a new policy target agreement.

    • Bill 2.1

      Thanks for that Pete. Seems the answer to my question (Comment 3) is that nobody anywhere has a fucking clue when it comes to the efficacy or effect of quantitative easing – it’s a ‘shot in the dark’ that economists reckon should be tried because they are flush out of ideas. Great.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1

        Most economics is a shot in the dark – that’s because most economics isn’t based upon reality.

  3. Bill 3

    I don’t pretend to understand mystifying jargon such as ‘quantitative easing’. But I came across this and was wondering if somebody more ‘in the know’ would care to comment, clarify or otherwise explain.

    In the U.S., a third round of excess money printing — called Quantitative Easing — began recently in which banks are directly profiting by unloading their toxic mortgages on the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet (another backdoor bailout paid by taxpayers).

    http://www.zcommunications.org/capitalisms-two-step-survival-plan-austerity-and-structural-reform-by-shamus-cooke

    • I rely on Investopedia a lot for the first simple definition of a term I don’t understand.
      In the paragraph you quoted they discuss a money printing round (that is essentially what QE is) in order to by dollar for dollar all the fraudulent mortgage and other asset backed derivatives from banks. That means that all these banks are going to have billions of dollars available which were not in existence before.

      The problem is that those derivatives are essentially worthless and will never be traded again and the money brought into existence to cover the fraud is going to dilute the money supply just like counterfeit money would.
      It means that as people catch on they will loose trust in the system and where that leads is anyone’s guess.

    • Bunji 3.2

      Actually what the Greens are sensibly suggesting wouldn’t in fact be quantitative easing (see comments in James’ article). But that’s by-the-by…

      There are very different things you can do with that money you (virtually) print (it’s not like you’d actually waste the paper making bills…). It seems to be the current trend to use it to bail out the banks, thus protecting the 1%’s money, and keeping fluidity in our broken banking system. It could also be shared out equally among the population (inflationary, but net good for the masses, bad for the asset rich); or just used for the government’s expenses (saves taxing or borrowing); or the Green’s suggestion: rebuilding the Government’s savings, which wouldn’t be inflationary at all, as the money wouldn’t be spent – not unless there was another natural disaster, in which case we might be quite keen on the idea…

    • Lightly 3.3

      the Fed is buying mortgage-backed securities to push down the interest rates on those securities, which, in turn, means more available and affordable mortgages. In the US, as opposed to here, the housing bubble did burst and now it’s nearly impossible for young families to get into home ownership because no-one will lend. The bad results are multi-faceted – less social stability, less work in construction, lower quality housing stock…. – the Fed is trying to get the mortgage market functioning at reasonable levels again.

  4. Can I recommend a long soujourn in Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland – even the UK?

    These countries’ economies are in a process of COLLAPSE.

    Growth is dead.

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Oil-supply-could-end-economic-growth—expert/tabid/1160/articleID/271417/Default.aspx

    • Add to that list Hungary, Roumania, Latvia and any number of other European countries…. and did I forget France?!

      • travellerev 4.1.1

        And dare I say it, Germany is on the way out too!

        [lprent: Use double quotes on hrefs. ]

        • Jackal 4.1.1.1

          What a bullshit link travellerev… Germany doesn’t have debt to GDP of 300%. Stop all the baseless scare mongering eh!

          • travellerev 4.1.1.1.1

            Folks, this is the original page the link I gave here is linked too. These guys are well respected investment advisers and know what the fuck they are talking about. The Euro is collapsing and Every European Country is holding on to every other European country while they are drowning in a sea of red ink, the Fiat system is crumbling under $1.5 quadrillion in toxic derivatives. That is 20x global GDP!

            [lprent: That doesn’t look like a link on anything like the subject. It looks like some speculation on a attack on Iran? WTF? I crossed it out. ]

            • travellerev 4.1.1.1.1.1

              People make mistakes Iprent. I have  about a 130 tabs open on average most days when I do my reading. Why the aggression? Here is the site I wanted to link too. You could have just pointed it out without the WTF. I’m sorry the financial info I bring gets up your nerves but the reality is what it is.

              Here is another link people might be interested in:

              The 25 most dangerous reporting units in the Financial world from the Huffington post.

              The best financial reporters are : No 1 Max Keiser with Stacey Herbert and second Zero Hedge which is a group of traders publishing under the guise of Tyler Durden. They make their money in the current market and I put it to you that in order to do so you have to know bloody well what your doing and what the hell is going on in the financial world!

              [lprent: I look at links because others look at links and some of the daftest debates happen around daft links. That is why the comment back end shows the link right next to the link text so I can check them out, or fix them like the missing link in the other comment. ]

              • Zorr

                130 tabs open, huh?

                That doesn’t actually lend any strength to your argument as it actually suggests that you, at best, are skim reading and, at worst, skim “skim reading”…

                I would much rather just get on with living and surviving in whatever world I find myself in than attempting to stay up to date with all the crookedness and crony capitalism in the world. I can affect my local community and attempt to influence beyond that – but everything starts at home.

                You don’t fix your town in NZ by focusing on Wall St. It is enough to know that there are sharks in the water that have smelt blood.

                • Kotahi Tāne Huna

                  130 tabs, and all saying the same thing: what Ev wants to hear.

                  • Murray Olsen

                    What they actually say isn’t that important. Ev hears what Ev wants to hear.

                    • Says the guy who bans anyone with a different opinion from a communal facebook page. How many is it these day Murray? 50- 100.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      I have only one thing to say: a kerosene fire cannot appreciably weaken structural steel at any real distance from the base of the fire.

                      And even at its hottest, an open air kerosene fire can only cause relatively slight weakening of structural steel.

                    • McFlock

                      That’s two things.
                             
                      And both are irrelevant to the point of surrealism. 

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Ah sorry counting power was down.

          • Robin Westenra 4.1.1.1.2

            I think Travellerev is probably right.

            You need to take into account TOTAL debt. It is private and corporate debt that is going to be the killer.

            • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1.2.1

              corporate debt is private debt.

              What you want is private debt + public debt + SHADOW BANKING DEBT

          • Robin Westenra 4.1.1.1.3

            Scare-mongering?!

            Would you rather tell lies than let the truth be known?!

            • Jackal 4.1.1.1.3.1

              There’s a pretty big PROBABLY there Robin Westenra. Personally I don’t like lies and I don’t like scaremongering. Just to let you know why travellerev’s link is entirely wrong, you don’t get to count TOTAL debt in a percentage of GDP because there are lots of different types of debt. Some debts have no bearing on a countries GDP.

              There’s also a rather large European Stability Mechanism that is about to fully kick in to help them through their debt crisis. This is funded by European countries. They have only pledged and used around 40% so far. This is money the Europeans are using to help Europe through the debt crisis, meaning interest will be paid back to European countries to ensure further stability in the future.

              travellerev your link proves nothing… It’s simply more baseless bullshit!

              • Yeah about that European Stabilisation Mechanism. It got down graded the day it got established and here are some of the rules it operates under:

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gls3pO-94b4

                • Colonial Viper

                  Bejeeezus dudes. The ESM had fuck all actual money in it. Just member country commitments (i.e. IOUs) for money which was never, ever going to eventuate in reality.

                  Wake up you’ve all been had.

                  Why do you think every time they launch one of these stability funds, the debt markets stabilise happy for all of 72 hours? Before it all tanks once more. That’s how long it takes for people to figure out that once again, the Emperor has no clothes.

          • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1.4

            Jackal said:

            What a bullshit link travellerev… Germany doesn’t have debt to GDP of 300%. Stop all the baseless scare mongering eh!

            You so missed the point. Which is:

            Who has Germany made bad loans to. Using the money of their nation, the profits of their companies, and the savings of their citizens. And how much do they add up to.

        • travellerev 4.1.1.2

          I always did and then for some reason it didn’t work any more and I started using single quotes and that seemed to work for awhile but yeah sweet as I’ll use double quotes again.

    • Wheezing&Easing 4.2

      Nonsense. I was biking around there 2007-08 looking at budget tourism, economic status etc and they were not in a state of collapse. Mostly looking poorer than NZ and certainly the bumptious Oz tourists but not collapse. Hysteria hits NZ.

  5. Bill 5

    Okay. So thanks for the comments above. The choice then, is – a) to channel money to speculaters who lost a lot of money in order that they can continue to spectulate and in the vain hope they lend money to productive sector businesses. Or b) to channel money directly into the ‘really existing’ productive sector via either business activity/loans (or government spending programmes) or to the money spending public via debt forgiveness or whatever other mechanism.

    But then I guess if some form of option b) was pursued the argument might run that with banks being hung out to dry, option b) would collapse in on itself….which is why option a) is always pursued.

    So why not simply nationalise the banking and financial sectors and kill several birds with one stone?

    • Murray Olsen 5.1

      Good question, Bill. I don’t know of any good answers to it.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      Because then the banksters will lose power and wealth while the population becomes better off proving that capitalism is bad for society once and for all.

  6. alwyn 6

    I haven’t bothered to check all the countries you list but I did look at Japan on the OECD link you provided. The claim that Japan had GROWN by 3.3% seemed totally fanciful.
    The figures on our so-helpful link are, from the expenditure approach and in trillions of yen.
    2006 506.687
    2007 512.975
    2008 501.209
    2009 471.139
    2010 481.773
    2011 468.496 (est)
    I would love to see how you turned this series into 3.3% growth. It looks to be a pretty steady decline to me.

    • Jackal 7.1

      You say in your post that the Greens have put global warming, globalisation and Peak Oil on the back burner… What do you base this accusation on Robin Westenra, your own ignorance perhaps?

      You also say that the US, Switzerland and Japan are on the verge of financial collapse. What are you basing this statement on, because if you’re going to claim the end is nigh, you had better have something better than assumptions.

  7. Wheezing&Easing 8

    Look at The Economist p27 Oct 6th 2012 and educate yourselves …. and there is a useful though sometimes bizarre article by Andrew Geddis in The Pundit. Debunking Economics by Oz economist Steve Keen is a handy resource too for these times. And one can always return to the wise words of that clever mathematician and speculator Maynard Keynes who knew a thing or two about public finance and international currency movements.

  8. Murray Olsen 9

    What Russel Norman is proposing does not fit the model used by Obama in the US and A to keep the banks viable, but don’t let the facts get in the way of a good rave, especially when you can find links to Randian worship sites. That’s the main problem with thinking you can research this stuff off the internet without having any background with which to analyse it. It’s the same attitude that leads to cult-like belief in chemtrails and HAARP for control of the weather, while denying at the same time that AGW is possible. In the end, it has far more to do with religion than politics, economics, or science.

    • Says the guy who never ever has to prove his point of view with a single link. How is it in good old Oz M university treating you well? Seems you have plenty of time online to troll.
       

      • Murray Olsen 9.1.1

        Points of view are just that – points of view. They can neither be proven or disproven. In that sense they are just like accusations of trolling, or believing that Russel Norman is the equal of Mugabe.
        And the university treats me very well, thankyou. They still have good policies in Australia for people with terminal diseases. Would you like a link about that to guide your personal attacks more accurately?

        • Murray Olsen 9.1.1.1

          Seeing as Ev brought up the topic of banning people from a communal facebook page, I’d like to state that a moderator banned her for abusive behaviour. Several other people have been banned for similar things, and the moderators ban people who insist on publishing stuff to do with conspiracy theories, a large number of which seem to be antisemitic. I am no longer even a member of that page and did not ban Ev, although I fully supported the action.

        • Draco T Bastard 9.1.1.2

          Points of view are just that – points of view. They can neither be proven or disproven.

          That’s a load bollocks. Anything that is contravened by reality is inherently dis-proven.

          https://theconversation.edu.au/no-youre-not-entitled-to-your-opinion-9978

          • Murray Olsen 9.1.1.2.1

            I disagree. The knowledge that a person may rely on to develop a particular point of view, or the way they manipulate that knowledge, may be wrong, but a point of view such as, e.g. “I do not believe everything I see on conspiracy sites is correct” is neither provable nor disprovable. If I claim that the WTC broke all the laws of physics, that is put forward as a statement of fact, and can be put to a truth test. If I ask a question as to how the Biot-Savart Law was broken, for example, that is a question and has no truth value. An answer to it would have. Apart from one quick calculation which I did which showed that the rate of progress of the collapse of the two main towers could only be considered freefall if gravity had 1/3 of its actual strength, I have made no statements about any of the stuff Ev posted in many, many places. However, daring to ask any question of any conspiracy theorist is usually replied to with some statement such as “Feel free to remain asleep and believe everything your government tells you”, and then goes downhill from there.
            I hope this sheds some light on the matter and is not a further load (of) bollocks.

            • Draco T Bastard 9.1.1.2.1.1

              The knowledge that a person may rely on to develop a particular point of view, or the way they manipulate that knowledge, may be wrong, but a point of view such as, e.g. “I do not believe everything I see on conspiracy sites is correct” is neither provable nor disprovable.

              Actually, that statement could be dis-proven. Difficult, yes, but not impossible. There’s two possibilities about it:

              1.) The person is outright lying or
              2.) The person actually believes that they don’t when they actually do

              Both conditions could be tested with some accuracy.

          • travellerev 9.1.1.2.2

            It was you Murray and I was not abusive you where just like you are here. A troll with little more than abusive one liners with little or no substance other than accusational suggestions not supported by anything other than your vitriol and you didn’t like it when I called your bluff.
            The others were not banned for their rudeness either. They were banned because they had the audacity to confront you and to put links to the events to 9/11 on the page.

            Time will show you up for the nasty little troll you are here too.

            • Murray Olsen 9.1.1.2.2.1

              Telling me that you eat little boys like me for breakfast is hardly calling a non-existent bluff. Neither is chanting that I know nothing about the scientific method when I refuse to accept youtube as a reputable source.
              Moreover, a question about which of the laws of physics was actually broken (all of them leaves plenty of opportunity to give a specific example) at the WTC is hardly an accusational suggestion. 
              I’m here because I’m a socialist and think socialism offers a worthwhile future for our country. I make comments now and then. Mostly I read and learn. I haven’t been able to work out why you’re here when you think the Greens are channeling Mugabe and seem to mostly cut and paste stuff from US libertarian/Randian websites. But I suppose time will tell, as you say.

              • ROFL. That tells me all I need to know about how you feel about yourself.

                This is the conversation as it really was:

                You said: Has anybody told you what a lovely lady you are (or words to that extend)? (Sarcasm dripping here)

                And I said: I’m not here to be a lovely lady and while that might have worked when I was an itty bitty girl it doesn’t now. Now I eat guys like you for breakfast.

                That was it. No warning nothing. Banned, and not just banned, blocked and all my comments deleted. 

                That’s how scared you where of having someone call your bluff. You’re a narrow minded vitriolic troll, little boy. ROFL!!!

                And while you’re at it you might take a lesson from Iprent and his team as moderators. I think in the 6 years I’ve been commenting here only once has someone let his personal feelings get in the way of their job: Moderating!

                And rest assured I have gotten up their noses often.

                You on the other hand challenge people constantly and when they don’t surrender to your venality you ban them. That is not what a Moderators job is that is what an immature asshole like you pretending to be one does.

                • Murray Olsen

                  Given that I didn’t ban you, did you stop to think you get up other people’s noses as well? As for the rest of your post, there’s about as much fact in it as in your blog. Have a nice day.

  9. higherstandard 10

    QE explained superbly by Clark and Dawes.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2AvU2cfXRk

  10. lefty 11

    Improving the economic well being for the majority of New Zealanders comes down to needing to change power relationships before anything worthwhile can be achieved.

    As things stand, any advantages from deploying QE, or any other economic mechanism, would quickly be harvested for the benefit of the already overpriviliged and to the detriment of the rest of us.

    • Draco T Bastard 11.1

      It definitely has to be done correctly but I think it can be done in such a way so as to correct for those power imbalances that you mentioned.

  11. Poission 12

    leaving aside QE ,the trading nations,Brazil,and Korea both cut interest rates today,Singapore yesterday (where they use a weighted currency similar to the TWI and change bands accordingly) in addition they capped property loans to stop the housing bubble.

  12. xtasy 13

    Rate of GDP based debt is all relative to national wealth and assets, so Japan manages. Germany has some fair debt too, but they manage. Other countries have high debt, and they managed for decades. This is an ideology driven agenda to suck the blood out of the poorest countries and people to the last drop, nothing else. Greece is dying due to bloody AUSTERITY. Spain is heading the same way, next will be Italy. NZ is a fake economy of small scaly wannabe activity. It is a game for currency gamblers. OK there is real exports and so, but little economic activity inside, except real estate bubble. The migrants love it. Wonder why tens of thousands of poms and Asians move here? Nothing else, not for economic contribution, for REFUGE! Fuck that, put a high tax on migrant investment for a start, NZ is top destination, no matter what. Bring in capital gains tax. But lower company tax and give tax holidays to investors to bring REAL investments here. More can be done, but Kiwis are too DUMB to ever get it right. Some dream of one extreme, the others of the other, so it is a never ending rat race to nowhere. I look forward to my one way ticket out of this DUMP!

  13. xtasy 14

    You do not need “excessive” nor “obsessive” growth either, as some leading economies have managed for years with low growth, but given the wealth basis they have, a single per centage of growth is more than many countries would even achieve in a few years.

    It is a relativity game, pollies love it. I went back to Europe the first time after 10 years in 1992, and I was SHOCKED about how BACKWARD NZ was. I missed 10 years, losing out on low pay, while others in my family did ok and built their own homes, supported by cheap loans and advantageous tax rules by the government there.

    I went back there for a few years and was a total idiot to come back here 7 years ago. I heard this BS about high growth and full employment, thinking that is the way to go and get my own home here. What a fucking dumb mistake, the biggest mistake I made in my whole life. Fucked up now, no hope of anything but a low wage shit society, full of hatred, envy, bene bashing (even if you are sick) and worse.

    I could live more comfy on a benefit in most of Europe, despite of the cuts there, but the idiots here think things are so bad, that people there starve. It is the injustice and radical change that drives people on the streets there. Wait another year or two here, it will be much worse here. I get this all the time from Kiwis, oooh, it is worse there, but it is BULLSHIT. NZ is behind, will always be, never will change, as the elite here run things, and all you get is a choice between bigger and lesser evil, Nats or Labour, both known liars and manipulators.

    You are truly screwed, you could do better as a people, but most have NO guts, NO interest, ONLY think of NUMBER ONE, are words and empty spaces re protests, are cowards, useless, ignorant and have no right to live in such a rich country as this. That is why I would welcome another people and nation to take this land to make more use of it than this hopeless, corrupt government and elite of rotten anglo saxon extraction, that only use it for their own purpose and benefit, but really RUIN it!

    Sorry, I had enough of all this SHITE!

    • Draco T Bastard 14.1

      NZ is behind, will always be, never will change, as the elite here run things, and all you get is a choice between bigger and lesser evil, Nats or Labour, both known liars and manipulators.

      No, NZ won’t always be behind as the Nats and Labour won’t always be the controlling party in government. I’m hoping that, over time, the government won’t be the controlling influence at all.

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    The latest analysis of the Snowden documents shows that Vodafone is actively collaborating with GCHQ's mass-surveillance programmes:One of the UK's largest communications firms had a leading role in creating the surveillance system exposed by Edward Snowden, it can be revealed....
    No Right Turn
  • 10 articles to read about Michael Brown and what’s happening in Ferguson
    Sometimes it’s difficult to get a real sense of events happening overseas from our own mainstream media in NZ – for obvious reasons they prioritise cover NZ issues. It’s also really difficult for a Pākehā like me to comment – both...
    On the Left
  • 10 articles to read about Michael Brown and what’s happening in Ferguson
    Sometimes it’s difficult to get a real sense of events happening overseas from our own mainstream media in NZ – for obvious reasons they prioritise cover NZ issues. It’s also really difficult for a Pākehā like me to comment – both...
    On the Left
  • Ports of Auckland Moving More Freight By Rail
    Ports of Auckland did a press release back in September that didn’t really get picked up on: Working with KiwiRail, Ports of Auckland has doubled the rail services between its Waitematā seaport and Wiri Intermodal Freight Hub. The increased service...
    Transport Blog
  • Momentum Builds for No Deforestation Palm Oil
    By now you know the problem: a rapidly expanding palm oil industry, eating up forests, draining carbon-rich peatlands, and sparking conflict with local people and workers.But if you had to guess at what is turning out to be a key...
    Greenpeace NZ blog
  • “Real” experts’ on climate change? Really?
    The Heartland Institute has produced a new propaganda poster on climate change. Here it is: And this is what they say about it: This poster presents clear and undeniable evidence that the debate is not over. Looking out from this poster...
    Open Parachute
  • Whiteboard Wednesday – How a flat tax would be fairer than our current sy...
    Geoff is going to talk us through how a UBI and flat tax work together. The end result is less bureaucracy and a fairer, simpler, more productive society....
    Gareth’s World
  • Ede and the Public Records Act
    Jason Ede was required by the Gwyn Inquiry to produce emails from his private accounts that included official government information. He couldn't do that in the end because, gosh darn it, he had just destroyed and permanently deleted everything in...
    Polity
  • “Appalling”
    In 2011, John Key was Minister for the SIS. At that time, according to John Key: The SIS didn't understand the workings of the OIA. I mean that's appalling, and I accept all of that."1 Well, if that is the...
    Polity
  • 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...
    frogblog
  • Symposium on the way forward, 4: making our own revolutionary kaupapa and f...
    On Tuesday, November 25, The Freedom Shop, an anarchist centre in Wellington, held a meeting about the way forward for the activist left.  A number of speakers were invited to give ten-minute presentations; below is the presentation given by Don...
    Redline
  • Symposium on the way forward, 4: making our own revolutionary kaupapa and f...
    On Tuesday, November 25, The Freedom Shop, an anarchist centre in Wellington, held a meeting about the way forward for the activist left.  A number of speakers were invited to give ten-minute presentations; below is the presentation given by Don...
    Redline
  • Symposium on the way forward, 4: making our own revolutionary kaupapa and f...
    On Tuesday, November 25, The Freedom Shop, an anarchist centre in Wellington, held a meeting about the way forward for the activist left.  A number of speakers were invited to give ten-minute presentations; below is the presentation given by Don...
    Redline
  • When will the PM take responsibility?
    It often bemuses me as to why people would vote for a dishonest political party that has spent the last two terms in government undermining our once great democracy. Why on earth would voters support a scoundrel like John Key,...
    The Jackal
  • Gordon Campbell on the inquiry into one case of dirty politics
    Suddenly, we’re awash in inquiries and reviews. (It feels almost as if the Greens won the last election.) Caught out by the damning inquiry by SIS Inspector-General Cheryl Gwyn, the government’s response yesterday was utterly in character – it released...
    Gordon Campbell
  • John Key: The buck doesn’t stop with me
    President Harry Truman famously had a piece of walnut wood on his desk in the oval office that read, "The buck stops here", and when the president referred to it in speeches it was to say that he had to...
    Pundit
  • Speaker: Market failure in the research world
    The “serials crisis” has been a feature of research life for over 20 years. According to figures from the US Association of Research Libraries, during 1986-2007 academic journal subscription charges increased by 340%, four times the rate of inflation.Publishers contribute...
    Public Address
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    Frankly Speaking
  • Terrorism bill fraught with risk for academics
    Academics studying terrorism, or other topics that the SIS considers not to be in the national interest, could be among those who lose civil rights if an ‘anti-terrorism’ bill becomes law. TEU, the union representing tertiary education staff, says the...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Being mindful of mental illness
    There’s a lot of mental illness stigma in New Zealand. From the friend or family member who tells you just to ‘get over it’, to the many little ways that living with a mental illness in an unsupportive environment slowly...
    On the Left
  • Being mindful of mental illness
    There’s a lot of mental illness stigma in New Zealand. From the friend or family member who tells you just to ‘get over it’, to the many little ways that living with a mental illness in an unsupportive environment slowly...
    On the Left
  • Auckland Transport November Board Meeting
    Every month I comb through the reports to the AT board looking at what the organisation is up to (that they’ll say in public). I’ve already covered the separate reports on additional bus priority and the New Network for the...
    Transport Blog
  • 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
  • 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 caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as a failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of...
    Greens
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as a failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of...
    Greens
  • 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...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
    The Daily Blog
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
    The Daily Blog
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
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  • NZ-HK Customs heads meet to strengthen ties
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