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Living wage rises to $20.20 an hour

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Date published: 9:34 am, February 21st, 2017 - 10 comments
Categories: human rights, quality of life, wages
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The living wage rises, and an odd argument for abolishing the minimum wage.

Win for sanity in Hager vs Westpac

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Date published: 1:29 pm, February 21st, 2017 - No comments

The Privacy Commission issues a ruling that should have been unnecessary.

NRT: Two ideas to get rid of electorate deals

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Date published: 7:41 am, February 21st, 2017 - 7 comments

Idiot/Savant suggests removing the 5% threshold and introducing preferential voting for electorate seats.

What if anything does Bill English believe in?

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Date published: 7:05 am, February 21st, 2017 - 37 comments

Can anyone work out what English stands for? His actions and his words are at odds. Vernon Small tries and fails to pin English down on electoral deals, Winston Peters, abolishing the Maori seats, and more.

Open Mike 21/02/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, February 21st, 2017 - 23 comments

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Maryan Street defers to Raymond Huo

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Date published: 8:43 pm, February 20th, 2017 - 13 comments

For very human reasons former Labour Party President and Labour List MP Maryan Street has confirmed that if Jacinda Ardern wins the Mt Albert by election this weekend she will not seek to return to Parliament via the list.

Rocketwerkz – an enlightened employer

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Date published: 8:27 pm, February 20th, 2017 - 7 comments

We sometimes give employers a bit of a hard time on this blog, so it’s nice to occasionally celebrate a good one. Dunedin gaming company Rocketwerkz is in the headlines for all the right reasons.

He Kawenata ki Waenga i Te Roopu MANA me Te Paati Māori

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Date published: 5:51 pm, February 20th, 2017 - 39 comments

The agreement between the Mana Movement and the Māori Party.

Daily Review 20/02/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, February 20th, 2017 - 16 comments

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The Greens in Te Tai Tokerau

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Date published: 2:13 pm, February 20th, 2017 - 13 comments

Te Tai Tokerau looks to be a hotly contested seat in the 2017 general election, and the Greens are entering the fray there for the first time, with new candidate Godfrey Rudolph.

Māori Mana deal in Te Tai Tokerau

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Date published: 12:18 pm, February 20th, 2017 - 156 comments

As reported on Stuff: “Hone Harawira gets clear Te Tai Tokerau run for Mana not running against Maori Party in other seats”.

Duncan Webb for Christchurch Central

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Date published: 9:58 am, February 20th, 2017 - 40 comments

Another strong Labour selection in an interesting electorate.

John Key – Mr 2%

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Date published: 8:00 am, February 20th, 2017 - 40 comments

John Key’s support as preferred Prime Minister has plunged in the latest Colmar Brunton poll.  And he has been seen playing sponsored golf for a Japanese businessman with unusual characteristics.

National’s one-trick election pony – the eternal mirage of tax cuts

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Date published: 7:04 am, February 20th, 2017 - 46 comments

As Finance Minister Bill English effectively ruled out tax cuts, but it’s election year, and so of course the Nats can’t help but trot out their one-trick election pony again.

Open Mike 20/02/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, February 20th, 2017 - 68 comments

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Colmar Brunton poll

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Date published: 6:20 pm, February 19th, 2017 - 106 comments

1 News: “The gap between National and the centre left block of Labour and the Greens has tightened in the wake of John Key’s departure as leader, according to the first major poll since his shock resignation.”

The Trump bump

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Date published: 9:30 am, February 19th, 2017 - 27 comments

This week’s Economist looks at the resurgence in the business of the more effective mainstream media in the US. But the effect reaches all the way over here. Even I’m reading more on a the ongoing debacle that is the incompetent Trump White House. Good reporting and perfect reading for the summer season and I suspect that it is impacting all of the blogs at present.

The Standard Book Club – Small is Beautiful, Economics as if People Mattered

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Date published: 8:00 am, February 19th, 2017 - 11 comments

The Standard’s inaugural book club looks at E. F. Schumacher’s sustainability classic.

Open Mike 19/02/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, February 19th, 2017 - 112 comments

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Greg O’Connor responds

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Date published: 11:00 pm, February 18th, 2017 - 80 comments

In a guest post, Labour’s Ōhāriu candidate Greg O’Connor responds to some of the topics of comments in the post “Greg O’Connor selected for Ōhāriu” and elsewhere on the blogs.

The new world order

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Date published: 12:00 pm, February 18th, 2017 - 60 comments

With former adversaries USA and Russia now the best of friends and with China now emerging again as the preeminent economy in the world the question is will the transition of power be handled smoothly?

Bungling Brownlee under fire

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Date published: 8:23 am, February 18th, 2017 - 34 comments

Gerry Brownlee is a walking disaster. Such is the depth of National’s talent pool that he is ranked number 4 in their lineup.

Helen White for Auckland Central

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Date published: 7:28 am, February 18th, 2017 - 31 comments

Looks like a strong candidate – all the best in Auckland Central!

Open Mike 18/02/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, February 18th, 2017 - 55 comments

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Daily Review 17/02/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, February 17th, 2017 - 6 comments

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Good ideas in Gisborne

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Date published: 1:28 pm, February 17th, 2017 - 97 comments

Andrew Little’s announcement yesterday in Gisborne of Labour’s pledge of up to $20million to build a prefabricated timber plant there is a much-needed boost to the area and a sign that Labour’s 100,000 new house pledge first made by David Shearer in 2012 has legs.

English wants Pike River out of the headlines in election year

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Date published: 10:58 am, February 17th, 2017 - 4 comments

Any sign of progress is welcome, but let’s hope English is not deliberately stringing along the Pike River families with false hope.

What’s the deal? There isn’t one.

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Date published: 7:17 am, February 17th, 2017 - 130 comments

What are the Greens up to then?

Fires are the new normal

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Date published: 7:03 am, February 17th, 2017 - 65 comments

Hey Bill English, it’s not the case that “no one could have anticipated the large-scale fire on the Port Hills”. Just about every relevant organisation could and did predict it. Most of the other predictions relating to climate change will come true too.

Open Mike 17/02/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, February 17th, 2017 - 47 comments

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Daily Review 16/02/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, February 16th, 2017 - 14 comments

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