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The Mt Albert By election

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Date published: 8:00 am, February 25th, 2017 - 61 comments
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It is election day today in Mt Albert for the successor to David Shearer.

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Trump Whitehouse bans critical media from briefing

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Date published: 2:19 pm, February 25th, 2017 - 39 comments

It is day 37 of Donald Trump’s reign as POTUS.  Today he decided to attack elements of the press that have been critical of him by banning them from a press conference.

Australia’s war

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Date published: 12:52 pm, February 25th, 2017 - 2 comments

Surprising no one: “A newly declassified report obtained by Fairfax Media reveals Australia’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq was undertaken solely to enhance our alliance with the US.”

Can we even afford to be tenants in our own country?

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Date published: 9:29 am, February 25th, 2017 - 85 comments

Being tenants in our own country is starting to look like the good old days.

It’s past time to be bold about water

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Date published: 7:00 am, February 25th, 2017 - 129 comments

Water is both the front line and the rallying cry.

Open Mike 25/02/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, February 25th, 2017 - 59 comments

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Daily Review 24/02/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, February 24th, 2017 - 10 comments

Daily review is also your post. This provides Standardistas 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 …

Mt Albert – the left and the right

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Date published: 11:29 am, February 24th, 2017 - 80 comments

All the best to all candidates, and thank you to Julie Anne Genter and Jacinda Ardern for showing us all such a model of cooperation.

Two big policy fails

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Date published: 10:24 am, February 24th, 2017 - 10 comments

This is what you get with a hasty, reactive, “top down” policy process.

Nick Smith becomes Minister of Government Information

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Date published: 9:05 am, February 24th, 2017 - 62 comments

The Government intends to change the definitions of various indicators in an effort to solve some of the country’s most serious problems.

Forest and Bird takes it the Government in the Supreme Court

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Date published: 8:10 am, February 24th, 2017 - 25 comments

The Crown is seeking to overturn the Court of Appeal decision obtained by Forest and Bird which is preventing Conservation land in the Hawkes Bay from being used for the controversial Ruataniwha dam.

Open Mike 24/02/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, February 24th, 2017 - 108 comments

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Daily Review 23/02/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, February 23rd, 2017 - 5 comments

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Just allow more shit – a metaphor for this government

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Date published: 4:21 pm, February 23rd, 2017 - 122 comments

So National’s great plan for swimmable rivers by 2040 is to allow twice as much shit in them and still call them “swimmable.”

1984

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Date published: 11:39 am, February 23rd, 2017 - 120 comments

That Orwell was ahead of his time.

English on the Māori seats

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Date published: 9:17 am, February 23rd, 2017 - 13 comments

Someone should ask English whether he still believes the opinions stated in the press release, and if not, why not?

2017

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Date published: 7:48 am, February 23rd, 2017 - 130 comments

The left is facing the possiblity of its fourth election loss in a row.  What type of campaign should it run this year to win?

Open Mike 23/02/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, February 23rd, 2017 - 38 comments

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Daily Review 22/02/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, February 22nd, 2017 - 14 comments

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Kaupapa Pākehā

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Date published: 10:50 am, February 22nd, 2017 - 328 comments

What if we based our politics on relationships not power?

Willie Jackson on democracy

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Date published: 10:12 am, February 22nd, 2017 - 38 comments

Willie Jackson is using his return to the political spotlight to good effect.

Nick Smith screws up again

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Date published: 9:21 am, February 22nd, 2017 - 20 comments

We should probably just schedule this as a monthly post.

Jonathan Pie – A Socialist agenda

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Date published: 8:50 am, February 22nd, 2017 - 3 comments

Jonathan Pie on why being a socialist is actually a good thing.

Open Mike 22/02/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, February 22nd, 2017 - 63 comments

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Win for sanity in Hager vs Westpac

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Date published: 1:29 pm, February 21st, 2017 - 29 comments

The Privacy Commission issues a ruling that should not have been unnecessary.

Living wage rises to $20.20 an hour

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Date published: 9:34 am, February 21st, 2017 - 30 comments

The living wage rises, and an odd argument for abolishing the minimum wage.

NRT: Two ideas to get rid of electorate deals

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Date published: 7:41 am, February 21st, 2017 - 15 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 - 71 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 - 110 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 - 8 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.

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