Archive for May, 2015

Schools under pressure

Written By: - Date published: 2:38 pm, May 31st, 2015 - 11 comments

Schools are not adequately funded for the job we ask them to do.

Yes it is

Written By: - Date published: 1:56 pm, May 31st, 2015 - 53 comments

“Is this a glimpse of Earth’s future?”

Labour and the Greens

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, May 31st, 2015 - 199 comments

Some thoughts on how Labour and the Greens need to manage relations in the hope that they can form a future progressive Government.

White Man Behind a Desk

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, May 31st, 2015 - 13 comments

Quiet Sunday morning? Check out White Man Behind a Desk.

Open mike 31/05/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 31st, 2015 - 30 comments

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

New Greens male co-leader: James Shaw

Written By: - Date published: 2:15 pm, May 30th, 2015 - 283 comments

The new male co-leader of the Green Party is James Shaw.

Things that make you go “Hmmmm”

Written By: - Date published: 11:24 am, May 30th, 2015 - 5 comments

Sepp Blatter. John Key. Hmmmm.

Coup Coup Ca Choo!

Written By: - Date published: 10:20 am, May 30th, 2015 - 58 comments

So why was Maurice dancing with ACT? Why was Borrows bullshitting about bikes? Does Judith Collins sleep with a copy of the Art of War under her pillow? I don’t know, but I think we should be told.

Kelvin Davis’ massive Hikoi

Written By: - Date published: 10:07 am, May 30th, 2015 - 25 comments

Over the next two weeks Kelvin Davis and supporters will be going a Hikoi through the North to publicise the curse of sexual violence and to get more men to speak out against it.

New Greens co-leader elected today

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, May 30th, 2015 - 5 comments

The Green Party are livestreaming parts of their annual conference today, including the announcement of their new male co-leader at 2pm.

Stewart’s brilliant account of the significance of Campbell Live

Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, May 30th, 2015 - 47 comments

Rachel Stewart’s piece should be required reading for anyone who cares about New Zealand.

Open mike 30/05/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 30th, 2015 - 25 comments

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

Daily Review 29/05/2015

Written By: - Date published: 5:45 pm, May 29th, 2015 - 11 comments

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.

Make a submission – Generation Zero video

Written By: - Date published: 5:01 pm, May 29th, 2015 - 5 comments

generation-zero-fix-our-future

Weekend social 29/05/2015

Written By: - Date published: 2:28 pm, May 29th, 2015 - 8 comments

Long weekend – how are you spending yours?

Auto Kiwisaver

Written By: - Date published: 11:54 am, May 29th, 2015 - 60 comments

Nice to see English acknowledging the importance of Kiwisaver – thanks Michael Cullen, thanks Helen Clark! I certainly support default enrollment. But – isn’t this Big Government Nanny State Gone Mad?

RIP Campbell Live

Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, May 29th, 2015 - 255 comments

Campbell Live plays for the last time tonight.  With New Zealand on Air having new targets that will make support for similar shows unlikely the holding of the powerful to account is about to become more difficult.

Money for nothing and the sheep are for free

Written By: - Date published: 8:36 am, May 29th, 2015 - 35 comments

The legal suit offered as part justification for the Government paying $11 million to a Saudi businessman was apparently “off the table” at the time that Cabinet agreed to the payment.  So why was the payment made?  And why didn’t Murray McCully tell this to Cabinet or to Parliament earlier?

Open mike 29/05/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 29th, 2015 - 69 comments

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

Daily Review 28/05/2015

Written By: - Date published: 5:45 pm, May 28th, 2015 - 10 comments

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.

All our eggs in the dairy basket

Written By: - Date published: 12:27 pm, May 28th, 2015 - 157 comments

This government has been artificiality buoyed by a diary boom, now the bust leaves us highly exposed.

Students speak on loan cap

Written By: - Date published: 10:48 am, May 28th, 2015 - 46 comments

Students speak on the lifetime limit on eligibility for student loans. This particularly affects those committed to a long term course of study, such as medical students. They can’t get loans for their final years of study. It’s crazy.

Sheepgate

Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, May 28th, 2015 - 102 comments

It has emerged that the New Zealand Government has paid money to a Saudi businessman allegedly to settle a legal dispute that does not exist but more probably to persuade the Saudi Government to enter into a free trade agreement.  Update – and maybe there was a threat of legal action but because of the actions of National, not Labour.

Open mike 28/05/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 28th, 2015 - 66 comments

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

RIP the Alliance Party

Written By: - Date published: 7:33 pm, May 27th, 2015 - 50 comments

The demise of the Alliance Party was announced today.

Daily Review 27/05/2015

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, May 27th, 2015 - 24 comments

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.

In Praise of Key

Written By: - Date published: 3:22 pm, May 27th, 2015 - 331 comments

Hardly a comprehensive take, but in the interest of stating some obvious stuff…

Some Nats growing a spine on health and safety?

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, May 27th, 2015 - 17 comments

Helen Kelly and the CTU have done a great job raising the issues of workplace health and safety. Have they even got the attention of some Nats? Apparently there are delays to proposed changes as some in caucus resist.

Crosby ‘most successful propogandist since Goebbels’ – Ken Livingston

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, May 27th, 2015 - 57 comments

Ken Livingston talks about Lynton Crosby and neoliberalism.

Petition: Raise the age of child protection

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, May 27th, 2015 - 29 comments

Currently, child protection law means a young person leaves CYFS care at 17, but other state support, like housing and student allowances, doesn’t start until age 18.

Sky City redux – the house still wins

Written By: - Date published: 8:25 am, May 27th, 2015 - 101 comments

Sky City has managed to persuade the Government to allow it to build a cheaper building while retaining the same valuable gambling regulatory concessions.  Update: and the Government appears to have made further contractual concessions to Sky City.

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