Archive for June, 2015

Daily Review 30/06/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, June 30th, 2015 - 16 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.

Greens allow split vote on online speech bill

Written By: - Date published: 3:35 pm, June 30th, 2015 - 87 comments

The Greens will split their vote on the Harmful Digital Communications Bill.

Update: The Bill has passed.

Caption Contest

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, June 30th, 2015 - 87 comments

Keep it seemly.

Greece and the Euro crisis

Written By: - Date published: 9:47 am, June 30th, 2015 - 162 comments

The invisible hand of the market is busy punching itself in the face today. Some observations on Greece and the Euro crisis, from the factual to the fun, courtesy of Twitter this morning.

Another disease of poverty making a comeback

Written By: - Date published: 9:18 am, June 30th, 2015 - 139 comments

Add another disease of poverty to the list of those that are making a comeback in NZ.

Kia ora Gaza

Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, June 30th, 2015 - 89 comments

Native Affairs reporter Ruwani Perera and cameraman Jacob Bryant have been arrested by Israeli forces for being part of a peace flotilla wanting to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza.  If Murray McCully wants to achieve peace in the Middle East he could start by demanding that they be released and that the delivery of aid to Gaza be allowed.

Open mike 30/06/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 30th, 2015 - 49 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 29/06/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, June 29th, 2015 - 17 comments

[Picture to commemorate the last Native Affairs show with Mihi Forbes’ involvement]  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.

Will New Zealand social housing soon subsidise Australian social housing?

Written By: - Date published: 2:56 pm, June 29th, 2015 - 57 comments

John Key’s interview on Morning Report this morning suggests that National does not know what it is doing with its social housing policy.  Are we approaching a situation where profits from New Zealand social housing is going to underwrite the cost of Australian social housing?

Watch Native Affairs tonight

Written By: - Date published: 12:06 pm, June 29th, 2015 - 29 comments

Watch Native Affairs on Maori Television tonight.

Youth rates and youth employment

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, June 29th, 2015 - 43 comments

Remember how National’s youth rates were going to raise levels of youth employment? Turns out not so much.

Inequality – Treasury report

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, June 29th, 2015 - 21 comments

Last week Treasury came out with a detailed and interesting report, Inequality in New Zealand 1983/84 to 2013/14. It is no surprise to find that the last Labour government acted to reduce inequality, the current National government has acted to increase it.

Open mike 29/06/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 29th, 2015 - 196 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 …

Older white men paid double young ethnic women

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, June 28th, 2015 - 166 comments

That’s not my headline. That’s Stuff’s business section’s headline.

Auckland Council and the latest rates rise

Written By: - Date published: 1:40 pm, June 28th, 2015 - 68 comments

Auckland Council’s budget which should have been passed on a pro forma vote succeeded this week by the narrowest of margins with a transport levy that Sky City pays the same amount as a Piha resident and where the share of rates that business pays continues to decrease.  Time to rethink supercity?

Selling state houses to Australia

Written By: - Date published: 10:29 am, June 28th, 2015 - 20 comments

English needs to explain why the government can’t find NZ buyers for their “social housing” plans. The Nats to explain how selling state houses helps a single family in need.

Australia where the bloody hell are you on gay marriage?

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, June 28th, 2015 - 55 comments

Following on from New Zealand, Ireland and many other states the United States Supreme Court has recently ruled that banning same sex marriages is a breach of the 14th amendment’s right to life and liberty.  It makes you wonder when Australia is going to institute change.

Open mike 28/06/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 28th, 2015 - 56 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 …

Armstrong is Craig’s last fan

Written By: - Date published: 3:31 pm, June 27th, 2015 - 5 comments

John Armstrong is apparently the last political “commentator” to take Colin Craig seriously. It’s really quite sweet.

Gagging scientists

Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, June 27th, 2015 - 13 comments

Forty percent of scientists surveyed feel that they are unable to speak out on issues within their areas of expertise because of management policy or concern over losing funding.

Damn right I’m angry

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, June 27th, 2015 - 77 comments

The term “tone argument” refers to the regular pleas directed at feminists, anti-racism activists, etc to stop being so aggressive and ask nicely for fundamental human rights and dignity instead of shouting so much. It’s a derailment, a troll move, a way to undermine and ignore the actual arguments being made.

Amazing Grace

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, June 27th, 2015 - 99 comments

Barack Obama sings the spiritual Amazing Grace during the eulogy for Clementa Pinckney, one of those killed by a racist gunman in Charleston. Not completely in tune, but he hits the right note. As his Presidency winds down, Obama has one last opportunity to move the American mindset. The rule of the gun must end.

Open mike 27/06/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 27th, 2015 - 34 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 …

An open letter to Andrew Little

Written By: - Date published: 6:08 pm, June 26th, 2015 - 432 comments

A respectful open letter to Andrew Little with suggestions for how to win the next election!

Daily Review 25/06/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, June 26th, 2015 - 16 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.

White man behind a desk: Climate Change

Written By: - Date published: 4:00 pm, June 26th, 2015 - 3 comments

White man behind a desk explores why National is behind the Catholic Church and Shell when it comes time to addressing climate change.

Weekend social 26/06/2015

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, June 26th, 2015 - 14 comments

Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever. No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

Darren Watson – I got your office right here – live acoustic version

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, June 26th, 2015 - 3 comments

A live version of Darren Watson’s “I’ve got your office right here” with a message for John Key and details of Darren’s and Matt Langley’s Shoot Your Television Tour.

Universal Basic Income Experiment

Written By: - Date published: 10:52 am, June 26th, 2015 - 97 comments

Income in a world of climate change.

Sacrificing mental health to dragons

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, June 26th, 2015 - 44 comments

The Labour Party has had a sneak peek at the process our government is using to pick “providers” for its mercenary social impact bonds scheme, and it’s like something off television.

Only ACT standing up for free speech?

Written By: - Date published: 8:46 am, June 26th, 2015 - 76 comments

ACT has withdrawn support for the Harmful Digital Communications Bill. Bravo. Labour, Greens – where do you stand on this badly drafted and damaging bill?

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