Archive for October, 2015

ABs vs Australia

Written By: - Date published: 2:41 pm, October 31st, 2015 - 78 comments

Will the All Blacks be the first team to defend a RWC title?

Finally Fighting for Democracy?

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, October 31st, 2015 - 31 comments

Boots on ground.

Petition on Slater’s hate speech

Written By: - Date published: 7:41 am, October 31st, 2015 - 127 comments

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US ship visit and nuclear free NZ

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, October 31st, 2015 - 77 comments

The US has been invited to send a ship to NZ. One News has a headline about a “nuclear ship”. Explosive if true, but I think this is an error. There is some confusion on the matter, let’s hope it is cleared up fast.

Open mike 31/10/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 31st, 2015 - 18 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 30/10/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:16 pm, October 30th, 2015 - 4 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 …

Food Bank Charity

Written By: - Date published: 4:45 pm, October 30th, 2015 - 97 comments

Guest post from Kōrero Pono on the politics and ethics of food banks.

Weekend social 30/10/2015

Written By: - Date published: 2:36 pm, October 30th, 2015 - 23 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?

Dirty Politics was in the public interest

Written By: - Date published: 12:11 pm, October 30th, 2015 - 46 comments

Today’s anonymous editorial in The Herald makes for interesting reading, with the right conclusion in the end – Hager’s Dirty Politics served a genuine public interest, and should be legally protected as such.

Q&A with Scoop’s Alastair Thompson

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, October 30th, 2015 - 46 comments

Scoop’s Alastair Thompson will be joining us live around 10am. Do you have questions on the future of the media, public service journalism, or plans for the Scoop Foundation? Ask them here!

Were people smugglers paid money to take refuges away from New Zealand?

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, October 30th, 2015 - 34 comments

Amnesty International has published a report “By Hook or by Crook: Australia’s Abuse of Asylum-Seekers at Sea” which has rightfully been described as a damning indictment of Australia’s handling of the refugee crisis. But New Zealand benefitted from payments of money to people smugglers.  What did the Government know?

Five years as a united Auckland

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, October 30th, 2015 - 168 comments

Auckland Council is delivering a publication to all Auckland households celebrating five years of Auckland super city. But is there any reason to celebrate?

Open mike 30/10/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 30th, 2015 - 72 comments

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Daily Review 29/10/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, October 29th, 2015 - 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 …

Tomorrow – Q&A with Scoop’s Alastair Thompson

Written By: - Date published: 10:52 am, October 29th, 2015 - 4 comments

For 16 years Scoop has been making an enormous contribution to the NZ media landscape. On Friday at 10am Scoop’s Alastair Thompson will join us here on The Standard for a question and answer session.

Technology and the law – and going after Hager

Written By: - Date published: 10:12 am, October 29th, 2015 - 213 comments

A recent supreme court ruling that a “stored sequence of bytes” constitutes property is pretty bizarre – and it seems to be being used to go after Nicky Hager.

Open mike 29/10/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 29th, 2015 - 84 comments

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Daily Review 28/10/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, October 28th, 2015 - 18 comments

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“A creeping authoritarianism from the current government”

Written By: - Date published: 4:17 pm, October 28th, 2015 - 36 comments

The reaction to Westpac handing over Nicky Hager’s data to police is still playing out. Rob Hosking observes “a creeping authoritarianism from the current government”.

Getting mommy to dispense the drugs

Written By: - Date published: 12:52 pm, October 28th, 2015 - 32 comments

Now that cannabis is going legal and heading for the neighbourhood social gatherings where mothers sell addictive substances (like cosmetics and kitchenware) to each other. Lets legalize it, tax it HEAVILY, and could someone please give Helen Kelly and others like her the relief that they can use.

Cameron prefers ornamental Lords

Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, October 28th, 2015 - 15 comments

Fascinating developments in British politics as The House of Lords opposes Cameron’s cuts to tax credits and chooses instead to protect the poor. Cameron is incensed.

We are paying for Key and Coleman to attend the World Cup

Written By: - Date published: 8:58 am, October 28th, 2015 - 207 comments

John Key and Jonathan Coleman are attending the World Cup on the taxpayer’s tab.

Open mike 28/10/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 28th, 2015 - 65 comments

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Daily Review 27/10/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, October 27th, 2015 - 19 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 …

Portugal

Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, October 27th, 2015 - 38 comments

This is going to end well…

Well I’m glad we cleared that up

Written By: - Date published: 11:08 am, October 27th, 2015 - 25 comments

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Let’s keep politics out of Rugby

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, October 27th, 2015 - 87 comments

The right used to state that politics should be kept out of sport.  With John Key politicising the All Blacks to an obscene it may be time for them to reinforce what now appears to be a very reasonable principle.

NZ number one in the world – and it’s all bad news

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, October 27th, 2015 - 388 comments

Rachel Stewart writes about a disaster for this country.

Open mike 27/10/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 27th, 2015 - 41 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 …

Sobriety

Written By: - Date published: 9:08 am, October 26th, 2015 - 10 comments

The video excerpt comes from the Yann Arthus-Bertrand film ‘Human’. It’s available to view on youtube.

Angry at Westpac

Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, October 26th, 2015 - 56 comments

Westpac passing over Nicky Hager’s details was probably illegal, and may turn out to have been a very bad move…

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