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Archive for December, 2015

Sir Lynton Crosby and Dame Paula Rebstock

Written By: - Date published: 9:42 am, December 31st, 2015 - 106 comments

The British Conservative Government and the New Zealand National Government have both rewarded their friends with titles.

The ten most commented on Standard posts in 2015

Written By: - Date published: 9:18 am, December 31st, 2015 - 77 comments

The Standard’s ten most commented posts in 2015.

Open mike 31/12/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 31st, 2015 - 152 comments

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The Standard’s ten most popular blog posts of 2015

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, December 30th, 2015 - 10 comments

The ten most popular Standard posts of 2015 based on page views.

Open mike 30/12/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 30th, 2015 - 176 comments

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Merry f&*king christmas from Jonathan Pie

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, December 29th, 2015 - 3 comments

Jonathan Pie in his own way celebrates the event that is Christmas

The media in 2015

Written By: - Date published: 12:25 pm, December 29th, 2015 - 88 comments

Some random musings on what happened in New Zealand’s media this year.

Open mike 29/12/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 29th, 2015 - 36 comments

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John Key – the White Ribbon Ambassador

Written By: - Date published: 12:03 pm, December 28th, 2015 - 278 comments

A comprehensive run through of behaviours and attitudes associated with a White Ribbon ambassador.

Rudd v Clark

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, December 28th, 2015 - 99 comments

Helen Clark is considered to be to be a front runner for the position of next United Nations Secretary General.  But Kevin Rudd is also being talked about as a candidate.  And if his previous behaviour is repeated it could be an interesting contest.

Open mike 28/12/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 28th, 2015 - 31 comments

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We will always have Paris

Written By: - Date published: 7:09 am, December 27th, 2015 - 56 comments

COP21 provided welcome commitment by the world’s nations to do something meaningful about climate change. But this is not enough. So what next?

Open mike 27/12/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 27th, 2015 - 39 comments

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Guest Post: Employment and Unemployment

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, December 26th, 2015 - 49 comments

Incognito on the meaning of work and unemployment at a time of increasing change.

Open mike 26/12/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 26th, 2015 - 79 comments

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Banksy on Christmas

Written By: - Date published: 11:20 am, December 25th, 2015 - 101 comments

Merry Christmas …

Open mike 25/12/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 25th, 2015 - 36 comments

Merry Christmas one and all!

On the twelfth day of Christmas AFFCO gave two of its workers …

Written By: - Date published: 7:29 am, December 24th, 2015 - 189 comments

AFFCO clearly lacks any sense of a christmas spirit when dealing with its workers.

Open mike 24/12/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 24th, 2015 - 59 comments

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Kim Dotcom to be extradited?

Written By: - Date published: 3:57 pm, December 23rd, 2015 - 184 comments

The District Court has ruled in favour of Kim Dotcom being extradicted.

Treachery and silly season political snippets

Written By: - Date published: 7:41 am, December 23rd, 2015 - 61 comments

There’s still a few MPs “on duty”. Their function is to maintain the semblance of active government and to roll out a bunch of announcements they hope will escape full scrutiny.

Open mike 23/12/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 23rd, 2015 - 133 comments

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Open mike 22/12/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 22nd, 2015 - 116 comments

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A letter of thanks from Nicky Hager

Written By: - Date published: 2:31 pm, December 21st, 2015 - 71 comments

“On 2 October last year the police raided our home and I had the hugely encouraging experience of watching hundreds of you coming to my aid on Givealittle: giving money and, just as important, sending kind messages and giving moral support. The financial support made it easy for us to decide to launch legal action…”

Ladies and Gentlemen this is your Prime Minister

Written By: - Date published: 8:36 am, December 21st, 2015 - 177 comments

Video of John Key’s recent interview with The Rock.

Open mike 21/12/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 21st, 2015 - 76 comments

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Rachel Stewart eviscerates John Key

Written By: - Date published: 11:51 am, December 20th, 2015 - 211 comments

Rachel Stewart has penned an opinion piece highlighting John Key’s avoidance of serious media in preference to engaging in rude, crude and highly unattractive stunts on commercial radio.

Open mike 20/12/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 20th, 2015 - 157 comments

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Local Democracy

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, December 19th, 2015 - 35 comments

Ad discusses a phenomenon where Local Government is having a greater and greater effect on New Zealand’s development.  But local politicians are having less and less effect.

Summer break

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 19th, 2015 - 46 comments

Standardista authors are on summer break! There will be an Open Mike each day, but little or no other posting (unless an author feels particularly inspired). Here’s some summer reading suggestions – by all means add your own…

Open mike 19/12/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 19th, 2015 - 75 comments

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