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Daily Review 31/08/2016

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 31st, 2016 - 21 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 …

NRT: A death-knell for Ruataniwha?

Written By: - Date published: 12:52 pm, August 31st, 2016 - 54 comments

I/S at No Right Turn writes: If the ruling stands, it won’t just kill the dam, but also National’s policy of trying to crack open reserves for development through an ideology of “net conservation gain”.

The elephant in the room

Written By: - Date published: 10:11 am, August 31st, 2016 - 4 comments

the elephant in the room climate change

Supported autonomy

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, August 31st, 2016 - 31 comments

Philip Patston writes about the important difference between autonomy and independence.

Mt Roskill by election – cooperating parties cooperate shock!

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, August 31st, 2016 - 96 comments

If Phil Goff wins the Auckland mayoralty there will be a by-election in Mt Roskill. Building on their MOU, Labour and the Greens may cooperate. Good!

Open mike 31/08/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 31st, 2016 - 317 comments

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Daily review 30/08/2016

Written By: - Date published: 5:41 pm, August 30th, 2016 - 18 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 …

The right for Spy’s to break the law, bill.

Written By: - Date published: 4:49 pm, August 30th, 2016 - 16 comments

No Right Turn has reminded me that the deadline for submissions on the Spy bill is 7th October 2016. Submissions.  can be made here. The spy bill. The bill makes it illegal for civil servants, or anyone else,  to blow the whistle on the Government. It makes it legal for spies to break laws at […]

Nats cut police resources then demand the impossible

Written By: - Date published: 12:02 pm, August 30th, 2016 - 46 comments

We have had years of systematic under funding of the police and front-line numbers are falling. None the less police are now expected to attend every burglary. For the sake of this exercise in public perception other areas of police wrok will suffer.

Nanaia Mahuta: “I refuse to engage in the politics of desperation”

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, August 30th, 2016 - 108 comments

The MP for Hauraki-Waikato has responded strongly to the latest jibes coming from the Māori Party.

Labour’s Auckland Push

Written By: - Date published: 10:51 am, August 30th, 2016 - 57 comments

Matt McCarten is to head a new Labour party office in Auckland. The party is going to take to fight to National in the city that decides the election. Yet another bold step from Andrew Little, who is looking more and more like the next PM.

Key finally admits there is a housing crisis but says it is all Labour’s fault

Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, August 30th, 2016 - 32 comments

John Key has used some very dodgy figures to claim that the housing crisis was worse under Labour than it is now.

Key: Crisis? What me worry?

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, August 30th, 2016 - 34 comments

John Key is defending his handling of Auckland’s housing crisis on the grounds that Auckland’s prices have only risen as much under him as they did under Labour.

So the prices that he said were a crisis in 2007, have risen by as much again, and thus… no problem?

Open mike 30/08/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 30th, 2016 - 59 comments

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Roy Morgan August; Nat’s Down 7%

Written By: - Date published: 7:50 pm, August 29th, 2016 - 268 comments

The latest Roy Morgan is out. A solid 7% drop for National.

Daily Review 29/08/2016

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 29th, 2016 - 23 comments

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Last chance to sign the equal pay petition

Written By: - Date published: 5:05 pm, August 29th, 2016 - Comments Off on Last chance to sign the equal pay petition

New Zealand’s record is shameful. It is long past time or equal pay. You can sign the petition here.

Launch of Economic and Social Research Aotearoa (ESRA)

Written By: - Date published: 1:36 pm, August 29th, 2016 - 35 comments

There is a new leftie think tank in town. Congratulations to Sue Bradford and her team. We hope to hear plenty more from ESRA!

Why I hate UBER

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, August 29th, 2016 - 66 comments

Uber is great for the consumer but terrible for its contractors.

Hekia Parata fabricates a ‘Special Education Association’

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, August 29th, 2016 - 83 comments

Hekia Parata has stooped to a new low. She has lied. Openly and blatantly. I do hope the media and opposition MPs take this further.

Land banking – National gives up on housing crisis

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, August 29th, 2016 - 29 comments

As the average Auckland house price hits $1 Million, the Special Housing Areas fail, and Real Estate agents openly promote land banking, what does National do? Why, they give up, of course.

Open mike 29/08/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 29th, 2016 - 173 comments

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Toby Morris: TA’s Story

Written By: - Date published: 11:12 am, August 28th, 2016 - 10 comments

Illustrator and commentator Toby Morris has animated TA’s story: “What do you want most in the world,” John Campbell asks TA, who has been living in a van with her family since February. “A library.”

Hollowing out the regions

Written By: - Date published: 10:58 am, August 28th, 2016 - 44 comments

The closure of 19 mostly rural Westpac branches is indicative of the ongoing hollowing out the regions. Neglecting Northland cost the Nats the last by election. Neglecting regional NZ as a whole might cost them the next general.

Open mike 28/08/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 28th, 2016 - 126 comments

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Fair and sustainable economics

Written By: - Date published: 12:42 pm, August 27th, 2016 - 168 comments

Green Party finance spokesperson Julie Anne Genter starts a conversation about post-neoliberal economics.

Nick Smith commits to raising average wage to $250,000

Written By: - Date published: 10:55 am, August 27th, 2016 - 37 comments

Great news everyone! On The Nation this morning Nick Smith committed to raising average NZ wage to $250,000!

Making us proud internationally

Written By: - Date published: 10:18 am, August 27th, 2016 - 7 comments

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McCully and the Auditor General’s report on #sheepgate

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, August 27th, 2016 - 17 comments

It has been over a year since the Auditor General announced an inquiry into the circumstances around Sheepgate.  Why has it taken so long?

The Spinoff: Housing crisis costing Nats

Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, August 27th, 2016 - 14 comments

The Spinoff: “Lose the top of your party vote in Auckland, with Labour making ground, and the picture for the general election in 2017 looks like, walks like and quacks like a crisis.”

Open mike 27/08/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 27th, 2016 - 58 comments

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