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Archive for August, 2016

Daily Review 25/08/2016

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 26th, 2016 - 31 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 …

Abrupt climate change: CO2 equivalent now at 485 ppm

Written By: - Date published: 1:23 pm, August 26th, 2016 - 76 comments

We are now at 485 ppm CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas concentrations, up from 250 ppm in the 1700s. And climbing fast.

Robertson: Lessons from the Future of Work Commission

Written By: - Date published: 1:22 pm, August 26th, 2016 - 10 comments

Robertson: “What is the economic paradigm that will meet the challenge of world of less secure work, more automation?”

Chart of the day: The “building boom”

Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, August 26th, 2016 - 119 comments

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Third term and full of ideas…

Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, August 26th, 2016 - 59 comments

You know National really have their finger on the pulse with their latest members bills. First was Nuk Korako showing why he’s 50 on the list with a bill that seems to not actually affect anything.  There don’t seem to be any Airports that have local Councils force them to advertise their lost luggage auctions […]

Homeless crisis – Nats in full denial

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, August 26th, 2016 - 82 comments

New research on homelessness from Otago University sheds light on the depth and breadth of the problem. Naturally Paula Bennett says she doesn’t believe it, and that she won’t read it. Because of course.

Open mike 26/08/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 26th, 2016 - 140 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 25/08/2016

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 25th, 2016 - 17 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 …

Complaint over Key’s prison rape stunt upheld

Written By: - Date published: 11:51 am, August 25th, 2016 - 65 comments

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Things other than States

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 am, August 25th, 2016 - 17 comments

What are the New Zealand institutions other than the State who can achieve good for New Zealanders?

Foreign buyers estimated at 29%

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, August 25th, 2016 - 75 comments

Most of the media has reported the Government’s “3%” spin on the extent of residential property purchases in NZ going to foreign buyers pretty uncritically. There have been honourable exceptions, and yesterday property editor Anne Gibson in The Herald joined them.

Open mike 25/08/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 25th, 2016 - 139 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 …

Dr Kate Amore on Homelessness

Written By: - Date published: 9:52 pm, August 24th, 2016 - 17 comments

Dr Kate Amore and Rev Tric Malcolm will discuss this issue on Friday 26th August at 5:30pm at Connolly Hall, Wellington. Amore’s research released today shows “As the housing market gets tighter, single people have more flexibility and potentially more options open to them, whereas families with children don’t. People [landlords] are less likely to want them, and they have more requirements of housing,” she said. All welcome.

Daily Review 24/08/2016

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 24th, 2016 - 40 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 …

“Flushing flows”

Written By: - Date published: 4:46 pm, August 24th, 2016 - 14 comments

A new phrase is about to enter NZ’s clean green image lexicon.

 

Fleeing Auckland

Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, August 24th, 2016 - 71 comments

Spinoff: “The Spinoff/SSI survey reveals the extraordinary impact of housing crisis on residents of New Zealand’s biggest city – and the extent to which Aucklanders blame foreign speculation.”

Assange is a hero: Jill Stein US Greens Presidential Candidate

Written By: - Date published: 9:54 am, August 24th, 2016 - 204 comments

Julian Assange is a true hero, says Jill Stein unequivocally, along with other whistleblowers who have had the audacity to challenge the status quo establishment.

Key vs science on water quality

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, August 24th, 2016 - 60 comments

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Open mike 24/08/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 24th, 2016 - 38 comments

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Daily Review 23/08/2016

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 23rd, 2016 - 61 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 …

Nats push stupidest education plan ever

Written By: - Date published: 2:26 pm, August 23rd, 2016 - 218 comments

It’s not April 1st, so I’m forced to conclude that this is a genuine announcement: Students to learn online from home instead of at school under major education reform.

Andrew Little on housing

Written By: - Date published: 10:16 am, August 23rd, 2016 - 109 comments

Andrew Little: “John Key will give you all the excuses you can stomach for his failure to stabilise house prices and boost incomes but the truth is clear: if we want to change the path we’re on, we need to change the government.”

The countries that accept foreign donations to political parties

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, August 23rd, 2016 - 86 comments

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Someone in Hamilton is racist as well as stupid

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, August 23rd, 2016 - 36 comments

Someone in Hamilton thinks that someone who wears a turban must be an ISIS supporting terrorist.

Guest post: Tane Phillips for Māori Vice President

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, August 23rd, 2016 - 11 comments

The Standard’s authors have offered candidates for the upcoming Labour Party internal elections the chance to guest post about why they’re running. Tane Phillips has been nominated for the position of Māori Vice President. Here’s his vision for the role and the party.

Open mike 23/08/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 23rd, 2016 - 69 comments

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Watershit Down

Written By: - Date published: 7:37 pm, August 22nd, 2016 - 121 comments

John Key has announced an inquiry into the Havelock North water crisis. But has it been set up to fail the residents of the Central Hawkes Bay?

Daily Review 22/08/16

Written By: - Date published: 5:33 pm, August 22nd, 2016 - 11 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 cross-party inquiry into homelessness is under way

Written By: - Date published: 1:04 pm, August 22nd, 2016 - 48 comments

After National blocked a proposed official inquiry into homelessness, Labour, The Greens and The Maori Party went ahead with their own. It will no doubt come up with useful recommendations. But to see them implemented we will need to change the government.

Racism, middle NZ and Māori

Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, August 22nd, 2016 - 141 comments

In seeking to understand and remedy racism in NZ we should start with the actions of governments and leaders, not with the words of blowhard media constructs.

Hickey on immigration and wages

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, August 22nd, 2016 - 79 comments

Hickey: “The best way for an economy to grow is for the market to allow wages to grow. Allowing a flood of low-skilled migrants is frustrating that market mechanism with the short-term aim of keeping wages low for employers.”

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