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Archive for January, 2017

Godzone for billionaires

Written By: - Date published: 8:59 am, January 26th, 2017 - 93 comments

Peter Thiel’s fast tracking of his citizenship application needs some explaining by the Government.

New Lynn should grab Greg Presland (damnit)

Written By: - Date published: 7:49 am, January 26th, 2017 - 103 comments

Greg Presland has been daft enough put his hand up for Labour candidate in New Lynn. That would be unfortunate for this site. But my advice for Labour and New Lynn is to grab him.  Media say that the leading candidates are him and Deborah Russell. Regardless of a her competence, a non-Auckland resident is a big ask in the era of MMP seats.

Open Mike 26/01/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 26th, 2017 - 101 comments

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2017: Political Year in Prospect

Written By: - Date published: 7:28 pm, January 25th, 2017 - 9 comments

Morgan Godfery, Mike Munro and Stephanie Rodgers will discuss this topic Thursday 26 January at Connolly Hall, Guildford Terrace, Wellington at 5:30pm for the Fabian Society. All welcome – will be interesting.

Daily Review 25/01/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:51 pm, January 25th, 2017 - 50 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 …

Stop. Driving. Climate. Change.

Written By: - Date published: 1:29 pm, January 25th, 2017 - 79 comments

What can we do today that will make a difference?

Privatised Education Strikes Again.

Written By: - Date published: 11:59 am, January 25th, 2017 - 20 comments

The problems we have identified many times, with privatisation of essential services, continue.

Lifeboat NZ

Written By: - Date published: 11:14 am, January 25th, 2017 - 100 comments

How do we feel about NZ becoming a lifeboat for the super-rich to run out on the problems that they created?

Minimum wage increase doesn’t meet real costs (the CPI is broken)

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 25th, 2017 - 53 comments

Any increase in the minimum wage is better than nothing, but National’s increases have not kept pace with the real cost increases (notably housing) faced by low income earners. That is why we are seeing the rise of the working poor, and increases in homelessness and poverty.

Open Mike 25/01/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 25th, 2017 - 147 comments

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Daily Review 24/01/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, January 24th, 2017 - 33 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 …

Housing. Cut the Crap.

Written By: - Date published: 1:11 pm, January 24th, 2017 - 135 comments

All this housing malarkey…are we over it yet?

Trump’s global gag law on abortion

Written By: - Date published: 12:37 pm, January 24th, 2017 - 52 comments

“Donald Trump signs anti-abortion executive order surrounded by men”

The inauguration of Trump: Jonathan Pie reacts

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, January 24th, 2017 - 15 comments

Jonathan Pie gets angry at Trump’s treatment of the media.

Māori politics – “don’t believe the hype”

Written By: - Date published: 8:42 am, January 24th, 2017 - 81 comments

Totally unexpected in an election year, but Te Ururoa Flavell is making a play for the Māori seats. Morgan Godfery has some thoughts on the hype.

RIP TPP

Written By: - Date published: 8:39 am, January 24th, 2017 - 70 comments

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and leaving the agreement effectively dead in its tracks.

Open Mike 24/01/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 24th, 2017 - 86 comments

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Sit-in Occupation to Stop Niki’s Eviction Tuesday 24th January

Written By: - Date published: 8:33 pm, January 23rd, 2017 - 138 comments

“These are the people’s assets” – Ioela ‘Niki’ Rauti.

State houses are being given to developers, and people are being evicted from their homes.

Daily Review 23/01/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, January 23rd, 2017 - 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 …

Everything Contained. Everyone Led.

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, January 23rd, 2017 - 12 comments

So what’s important? Millions on the streets and what might become of that, or how many more or fewer people attended a given President’s big day? Just asking…

Auckland’s shit beaches

Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, January 23rd, 2017 - 31 comments

Not meant as a general criticism. Auckland has lovely beaches. When they aren’t drowning in shit that is.

Mt Albert – a friendly by-election

Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, January 23rd, 2017 - 61 comments

Campaigning is underway in Mt Albert. Looks like it will be a very different kind of by election.

Starting out with an obvious lie

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 23rd, 2017 - 195 comments

The Trump / Spicer claim that the inauguration crowds were “the largest audience ever to witness and inauguration, period” are such an obvious lie that it seems unhinged. But there could be method to the madness.

(Update: Apparently in Trump speak these are “alternative facts”.)

Open Mike 23/01/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 23rd, 2017 - 93 comments

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Protest Marches

Written By: - Date published: 10:10 am, January 22nd, 2017 - 60 comments

The Sister Marches have been a huge success worldwide.

Open Mike 22/01/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 22nd, 2017 - 79 comments

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Andrew Little: Together, we will fight for justice for Pike families

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, January 21st, 2017 - 105 comments

I want justice for the families of the worst workplace tragedy in decades. If New Zealanders choose to change the Government this year, Pike will be a priority in my first hundred days as Prime Minister.

T Day

Written By: - Date published: 6:16 am, January 21st, 2017 - 124 comments

Donald Trump has now been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.  And we are in unchartered territory.

Open Mike 21/01/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 21st, 2017 - 120 comments

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You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are Boys ….

Written By: - Date published: 10:10 pm, January 20th, 2017 - 10 comments

, Back in the US, back in the US…R

Predator free NZ – how are we doing?

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, January 20th, 2017 - 30 comments

It has been 6 months since the announcement that New Zealand would be predator free by 2050. But is sounds like nothing concrete has happened yet.

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