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Archive for April, 2017

Government misled families about Pike River

Written By: - Date published: 6:33 pm, April 30th, 2017 - 49 comments

TV3 has released video confirming that the atmosphere in the Pike River Mine was inert and raising major doubts about the claim that the mine was too unsafe to extract the bodies or to investigate the causes.

Gould explains how money works to Brash

Written By: - Date published: 12:06 pm, April 30th, 2017 - 157 comments

Interesting series of articles in The Herald, where Bryan Gould schools Don Brash on how money works.

Is the Labour Housing policy even possible?

Written By: - Date published: 8:50 am, April 30th, 2017 - 129 comments

If Labour wins in September what state infrastructure can it utilise to deliver on its promise to build tens of thousands of affordable homes?

Open Mike 30/04/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 30th, 2017 - 64 comments

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Pencilsword on renting

Written By: - Date published: 1:16 pm, April 29th, 2017 - 14 comments

Pencilsword does brilliant analysis and commentary in cartoon form. Go check out the latest on the invisible rental crisis…

Squatters’ rights

Written By: - Date published: 11:53 am, April 29th, 2017 - 87 comments

You know things are bad when MPs start thinking squatting is a viable option.

Poor Donald

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, April 29th, 2017 - 26 comments

“I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”

Billions of lies

Written By: - Date published: 7:49 am, April 29th, 2017 - 41 comments

The Nats are settling in to election mode – smoke and mirrors. Steven Joyce feeds us billions of dollars worth of lies.

Open Mike 29/04/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 29th, 2017 - 32 comments

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Daily Review 28/04/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, April 28th, 2017 - 18 comments

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Hickey’s chart of the week

Written By: - Date published: 3:32 pm, April 28th, 2017 - 16 comments

Greens launch nationwide Māori Caucus tour

Written By: - Date published: 10:32 am, April 28th, 2017 - 11 comments

The Green Party’s Māori Caucus is on a national outreach tour to engage with Māori communities, starting in Northland today.

Environment Southland won’t talk in public about water quality

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, April 28th, 2017 - 14 comments

Discussions of the MfE Our Fresh Water 2017 report to be held in workshop that excludes the public and the media.

RNZ: The 9th floor – Shipley

Written By: - Date published: 10:22 am, April 28th, 2017 - 85 comments

“During the day we spent with Shipley she said New Zealand needs to take the “blowtorch” to middle class welfare, with student allowances and healthcare areas where middle and higher income earners should pay more.” “I believe in leadership, not political occupancy.”

A legacy of poisoned water

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, April 28th, 2017 - 66 comments

We won’t be able to say that we didn’t have ample warning, with a another detailed and damning report on water quality out yesterday. Does National really want to be remembered for allowing the poisoning of our water?

Open Mike 28/04/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 28th, 2017 - 48 comments

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Daily Review 27/04/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:57 pm, April 27th, 2017 - 33 comments

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Stewart: “Dying days of democracy”?

Written By: - Date published: 2:11 pm, April 27th, 2017 - 59 comments

Probably not, but after 9 years of Brighter Future / Dirty Politics it certainly can feel that way.

Donald Trump and Florida

Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, April 27th, 2017 - 11 comments

The US economy may start unravelling when because of rising sea levels boats in Florida are no longer able to clear canal bridges.

When a wannabe politician’s social media goes wrong

Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, April 27th, 2017 - 10 comments

Over in Australia a One Nation candidate has withdrawn his candidacy after a merciless twitter attack and a photo of him in front of a swasticker mowed into a lawn and giving a nazi salute appeared.

Immigration debate – Peters goes full racist

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, April 27th, 2017 - 357 comments

Yesterday Winston Peters chucked a gallon of petrol onto the smouldering immigration debate.

Open Mike 27/04/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 27th, 2017 - 16 comments

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Daily Review 26/04/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, April 26th, 2017 - 44 comments

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Anzac Day

Written By: - Date published: 3:36 pm, April 26th, 2017 - 15 comments

Am I the only one who is upset, over mealy mouthed politicians making flowery speeches saying “We will remember them”

when they manifestly don’t.

NRT: Spying for the whales

Written By: - Date published: 1:29 pm, April 26th, 2017 - 20 comments

I/S at No Right Turn: “spies are corrosive of our values. Its one thing to spy in wartime, out of military necessity. Its quite another to do it in peace, on your friends, for self-advantage.

Nick knifed

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, April 26th, 2017 - 15 comments

The French Presidential Runoff

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, April 26th, 2017 - 79 comments

The French Presidential run off presents worrying signs for progressives.  Why is the electorate sliding to the right?

The case for higher wages

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, April 26th, 2017 - 31 comments

In the warm afterglow of the huge wage increase for health care workers the case for addressing NZ’s creaking low-wage economy is getting some recognition (along with the effect of immigration on wages).

Open Mike 26/04/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 26th, 2017 - 95 comments

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Utopian Musings: Companionship, Community, Compassion, Passion

Written By: - Date published: 11:57 am, April 25th, 2017 - 43 comments

Incognito muses on the state of society, and that despite many of us feel relatively happy & content there seems to be an increasing feeling of ‘unease’, that something is not quite right in/with our society and where things might be heading. Rather than the ideologies and buzzwords, Incognito focuses on the factors that make humans happy in community.

Anzac Day

Written By: - Date published: 6:01 am, April 25th, 2017 - 28 comments

There is a list of Anzac Day services here, and a list of peace vigils here.

An appropriate day to contemplate “the meaning of honour”.

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