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Archive for April, 2022

National’s diversity problem

Written By: - Date published: 9:03 am, April 30th, 2022 - 71 comments

National’s short list of candidates for the Tauranga seat has been released.  And it is clear that its gender and ethnic representation problems will be made worse after the selection process is completed.

Open mike 30/04/2022

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 30th, 2022 - 78 comments

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Daily review 29/04/2022

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, April 29th, 2022 - 11 comments

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What Can Be Saved?

Written By: - Date published: 7:12 am, April 29th, 2022 - 157 comments

The tide of this government is running out. There’s 18 months left in the term. What would you save?

Open mike 29/04/2022

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 29th, 2022 - 82 comments

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Daily review 28/04/2022

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, April 28th, 2022 - 9 comments

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Open mike 28/04/2022

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 28th, 2022 - 126 comments

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Daily review 27/04/2022

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, April 27th, 2022 - 36 comments

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Is Parker procrastinating or scene setting for fairer tax system?

Written By: - Date published: 3:40 pm, April 27th, 2022 - 49 comments

Is Revenue Minister David Parker’s plan to gather tax data on the wealthy just more procrastination by this Labour government on making the tax system fairer? Or is it recognition the public debate needs a long-term frame to get a capital gains, or wealth tax, over the line?

Open mike 27/04/2022

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 27th, 2022 - 52 comments

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Who Will Protect Us From Media Power Now?

Written By: - Date published: 6:28 pm, April 26th, 2022 - 9 comments

With RNZ and TVNZ now in full merger mode, we have yet another untested state megalith upon us. But where is the power that will hold it to account?

Daily review 26/04/2022

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, April 26th, 2022 - 43 comments

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Tame shows media how to interview Luxon

Written By: - Date published: 8:05 am, April 26th, 2022 - 45 comments

Jack Tame’s interview of Chris Luxon on Q&A suggests that the post leadership change honeymoon may now be over and that Luxon does not really understand how difficult a job being Prime Minister would be.

Open mike 26/04/2022

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 26th, 2022 - 71 comments

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Anzac Day

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, April 25th, 2022 - 13 comments

A more sombre and quieter Anzac Day today with planned ceremonies being pared back in this post Covid world.

Open mike 25/04/2022

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 25th, 2022 - 116 comments

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UK government signals urgent inquiry into overmedicalisation of gender non-conforming children

Written By: - Date published: 11:24 am, April 24th, 2022 - 40 comments

This is a medical scandal affecting children and teens, and the left is still largely in denial of it.

Open mike 24/04/2022

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 24th, 2022 - 164 comments

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According to National budget slashing is a man’s job

Written By: - Date published: 9:03 am, April 23rd, 2022 - 91 comments

National leader Chris Luxon has publicly declared full confidence in National Finance Spokesperson Nicola Willis by proposing that former PM Bill English, not currently an MP, and Willis, who is an MP would be jointly directing the Ministers of every department to find savings.

Open mike 23/04/2022

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 23rd, 2022 - 60 comments

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What if… Dunedin no longer needed so much petrol?

Written By: - Date published: 10:03 am, April 22nd, 2022 - 17 comments

It’s 2032, and we’re looking back at a decade of oil, climate and economic crisis, and how one city found a way through.

Open mike 22/04/2022

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 22nd, 2022 - 57 comments

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Greens: Urgent action needed to soften inflation blow for low income NZers

Written By: - Date published: 1:32 pm, April 21st, 2022 - 68 comments

The Green Party says that if the Government is concerned about fiscal stimulus, the best approach would be to broaden the tax base to cover untaxed capital gains or wealth of the richest New Zealanders… Alongside broadening our tax base, the Green Party proposes a suite of policies.

Green Party press release

Luxon’s triple backward summersault on Labour Day

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, April 21st, 2022 - 72 comments

In the space of one day Chris Luxon called repeatedly for the scrapping of Labour Day as a holiday then confirmed that a future National Government would not do this and said that his earlier comment was facetious.

Open mike 21/04/2022

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 21st, 2022 - 94 comments

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RNZ’s weird take on MIQ

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, April 20th, 2022 - 93 comments

RNZ’s recent shock horror reporting on a memo from November 2021 proposing a wind back of MIQ is severely deficient.  The framing is one sided and ignores the subsequent emergence of Omicron as a variant of concern.

Open mike 20/04/2022

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 20th, 2022 - 80 comments

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Daily review 19/04/2022

Written By: - Date published: 6:01 pm, April 19th, 2022 - 4 comments

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Open mike 19/04/2022

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 19th, 2022 - 96 comments

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The battle lines for the next election

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, April 18th, 2022 - 79 comments

Despite Labour seeing the country through the biggest public health threat seen in the last century and despite improving numbers of houses and a reduction in child poverty some on the left are buying into National’s despair lines.  And the issues on which the next election will be fought are becoming clearer.

Open mike 18/04/2022

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 18th, 2022 - 50 comments

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