web analytics

About

Who are you?

We’re a cooperative who saw a gap in the New Zealand political blogosphere and decided that we should have a go at filling it here at The Standard blog site. We write here in our personal capacities and the opinions that are expressed on the blog are individual unless expressly stated otherwise (see the policy). We do not write on behalf of any organization. Legally this website is owned by The Standard Trust, an entity set up by the authors to own The Standard’s url and handle any advertising revenue.

Why “The Standard”?

The Standard newspaper – from where our masthead comes – was founded by labour movement activists in the 1930s. They used it as a vehicle to share their views with a broader audience – a perspective they felt the mainstream media was representing poorly. We think the same is true today.

What’s your political ‘angle’?

We come from a variety of backgrounds and our political views don’t always match up but it’d be fair to say that all of us share a commitment to the values and principles that underpin the broad labour movement and we hope that perspective will come through strongly as you read the blog.

Why don’t you say who you are?

Some of the authors here use their real names, but others choose to blog under a pseudonym for a variety of reasons. Some of us have professional reasons for doing so, others of us are reluctant to expose ourselves to the kind of personal threats sometimes made online. Those of us using pseudonyms discussed this issue long and hard before we began and came down on the side of anonymity. We hope you can see why. You might also want to contemplate the implications of this link.

If you want to get hold of us, have a look on the Contact Page.

Who pays for this?

We do, but in the spirit of a cooperative endeavour we get help from time to time from a range of people from the labour movement whose technical skills we couldn’t do without. Thanks guys!

The sysop paid for the server as part of his contribution to the site and did so since the site was started in August 2007 on his home server until we started with carrying advertisements. These days we have dropped the costs so far that the site is paid for by small voluntary donations. If you want to contribute towards the costs of running the server any donations are more than welcome.

Are you getting rich from blogging?

Nope. We don’t make any money out of blogging here and we don’t even run ads any more or take money from any organisation or individual who might try to influence the site. We do this purely because we enjoy it and we think the labour movement side of the story is always worth telling. Any revenue beyond server costs will be used to develop the site and further the progressive left principles The Standard was founded on.

Why don’t you post more often/more regularly etc?

None of us are full-time bloggers. We have jobs and families and other interests, one or two of us even have girlfriends/boyfriends. We hope you like reading our blog site but we try not to let it run our lives. If you have an idea for a post we’re happy for you to let us know though.

The number of posts has been steadily increasing as authors get better at writing posts rapidly, we find more authors, and as we accept more guest posts mostly from commentors.

Over time we have had a number of posters join and leave the authoring crew as their circumstances and time commitments allow.  If you want to try a post or two as a guest poster then send them to Contribute Post. If they are readable, then they will often get posted. If you are any good, then you might get given a login if enough current moderators don’t disagree.

Where is/was The Standard?

It is on the net somewhere. Exactly where it is physically is often a mystery even to the sysop. It has been hosted over several places in the US and Oceania on a variety of different hosts.

Having an offshore site reduces exposure to legal issues. For instance with the owners of the National parties political spinners Crosby/Textor who have a habit of using defamation suits to stifle discussion of their techniques. This is an unwelcome trend in the NZ political sphere.

More recently in 2012 we have seen calls by both politicians and media to peel back the privacy we have pas part of our policy and bills with that effect put forward in NZ. This will require require a full stealth of the data to prevent the breaking of privacy in violation of the sites policies and of general Internet principles.

However offshore causes latency issues for out NZ readers (usually close to 90% of all readers).

Currently (mid-2015) it primarily lives on a server at the home of the sysop using a fibre connection to the local net. Static portions like graphics and CSS/Javascript  are served from caches in content distribution networks worldwide. Encrypted backup systems exist in other countries in case the local environment gets toxic.

But these things change all of the time as the technology changes and there are movements in the often strange ideas of legislators about their abilities to coerce the net.

I have an idea/comment/suggestion, how can I contact you?

Send us an email: We can’t reply to everything and, as above, sometimes have other priorities but we do appreciate hearing from you.

No – you must….

Have you read this page? We must do nothing. The posters post on the topics they want to (with a few limitations from the sysop). If you really absolutely want your ideas to be heard, then start a blog and start learning to write. You can probably find a more compatible blog on our blogroll. Or you can comment on the posts that our posters write and follow our rather lenient rules.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • TOP’s environmental policy no threat to ours
      When a new political party like Gareth Morgan‘s Opportunities Party (TOP) launches, its promoters obviously see a gap in the political line-up, an area where it can promote policies and actions that other parties aren’t. That’s why the environmental policy released by ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    3 hours ago
  • Gareth Morgan and TOP’s environmental policy a pick and mix assortment
      When a new political party like Gareth Morgan‘s Opportunities Party (TOP) launches, its promoters obviously see a gap in the political line-up, an area where it can promote policies and actions that other parties aren’t. That’s why the environmental policy released by ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    3 hours ago
  • Social housing crisis at record levels
    National’s failure to provide sufficient social housing for vulnerable families has been underscored by latest figures showing a record number of families on the waiting list, says Labour Housing Spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Some 6,110 families were in need of social ...
    6 hours ago
  • Wilderlands community in need of our support
    This week, a large fire burnt down six homes near Whitianga and destroyed parts of the organic farm and community Wilderlands, a sustainable food producer since 1964. I first came to the Hauraki/Coromandel in 1972 and by then Dan and ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    8 hours ago
  • National denies kids their free school education
    The National Government’s ongoing underfunding and recent funding freeze is denying Kiwi kids their right to a free schooling, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “By law, schooling in New Zealand is supposed to be free, but under National that’s ...
    11 hours ago
  • A chance to help sea life in the Hauraki Gulf
    The Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari report (Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan) launched last month makes a strong case for ending bottom trawling, purse seining, and dredging in the Gulf as fishing methods which damage the seabed.  The report ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    1 day ago
  • Taxpayers deserve better oversight on big money projects
    The latest scorecard on National’s management of major infrastructure projects shows that the Government is letting New Zealanders down when it comes to managing significant investments, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. The Treasury today released the November 2016 Interim ...
    1 day ago
  • Emergency food grants rocketing under National
    More and more Kiwis are going hungry under National with hardship grants for food jumping 14 per cent in the last year alone, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. “That’s a damning indictment of how Bill English’s government has let things ...
    1 day ago
  • Something dramatic is taking place in the Antarctic
    * Yesterday, James Shaw and Eugenie Sage paid a visit to the Antarctic Research Centre at Victoria University to meet with leading climate scientists. James shares his reflections on their vital work. Something dramatic is taking place in the Antarctic. ...
    GreensBy James Shaw
    1 day ago
  • The Security Council and Israel – where power meets law
    Since the UN Security Council adopted resolution 2234, there has been more heat than light shed on the continuing Israel-Palestine crisis and the faltering prospects for peace.  Israel, claiming it has been abandoned and betrayed by its traditional supporters, especially ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham
    1 day ago
  • The Security Council and Israel – where power meets law
    Since the UN Security Council adopted resolution 2234, there has been more heat than light shed on the continuing Israel-Palestine crisis and the faltering prospects for peace.  Israel, claiming it has been abandoned and betrayed by its traditional supporters, especially ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham
    1 day ago
  • Ending homelessness
    Homelessness is a disgrace. It’s ugly and dehumanising and I can’t bear to see it every day in my home town of Wellington. Unlike Sir Robert Jones, though, I’ve never thought about blaming the victims for their situation. That’s bully ...
    GreensBy James Shaw
    2 days ago
  • Bill English needs to back Pike River Bill
    Labour is challenging the Government to support a Bill to remove any legal barrier to the recovery of the 29 Pike River miners, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. “Bill English has been hiding behind the legal excuse that any attempt ...
    2 days ago
  • Dumb ideas that wreck the planet: Microbeads
    I don’t know who thought of it first but some years ago some petro-chemical chemist somewhere decided putting plastic into the products we buy to clean our bodies would give us extra oomph.  And so producers added ‘microbeads’ to some ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    2 days ago
  • Labour and Green Party to host joint State of the Nation event
    For the first time Labour and the Green Party are holding a joint State of the Nation event. Labour Leader Andrew Little and Green Party Co-Leader Metiria Turei will speak about their priorities for the year in Auckland on Sunday ...
    3 days ago
  • Organised crime getting easy ride under National
    Under-resourcing from the National-led Government is seriously undermining the Police’s ability to combat organised crime, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash. “In answers to my questions, the Minister of Police has confirmed that the numbers of Police officers dedicated to ...
    4 days ago
  • Wages and housing keys to fixing inequality
    Better wages and restoring the Kiwi dream of homeownership are fundamental to reducing inequality, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. ...
    4 days ago
  • Motorcyclists deserve safety they’ve paid for
    Motorcyclists deserve an explanation from the Government about why just one fifth of the money they have been charged has been spent on safety while the carnage continues on the roads, says Labour’s ACC and Transport Spokesperson Sue Moroney. ...
    1 week ago
  • Cross-party approach needed as homeownership hits new low
    New data showing homeownership has hit a record low shows the need for political parties to come together to enact Labour’s KiwiBuild and Healthy Home Bills, which are currently before Parliament, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. ...
    1 week ago
  • New year, same old story for underfunded health
    While the New Year often heralds resolutions to improve, the industrial strife currently wracking ambulance workers shows the Government has little interest in properly investing in the health sector, says Labour’s Health Spokesperson Annette King. “The tense stand-off between ambulance ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government’s EV charge runs flat
    New figures obtained by Labour show that the National Government has left the handbrake on over its purchasing of electric vehicles, with less than 0.4 per cent of its All-Of-Government Panel purchases being EVs since Minister Simon Bridges announced that ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Keep road police numbers up, says Labour
    After an increase in this year's Christmas holiday road toll by nearly 40 per cent, now is not the time to cut road policing numbers says Labour's Police spokesperson Stuart Nash. "Former Police Minister Judith Collins announced last year that ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Well, THAT happened: Julie Anne Genter reflects on 2016
    The end of the year! 2016 has been…a mixed bag – Trump-ism, losing Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen et al, and the creeping malaise of a tired government. Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter shares her year. My highlights of 2016 ...
    GreensBy Julie Anne Genter
    3 weeks ago
  • Well, THAT happened: David Clendon reflects on 2016
    The end of the year! 2016 has been…a mixed bag – Trump-ism, losing Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen et al, and the creeping malaise of a tired government. Green Party MP David Clendon shares his year. My highlight of 2016 By ...
    GreensBy David Clendon
    3 weeks ago
  • Well, THAT happened: Mojo Mathers reflects on 2016
    The end of the year! 2016 has been…a mixed bag – Trump-ism, losing Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen et al, and the creeping malaise of a tired government. Green Party MP Mojo Mathers shares her year. My highlights of 2016 Moving ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    3 weeks ago
  • Well, THAT happened: Catherine Delahunty reflects on 2016
    The end of the year! 2016 has been…a mixed bag – Trump-ism, losing Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen et al, and the creeping malaise of a tired government. Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty shares her year. My highlights of 2016 Sometimes ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    3 weeks ago
  • Well, THAT happened: Barry Coates reflects on 2016
    The end of the year! 2016 has been…a mixed bag – Trump-ism, losing Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen et al, and the creeping malaise of a tired government. Green Party MP Barry Coates shares his year. My highlights of 2016 Definitely, ...
    GreensBy Barry Coates
    3 weeks ago
  • Denise Roche: My year – with some numbers
    It feels like 2016 was exceptionally busy – and this was confirmed when I checked my diary. Looking at just my Ethnic Communities portfolio, between February and December this year I visited or attended celebrations with 25 different organisations ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    3 weeks ago
  • Well, THAT happened – Kennedy Graham reflects on 2016
    Every year is special, but 2016 has been extraordinary. We are, I think, witness to two global revolutions, occurring simultaneously. One is of a world uniting. The other is of a world fragmenting. This push-and-pull, yin and yang, will go ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham
    3 weeks ago
  • Well, THAT happened: Gareth Hughes reflects on 2016
    The end of the year! 2016 has been…a mixed bag – Trump-ism, losing Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen et al, and the creeping malaise of a tired government. Green Party MP Gareth Hughes shares his year. My highlight of 2016 So ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    3 weeks ago
  • National should review safer road strategy
    National needs to urgently review its “Safer Journeys” road safety strategy with the road toll increasing for the third year in a row making 2016 the deadliest year on New Zealand roads for six years, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Sue ...
    3 weeks ago