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A legacy of poisoned water

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, April 28th, 2017 - 44 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?

Immigration debate – Peters goes full racist

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, April 27th, 2017 - 338 comments

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

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).

Parata fleeing education mess

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, April 24th, 2017 - 36 comments

Parata can believe whatever brings her comfort of course, but the fact is that this National government has made, as usual, a mess of education.

The NZDF’s transparent fig leaf

Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, April 23rd, 2017 - 18 comments

According to David Fisher (Herald) the NZDF never investigated allegations of civilian deaths at the time of Operation Burnham. They received only a summary of the whitewash ISAF report. They refuse to look further. This is the behaviour of an organisation with plenty to hide. Hager and Stephenson have facts, the NZDF are hiding behind a transparent fig leaf of deliberate ignorance.

Housing affordability data suppressed?

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, April 22nd, 2017 - 82 comments

Bill English would have you believe that there is no housing crisis. He desperately needs you to believe it until after the next election. Is Nick Smith deliberately suppressing housing data?

March for Science

Written By: - Date published: 12:12 am, April 21st, 2017 - 100 comments

“We, the people, march for science and knowledge to be reaffirmed as fundamental to the democratic decision making that supports society in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We add our voices to the chorus supporting US and international scientists who oppose recent political events that damage and undermine science and its use in the public interest.”

Mental health needs vs. cuts

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, April 20th, 2017 - 25 comments

The People’s Mental Health Review report puts the deterioration of our mental health system firmly in the spotlight. Despite a 60 per cent increase in demand since 2007/08 National has been slashing funding. Lives are at risk.

Brownlee determined that Christchurch should suffer too

Written By: - Date published: 2:45 pm, April 19th, 2017 - 25 comments

Christchurch rebuilt must suffer the same central traffic madness as Auckland. Thus decrees Gerry Brownlee, as short-sighted, bullying, and ignorant as ever.

Immigration in election year

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, April 19th, 2017 - 38 comments

National is about to execute a flip flop on immigration, not for any constructive reason, but to try and head off Winston Peters’ big issue.

May seeks UK snap election

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 pm, April 18th, 2017 - 142 comments

Theresa May is seeking a snap election on 8 June.

National’s economic report card fail

Written By: - Date published: 2:52 pm, April 18th, 2017 - 18 comments

Bill English reviews the economy

Though artificially boosted by high immigration and disaster rebuilds, the NZ economy is in the doldrums, and National are a failure even by their own goals and targets. I predict that National will soon abolish all targets, and that this will be “a sign of our success”.

Thank you health care workers

Written By: - Date published: 9:50 am, April 18th, 2017 - 28 comments

This is a huge victory for health care workers, and for women. It is also a huge victory for “resurgent unions”. Will it alarm the private sector? I certainly hope so!

(Kristine Bartlett, photo Herald Mark Mitchell)

Labour’s leadership team

Written By: - Date published: 9:09 am, April 15th, 2017 - 54 comments

Big turnouts for Labour meetings. Some commentators just can’t quite get to grips with how well the new leadership team is working.

Good on you Andrew Little

Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, April 13th, 2017 - 62 comments

Andrew Little questioned the actions of this government, as he should, and has fronted up and taken personal responsibility for offense taken by other parties, as he should. He has endured a costly and draining leagal process with a result widely hailed as a victory for democracy. But apparently that isn’t enough, so here we go again.

Climate change, political heroes, political culture

Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, April 13th, 2017 - 117 comments

How ironic that Parliament is to debate climate change today, as the latest in a torrent of warming-fueled extreme weather events bears down on the country, and as the government charges Russel Norman and the other heroes trying to end oil exploration in NZ waters.

Little’s court win good for democracy

Written By: - Date published: 9:23 am, April 12th, 2017 - 109 comments

The defamation case against Andrew Little has been an unwelcome distraction while he should have been free to do his job as leader of the largest opposition party. The consensus is that the process delivered a qualified win for Little, and a clear win for democracy.

Greenpeace’s Taitu confronts oil exploration ship

Written By: - Date published: 11:38 am, April 11th, 2017 - 27 comments

Thank you Greenpeace, and specifically thank you Russel Norman and the crew of the Taitu, for taking to the seas to fight this little battle in the most important struggle of our age.

Motels are full of homeless so now what?

Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, April 11th, 2017 - 83 comments

Ordinary people are priced out of home ownership and increasingly out of renting, the state-housing safety net has been deliberately run down, and now the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff is full. National leaps into action – by asking the Salvation Army for ideas…

Perhaps climate change will go away if we ignore it?

Written By: - Date published: 8:25 am, April 11th, 2017 - 22 comments

That seems to be Bill English’s position.

Mediawatch on Hit and Run

Written By: - Date published: 9:17 am, April 10th, 2017 - 77 comments

“Has the meaning of book Hit and Run been obscured by all the claims and counter-claims in the media?” – Yes of course it has, and that is a deliberate strategy on the part of people who are desperate to avoid an inquiry.

Property porn vs. reality

Written By: - Date published: 8:46 am, April 10th, 2017 - 92 comments

Sick of the property porn on the Stuff and Herald websites? It was refreshing to read the truth for a change.

Syria sarin capitalism and war

Written By: - Date published: 10:34 am, April 9th, 2017 - 60 comments

The dirty truth behind many of the wars that our political / media world gets itself so excited about is that they wouldn’t be happening without the arms that we (the “western” world) sell so copiously.

MSD and our privacy

Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, April 7th, 2017 - 16 comments

National’s plans for our privacy and access to social services are a perfect cocktail of over-reach and incompetence.

Independent media a losing battle

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, April 7th, 2017 - 10 comments

Unfolding in Australia, but obviously relevant here, bad news for Farifax media staff and their editorial independence.

Labour’s leadership team

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, April 6th, 2017 - 39 comments

Labour’s new tactic of featuring a leadership team seems to be working well.

Small on the Nats’ Key deficit on Hit and Run

Written By: - Date published: 7:53 am, April 6th, 2017 - 24 comments

Vernon Small thinks the B Team is missing Key.

The truth will out

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, April 5th, 2017 - 93 comments

English can squirm and deny, but according to Stephenson there is more Hit and Run to come.

Nurses ask us to vote for our health

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, April 5th, 2017 - 50 comments

You could vote for three more years of “brighter future”. Or you could listen to the nurses.

Typhoid in Auckland

Written By: - Date published: 3:48 pm, April 4th, 2017 - 76 comments

The typhoid outbreak in Auckland is very bad news. Now would also be a good time to reflect on NZ’s generally poor record on child poverty and disease.

Warmongering

Written By: - Date published: 11:15 am, April 4th, 2017 - 36 comments

Right wing agendas seize control in England and America. Talk of war from England and America. Probably just a coincidence.

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