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Tax-cuts or… Education

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, October 28th, 2016 - 2 comments


National’s dangling tax cuts, but there are far more important things to be spending public money on.  Today: Education.

Tax-cuts or… fixing Child Poverty

Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, October 25th, 2016 - 123 comments


Before National get too excited about tax cuts, perhaps they should sort out some of the more pressing issues in the society they govern – like all those kids in poverty.

Tax-cuts or… Housing

Written By: - Date published: 8:36 am, October 21st, 2016 - 20 comments


The government is proud of their surplus, which at 0.7% of GDP isn’t quite as dramatic as the 9% of GDP deficit they had in 2011.  But as soon as we have a surplus, National starts salivating over tax cuts.  But may I continue on where I left off on other things that are far […]

One Billion Dollars

Written By: - Date published: 1:57 pm, October 18th, 2016 - 6 comments


Treasury papers just released show National’s Housing Infrastructure Fund to be everything you expected it to be: a quickly cobbled together headline.

Tax-cuts or… Health

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, October 18th, 2016 - 133 comments


Health – particularly mental health – is underfunded, resulting in strikes over patient safety and units shutdown due to staff shortages. And unnecessary deaths. So why is the government even thinking about tax-cuts when our services need investment?


Written By: - Date published: 1:35 pm, October 17th, 2016 - 6 comments


In August Hekia Parata announced her new COOL solution, that distinctly isn’t what it says on the tin.

Now’s your chance to submit your feedback on her proposal.

‘Too busy’

Written By: - Date published: 12:16 pm, October 17th, 2016 - 61 comments


National ministers have a habit of not wanting to turn up to the ‘hard’ questions, but Paula Bennett has been severely caught out by RNZ

Goff on foreign buyers; and Vote!

Written By: - Date published: 2:06 pm, October 3rd, 2016 - 5 comments

Keep calm vote left

Ban them / tax them, but lets reduce demand. And make sure you get your vote in for local elections!

How difficult to measure poverty?

Written By: - Date published: 9:47 am, October 3rd, 2016 - 104 comments

Banksie child poverty.jpg-large

Amazing lead story on RNZ – Easier to count rodents than kids in poverty, suggests Key. There are a number of good measures, any one of which would do, but the new Children’s Commissioner just wants to get past that debate and get onto doing stuff to reduce the numbers. A government that is all […]

False Equivalence

Written By: - Date published: 4:47 pm, October 2nd, 2016 - 21 comments

John Oliver

John Oliver excellent as always – this time on the difference in scandal quality between Clinton & Trump.

New GG

Written By: - Date published: 10:31 am, September 29th, 2016 - 24 comments


Congrats to Dame Patsy and how strange it’s always such a small story…

When’s the Republic coming?


Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, September 29th, 2016 - 70 comments


So Paula Bennett has been giving a lolly scramble to her National mates with the Rules Reduction Taskforce.

Which is fine, because the Taskforce did great work in finding out that the ‘loopy’ rule of lolly scrambles being illegal wasn’t in fact true.


Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, September 28th, 2016 - 61 comments

Danyl McLaughlan poll of polls

While politicos were watching Hillary defeat Donald in the first debate, Roy Morgan released their latest poll, showing Labour massively up and National down a chunk. Is the media narrative broken?

HoliPay fiasco – 1 in 3 workers robbed

Written By: - Date published: 6:51 am, September 26th, 2016 - 48 comments


Do you work irregular shifts (even only occasionally)?  Overtime?  Sometimes on Public Holidays?

Then you’re probably part of the 1 in 3 workers owed more than $2 billion lost thru incorrect calculations of holiday pay.

Thanks Steven Joyce.

Is Vic Crone racist?

Written By: - Date published: 10:51 am, September 22nd, 2016 - 198 comments


Vic Crone is trying to make a story out of the fact that Phil Goff is against foreign ownership of our housing stock, but accepted $250,000 from the NZ Chinese community at a fundraiser. Does she not see a difference between NZ Chinese and foreigners?

Economics is still lost

Written By: - Date published: 12:25 pm, September 20th, 2016 - 54 comments

Zombie economics book

Paul Romer is an economist highly respected by his peers, and about to become the Chief Economist at the World Bank. He’s also just published a paper rubbishing the last 3 decades of macroeconomics.

Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator at the Financial Times is challenging fractional reserve banking. It’s certainly time for some new ideas.

Maui embarrassment

Written By: - Date published: 2:37 pm, September 19th, 2016 - 15 comments


The government didn’t make much of a show of Conservation Week – which was probably for the best the Conservation stories coming out weren’t exactly positive for it.  US wanting us to do more on dolphins, the Kermadec sanctuary, fish dumping…

Conservation Week

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, September 17th, 2016 - 20 comments


It’s Conservation Week.  We should all go and enjoy the great outdoors this weekend… but be careful of the polluted rivers and the wallabies.  But at least we’ll be pest-free by 3300…

Rockstar! Is it?

Written By: - Date published: 12:58 pm, September 16th, 2016 - 181 comments


National is very proud of the latest GDP-growth figures (third highest in OECD!), but are they helping you?  And are they what they appear?

Stop the Sanctions!

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, September 16th, 2016 - 131 comments

poor child

Auckland Action Against Poverty is trying to get a sanction on sole mothers removed.

Maori Party to make a stand?

Written By: - Date published: 2:45 pm, September 15th, 2016 - 113 comments


The Maori Party are threatening to pull out of their confidence & supply agreement with National.  This would leave National with a Hair-thin majority in the House. The Kermadec Sanctuary, if handled with competence instead of arrogance, should have been a massive win for National.

Right-wing mayor candidates try to kneecap themselves

Written By: - Date published: 7:07 am, September 15th, 2016 - 82 comments


Vic Crone isn’t sure humans are causing climate change, Palino doesn’t think Auckland is all that super, and Mark Thomas just wants people not to vote for Goff…  It’s hardly an enticing bunch.

Lose yourself in the music

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, September 11th, 2016 - 25 comments


While we’re enjoying the popcorn at Williams vs Craig, there’s another enjoyable court case coming next year shortly before the election…

‘Living Rent’ and other UK stories

Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, September 8th, 2016 - 4 comments


A Tory think tank proposes a massive house-building plan, with a ‘Living Rent’ to make it affordable; and Nick Clegg lifts the lid on the Tories in the last government.


Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, September 7th, 2016 - 10 comments

housing is a right

Despite the large number of people with terrible stories about homelessness to the Labour/Greens/Maori Homelessness Inquiry, this Government of Housing Inaction still thinks the problem should be ignored and the Inquiry ‘not needed’.

Key: Kiwis are lazy drug users

Written By: - Date published: 8:19 am, September 6th, 2016 - 197 comments


John Key let the mask slip yesterday – as he said that we needed immigrant labour even for unskilled work because of the work ethic and drug use of New Zealand workers.  That’s how he sees normal Kiwis, but actually maybe they just need proper pay & conditions.

Little’s Big Parliamentary ‘Member’

Written By: - Date published: 11:18 pm, September 5th, 2016 - 32 comments

City Vision candidate for Auckland Concil posted a picture to facebook 05 September 2016 of a art rug by Mark Rayner of a full-frontal nude image of Andrew Little, Labout leader
picture supplied via facebook https://www.facebook.com/glendafryernz
Glenda Fryer added 4 new photos.
36 mins · Auckland ·
At the Wallace Art Awards and met up with Andrew Little or his rug version by Mark Rayner. Great art. With Michael Wood Jacinda Ardern Peter Davis. There were other wonderful artworks.

Andrew Little fully fronts up.

Key: Crisis? What me worry?

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, August 30th, 2016 - 34 comments


John Key is defending his handling of Auckland’s housing crisis on the grounds that Auckland’s prices have only risen as much under him as they did under Labour.

So the prices that he said were a crisis in 2007, have risen by as much again, and thus… no problem?

Third term and full of ideas…

Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, August 26th, 2016 - 59 comments

Time to go - Tenant-Eviction - square

You know National really have their finger on the pulse with their latest members bills. First was Nuk Korako showing why he’s 50 on the list with a bill that seems to not actually affect anything.  There don’t seem to be any Airports that have local Councils force them to advertise their lost luggage auctions […]

She’s got to go

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 pm, June 14th, 2016 - 98 comments

bennett too busy

Paula Bennett’s leaked one too many times, as she tries to silence those who embarrass her.  She needs to resign and take her authoritarian ways with her.


Written By: - Date published: 7:17 am, June 14th, 2016 - 32 comments


The refugee rise didn’t go far enough… but we need to stop importing cafe managers and retail supervisors and fuelling Auckland’s housing and transport problems.

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