Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, March 18th, 2022 - 105 comments
In the last couple of weeks, Sweden has joined a small, but growing number of countries that have changed their policies regarding medical gender transition for children.
Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, July 2nd, 2021 - 47 comments
On Monday, RNZ reported that “Chinese Communist Party spies are infiltrating New Zealand universities”. Our guest poster views this thin and anecdotal ‘investigative’ reporting with deep suspicion. Was any of this activity was reported to the proper authorities. Or is it just the usual paranoia / racist dog-whistling or a paid story?
Written By: - Date published: 12:02 pm, June 20th, 2021 - 59 comments
One of the details announced in the budget was funding to explore a ‘social unemployment insurance’ scheme. This scheme has been pushed by the Council of Trade Unions and Business NZ, which will work with the Government in a newly set-up Tripartite Working Party. When we dig into it though, we realise it is no safety net. It’s a parachute that slows our drop, giving us time, before we hit that real net – down so far below.
Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, June 5th, 2021 - 14 comments
A guest post about West Auckland Labour stalwart Don Clark who died recently.
Written By: - Date published: 11:40 am, February 2nd, 2021 - 20 comments
The huge tyre fire near Amberley in North Canterbury last Friday is in an area with a high water table, extreme fire risk in summer, two kilometres from a town of 2000 residents, and on the edge of one of NZ’s premier wine regions.
Written By: - Date published: 9:42 am, October 30th, 2020 - 30 comments
This year forecasting the U.S. election has an interesting additional element, with Trump and the Republican Party gearing up to steal the election if it is not a landslide for their opponents. It is going to be difficult with Joe Biden currently estimated at a 89% probability of winning the electoral college.
Written By: - Date published: 6:08 am, October 7th, 2020 - 19 comments
This Guest Post by The Scud looks at the issues with the NZ Defence Force’s capability in responding to extreme fire events and climate change.
Written By: - Date published: 2:56 pm, June 9th, 2020 - 16 comments
To assist with the emergence from the Covid19 crisis it is time to build firms like Air New Zealand into social institutions of democracy, accountable to citizens and not subject to a takeover by the private interests of capital.
Written By: - Date published: 10:05 am, May 24th, 2020 - 57 comments
Catherine Delahunty recounts an impression of Todd Muller from her days as an Green MP. “The road to polite and personal good will is worth driving when there is no urgency and no deep changes required. It is good to arrive somewhere without personal damage and with genuine good will but it is not the base for addressing the most critical issues of our time.”
Written By: - Date published: 1:48 pm, May 3rd, 2020 - 91 comments
In a recent post, Bill hit his straps with – “Either way, wind power won’t save us. Solar power won’t save us. Carbon capture and storage won’t save us. Your God won’t save us. Nothing but ourselves will save us.”
I felt miffed and more than a little grumpy at Bill’s flippant reference to God, and so sent through this long form response. ~ Adam.
Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, May 2nd, 2020 - 46 comments
A Guest blog from E tū Assistant National Secretary, Annie Newman. “Democracy creates a space for the market, civil society and the government but it doesn’t guarantee a balance between these spheres. That is government’s role. Right now, there is an opportunity for our government to do more than protect the future of business; it can address the imbalance in our democracy where the market dominates the agenda.”
Written By: - Date published: 7:58 am, April 24th, 2020 - 115 comments
Guest post from former Labour Staffer Clint Smith on the similarities between National’s current predicament and what happened to Labour in 2011 and 2014.
Written By: - Date published: 10:41 am, April 20th, 2020 - 58 comments
Guest post by Karl Sinclair on what needs to be addressed before the country can be safely lifted out of lockdown.
Written By: - Date published: 12:10 am, November 4th, 2019 - 15 comments
A guest post from Chrissy Thomas on Te Whare Pounamu, Dunedin Women’s Refuge.
Written By: - Date published: 1:05 pm, April 5th, 2019 - 146 comments
As we prepare for ANZAC Day, the Kapiti RSA has been viciously attacked for wanting to show solidarity with NZ’s Muslim community. Maggie writes about what that means and suggests who we really are.
Written By: - Date published: 8:45 pm, April 1st, 2019 - 114 comments
The question of prisoners’ rights has hit the news today. That’s rare because we don’t normally care.
A new Guest Post from Maggie puts the case that we walk a tightrope when we seek to simplify the complex issues at play in prison.
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, January 20th, 2019 - 69 comments
In a guest post Tony Veitch [not etc.] imagines his last few days as the world dies …
Written By: - Date published: 1:06 pm, January 1st, 2019 - 66 comments
A comment from veutoviper has a go at the prevelant myth that Jacinda Arden has been using her family for PR points. As veutoviper points out by looking at the NZ Womens Weekly that Simon Bridges appears to have a much higher profile with his family washing. For some reason our political misogynists appear to have a double standard.
Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, November 26th, 2018 - 110 comments
A guest post by Joel Walsham on the decision of the Auckland Pride Board to request the police not to march at the Pride parade in uniform.
Written By: - Date published: 2:26 pm, August 29th, 2018 - 78 comments
Guest post from Darien Fenton questioning National’s obsession with Government working groups.
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, August 7th, 2018 - 172 comments
The Left predicted the death of neoliberalism after the global financial crisis of 2008. But since then inequality has increased and new right nationalism is on the ascendancy. How should the left respond?