Written By: - Date published: 6:27 am, February 2nd, 2018 - 36 comments
Re-education may be the key to improving NZ driving habits.
Written By: - Date published: 1:35 pm, December 29th, 2017 - 3 comments
The alleged ‘thoughts’ of Scott Brown, the highly intelligent and very cool ambassador of the Partisan States of America to NooZiland. In an exposition of typical blinding intelligence, he tries to explain to his beloved Orange Lord what he is doing here (and in Samoa!).
Written By: - Date published: 10:36 am, December 22nd, 2017 - 29 comments
Denis Tegg has been responsible for showing that the previous Government stonewalled and hid a report prepared by the Ministry for the Environment which warned local bodies of the threats posed by sea level rises caused by climate change.
Written By: - Date published: 10:14 am, December 6th, 2017 - 44 comments
Guest post by Ed about the intellectual rigour of George Monbiot and David Attenborough and the rater strange response of Barry Soper.
Written By: - Date published: 7:45 am, November 15th, 2017 - 33 comments
A guest post by Christine Rose on Fishing Minister Stuart Nash’s strange decision to delay the implementation of video surveillance on fishing ships and the implications for endangered Maui’s dolphins.
Written By: - Date published: 6:33 am, November 15th, 2017 - 69 comments
What does it mean to look beyond capitalism? We do not yet know what it will look like because we have not yet ventured out from our caves.
Written By: - Date published: 6:42 am, November 10th, 2017 - 111 comments
What happens to long term beneficiaries who can’t increase their income with paid work?
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, October 31st, 2017 - 44 comments
Lifelong angler John Hodgson explains why the water table in Canterbury and what we are doing to it matters.
(post updated with recommendations)
Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, October 28th, 2017 - 85 comments
I am a New Zealander living in Norway lecturing at NTNU, Norway’s largest University. For the last few months I have been thinking about the challenges of providing free post-secondary education. Norway offers free education for all students including international students.
Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, October 25th, 2017 - 73 comments
Do we want to be owned by capitalism and stay in its trap of wage and debt slavery, or do we want to boldly go to post-capitalism, whatever that might be.
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, October 14th, 2017 - 160 comments
Every morning, as the waiting for Winston to decide continues to fray my fragile psyche, I can look at myself in the mirror, contemplate my own frenzied speculative hopes for an Ardern Prime Ministership, and immediately think of a host of strong social-methodological reasons why all such speculation is futile.
Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, October 11th, 2017 - 41 comments
A guest post by Swordfish on the implausibility of the claims by Dr Claire Robinson’s odd claim that the 2017 election result was a win for the status quo.
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, October 4th, 2017 - 22 comments
Anarchism and democracy.
Written By: - Date published: 10:26 am, October 1st, 2017 - 124 comments
This guest post looks at the ways that the national governments in Scotland and Wales operate. Their functional systems are effectively MMP, but they break up their list into regional areas which makes it easier to gain the voters to put regional issues into the wider debate.
Written By: - Date published: 8:26 am, September 16th, 2017 - 8 comments
A guest post by @invisiphilia on the recent Mahinarangi Forbes interview on the Hui on the abuse of children in foster care and why the Government is wrong in refusing to have a proper independent inquiry into what went wrong.
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 15th, 2017 - 148 comments
If you want to know exactly how, then read on.
Written By: - Date published: 12:40 pm, September 11th, 2017 - 2 comments
Reprinted with permission from Julia Schiller’s blog Enough is Enough. Julia analyses Abortion politics in New Zealand and details a recent interaction she had with National MP Simon O’Connor.
Written By: - Date published: 8:46 am, August 23rd, 2017 - 21 comments
In just a couple of month’s time the Greater Wellington Regional will start an $11m project to dismantle the trolley bus system. Council Tramways Union Vice President Chris Morley talks about why light rail for Wellington is unlikely to ever happen, and why it doesn’t need to.
Written By: - Date published: 7:43 am, August 21st, 2017 - 76 comments
Trolley buses make sense for the environment and for people who drive them. But in just a couple of month’s time the Greater Wellington Regional will start an $11m project to dismantle the trolley bus system. Council Tramways Union Vice President Chris Morley writes about why this is a huge mistake.
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, August 19th, 2017 - 44 comments
Guest post by Labour list and Rodney candidate Marja Lubeck on why she became involved in politics.
Written By: - Date published: 7:13 am, August 16th, 2017 - 68 comments
A must read Guest Post for anyone thinking about poverty and welfare this election – a former social scientist turned welfare beneficiary speaks out on WINZ’s state-sponsored neglect of more than 84,000 long-term disabled New Zealanders.
Written By: - Date published: 6:59 am, August 6th, 2017 - 107 comments
Kōrero Pono writes about the class divide within the parliamentary Left and the importance of the wider Left’s message in this election.
Written By: - Date published: 10:07 am, July 31st, 2017 - 114 comments
With all the speculation about polls, it’s time to have a discussion about polling and the cold, hard facts around it. Is it good news for the left?
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, July 31st, 2017 - 14 comments
Mary St George writes about participatory democracy in this year’s election and the new twitter chat #LeftwithEnough.
Written By: - Date published: 4:12 pm, June 18th, 2017 - 19 comments
The Wellington Regional Council has contracted its bus services but not protected its drivers’ incomes. They stand to lose an average of $200 a week.
And Wellington risks losing the great public transport system it is so proud of.
Written By: - Date published: 8:07 am, June 4th, 2017 - 28 comments
Denis Tegg has discovered details of Ministry for the Environment’s currently unpublished Guidelines for Local Authorities on Climate Change. The data relied on would appear to already be outdated but suggests that towns such as Thames are going to face inundation in coming decades.
Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, May 9th, 2017 - 10 comments
In election year, we have some choices about how to proceed.