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Press editorial on failed sate house sell-off

Written By: - Date published: 1:09 pm, December 3rd, 2016 - 3 comments

National government state house sales Tamaki Housing Group

It’s more than a “dreary lack of ambition”, it’s a deliberate plan to underfund / rundown the stock to “justify” selling off, so that the Nats can indeed “wash their hands” of their obligations.

Open Mike 03/12/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 3rd, 2016 - 70 comments

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Mt Roskill by election

Written By: - Date published: 4:35 am, December 3rd, 2016 - No comments

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Today is the day of the Mt Roskill by election. No discussion or comments on the subject will be allowed until after voting closes at 7:00 PM. Then you can knock yourselves out …

“They’re about to pour concrete on my son’s grave” – Campbell on #StandWithPike

Written By: - Date published: 7:42 pm, December 2nd, 2016 - 22 comments

pike river families

Heartbreaking stories from the picket line down at the West Coast.

Daily Review 02/12/2016

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, December 2nd, 2016 - 46 comments

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Caption contest

Written By: - Date published: 2:11 pm, December 2nd, 2016 - 48 comments

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Military assessment of climate change

Written By: - Date published: 12:44 pm, December 2nd, 2016 - 11 comments

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Guardian: “Unchecked global warming is greatest threat to 21st-century security where mass migration could be ‘new normal’, say senior military”.

Open Mike 02/12/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 2nd, 2016 - 69 comments

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Daily Review 01/12/2016

Written By: - Date published: 5:29 pm, December 1st, 2016 - 28 comments

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Faith in democracy falls

Written By: - Date published: 8:12 am, December 1st, 2016 - 42 comments

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Is the belief that democracy is essential falling in “Western” countries? In New Zealand particularly so?

Open Mike 01/12/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 1st, 2016 - 147 comments

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Daily Review 30/11/2016

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, November 30th, 2016 - 24 comments

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Tax the Rich An animated fairy tale

Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, November 30th, 2016 - 10 comments

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A short video produced by US unions “to support a fairer tax system”.

Open Mike 30/11/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, November 30th, 2016 - 159 comments

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Daily Review 29/11/2016

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, November 29th, 2016 - 13 comments

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Labour’s legacy: building a better New Zealand

Written By: - Date published: 3:28 pm, November 29th, 2016 - 92 comments

Andrew Little

Today is the 81st anniversary of the election of the first Labour Government.  Reprint of a post from Andrew Little to mark the occasion.

New Parliament buildings

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, November 29th, 2016 - 24 comments

Beehive corporate influence

A couple of reactions to the $100m Parliament building plans.

Todd Barclay faces Clutha-Southland selection challenge

Written By: - Date published: 8:09 am, November 29th, 2016 - 46 comments

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Todd Barclay is one of National’s worst MP’s, who made a mess of the party apparatus he inherited from Bill English. No surprise that he is facing a selection challenge. Ex Philip Morris tobacco vs. Merrill Lynch banker – lucky Clutha-Southland!

Open Mike 29/11/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, November 29th, 2016 - 200 comments

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#Horseshoegate – have you seen these alleged horse shoe throwers?

Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, November 28th, 2016 - 13 comments

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Radio Tarana has offered a reward for information regarding the Mt Roskill horse shoe thrower.

NRT: “A stupid idea”

Written By: - Date published: 10:28 am, November 28th, 2016 - 89 comments

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I/S at No Right Turn on Key’s statement that a gender-balanced cabinet is “a stupid idea”.

Open Mike 28/11/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, November 28th, 2016 - 88 comments

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Key interview – facts don’t matter

Written By: - Date published: 8:36 am, November 27th, 2016 - 24 comments

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Lisa Owen interviewed Key on The Nation yesterday. As usual Key spent half his time denying facts and figures – in this case from Treasury and from his own government sources.

Open Mike 27/11/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, November 27th, 2016 - 137 comments

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Fidel Castro has died

Written By: - Date published: 8:19 pm, November 26th, 2016 - 175 comments

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Fidel Castro has died aged 90.

Open Mike 26/11/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, November 26th, 2016 - 232 comments

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Daily Review 25/11/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:02 pm, November 25th, 2016 - 63 comments

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Mana and Māori Party ‘unification’?

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, November 25th, 2016 - 44 comments

Hone Harawira Mana meeting

Although the personality obstacles probably retired with Turia and Sharples, it is hard to see how Mana’s left wing policies can be reconciled with the Māori Party’s record propping up the Key government.

Open Mike 25/11/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, November 25th, 2016 - 206 comments

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Daily Review 24/11/2016

Written By: - Date published: 5:27 pm, November 24th, 2016 - 28 comments

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Mining engineer: Solid Energy’s decision is “irrational”

Written By: - Date published: 1:37 pm, November 24th, 2016 - 35 comments

New Zealand Mine Explosion

An engineer’s report concluded it would be safe to enter the mine to look for evidence of the cause the blasts which killed 29 men.

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