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The Green Party’s proposal on essential workers’ pay

Written By: - Date published: 12:19 pm, May 6th, 2020 - 45 comments

Low-wage essential workers are getting New Zealand through this crisis and continue to do so. They went to work when the rest of us were told to stay away – and people would be horrified to hear many of them barely earn enough to live on.

Open mike 06/05/2020

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Open mike 05/05/2020

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Open mike 04/05/2020

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Open mike 03/05/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 3rd, 2020 - 134 comments

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Covid-19: Important… satire

Written By: - Date published: 3:05 pm, May 2nd, 2020 - 8 comments

The latest status 

Discuss…

It is a bit of a problem when this was often more accurate than the statements from many governments.

Open mike 02/05/2020

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Open mike 01/05/2020

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Open mike 30/04/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 30th, 2020 - 170 comments

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Open mike 29/04/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 29th, 2020 - 136 comments

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Open mike 28/04/2020

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Green Party: COVID-19 recovery and investment in people and nature

Written By: - Date published: 7:10 am, April 27th, 2020 - 16 comments

Most of the funding will go directly to employing people – the tools needed for wetland restoration such as spades and seedlings are far cheaper than big excavators and asphalt.

Open mike 27/04/2020

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Open mike 26/04/2020

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Open mike 25/04/2020

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Russel Norman: Climate change is harder to visualise than coronavirus, but no less dangerous

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, April 24th, 2020 - 6 comments

Executive Director of Greenpeace NZ, Russel Norman writes about the different responses to climate change and covid-19, and the things we can learn from the pandemic.

Open mike 24/04/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 24th, 2020 - 146 comments

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Open mike 23/04/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 23rd, 2020 - 77 comments

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Who will be National’s leader?

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, April 22nd, 2020 - 65 comments

Will Simon survive? Or will Paula and Mark team up against him? Or will Judith somehow manage to persuade the caucus that she is the only chance they have of retaining their seats?

Stay tuned …

Open mike 22/04/2020

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, April 22nd, 2020 - 247 comments

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Open mike 21/04/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, April 21st, 2020 - 193 comments

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Open mike 20/04/2020

Written By: - Date published: 8:05 am, April 20th, 2020 - 99 comments

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Greens push for large intercity rail infrastructure to ensure sustainable post-COVID-19 rebuild

Written By: - Date published: 10:26 am, April 19th, 2020 - 122 comments

“The Greens are highlighting fast intercity rail improvements as the type of climate-friendly, job-creating project that should be prioritised for post-COVID-19 economic stimulus investment.”

Open mike 19/04/2020

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Open mike 18/04/2020

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Open mike 17/04/2020

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Open mike 16/04/2020

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No Right Turn: Climate Change – the need for a green recovery

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, April 15th, 2020 - 7 comments

The Climate Change Commission – the expert panel tasked with getting New Zealand carbon neutral – has written to the government asking it to apply a “climate change lens” to the post-Covid-19 spend-up.

Open mike 15/04/2020

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Open mike 14/04/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 14th, 2020 - 183 comments

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Open mike 13/04/2020

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