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How to get the progressive government we want

Written By: - Date published: 9:59 am, May 23rd, 2022 - 95 comments

What if instead of waiting for a new left wing party to arise, the left worked with the three progressive parties we already have in parliament?

Budget Day: there are real alternatives

Written By: - Date published: 9:34 am, May 19th, 2022 - 9 comments

Budget Day, where our centre left neoliberal government straddles the line between compassion and BAU. Given the pressures of climate, the pandemic and global instability, what are the real alternatives?

Longing for a low carbon future

Written By: - Date published: 8:27 am, May 18th, 2022 - 48 comments

It’s the question that obsesses me, how to cultivate a deep cultural longing for a post-carbon, more just, more equal world?

– Transitions Town pioneer Rob Hopkins

The Emissions Reduction Plan we voted for

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, May 17th, 2022 - 33 comments

what kind of climate action do we want?

Announcing New Zealand’s low carbon future

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, May 10th, 2022 - 33 comments

The climate crisis is no longer something that’s happening to someone else, somewhere else, at some point in the future. It’s happening to us. It’s happening here. It’s happening now. – James Shaw

XR protestors have stopped operations at a Southland coal mine

Written By: - Date published: 2:15 pm, May 2nd, 2022 - 60 comments

Go you beautiful people!

UK government signals urgent inquiry into overmedicalisation of gender non-conforming children

Written By: - Date published: 11:24 am, April 24th, 2022 - 40 comments

This is a medical scandal affecting children and teens, and the left is still largely in denial of it.

What if… Dunedin no longer needed so much petrol?

Written By: - Date published: 10:03 am, April 22nd, 2022 - 17 comments

It’s 2032, and we’re looking back at a decade of oil, climate and economic crisis, and how one city found a way through.

The approaching fuel crisis: what if we no longer needed so much petrol?

Written By: - Date published: 10:20 am, April 13th, 2022 - 93 comments

What would our society, communities and lives look like in New Zealand if we weren’t so reliant on fossil fuels?

Climate Action Mondays: after the IPCC report, what now?

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, April 11th, 2022 - 87 comments

It’s time to act as if our lives depend on it.

Grumpy mod note

Written By: - Date published: 10:21 am, April 9th, 2022 - 28 comments

Please read if you are commenting at The Standard.

Greens call for rent freeze

Written By: - Date published: 12:56 pm, April 7th, 2022 - 151 comments

The Green Party has published a reasonable plan to make renting more affordable for low income New Zealanders. There’s nothing extreme-communist-scary here, it’s well within the values of the NZ electorate.

Last chance to see or finally acting as if our lives depend on it?

Written By: - Date published: 8:49 am, April 6th, 2022 - 55 comments

That IPCC report telling it like it is. Ball is in our court.

Climate Action Mondays: slow fashion

Written By: - Date published: 9:54 am, April 4th, 2022 - 44 comments

It’s time to act as if our lives depend on it. Here are the things we can do and we can require government and business to do.

Climate Action Mondays Tuesday

Written By: - Date published: 2:45 pm, March 29th, 2022 - 10 comments

It’s time to act as if our lives depend on it.

Climate Action Mondays

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, March 21st, 2022 - 33 comments

It’s time to act as if our lives depend on it.

“Labour… stop playing by this tired, neoliberal playbook”

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, March 11th, 2022 - 98 comments

Chloe Swarbrick, the cost of living crisis, and what the economy is for.

Women who challenged the male domination of sport

Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, March 8th, 2022 - 91 comments

History PhD student @LottieHistory wrote a twitter thread recently on the work women have done to participate in sport.

Don’t give up New Zealand: omicron, vaccination protection, and why it’s the wrong time to ‘let it rip’

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, February 27th, 2022 - 109 comments

Act as if you have Covid, and look to protect others around youAshley Bloomfield

New research shows vaccination protects against omicron. Along with all our other tools – what we do now matters.

This is the knife edge for New Zealand: do we lapse into neoliberal “I’m ok Jack”, and not worry about others? Or do we step up and act collectively to protect us all?

Omicron is not mild

Written By: - Date published: 6:10 am, February 24th, 2022 - 76 comments

More people in the US have died from Omicron than Delta. In New Zealand we, collectively, still have a choice about just how bad this is going to get. Not everyone is going to contract covid in this wave, and there is great value to individuals and society in slowing spread and avoiding getting covid where possible.

Meanwhile, omicron and delta in New Zealand

Written By: - Date published: 12:20 pm, February 18th, 2022 - 73 comments

Delta is still a problem in New Zealand, and we’re still not talking about long covid.

Parliament protests and the road to splintered societies

Written By: - Date published: 1:03 pm, February 13th, 2022 - 68 comments

The legitimacy of protest, and why building bridges and calling people in is one of the most important actions we can take now.

Some notes on moderation

Written By: - Date published: 10:47 am, February 6th, 2022 - 23 comments

A few notes and suggestions on moderation on The Standard.

Women’s human rights and the vulnerability of pregnant women

Written By: - Date published: 12:57 pm, January 31st, 2022 - 211 comments

While social and mainstream media hash out the details of Charlotte Bellis’ situation, her case points to the gross inequity that women still face even in countries like New Zealand.

Going Red

Written By: - Date published: 11:13 am, January 23rd, 2022 - 164 comments

The New Zealand government has announced a nationwide move to the Red Traffic Light system from midnight tonight.

New Zealand’s Omicron options

Written By: - Date published: 2:31 pm, January 17th, 2022 - 101 comments

It will be a few days before we know if the omicron variant of Covid-19 is starting to spread in New Zealand. There are things we can be doing that will determine how that goes.

The Department of Earthly Gifts

Written By: - Date published: 1:11 pm, January 16th, 2022 - 151 comments

Where western minds are busy arguing if indigenous knowledge is science, botanist and first nations woman Robin Wall Kimmerer exemplifies how to do both at the same time.

What about those neat capital gains on housing, eh?

Written By: - Date published: 12:48 pm, January 14th, 2022 - 184 comments

Labour are doing the things about the housing crisis they said they would. It’s not working.

Is it time for the Greens to go their own way?

Written By: - Date published: 1:18 pm, January 11th, 2022 - 122 comments

Climate, ecology, welfare, housing – we are now at the point for the Greens to go ‘fuck it, time to go back to our radical roots’.

 

The Long Covid Post

Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, January 5th, 2022 - 50 comments

It’s understandable that public health, governments and the media focused initially on acute covid, but we’re two years in now, it’s well past time to put long covid to the forefront as well.

Hope Punk 2022

Written By: - Date published: 12:35 pm, January 1st, 2022 - 11 comments

Here’s a kind of map to a future where things work out.

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