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The Nats’ new ‘swimmable’ rivers aren’t

Written By: - Date published: 3:08 pm, February 28th, 2017 - 14 comments

Under the new standards we have up to a 1 in 6 risk of serious infection at the times that we actually swim in rivers, and Smith is trying to hide this fact by fudging around with year-long averages. David Parker’s analysis yesterday was bang on.

Off the track

Written By: - Date published: 11:26 am, February 28th, 2017 - 2 comments

Off the Track is the 10th State of the Nation report from The Salvation Army’s Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit. Many of the markers routinely analysed for the report currently suggest we are not heading in the best direction for New Zealand as a whole. The Auckland Fabians have a lecture by Alan Johnson on the report on Thursday in Auckland.

Homeless crisis hidden in plain sight

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, February 28th, 2017 - 10 comments

Bill blames the blowout in emergency housing grants on the “hidden homeless”. Hidden only from those who will not see. Hidden only from a government that deliberately chooses for political reasons not to collect the relevant data.

Bill’s bigoted drug reckons vs the evidence

Written By: - Date published: 6:50 am, February 28th, 2017 - 130 comments

Some folks Bill knows are telling him stuff and he’s basing immigration policy on it. The facts say otherwise. Bill English is full of shit and it’s time that more media called him on it.

Housing crisis what housing crisis

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, February 27th, 2017 - 51 comments

The Government’s estimate of the extent of the housing crisis has recently been shown to be totally out of touch and to add further pathos it is counting kiwi families urgently housed in motels in tourism statistics.

You can’t afford a house because of – plants!

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, February 27th, 2017 - 55 comments

I’m used to hearing some pretty pathetic excuses out of the National government. But this will really take some beating.

Pike River facts laid out

Written By: - Date published: 11:27 am, February 26th, 2017 - 10 comments

An excellent piece by Pike River mum, Sonya Rockhouse, in today’s Sunday Star-Times. The full article is here, but here are some of the most important points…

Where to now for the left?

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, February 26th, 2017 - 113 comments

With the right in ascendancy throughout the Western World what does the left do to change this?

Can we even afford to be tenants in our own country?

Written By: - Date published: 9:29 am, February 25th, 2017 - 93 comments

Being tenants in our own country is starting to look like the good old days.

It’s past time to be bold about water

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, February 25th, 2017 - 147 comments

Water is both the front line and the rallying cry.

Win for sanity in Hager vs Westpac

Written By: - Date published: 1:29 pm, February 21st, 2017 - 29 comments

The Privacy Commission issues a ruling that should not have been unnecessary.

Living wage rises to $20.20 an hour

Written By: - Date published: 9:34 am, February 21st, 2017 - 30 comments

The living wage rises, and an odd argument for abolishing the minimum wage.

Rocketwerkz – an enlightened employer

Written By: - Date published: 8:27 pm, February 20th, 2017 - 8 comments

We sometimes give employers a bit of a hard time on this blog, so it’s nice to occasionally celebrate a good one. Dunedin gaming company Rocketwerkz is in the headlines for all the right reasons.

National’s one-trick election pony – the eternal mirage of tax cuts

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, February 20th, 2017 - 46 comments

As Finance Minister Bill English effectively ruled out tax cuts, but it’s election year, and so of course the Nats can’t help but trot out their one-trick election pony again.

The Standard Book Club – Small is Beautiful, Economics as if People Mattered

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 19th, 2017 - 15 comments

The Standard’s inaugural book club looks at E. F. Schumacher’s sustainability classic.

The new world order

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, February 18th, 2017 - 60 comments

With former adversaries USA and Russia now the best of friends and with China now emerging again as the preeminent economy in the world the question is will the transition of power be handled smoothly?

Good ideas in Gisborne

Written By: - Date published: 1:28 pm, February 17th, 2017 - 97 comments

Andrew Little’s announcement yesterday in Gisborne of Labour’s pledge of up to $20million to build a prefabricated timber plant there is a much-needed boost to the area and a sign that Labour’s 100,000 new house pledge first made by David Shearer in 2012 has legs.

Treat her right

Written By: - Date published: 11:15 am, February 16th, 2017 - 34 comments

The Equal Pay Act was passed in 1972. It’s now 2017 and it’s never been enforced. It’s time to ‘Treat Her Right’.

Cadburys Dunedin to close with hundreds of jobs lost

Written By: - Date published: 10:49 am, February 16th, 2017 - 121 comments

Another blow to Dunedin.

Kia Kaha Canterbury

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 16th, 2017 - 34 comments

It seems almost inevitable that the recent fires in Canterbury and the Hawkes Bay are the result of climate change and the harbingers of things to come.

Auckland: Stop Niki’s Eviction!

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 15th, 2017 - 82 comments

Time to take action against the destruction of communities and privatisation of social housing.

Auckland NIMBYs refused

Written By: - Date published: 9:18 am, February 14th, 2017 - 12 comments

If Auckland as a city wish to retain representative samples of our past, then we should concentrate on how to preserve those rather than trying to deny the migration that increases its population by something like 50 thousand people per year. This is a working city – not a museum.

Is this the impossibility turning point?

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, February 14th, 2017 - 49 comments

There’s a wonderful fiction still propelling the world that the 21st century will bring an ever-expanding arc of freedom and prosperity to the vast majority of humanity but the reality seems to be anything but.

We Are All ‘Identarian’ Now

Written By: - Date published: 12:31 am, February 14th, 2017 - 106 comments

There has been an unfortunate trend developing in recent weeks, of negatively labelling people who dare to have a different opinion on equality to the labeller, as identarian. This description is something to be appreciated in these times when dark forces appear to be on the rise again.

Panama Papers – Mossack Fonseca founders arrested

Written By: - Date published: 8:09 am, February 13th, 2017 - 30 comments

In the story that keeps rolling on, Mossack Fonseca founders arrested for money laundering.

Greg O’Connor selected for Ōhāriu

Written By: - Date published: 5:52 pm, February 12th, 2017 - 150 comments

The former Police Association president has been confirmed as a Labour’s candidate for Wellington’s Ōhāriu electorate.

Bloomberg warns world of New Zealand’s toxic trusts

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, February 12th, 2017 - 21 comments

Bloomberg magazine has highlighted how foreign trusts are damaging New Zealand’s reputation and are being used for criminal activity.

Herald documentary: Under The Bridge

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, February 11th, 2017 - 9 comments

If you didn’t catch up with this in The Herald this week – Under The Bridge – you should take a look now. An excellent piece of long-form journalism.

Prof John Quiggin – After Reform, What Comes Next?

Written By: - Date published: 10:26 pm, February 9th, 2017 - No comments

University of Queensland Professor John Quiggin, author of Zombie Economics, will speak on this topic for the Fabian Society in Wellington on Monday 13th and Auckland Thursday 16th of this month. All welcome, details and registration inside. Will be interesting.

29 lives lost. No justice for their families.

Written By: - Date published: 1:51 pm, February 8th, 2017 - 13 comments

Solid Energy trucks have refused to cross the picket line at Pike River this morning after the families set up effigies of their dead men.

Salvation Army report – NZ “Off the Track”

Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, February 8th, 2017 - 61 comments

“The absence of any meaningful progress in reducing child poverty rates over the past decade—and the lack of interest by Government in using welfare and income support programmes to do so—points to wilful indifference toward the long-term personal and social impacts of this avoidable harm.”

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