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Reducing substance abuse – what actually works

Written By: - Date published: 8:25 am, March 18th, 2017 - 66 comments

If, instead of macho posturing (like the “War on P”), we wanted to actually tackle substance abuse, we would be looking at what actually works. Interesting case study in Iceland.

English flogging National’s one-trick pony

Written By: - Date published: 9:50 am, March 13th, 2017 - 73 comments

Never mind the record debt, the dropped contributions to the Cullen fund, the housing crisis, rising poverty, the deteriorating health system, the costs of quake rebuilds, the filthy water, the need to prepare for climate change – never mind all that, have an election bribe!

A tenant’s tale

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, March 12th, 2017 - 197 comments

“And when I saw that article in the NZ Herald this morning , in light of whats been happening to so many New Zealander family’s having to sleep in cars and the like over the past few years – I thought ”FUCK IT !!”… Im going to say something.”

Household debt

Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, March 8th, 2017 - 93 comments

The IMF warns that our household debt is far too high, as desperate tenants start raiding the Kiwisaver accounts to pay the rent.

NRT: The banality of evil

Written By: - Date published: 2:48 pm, March 6th, 2017 - 3 comments

I/S at No Right Turn: “This is where National’s cuts and austerity have taken us: to a place where Corrections tortures and abuses people because it is the “cheapest” way of managing them.”

The social damage wrought by homes as commoditites

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, March 4th, 2017 - 82 comments

A recent UN report highlights the waste of treating homes as commodities. It should sound awfully familiar in the NZ context.

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.

Housing crisis what housing crisis

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, February 27th, 2017 - 52 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.

Where to now for the left?

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, February 26th, 2017 - 114 comments

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

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.

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.”

The SOE sell down three years on

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, February 7th, 2017 - 78 comments

Some time in the next 12 months it is likely that the forgone dividend payments and loss in share value from the Power Company shares and Air NZ share sale will be greater than the amount received, only three years after the sale.

Unemployment rate up

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, February 2nd, 2017 - 12 comments

Despite National’s fiddling the figures on the way unemployment is counted, the unemployment rate is on the rise again.

Punching Nazis, and practicing resistance

Written By: - Date published: 12:40 pm, January 27th, 2017 - 186 comments

Being human, Linda Tirado, and lessons for New Zealand.

Lifeboat NZ

Written By: - Date published: 11:14 am, January 25th, 2017 - 100 comments

How do we feel about NZ becoming a lifeboat for the super-rich to run out on the problems that they created?

Minimum wage increase doesn’t meet real costs (the CPI is broken)

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 25th, 2017 - 53 comments

Any increase in the minimum wage is better than nothing, but National’s increases have not kept pace with the real cost increases (notably housing) faced by low income earners. That is why we are seeing the rise of the working poor, and increases in homelessness and poverty.

Sit-in Occupation to Stop Niki’s Eviction Tuesday 24th January

Written By: - Date published: 8:33 pm, January 23rd, 2017 - 136 comments

“These are the people’s assets” – Ioela ‘Niki’ Rauti.

State houses are being given to developers, and people are being evicted from their homes.

The shame of homelessness

Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, January 18th, 2017 - 54 comments

A rich old white idiot, who would only be amused at our anger, has vented about the homeless, in a piece that shouldn’t be rewarded with our clicks.

Oxfam on world wealth inequality

Written By: - Date published: 8:38 am, January 17th, 2017 - 94 comments

Guardian: “The world’s eight richest billionaires control the same wealth between them as the poorest half of the globe’s population, according to a charity warning of an ever-increasing and dangerous concentration of wealth.”

More Multi-millionaires than ever!

Written By: - Date published: 11:59 am, January 16th, 2017 - 98 comments

In this glorious  ‘go ahead’, ‘get ahead’ land of opportunity…

Oxfam on wealth inequality in NZ

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, January 16th, 2017 - 35 comments

Oxfam’s report on wealth inequality in NZ has some staggering headline numbers.

Spinning ‘social investment’

Written By: - Date published: 8:32 am, January 14th, 2017 - 53 comments

Bill English has co-opted the old term “social investment” to replace another old term “targeted welfare”. Simon Wilson (writing at The Spinoff) has bought into the spin and written a deeply confused piece about it.

Show me

Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, January 13th, 2017 - 45 comments

It is time for Trump, English and Little to give us an idea on what their policies will do for employment and the rights of workers.

Screwing more out of Auckland renters

Written By: - Date published: 10:21 am, January 10th, 2017 - 12 comments

Already sky-high Auckland rents are set to rise further.

The St Johns Industrial Dispute – #HealthyAmbosSaveLives

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, January 7th, 2017 - 51 comments

St Johns is one of the first organisations to use new Industrial powers brought in by the Government and is attempting to refuse to negotiate with First Union and is docking workers pay for wearing a campaign t-shirt.

If home is where the heart is, then…

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, January 4th, 2017 - 188 comments

What have we become?

Briefing Papers: And so this is Christmas…

Written By: - Date published: 6:10 am, December 23rd, 2016 - 107 comments

Alicia Sudden reflects on Christmas at The Briefing Papers: “Yet this brief annual window excludes the elephant in the room: that this poverty is a consequence of our welfare system failing to provide the support it was intended to.”

Donate to Auckland City Mission

Written By: - Date published: 6:55 am, December 20th, 2016 - 6 comments

Auckland City Mission is calling for donations to meet Christmas demand. You can donate here.

This pattern of Kiwi’s exploiting migrants is shameful

Written By: - Date published: 8:17 am, December 14th, 2016 - 88 comments

A depressing feature in The Herald this morning explores the exploitation of migrant workers. The same pattern as the private sector’s treatment of foreign students. This paints a shameful picture of New Zealand. Greed has made us forget who we were.

Govt response to poverty report will tell us all we need to know about Bill English

Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, December 13th, 2016 - 264 comments

The 2016 Child Poverty Monitor Technical Report is out today. As usual it paints a bleak picture. What will Bill English’s government do about poverty – evasions, words, or actions? Update: Bill fails.

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