Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, January 27th, 2018 - 73 comments
Jacinda Ardern this week expressed the hope that this Government will bring back Manaakitanga, in other words to show respect, generosity and care for others.
Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, January 23rd, 2018 - 6 comments
The ideal occurrences this year at Waitangi would be …
Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, January 18th, 2018 - 74 comments
National’s cheerleaders are pushing an international report which suggests that New Zealand’s democratic system is only slightly better than average in world terms. But the organisation behind the report and the methodology used need some checking.
Written By: - Date published: 10:56 am, January 16th, 2018 - 68 comments
The language is the life force of the mana Māori. Which is why the Government and the Opposition should pledge support to ensure it survives and thrives.
Written By: - Date published: 8:51 am, January 13th, 2018 - 52 comments
It has been a decade now since Minister of Local Government Rodney Hide proposed amalgamating all of Auckland’s city councils into one enormous entity by dumping much of the Royal Commission’s proposals. Well it’s time to hold its results to account.
Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, January 2nd, 2018 - 168 comments
In what may be the first of a number of publicity stunts Rabbi Shmulay Boteach has placed a full page advertisement in the Washington Post condemning Lorde and New Zealand for showing solidarity with Palestine.
Written By: - Date published: 7:32 am, December 24th, 2017 - 82 comments
Why the concept of christmas is a good thing.
Written By: - Date published: 10:31 am, December 21st, 2017 - 24 comments
Matt Nippert has made further revelations about Jian Yang including that he lobbied on behalf of an unsuccessful applicant for a security sensitive job with the New Zealand Defence Force and that he disclosed to Auckland University but not to Immigration that he had worked for a PLA University.
Written By: - Date published: 8:07 am, December 4th, 2017 - 147 comments
Donald Trump’s response to news of the arrest of Michael Flynn suggests that charges closer to the office of the President may be close.
Written By: - Date published: 11:40 am, November 28th, 2017 - 85 comments
Elements on the internet have claimed that Green MP Golriz Ghahraman must be a genocide supporter because she once acted as a defence lawyer in a war crimes tribunal.
Written By: - Date published: 1:32 pm, November 27th, 2017 - 49 comments
There have been some great artists face some appalling allegations. Would they have been as successful if their great crimes had been exposed?
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, November 24th, 2017 - 49 comments
With socialist governments in rapid decline right across the world, and just a very few social democrat governments re-emerging after many years out of power, it’s useful to remind ourselves of what governmental combinations are working well.
Written By: - Date published: 6:10 am, November 22nd, 2017 - 46 comments
The best state for human nature…
Written By: - Date published: 8:50 am, November 19th, 2017 - 57 comments
Heather Du Plessis-Allan has shown herself to be a radical progressive in her latest Herald column.
Written By: - Date published: 6:33 am, November 15th, 2017 - 69 comments
What does it mean to look beyond capitalism? We do not yet know what it will look like because we have not yet ventured out from our caves.
Written By: - Date published: 12:31 pm, November 13th, 2017 - 29 comments
US democratic activists have conducted a number of reviews on what went wrong at the last election. The conclusions they have reached could helpfully inform New Zealand political activists on what to do in 2020.
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, November 6th, 2017 - 94 comments
In recent years Labour has allowed National to dominate rural politics. Maybe it is time for Labour to think about reaching out to rural voters and suggest to them that a progressive vote is in their interests.
Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, November 5th, 2017 - 68 comments
Just before the election news broke that National MP Jian Yang had previously taught in a Chinese University training spies. A recent OIA release of his immigration application raises further issues.
Written By: - Date published: 2:42 pm, November 3rd, 2017 - 11 comments
With a change of Government it is a time for a change in the public entities that run New Zealand.
Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, October 25th, 2017 - 73 comments
Do we want to be owned by capitalism and stay in its trap of wage and debt slavery, or do we want to boldly go to post-capitalism, whatever that might be.
Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, October 16th, 2017 - 120 comments
* but delays are possible.
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, October 14th, 2017 - 160 comments
Every morning, as the waiting for Winston to decide continues to fray my fragile psyche, I can look at myself in the mirror, contemplate my own frenzied speculative hopes for an Ardern Prime Ministership, and immediately think of a host of strong social-methodological reasons why all such speculation is futile.
Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, October 10th, 2017 - 50 comments
MMP is challenging the traditional role of the Governor General in determining who should lead the Government after an election.
Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, October 5th, 2017 - 55 comments
Cameron Slater and friends and clients are in the High Court defending a claim that he defamed three health researchers. They tried to have the case kicked out but failed. The judgment makes for an interesting read.