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Waitangi Day 2017

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, February 6th, 2017 - 19 comments

Well the lead-up to Waitangi Day this year has certainly had its fair share of drama!

You can read Andrew Little’s thoughts on the day here: Andrew Little: Waitangi a day for all of us to come together

Our most effective Prime Minister

Written By: - Date published: 8:14 am, October 1st, 2016 - 234 comments

Ad ranks post second world war according to criteria which produces some interesting result.

Anzac Day 2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:06 am, April 25th, 2016 - 62 comments

Today is Anzac Day, 101 years since ANZAC forces began the Gallipoli campaign.

Thoughts about a poppy

Written By: - Date published: 10:48 am, April 23rd, 2016 - 61 comments

Back in my youth I decided that there were things that were worth fighting for when it became necessary. It is a viewpoint that I have never had to change, and it shows in what I do. If you want a society worth living in, then you need to make sure that it either stays that way, or moves towards it. Less memorials and more effort is a better way to remember our dead and maimed.

The All Powerful Labour Party

Written By: - Date published: 10:49 am, March 7th, 2016 - 66 comments

Apparently the Labour Party is so all powerful and persuasive that roughly 2/3 of the electorate is under its spell. That bodes well for the next election!

RIP Dr Ranginui Walker

Written By: - Date published: 11:04 am, February 29th, 2016 - 11 comments

Dr Ranginui Walker, leader, academic and writer on Māori issues, has died aged 83.

30 Years after ANZUS (and we’re doing fine)

Written By: - Date published: 11:01 am, November 2nd, 2015 - 14 comments

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Labour Day – won by workers

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, October 26th, 2015 - 99 comments

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Christianity doesn’t compromise with other religions

Written By: - Date published: 7:58 am, September 29th, 2015 - 115 comments

Christianity doesn’t compromise with other religions or has the World Finally Gone madder?

The Rainbow Warrior apology

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, September 7th, 2015 - 22 comments

The French secret service agent who attached the mines which sank the Rainbow Warrior has stated an emotional apology during an interview. While the apology is welcome, it changes nothing.

Those abused in state care deserve apology

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, August 25th, 2015 - 9 comments

The report of the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service highlights a shameful chapter in NZ history. What possible reason could there be for the government not to apologise directly to the victims?

August the 6th, 1945

Written By: - Date published: 4:43 pm, August 6th, 2015 - 148 comments

Seventy years on…

A short history of The Standard – Maoriland Worker

Written By: - Date published: 3:22 pm, June 21st, 2015 - 43 comments

I saw earlier this month that typically the bombastic one from The Daily Blog Bombast was managing to not mention our site name in a post about hiring a hacker to crack into our site. Of more concern was his lack of local history. Is he too in love with his own voice to learn the lessons of the past?

Anzac Day – 100 years

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 am, April 25th, 2015 - 35 comments

100 years ago today ANZAC forces landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. They are remembered.

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RSA oppose flag change

Written By: - Date published: 12:55 pm, April 13th, 2015 - 63 comments

Key’s proposal to change the flag is an expensive and unnecessary circus, and this should be the end of it.

Revolutionary Spain, Revolutionary Syria, and the Bastards We Vote For.

Written By: - Date published: 3:36 pm, February 11th, 2015 - 63 comments

It seems that just as the 30’s offered the chance to turn dreams into reality, Syria is offering that chance up to ‘the left’ today. Suddenly, for me, the recent travel bans and the passport confiscation laws etc make sense since we are potentially looking at an international influx of non-nutters and non- psychopaths as happened during the Spanish Revolution of the 30s.

The War Club Family

Written By: - Date published: 7:35 pm, February 8th, 2015 - 73 comments

There’s a fascinating article in the latest New Statesman titled “An Empire that speaks English: the right’s dream of a new world order.” Suddenly UK Foreign Minister Philip Hammond’s recent visit here makes sense. So does John Key’s references to sending troops to Iraq on behalf of the “club” or the “family” – he’s at the heart of the Empire.

A calculated feeding of the beasts within

Written By: - Date published: 2:13 pm, February 5th, 2015 - 74 comments

The social democracy of my youth has radically collapsed into our current culture of individualism, privatisation and personal greed.

National identity

Written By: - Date published: 9:52 am, November 24th, 2014 - 49 comments

A recent report from the Waitangi Tribunal questions the “constitutional” foundation of NZ and challenges the received wisdom of our history.

Gough 1916-2014

Written By: - Date published: 11:49 am, October 21st, 2014 - 46 comments

When Gough Whitlam was PM of Austrialia, it was a time when people were looking forward to a more inclusive, caring, and egalitarian society: a time of hope.  His PM-ship ended in controversy.

Re-writing 2nd Wave Women’s Movement: Pat Rosier – h/t Hand Mirror

Written By: - Date published: 1:02 pm, July 19th, 2014 - 7 comments

A must read Hand Mirror post acknowledges the passing of Pat Rossier. She played a significant role in NZ’s 2nd wave Women’s Movement.  Misinformation about feminism fails to represent its diversity & socialist underpinnings. A full chronicle of the NZ 2nd wave is needed.

Review: Fighting to Choose by Alison McCulloch

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 pm, May 8th, 2013 - 61 comments

Abortion has a long and dramatic history in NZ, but it’s not a history we talk about, or remember.  And remembering that history is vital to our continuing push for reproductive rights today.  That’s where Alison McCulloch comes in, with a new, brilliant, history of the struggle so far.

Gimme sense!

Written By: - Date published: 11:34 am, January 1st, 2013 - 147 comments

It’s nothing but ardent colonial nonsense to be celebrating a seasonally determined cultural event in the wrong season and about six months off the mark. Every culture that marks new year celebrates around the time of, well…new year. And every culture that marks New Year locates it somewhere in the winter; notionally around the time […]

Postcard from a 21st century renter

Written By: - Date published: 1:19 pm, December 3rd, 2012 - 16 comments

Dear Jack, It’s been almost a century since your major contribution to NZ . Many still see you as an inspiration for a left wing vision. Unfortunately, we are having to fight the same old battles once again, the poor are being demonised, and we need more state housing.

Remember Waihi 1912: who now has the courage?

Written By: - Date published: 10:28 am, November 12th, 2012 - 21 comments

Tomorrow is the centenary of the death of Fred Evans on 13 November 1912, during the Waihi gold miners strike.  Out of this struggle of ordinary, but courageous NZ workers, grew the NZ Labour Party.  Who now has such courage to lead NZ politics in a new direction? Update: Allison McCulloch’s article on the Waihi strike.

From Sugarbags to Foodbanks

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, October 31st, 2012 - 60 comments

Sugarbags are a symbol of self-help in the 1930s Depression.  Foodbanks are a symbol of the failure of consumer capitalism.  Should the left reclaim Labour’s original core values?  What are those core values, and are they still relevant today?

Let’s sing it! Songs for ‘ordinary’ people

Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, October 19th, 2012 - 109 comments

Revolutions, political movements and protests are fueled by songs.  They bring people together in common cause, draw attention to devastating conditions, reassure the oppressed that they are not alone, and inspire people to take political action. What songs have engaged, inspired, or motivated your political conscience and compassion? Update: : The winner is

Myths and moralising – the conservative trademark

Written By: - Date published: 2:17 pm, December 29th, 2011 - 36 comments

Even smart conservatives in my experience generally  think far too short term, fail to look at history  and in the final analysis view everything from their own narrow interests rather than those of society as whole. They prefer historical mythmaking and moralizing about others rather than thinking. The Economist throws up another telling example by David Brooks.

Labour day

Written By: - Date published: 7:55 am, October 24th, 2011 - 16 comments

On this Labour Day it is good to see that the Labour Party is staying true to its roots, and is out there working for a labour policy to lift the wages and conditions of the workers of New Zealand.

Occupy Aotearoa

Written By: - Date published: 7:17 am, October 17th, 2011 - 135 comments

Part of a worldwide phenomenon, the Occupation has reached Aotearoa New Zealand. Anyone who thinks that they know where all this will end is fooling themselves.

Anzacs and Afghans

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, April 25th, 2011 - 43 comments

Today is the day that we remember our old soldiers.  But perhaps it should also be a day when we consider our current soldiers, and how they are being used.

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