Written By: - Date published: 7:28 am, March 23rd, 2017 - 31 comments
Compare and contrast Helen Clark’s and John Key’s valedictory speeches.
Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, March 22nd, 2017 - 21 comments
Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson’s book Hit and Run makes a compelling case for the Government to conduct a full inquiry to see if New Zealand forces were complicit in the killing of innocent men and women and if there was a cover up.
Written By: - Date published: 2:55 pm, March 21st, 2017 - 14 comments
Todd Barclay has chosen to co-operate fully with the police investigation into his actions by getting a lawyer and refusing to say anything to them.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, March 21st, 2017 - 125 comments
An excellent piece by Simon Collins in the weekend Herald. NZ’s educational scores in international comparisons are locked in a downward spiral. National’s ideology has failed, while we ignore successful models.
Written By: - Date published: 2:05 pm, March 20th, 2017 - 53 comments
No Right Turn: “The real barrier to National … acting on this is because that “no-one owns water, first come, first served” policy disproportionately benefits one group and allows them to profiteer from a public resource while destroying its value to others. That group is farmers – and they donate to the National Party.”
Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, March 17th, 2017 - 34 comments
National’s nasty, obvious, hamfisted attack on Jacinda Ardern has backfired on them big time.
Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, March 15th, 2017 - 13 comments
Maori Party Co-Leader, Marama Fox, is playing hardball over Nick Smith latest attempts to weasel out of commitments on the deeply flawed RMA changes that National has spent the last few years trying to find any support for in Parliament. The bill is crap. The Maori party should just drop it regardless how many baubles they think they will get from it.
Written By: - Date published: 9:32 am, March 11th, 2017 - 48 comments
Christchurch Councillor Raf Manji has announced that he will be standing as an independent against Gerry Brownlee for the Ilam seat in Christchurch.
Written By: - Date published: 1:18 pm, March 10th, 2017 - 19 comments
Remember how the move of Nick Leggett to National was supposed to be some big disaster for Labour?
Written By: - Date published: 9:52 am, March 7th, 2017 - 40 comments
The crisis around English’s amateur-hour handling of the super announcement is an opportunity for Judith Collins.
Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, March 6th, 2017 - 61 comments
Shambolic scenes as Bill English’s twitter account tweets criticism of John Key not taking the hard decisions regarding superannuation eligibility, then the tweet gets deleted. And Bill did not know the tweet had been sent out.
Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, March 5th, 2017 - 21 comments
Swimmable standards that aren’t, for all of our rivers except most of them, sometime maybe not now. Nat policy at its finest.
Written By: - Date published: 10:46 am, March 2nd, 2017 - 34 comments
Radio New Zealand has reported on a review of the Government’s housing policy which described it as fragmented and lacking a robust plan but it took intervention by the Ombudsman to have the review released.
Written By: - Date published: 8:28 am, February 28th, 2017 - 74 comments
I read this morning in Politik that Vernon Tava has left the Greens and appears to be leaning towards National. It doesn’t seem to me to much of a problem to lose a conservationist to National. It just means that the Greens can concentrate more effectively on the work of getting everyone trying to build a cleaner sustainable future.
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.
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.
Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, February 24th, 2017 - 62 comments
The Government intends to change the definitions of various indicators in an effort to solve some of the country’s most serious problems.
Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, February 24th, 2017 - 25 comments
The Crown is seeking to overturn the Court of Appeal decision obtained by Forest and Bird which is preventing Conservation land in the Hawkes Bay from being used for the controversial Ruataniwha dam.
Written By: - Date published: 9:21 am, February 22nd, 2017 - 20 comments
We should probably just schedule this as a monthly post.
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.
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.
Written By: - Date published: 2:40 pm, February 14th, 2017 - 67 comments
In the middle of a housing crisis “Housing New Zealand documents obtained under the Official Information Act show that there are nearly 2,500 empty state houses, more than 500 of which have been empty for over a year.”