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Save TVNZ7 Meeting

Written By: - Date published: 10:20 am, May 11th, 2012 - Comments Off on Save TVNZ7 Meeting

When:  Tuesday 15 May, 7 – 9pm
Where: Freemans Bay Community Centre, 52 Hepburn St, Freemans Bay, Auckland
Come along to this public meeting to show your support for TVNZ7!

Updates, upgrades, and polls

Written By: - Date published: 9:28 pm, April 5th, 2012 - 111 comments

A bit of maintenance work coming up over Easter, and a Morgan poll that covered last week. National show the effects of their mutual collective suicide attempts, and the Greens pick up the benefits. Labour are doing sweet bugger all. Starting to wonder if Labour MP’s are catching the dogpack socializing disease from National. I have an impress ion of mutual arse sniffing and bugger all work. I’m unimpressed with the dog imitations from either party.

Time – last chance for comments

Written By: - Date published: 11:45 pm, November 25th, 2011 - 5 comments

We’re not posting posts and not allowing comments from 2359 tonight to 1900 tomorrow after the polls close.

Thanks everyone….

An open letter to all unionists & fighters for equality & social justice in Aotearoa

Written By: - Date published: 12:29 pm, April 29th, 2011 - 216 comments

Via Socialist Aotearoa, an open letter from union activist Mike Treen on Hone Harawira’s Mana Party, which is due to be launched this Saturday in Auckland. The outline of Mana’s manifesto presented in the letter suggests it will be economically bold and not exclusively Maori nationalist. It should be very popular.

Upgrading (yet again)

Written By: - Date published: 12:05 pm, April 17th, 2011 - 8 comments

There will be a number of (hopefully) small disruptions over the next few days to upgrade the site servers. The sunday upgrades are underway. Hopefully there will not be too much of a disruption.

Wgtn fundraiser for Chch

Written By: - Date published: 11:53 am, April 7th, 2011 - 3 comments

In many parts of Christchurch, aid and communication from Government and large NGOs was virtually non-existent for some time after the quake, and it was left up to pre-existing organisations, neighbours, families and friendship networks to ensure that people were able to access the resources and information they needed.

Quarter of a million comments soon

Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, March 1st, 2011 - 50 comments

As of Tuesday morning, we have had about 249,250 comments since The Standard launched three and a half years ago. We’re averaging a 317 comments a day since New Year’s. Although politics has rightly cooled in the past week due to the quake, the quarter of a million mark should still be reached on Thursday. Who will be the lucky commenter?

Protest @ WINZ today!

Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, February 22nd, 2011 - 89 comments

Aucklanders – the fight back against the worst recommendations in the Rebstock report starts now. Join us – Auckland Against Poverty – in a picket, 2pm today outside Work & Income, Sel Peacock Dr, Henderson.

200,000 comments

Written By: - Date published: 1:06 pm, September 26th, 2010 - 11 comments

We like to make a big deal over the comments because it is you coming on here, contributing your thoughts and ideas, that make The Standard what it is. Without all of you, it would just be a dozen or so people arguing with themselves/ If we wanted that we could just hang out with the Libertarianz. So, who was comment 200,000? Well…

Fabian Lecture: Monday

Written By: - Date published: 2:13 pm, August 27th, 2010 - 3 comments

What Will Fix Child Poverty? The Fabian Society’s next lecture is on Monday in Auckland.  Susan St John on behalf of the Child Poverty Action Group, and Sue Bradford of the Alternative Welfare Working Group will look at one of the most important symptoms of New Zealand’s slide towards becoming a low-wage economy and unequal […]

The Standard turned three

Written By: - Date published: 9:57 pm, August 17th, 2010 - 49 comments

We managed to miss The Standard’s third birthday a few days ago despite some earlier avowed intentions to make a fuss over it. The site started on August 15th 2007 and has grown into a massive community project of the left since then. Long may it continue….

Great Leftie Debate

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 pm, July 1st, 2010 - 15 comments

If you’re at a loose end in or near Palmerston North tomorrow. This looks interesting and will help raise campaigning money for next years election. See some of Labours finest go head to head in a war of words. Featuring Palmerston North’s own MP Iain Lees-Galloway, Jacinda Ardern (Future MP for Auckland Central), Lianne Dalziel […]

NZ Fabian Society lectures

Written By: - Date published: 5:03 pm, March 6th, 2010 - 15 comments

This looks to be a fascinating set of lectures. I’ll be going – will you?

Economic orthodoxy continues to fail New Zealand. This failure is systemic, not cyclical. Despite this, prevailing political and economic orthodoxy has become almost immune from scrutiny. It seems that policymakers have yet to comprehend that the status quo will inevitably lead to economic collapse.

Tsunami warning

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, February 28th, 2010 - 16 comments

The alert has now been downgraded to an advisory (4:30pm), though surges and rapid changes in sea level could still occur for the next 24 hours.

According to Newsroom “A series of ongoing large offshore earthquakes continue to rock South America with widespread destruction in Chile…

New Zealand Political Studies Association Annual Conference

Written By: - Date published: 6:03 pm, November 25th, 2009 - 1 comment

The New Zealand Political Studies Association is holding its Annual Conference from Nov 30 – 1 Dec in Auckland, hosted by the University of Auckland Political Studies Department. The conference will run five simultaneous streams presenting papers in the fields of: Political Theory, New Zealand and Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Communications and Media, Public […]

$15 min wage march tonight

Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, October 30th, 2009 - 15 comments

The Campaign for a Living Wage will be taking to the streets of Auckland’s CBD tonight to demand a minimum wage of 15 dollars an hour and an end to poverty wages. The theme is Halloween trick or treat. If you want, you can dress up as: (a) a Zombie worker who has awoken from […]

350 Day of Action – Saturday

Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, October 23rd, 2009 - 8 comments

Scientists say that 350 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere is the safe limit for humanity. We’re above that limit and we’re climbing fast. 350 Aotearoa is the New Zealand arm of 350.org, an international campaign dedicated to creating an equitable global climate treaty that lowers carbon dioxide below 350 parts per million.  Tomorrow, Saturday, […]

Protests against cuts to sexual abuse cover

Written By: - Date published: 12:33 pm, October 18th, 2009 - Comments Off on Protests against cuts to sexual abuse cover

[Pulling the following comment from Toad in Open Mike up to the front page.] If you are in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch or Dunedin tomorrow, please try to find the time to support the protests against ACC’s proposed cuts to sexual abuse cover and therapy. There are protests organised for this Monday 19th October: AUCKLAND: Meet […]

Bus drivers solidarity picket – Wgtn

Written By: - Date published: 11:54 am, October 7th, 2009 - Comments Off on Bus drivers solidarity picket – Wgtn

There’s a solidarity picket tomorrow outside Infratil’s HQ in Wellington to support the locked out Auckland bus drivers. If you’ve got a moment in your lunch break head on over and support these workers against this latest example of New Zealand’s growing employer militancy. What: Auckland bus drivers solidarity picket. When: Thursday, October 8 (tomorrow) […]

Telecom solidarity fundraiser

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, September 10th, 2009 - 18 comments

Socialist Aotearoa have organised a Telecom solidarity fundraiser on Friday night. Not for $7m man Paul Reynolds, but for the lines engineers his contractors are busy laying off with no redundancy and trying to force into sham dependent contracts. If you’re in Auckland head along and show your support. The engineers are sure going to […]

Drinking Liberally Wgtn

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, July 7th, 2009 - 1 comment

Just received this from Drinking Liberally Wellington: We hope you’ve enjoyed our unannounced winter break. We’re back this Thursday, at 5:30 at the Southern Cross on Abel Smith Street. This week our special guest speaker is Mark Eden, from the Wellington Animal Rights Network. He will be speaking on “Sow crates, battery hens and not […]

Pay equity protest TODAY

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, June 30th, 2009 - Comments Off on Pay equity protest TODAY

It’s pissing down with rain here in Wellington but the pay equity protest is going ahead. Grab your workmates and head down to Parliament at lunch to tell the government to reverse their cuts and start taking pay equity seriously. What: Pay equity protest Where: Parliament When: 12.30 today More info at www.union.org.nz/payequity

Roger Award nominations open

Written By: - Date published: 4:30 pm, June 25th, 2009 - 27 comments

Nominations are now open for the 2009 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand, which is organised the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa and GATT Watchdog. You can download the nomination form (in either Word or PDF) here. The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational (a corporation which […]

Pigs, kiwis… and a king!

Written By: - Date published: 12:23 am, June 22nd, 2009 - 6 comments

From SAFE: Join Mike King, one of New Zealand’s leading comedians and pig campaigners, launch an exciting new pig-friendly initiative to help end pig suffering in New Zealand. Mike King has become the country’s most notable ambassador against pig crates. Hear how he went from the ‘King of Pork’ to a champion for pigs. Hosted […]

Join the Super City hikoi

Written By: - Date published: 12:55 pm, May 20th, 2009 - 13 comments

IHI Aotearoa has put out the call for Aucklanders to join their hikoi against the Government’s undemocratic Super City proposal on Monday, May 25th: “We want the Crown to honour its exisiting agreements with Tangata Whenua. To create better and more diverse representation in local government. To protect mana whenua rights. To protect the land, […]

Clean Start rally – Thursday

Written By: - Date published: 3:53 pm, May 11th, 2009 - 8 comments

If you’re in Auckland on Thursday pop along to this in your lunch hour and help support low-paid cleaners: Hat tip: The Hand Mirror.

International Workers’ Day

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, May 1st, 2009 - Comments Off on International Workers’ Day

If you’re in Auckland tonight get along for the annual May Day march up Queen Street. Poster below. More events, including for other centres, are listed here.

Meeting tonight on Super City

Written By: - Date published: 12:27 pm, April 28th, 2009 - Comments Off on Meeting tonight on Super City

From Just Left: Tonight – Freemans Bay Community Centre – the Western Bays Community Board is holding a meeting from 6.30pm to discuss the Govt’s super-city proposal. Come along. It is nice to see that some parts of the Council do want to hear what residents think, rather than other parts who are buying into […]

Reminder: Drinking Liberally Wgtn

Written By: - Date published: 2:02 pm, April 22nd, 2009 - Comments Off on Reminder: Drinking Liberally Wgtn

Drinking Liberally with Sue Bradford Where: Southern Cross Bar, Abel Smtih St, Wellington When: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 from 5:30pm. That’s tomorrow. Green MP Sue Bradford will be at Drinking Liberally – 6pm tomorrow – Southern Cross Bar – leading a discussion on “the state of the left and our prospective response to the current […]

Have your say

Written By: - Date published: 1:15 pm, March 31st, 2009 - 4 comments

Professor Paul Callaghan from Victoria University introduces the ‘Think Tech’ site via video. Panelists will look at what sorts of new technologies, in ICTs, nano-technologies, or bio-technologies, are likely to emerge in the future, and the effects these could have on our society and on our education systems. Are we prepared for this future? Are […]

Israel – a failed democracy

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, January 9th, 2009 - 86 comments

The following quoted text is a e-mail response by Mike Treen from Global Peace and Justice Auckland to someone who was complaining about the campaign to boycott an Israeli tennis player. Hopefully Mike won’t get too upset with me for giving this a wider airing. It appeared in the GPJA NEWSLETTER #269, January 8, 2009 […]

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