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Mediawatch on Hit and Run

Written By: - Date published: 9:17 am, April 10th, 2017 - 77 comments

“Has the meaning of book Hit and Run been obscured by all the claims and counter-claims in the media?” – Yes of course it has, and that is a deliberate strategy on the part of people who are desperate to avoid an inquiry.

Social investment meets the surveillance state

Written By: - Date published: 11:14 pm, March 4th, 2017 - 45 comments

First they came for the budgeting services. Now we know that every social service agency  has to provide clients’ private personal data to the Ministry of Social Development or get no funding. Apparently it’s  essential to Bill English’s much-touted and little understood “social investment” strategy, which is sounding more like something out of Orwell’s 1984. […]

Free speech vs hate speech

Written By: - Date published: 11:58 am, March 2nd, 2017 - 154 comments

Auckland Uni is in a difficult position – a classic dilemma with two important principles at stake.

Dodgy foreign trusts – will English take action?

Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, January 19th, 2017 - 24 comments

Matt Nippert continued his excellent work on foreign trusts yesterday in The Herald. Will Bill English clean up the mess that John Key was determined to ignore?

Post-truth post-ethics

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, November 3rd, 2016 - 90 comments

The McCully / Sheepgate thing is just the latest in a long line of “morally flexible” Nat fiascos. In a world where truth or ethical standards mattered this government would have ended long ago.

Tory MP resigns on point of principle

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 am, October 26th, 2016 - 25 comments

No, not in NZ, of course. With bonus notes on a “grotesque folly”.

Check your Kiwisaver

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, August 18th, 2016 - 21 comments

An excellent piece by Matt Nippert, Caleb Tutty, Olivia Carville in The Herald is generating a lot of discussion this morning. Are you unknowingly investing in tobacco and munitions?

Pack Mentality

Written By: - Date published: 8:48 am, August 4th, 2016 - 55 comments

The Waikato Chiefs rugby franchise have admitted two incidents of abuse at a drunken post season celebration. Their response to claims of sexual abuse? Blame the victim.

EDIT: The CEO accepts he got it wrong and has made a modern ‘if offence was taken’ style apology on Radio Sport. No direct apology to the woman concerned, however.

The Ray White – China deal

Written By: - Date published: 7:32 am, July 30th, 2016 - 87 comments

Real Estate agent Ray White has formed a partnership with China’s Lianjia to market NZ houses to about 260 million Chinese buyers. They say it’s the government’s problem – and they’re right.

We need to talk about Islam

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, July 23rd, 2016 - 365 comments

A post in which Ad responds to TRP’s recent post suggesting that all religion should be banned by suggesting that religious tolerance is a necessary feature of a liberal democracy.

NZ wins nuclear war

Written By: - Date published: 12:45 pm, July 21st, 2016 - 19 comments

Nothing like a good clickbait headline eh!

God Botherer

Written By: - Date published: 10:27 am, July 17th, 2016 - 461 comments

God’s been a bit of a let down recently. Is it time for Him to retire?

Dodgy Niue deal back in the headlines

Written By: - Date published: 7:17 am, June 16th, 2016 - 107 comments

As Bryan Gould put it – “In any other country, and especially in those where such deals are commonplace, no one would be in any doubt as to what had really happened. In New Zealand, however, we are naively inclined to accept the blank-eyed, slack-mouthed assurances that it was all a coincidence and that nothing untoward had happened.”

Indigenous Perspectives

Written By: - Date published: 1:55 pm, May 29th, 2016 - 30 comments

“It is possible to live in a society with a world view that does not include empire”

– Winona LaDuke

Dodgy Niue deal back in the headlines

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, May 21st, 2016 - 199 comments

Good of the hotel to keep the Nats’ dodgy deal in the headlines. Andrew Little has called their bluff – of course.

The hidden homeless and the speculators

Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, May 16th, 2016 - 44 comments

Speculators keep buying houses while families live in garages and cars. This is a moral failure, a leadership failure, a market failure – it is every kind of failure.

NZ exporting poverty

Written By: - Date published: 8:23 am, May 9th, 2016 - 14 comments

By enabling tax evasion for the rich in other (notably South American) countries NZ is exporting poverty. It’s all perfectly legal. And that’s exactly the problem.

Obama calls for international tax reform – what will Key do now?

Written By: - Date published: 6:31 am, April 7th, 2016 - 122 comments

Key has made it clear that he doesn’t care that NZ is operating as an international tax haven. When The Greens called for action he called them “barking mad”. But last night President Obama called for international action on tax reform. What will Key do now?

Intergenerational theft

Written By: - Date published: 10:23 am, March 10th, 2016 - 85 comments

The Guardian has an excellent piece on “the 30-year economic betrayal dragging down Generation Y’s income”.

Stacey Kirk’s Stuff Up

Written By: - Date published: 9:29 am, March 7th, 2016 - 37 comments

Fairfax journalist Stacey Kirk has published a vicious smear against a group of cancer sufferers. Is this the nastiest lie ever published in the NZ media?

Medical cannabis review

Written By: - Date published: 11:56 am, March 6th, 2016 - 31 comments

With Martin Crowe’s sad death we now learn that he too was self-medicating with liquid cannabis. The time for political timidity is past – make cannabis legally available for medical purposes.

Final hours for submission on voluntary euthanasia

Written By: - Date published: 1:08 pm, February 1st, 2016 - 1 comment

The end of today is the last chance to make a submission to Parliament on voluntary euthanasia.

Voluntary euthanasia

Written By: - Date published: 10:47 am, January 27th, 2016 - 190 comments

Voluntary euthanasia is very much in the news. We have until Feb 1st to make submissions on the Bill currently before Parliament. It’s a very emotive debate, but I think the case for euthanasia choice is clear.

Treachery and silly season political snippets

Written By: - Date published: 7:41 am, December 23rd, 2015 - 61 comments

There’s still a few MPs “on duty”. Their function is to maintain the semblance of active government and to roll out a bunch of announcements they hope will escape full scrutiny.

Chris Cairns: Song of the Tall Poppy

Written By: - Date published: 10:12 am, December 1st, 2015 - 111 comments

The Chris Cairns trial verdict seems to have surprised Kiwis. And some people don’t seem to want to accept he is not a match fixer. Are we that fooled by modern media that our usual decency and sense of fair play has deserted us?

Jarrod Gilbert is tilting at windmills

Written By: - Date published: 7:33 am, November 27th, 2015 - 36 comments

The Official Information Act is now moribund and access to information beyond its scope is granted only to a chosen few and under strict conditions.

Dope-growing, cross-dressing BDSM male prostitute police officer convicted of harassment

Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, November 25th, 2015 - 91 comments

A recent surge in the level of systemic criminality, thuggery, and general incompetence which now defines the New Zealand Police Force.

Power Corruption and Lies

Written By: - Date published: 1:04 pm, November 13th, 2015 - 78 comments

A National List MP has been snapped trying to heavy the Housing Ministry into funding a lift in her personal profile. Remember John Key’s ‘higher standards in Government’? Nick Smith’s Ministerial office apparently doesn’t care too much about about such trifles. Worse, the Housing Ministry has been caught trying to cover up for the Tories by redacting an OIA request. Here’s your Brighter Future, folks. Enjoy.

Human Rights, Psychos and Opposition

Written By: - Date published: 11:08 am, November 11th, 2015 - 92 comments

New Zealand’s bloody awful parliamentary debacle.

Minister declined to comment…

Written By: - Date published: 2:59 pm, November 9th, 2015 - 9 comments

Isn’t it amazing how many Ministers can’t wait to front up to the media when they are selling. But when it comes to after sale service they just don’t want to front?

Food Bank Charity

Written By: - Date published: 4:45 pm, October 30th, 2015 - 97 comments

Guest post from Kōrero Pono on the politics and ethics of food banks.

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