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Don’t give up New Zealand: omicron, vaccination protection, and why it’s the wrong time to ‘let it rip’

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, February 27th, 2022 - 109 comments

Act as if you have Covid, and look to protect others around youAshley Bloomfield

New research shows vaccination protects against omicron. Along with all our other tools – what we do now matters.

This is the knife edge for New Zealand: do we lapse into neoliberal “I’m ok Jack”, and not worry about others? Or do we step up and act collectively to protect us all?

Parliament protests and the road to splintered societies

Written By: - Date published: 1:03 pm, February 13th, 2022 - 68 comments

The legitimacy of protest, and why building bridges and calling people in is one of the most important actions we can take now.

New Zealand’s Omicron options

Written By: - Date published: 2:31 pm, January 17th, 2022 - 101 comments

It will be a few days before we know if the omicron variant of Covid-19 is starting to spread in New Zealand. There are things we can be doing that will determine how that goes.

Won’t someone think of the business owners?

Written By: - Date published: 12:04 pm, October 24th, 2021 - 174 comments

This week Judith Collins was reported to be close to tears.  But not about the possibility of a significant number of deaths but by the prospect of business closures.

Covid and kindness

Written By: - Date published: 10:16 am, October 20th, 2021 - 127 comments

The vaccine is a bloody useful tool, not a panacea. This is a long crisis that requires us to pay heed the bigger picture.

Gut Feeling and Common Sense

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 pm, October 6th, 2021 - 42 comments

With clear information people can and should be expected to make optimal and sub-optimal choices & decisions.

Holding our covid nerve

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, October 6th, 2021 - 48 comments

and keeping the faith.

That our covid response is not working out perfectly doesn’t mean we or the government are failing. What we need more of at this point are stories about ‘what if things work out’.  Not in a Pollyanna or return to BAU sense, but that we can still be ok. We need strong narratives of what that might be like, us being ok despite the pandemic.

This turkey is struggling cooped up in a bubble

Written By: - Date published: 6:21 pm, September 29th, 2021 - 78 comments

Turkeys don’t vote for Christmas but Kiwis do, don’t they?

Fearmongering or telling it how it is?

Written By: - Date published: 5:14 pm, September 25th, 2021 - 29 comments

42 is not the meaning of life and 13 is not an unlucky number.

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 pm, September 21st, 2021 - 26 comments

Government has taken a ‘calculated risk’ with opening up Auckland somewhat tonight.

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