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Kiaora Matariki Puaka

Written By: - Date published: 4:20 pm, June 17th, 2016 - 27 comments

It’s been a hard week, and many of us could do with some kindness and good news. Let’s take a moment to remember Matariki. What would Standardistas and other politically progressive people like to see for the coming year?

UBI. (Universal Basic Income).

Written By: - Date published: 11:58 am, September 5th, 2013 - 230 comments

The concept of UBI has a long history in New Zealand.

Of course, we already have a UBI for those over 65.  Which has been extremely successful at eliminating poverty amongst the elderly, at a very moderate cost by international standards.

Let a garden grow

Written By: - Date published: 12:45 pm, March 5th, 2012 - 15 comments

Christchurch is changed forever and there’s no going back. Let the heart of the old city become its memorial.

The lesson of Lange

Written By: - Date published: 10:59 pm, December 12th, 2011 - 64 comments

David Lange was a good man with a sharp mind, he was quick as a cat thinking on his feet – especially debating – he was an excellent communicator. With only six years’ parliamentary experience before becoming leader of the NZLP he was also the least experienced of all Labour’s twelve leaders to date. David Lange got eaten alive.

Cometh the Hour

Written By: - Date published: 9:19 pm, March 7th, 2011 - 52 comments

ChrisH submitted this incredibly knowledgeable and well-researched post on the rebuilding of Christchurch a few days ago. The announcement that large parts now lower-lying eastern suburbs will be abandoned lends more strength to his call for a visionary urban plan for the new, more resilient Christchurch. And Phil Goff has the history to present it.

A Reassuring Rebuild: The Freiburg Parallel

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, March 1st, 2011 - 26 comments

Christchurch has been called “Victorian planning at its most remarkable”. It needs to be rebuilt in a style that retains or even amplifies as much of its formerly cosy, reassuring character as possible, for the sake of the tourism industry, the locals, and its cultural legacy. Germany’s Freiburg is a useful example of restoring a city to former glory.

Archives NZ merger set to be another “Super Stuff-up”

Written By: - Date published: 12:18 pm, July 9th, 2010 - 1 comment

The ODT has obtained a report from the Crown Law Office via the OIA, which rather diplomatically suggests there will need to be some very “carefully worded” specifications of the arrangement to merge Archives NZ into the Department of Internal Affairs. It states the Chief Archivist will require “protection from improper influence” to maintain the constitutional imperative that the […]

Standby for INCIS II… pfzzzt

Written By: - Date published: 7:32 am, July 7th, 2010 - 18 comments

For some time now National has been quietly making plans to subsume Archives New Zealand and the National Library within the Department of Internal Affairs. That’s a dangerous plan for all sorts of constitutional and accountability reasons that can’t be justified by any imaginary, vague and as yet uncosted “synergies and efficiencies”. But let’s face it, […]

Anzac day gazetted

Written By: - Date published: 12:01 pm, April 25th, 2010 - 8 comments

While digging out the poppy that graces our banner this weekend, I also dug out this bit of history. Anzac Day notice, New Zealand Gazette, 1916

Point 5 particularly intrigued me.

Bulldozing Fiordland: Brownlee committed

Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, January 22nd, 2010 - 16 comments

In the Otago Daily Times on Wednesday, Gerry Brownlee confirmed he was personally pushing for a new road to be bulldozed through the middle of Fiordland National Park. “I’m personally supportive of it but it’s not something that the Government is actually considering at the present time. It’s something that sits out there as a […]

Bulldozing Paradise

Written By: - Date published: 11:25 am, January 15th, 2010 - 30 comments

Today I thought I’d link to some of the amazing scenery Gerry Brownlee wants to bulldoze for his road through the middle of Fiordland National Park. This is a picture of the Hollyford Valley from Hollyford track’s gallery [hat-tip norightturn]. These guys look like they run a pretty cool guided touring business up the Hollyford […]

Brownlee: Bulldoze road through Fiordland

Written By: - Date published: 10:56 am, January 14th, 2010 - 88 comments

What a start to the new year. Gerry Brownlee has admitted he’s pushing for a road to be built through our most pristine National Park, Fiordland. The Southland Times reports: A long-mooted proposal for a road through pristine forest between Haast and the Hollyford Valley is again being considered by the Government. Economic Development Minister Gerry […]

The farmer and his bloody cock

Written By: - Date published: 9:09 am, October 25th, 2009 - No comments

From the NZ Sound Archives‘ weekly feature comes a story involving a farmer, a lack of clothes, a barrel of molasses (treacle-like substance), and a rooster named henny-penny. It’s a bloody classic Kiwi story. Worthy of taking ten minutes out to listen to this Labour weekend.

Selling off your heritage

Written By: - Date published: 10:07 am, October 23rd, 2009 - 16 comments

Picture this scene from times past: Deep in the South Island high country an old sheep musterer with windswept face wakes up to a crisp clear cold morning. He gets up off a hessian hammock hanging between the walls of a small wooden hut perched on a creek between two bald mountains. He heads over […]

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