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Ruminations on deprivation

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, January 29th, 2018 - 172 comments

Man gets wet feet. Is reminded of privilege.

Rimutaka Prison.

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, January 28th, 2018 - 51 comments

Who are the bigger criminals?


The Humanity.

Written By: - Date published: 5:57 pm, January 25th, 2018 - 8 comments

Thoughtless thugs. Killers.


Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, January 22nd, 2018 - 7 comments

History not forgotten.

Women’s March Speech.

Written By: - Date published: 3:58 pm, January 21st, 2018 - 46 comments

Sometimes, someone just knocks it out the park. Viola Davis just knocked it out the park. (h/t Carolyn_nth)

Nuclear Options.

Written By: - Date published: 12:13 pm, January 17th, 2018 - 54 comments

What could possibly be wrong in opting for a nuclear option?!

Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori

Written By: - Date published: 10:56 am, January 16th, 2018 - 68 comments

The language is the life force of the mana Māori.  Which is why the Government and the Opposition should pledge support to ensure it survives and thrives.


Written By: - Date published: 6:58 pm, January 15th, 2018 - 48 comments

“Wedger Wayne” Mapp in todays’s Spinoff does his best to stuff Jacinda Ardern into a Tony Blair “Third Way”  box. Too glib by far.  True in 2002 Blair did promise to eliminate child poverty by 2020; but poverty’s now the highest in 20 years in Britain. I’d back Jacinda to do much better. Besides, instead of Mandy she’s got David Parker.

Two Faced Liberalism.

Written By: - Date published: 3:31 pm, January 13th, 2018 - 89 comments

Caring and heartless.

What will 2018 hold for Labour?

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, January 10th, 2018 - 201 comments

What does Labour do this year to make sure this Government is a success and its achievements something that progressives can be proud of?

Up in Smoke.

Written By: - Date published: 2:38 pm, January 5th, 2018 - 23 comments

US reverses Federal marijuana stance.

The Froth Comes off The Beer

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, January 5th, 2018 - 77 comments

Auckland appears to be following the trend set by Melbourne and Sydney of a softening in expected prices for selling houses.

Income related speeding fines – bring it on!

Written By: - Date published: 2:06 pm, January 3rd, 2018 - 159 comments

Dr Jarrod Gilbert has a provocative opinion piece on the Herald website today, proposing that speeding fines become income related. It’s an interesting argument, but not a new one. Gilbert cites sixteenth century French philosopher Montesquieu as one of the first to wonder if there can be equality under the law with monetary penalties that […]

RealMe and online government – good when it works

Written By: - Date published: 2:53 pm, December 27th, 2017 - 24 comments

The only thing worse than standing in queues with lumps of paper is having a website system that isn’t functioning. It is a first world problem I know. But having the government’s systems not be down for maintenance during the holidays is a good idea. There are no queues to form at the passport office because they are on holiday.

A Christmas Rabbit-hole.

Written By: - Date published: 9:01 am, December 23rd, 2017 - 26 comments

Just some light-hearted musings.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 22nd, 2017 - 2 comments

Why the latest Star War movie may contain inspiration and meaning for left wing activists.

The Medicinal Marijuana Bill

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 21st, 2017 - 40 comments

Will the Medical Marijuana Bill just introduced into Parliament be as effective as proponents wish?

The new government’s approach to climate change

Written By: - Date published: 1:34 pm, December 19th, 2017 - 119 comments

The Government has announced the phasing out of the granting of permits for oil gas and coal extraction.  Greenpeace thinks there should be a ban on new permits being granted.

NRT on submitting on the End of Life Choice Bill

Written By: - Date published: 1:05 pm, December 16th, 2017 - 259 comments

“If you care about the bill, I encourage you to speak up about it.”

Take abortion out of the Crimes Act

Written By: - Date published: 6:10 am, December 14th, 2017 - 68 comments

Abortion is still a crime in NZ. It’s time to change the law so that women don’t have to lie about their mental health to get the health care they need.

National’s Standards

Written By: - Date published: 2:59 pm, December 13th, 2017 - 74 comments

It’s great to see Chris Hipkins abolishing ‘National Standards’ as a matter of priority. This policy was nothing but an unfortunate bit of populism from the previous government, and a Prime Minister in John Key who specialised in band-aid solutions to problems that required stitches. While it may have made some people feel better that it […]

The failure of “right to buy” policies

Written By: - Date published: 3:03 pm, December 11th, 2017 - 19 comments

Not only did National’s policy to sell off state houses fail, but now we’ve found out a similar Thatcher policy in the UK just handed many social houses to private landlords. Should we consider making it harder to sell off state houses in New Zealand?

#WeAreBeneficiaries fundraiser

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, December 11th, 2017 - 5 comments

Artist activist group We are Beneficiaries are writing a report to share the stories they’ve been collecting from beneficiaires with the new Ministers to help make a case for change.

Shaking the Tree

Written By: - Date published: 11:35 am, December 11th, 2017 - 69 comments

When an apple tree is shaken, pips can fall to the ground and germinate. And then things grow back more or less as before.

Nine years of National rule brought us …

Written By: - Date published: 11:01 am, December 11th, 2017 - 56 comments

One of the worst consequences of nine long years of National rule presented by that well known left wing periodical the Financial Times.

Brain Curdle.

Written By: - Date published: 4:37 pm, December 9th, 2017 - 75 comments

If ever anyone needed a reason to insist on secularism…

Voltairine de Cleyre

Written By: - Date published: 6:39 am, December 9th, 2017 - 15 comments

When history buries treasures, those treasures don’t have to remain buried.

Twyford reverses National’s flawed methamphetamine housing policy

Written By: - Date published: 6:29 am, December 9th, 2017 - 70 comments

Phil Twyford has shown this new Government has a brain as well as a heart by halting National’s ridiculous state house methamphetamine policy where the presence of minuscule traces would result in eviction even though there was no proof the tenant was responsible and he has apologised to Robert Erueti for the harm caused.

“Such inexcusable neglect”

Written By: - Date published: 6:13 am, December 8th, 2017 - 39 comments

The Auckland housing crisis in graph form.

Authentic participation underpins a safe workplace

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, December 7th, 2017 - 12 comments

The CTU has consistently identified our culture of work and the style of management as a real challenge for New Zealand firms to improve their health and safety record. Health and safety is an inseparable part of the wider workplace culture.

National Standards causes decline in educational levels

Written By: - Date published: 8:13 am, December 7th, 2017 - 30 comments

The latest Progress in International Reading Literacy Study results suggests that National Standards has been a failure.

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