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“Reporters”.

Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, October 17th, 2017 - 54 comments

“Once upon a time, in a world far away” we had these people called “reporters”.
An honourable profession, who considered it their job to keep the public accurately and completely informed.

Reduce Poverty – Climate Change – Clean Rivers

Written By: - Date published: 9:25 am, September 28th, 2017 - 28 comments

Why the Greens can sit outside Government…

Daily Review 21/09/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:33 pm, September 21st, 2017 - 155 comments

Daily review is also your post. This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Don’t forget to be kind to each other … Graphic courtesy of the outstanding @nzsaysfun

Excitement mounting for Part 2 of Audrey Young’s analysis of Parties financial promises

Written By: - Date published: 5:03 pm, September 6th, 2017 - 20 comments

After the first in her series of articles inviting a bank economist to analyse and comment upon Labour’s spending promises, tomorrow she turns to the second in the series with a close analysis of National’s promises.

I will resign before raising Super beyond 65

Written By: - Date published: 3:29 pm, September 5th, 2017 - 33 comments

John Key and Jacinda Ardern have some things in common it seems. She has a pony tail and he likes pony tails (I was drawing a long bow to say that was something they had in common, I know). National are being beaten at their own game, or the beat is in the air. So […]

Regeneration Minister’s Mysterious Non-appearance

Written By: - Date published: 11:57 am, August 31st, 2017 - 13 comments

Nicky Wagner seems to shy away from the hard stuff. First gazing dreamily out a window wishing she was somewhere else (when being addressed by Disability groups) and now a no-show at a debate about her City and Portfolio.

“All I can do … is tell the Truth”

Written By: - Date published: 2:47 pm, August 30th, 2017 - 50 comments

“Our integrity and our role as Ministers in holding confidential information is absolutely pivotal to our role”  Bennett 2017

Public Event in Christchurch

Written By: - Date published: 7:35 pm, August 29th, 2017 - 16 comments

Thursday August 31 Cardboard Cathedral at 7pm   Meteria Turei speaks about the importance of addressing poverty, for all of us. See you there.

National announces free house for everyone!

Written By: - Date published: 1:19 pm, August 29th, 2017 - 16 comments

Effective 2020. Terms & Conditions apply.   House may or may not resemble the one pictured. Must prove you voted National in Election 2017    

Garner on Nats’ brighter future fail

Written By: - Date published: 10:11 am, August 26th, 2017 - 70 comments

Duncan Garner reviews National’s record, and is not impressed: “Because the list of blind spots for National is too long. If this is success then our standards have slipped.”

A tale of two hospital announcements

Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, August 26th, 2017 - 54 comments

There were some notable differences between Labour and National’s accouncements of a new Dunedin hospital…

Excuses/reasons, for not doing anything about children in poverty.

Written By: - Date published: 7:06 pm, August 19th, 2017 - 27 comments

Excuses/reasons, for not doing anything about children in poverty.

This is a re-post from 2013. Unfortunately the need to talk about poverty is even greater now.

A “Culture of Entitlement”?

Written By: - Date published: 3:39 pm, August 17th, 2017 - 48 comments

With the current dialog about welfare, It is time to look at the people who are the real  beneficiaries, of the welfare system.

Who use the educated and healthy  workforce our system provides

The people who say “everyone should stand on their own two feet”, “you don’t work you don’t eat”,  and “take personal responsibility”,

The business sector.

Fire and Fury over North Korea

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, August 12th, 2017 - 60 comments

Donald Trump may not know it but Koreans certainly remember  the last time the United States unleashed fire and fury over North Korea. In the 1950s, B-29s used bombs and napalm to flatten every North Korean city. Gen Curtis Lemay boasted that the USAF killed off 20% of the population. That’s why this time they have nuclear weapons.

Daily Review 01/08/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 1st, 2017 - 72 comments

Daily review is also your post. This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

The Nuk Korako Cover Up

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, July 24th, 2017 - 46 comments

Will Nuk Korako blame his children this time?

Daily Review 13/07/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, July 13th, 2017 - 58 comments

Daily review is also your post.  This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).  Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

Why no inquiry into abuse in state care?

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, July 7th, 2017 - 14 comments

As we celebrate Parliament’s apology for historical convictions for homosexuality, it surely raises the question of why the government is so hardheartedly against an inquiry into historical abuse.

New information on Glenda Hughes?

Written By: - Date published: 8:12 pm, June 28th, 2017 - 43 comments

On 20 June  after Melanie Read’s Newsroom interview Andrew Geddis blogged about possible obstruction of justice by a National Party Board member. That was based on new information in the Barclay case, and may be why the Police have since re-interviewed Glenys Dickson.

National Ltd™ – Rotten To The Core From Top To Bottom

Written By: - Date published: 7:25 am, June 26th, 2017 - 25 comments

. . . And we have this state of affairs because John Key and now Bill English, in concert with the rest of the National Ltd™ crew, have been lying to us every day for the past nine years . . .

Some random impertinent questions about Todd Barclay’s problems

Written By: - Date published: 2:30 pm, June 20th, 2017 - 145 comments

Bill English has admitted that he knew about the tape that Todd Barclay says does not exist.  And National have some serious questions to answer concerning Todd Barclay’s behaviour.

Domestic Fire Sprinklers

Written By: - Date published: 12:44 pm, June 18th, 2017 - 14 comments

For almost two decades there have been a number of perfectly acceptable domestic fire sprinkler solutions available in the NZ market. When building new I always wear the modest extra cost of installing them; our first ones during 2002. For most units it amounts to something under $4,000 which frankly is peanuts in the wider […]

English on our low wage growth

Written By: - Date published: 9:38 am, May 30th, 2017 - 40 comments

Bill English knows that our low wage economy is a ticking time-bomb for the government. He must be starting to get worried. The repeated promises of jam tomorrow are well worn out now.

Voter transitions 2011 2014

Written By: - Date published: 10:25 am, May 22nd, 2017 - 31 comments


Peter Ellis from Peter’s Stats Stuff

Open Mike 15/05/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 15th, 2017 - 55 comments

Open mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

Open Mike 14/05/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 14th, 2017 - 46 comments

Open mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

Open Mike 13/05/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 13th, 2017 - 104 comments

Open mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

Open Mike 12/05/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 12th, 2017 - 106 comments

Open mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

Labour’s list of candidates for 2017

Written By: - Date published: 7:13 am, May 2nd, 2017 - 67 comments

The full list of Labour’s list candidates for the 2017 election list. (Updated)

My five books for Donald Trump

Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, April 16th, 2017 - 9 comments

What books should POTUS read during this most religious of times.

Monbiot on the embedded economy

Written By: - Date published: 11:54 am, April 14th, 2017 - 10 comments

A model for a sustainable economy. Something to ponder on a wet holiday weekend.

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