Written By: - Date published: 9:49 am, March 31st, 2020 - 12 comments
Shouldn’t this global shock from this COVID-19 virus make us all wake up to the power of collective global action on climate change?
Written By: - Date published: 9:24 am, March 30th, 2020 - 16 comments
The Council of Trade Unions has launched an online tool allowing employees to log complaints against ill treatment by employers during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, March 30th, 2020 - 47 comments
Post Covid-2019 what is going to happen to New Zealand’s tourism market?
Written By: - Date published: 12:27 pm, March 29th, 2020 - 42 comments
Anyone who has read even briefly into written human history is going to be aware that it is as much defined by our epidemics and pandemics as by any of our technical and societal achievements. This post is essentially a quick range over the history of pandemics and epidemics with links and some focus on COVID-19.
Written By: - Date published: 11:01 am, March 29th, 2020 - 178 comments
Developments on Covid-19 are happening at pace as we enter the make or break stage concerning the virus’s spread.
Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, March 27th, 2020 - 55 comments
A post for the duration: what’s inspiring us or helping us get through? Music, film, books, games, or just sharing what’s keeping us occupied as we hunker down.
No politics, no aggro, no politics.
Written By: - Date published: 1:59 pm, March 25th, 2020 - 10 comments
Fairly soon every group and their dog are going to come out with recovery plans for New Zealand. First off the block – even before we went into lockdown – is the ten point plan from Infrastructure New Zealand.
Written By: - Date published: 6:50 am, March 21st, 2020 - 61 comments
The Corvid-19 virus is turning us all into cautious conservatives.
Written By: - Date published: 11:40 am, March 20th, 2020 - 14 comments
Five days ago Mike Hosking was representing his paymasters with his reflection of their basic ignorance of history. Then demanding caution in dealing with covid-19. Yesterday he panicked for immediate action to close the borders which government did anyway later that day. It is just dangerous to give a public platform to a dithering moron who be at home in 1918. Perhaps he should read the pandemic plan?
Written By: - Date published: 7:26 am, March 20th, 2020 - 20 comments
Unite’s Joe Carolan has called for a rent, mortgage and bill freeze.
Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, March 18th, 2020 - 57 comments
Simon Bridges has been criticised for his relentless negativity towards the Government’s urgent Covid-19 budget response and for playing politics as usual at a time when unity is required.
Written By: - Date published: 4:27 pm, March 17th, 2020 - 24 comments
The Minister of Finance says that we are facing the worst of any of the scenarios that they had been preparing for. In response the government’s rescue package is bigger than anything New Zealand has ever seen.
Written By: - Date published: 7:52 am, March 17th, 2020 - 38 comments
The right, elements of which have thought the best thing to do to the state is weaken it that badly that they could then drown it in a bathtub, are rethinking and now realise that a well resourced, active and engaged State is actually a life saver.
Written By: - Date published: 10:11 am, March 16th, 2020 - 105 comments
It has been disclosed that Donald Trump has attempted to buy exclusive rights to a German vaccine in development. But only for the use of the American people. Meanwhile in New Zealand there is agreat anticipation about the Government’s announced package due to be released tomorrow.
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 pm, March 15th, 2020 - 20 comments
Government has for the last decade been pushing for as many government services as possible to be primarily accessed digitally rather than face-to face. Funnily enough, the one public service they forgot to push to digital is themselves. Now’s the time Trevor.
Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, March 13th, 2020 - 152 comments
With the world’s economy in turmoil and infection rates continuing to surge the responses of different countries to the crisis shows markedly different results. And the issue could be the determining issue of this year’s election.
Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, March 12th, 2020 - 12 comments
2020 will now be the year that New Zealand will now rely on Auckland to get its shit together.
Written By: - Date published: 7:43 am, March 10th, 2020 - 27 comments
Through a series of meetings that led all the way to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Head of the State Services Commission Peter Hughes, and the Police, the Islamic Women’s Council repeatedly warned the highest levels of our civil service that their community was under imminent threat. They were ignored.
Written By: - Date published: 2:19 pm, March 9th, 2020 - 19 comments
National has promised a bonfire of regulations. Just like conservatives in Australia, the United Kingdom, America and previous National administrations.
Written By: - Date published: 7:47 am, March 9th, 2020 - 180 comments
National and NZ First are frustrating the passage of the Arms Legislation Bill by raising issues that may appeal to extremists but will not make the country a safer place after the Christchurch massacre.
Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, March 7th, 2020 - 43 comments
In Parliament this week Carmel Sepuloni outlined action being taken by the Government to implement the recommendations of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group designed to improve the plight of beneficiaries.
Written By: - Date published: 8:14 am, March 5th, 2020 - 64 comments
Simon Bridges thinks that tax cuts are the best way to address financial stress caused by businesses by the Covid 19 epidemic. Even though businesses under financial stress will be paying little if any tax and a tax cut would have little if any effect.
Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, March 2nd, 2020 - 27 comments
The Australian Liberal Government has signalled a movement away from solar and wind power to untested technologies including carbon capture, hydrogen and lithium. Meanwhile the woman who led the negotiations for the Paris Agreement is calling for civil disobedience to force institutions to respond to the climate crisis.
Written By: - Date published: 12:29 pm, February 29th, 2020 - 12 comments
National has announced a “new” policy that it previously announced in 2014. And that has already been implemented.
Written By: - Date published: 11:33 am, February 29th, 2020 - 53 comments
Jacinda Ardern has trashed traditional notions of how New Zealand Australia relations are conducted when making the clear point that Australia should not be exporting Australian made problems who are barely kiwis to New Zealand.