Fired for using too much sauce

Written By: - Date published: 10:22 am, November 12th, 2010 - 46 comments
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The Nats are determined to push through more attacks on the rights of working New Zealanders. The latest stories of abuse of the Fire at Will law to emerge involve a chef who ‘who used too much sauce’ and a dairy worker who stood up for an abused immigrant worker. The Nats want all of us to be subject to Fire at Will.

Our job is to fight back.

How? By spreading the word about what they are doing, by spreading the videos like the two below.

We’ve got to make it as politically expensive as possible for National to attack the rights of workers. They’re only doing it because they know most people don’t understand that under the new law they will be subject to a period of 90 days in a new job with no protection from unfair dismissal. They know that most people don’t realise that 1 in 5 workers on 90-day periods are being fired and have no right to challenge to legitimacy of their dismissal in court, or even be given a reason.

The more people that know, the more costly this becomes for National. It won’t stop the law passing, but it will make it that much more likely that we get a government next year that will repeal Fire at Will and protect the rights of working New Zealanders.

46 comments on “Fired for using too much sauce”

  1. Jared 1

    In the first case he would have good grounds to go to the Employment Court. An Employer can only invoke the 90 day law IF it has been expressly inserted in a contract. If he hasn’t been given a contract, the 90 day rule doesn’t apply. Helen Kelly would know that, but im sure it sounds like a great story regardless.

    • Bright Red 1.1

      but he was fired under the auspices of fire at will.

      Now he’s out of a job and needing to go through the courts to hopefully get some compensation but your attitude seems to be as long as he wins there’s no harm, no foul and fire at will is ok.

      We’ll see if you feel the same when it happens to someone dear to you.

    • Bill 1.2

      Yeah Jared,…sort of. Two or three points. There have been no employment contracts for employees since 2000. And grievances go to mediation, not the employment court.

      And the guy in question is or was probably as ignorant of the law as you. Which disadvantages him in the context of any employment relationship. Meanwhile, the employer, who has ready access to legal advice doesn’t need to have any knowledge of the law and can safely assume there is none (in the first 90 days anyway)…which is to his advantage in the context of any employment relationship.

      But, meanwhile. Lets say a grievance is raised. The employer simply produces an unsigned Agreement (agreements don’t have to be signed to have effect); points out that there is no record of disagreement being expressed over any of it’s provisions and the 90 Days dismissal nonsense stands depending on what side of “Yes there was (an Agreement). No there wasn’t” pantomime the dice fall.

      • Jared 1.2.1

        Sorry, Employment Agreement. By the sounds of it the employer was equally as ignorant as the employee when it came to employment relations and legal rights, however, as im sure you understand, ignorance of the law is not a good defence, and shouldn’t be used as an excuse.
        As stated in the preamble, a 90 day clause needs to be agreed to, and a written, signed agreement would back that up. I would hardly think the court would decide in favour of an employer who presents an unsigned employment agreement, compounded by the fact the employee had neither seen, or signed the contract.

        More to the point, there a specific examples of similar situations of employers trying to invoke the 90 day trial period, where they couldn’t http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10668569 . And to be clear, by not providing a written agreement, the 90 day period cannot be invoked.

        • Bill 1.2.1.1

          You miss the crucial point Jared, which is that an unsigned employment agreement does not indicate that the employee disagreed with the terms and conditions on offer and is generally regarded as being the same as a signed one unless there is some traceable indication of disagreement.

          To that end, it is perfectly feasible that an unscrupulous employer could produce an Agreement, out of the hat as it were, and successfully argue that the Agreement had been in existence all along ( all employment agreements must be in writing, afterall!) and that the employee had simply never signed it.

  2. M 2

    ‘We’ve got to make it as politically expensive as possible for National to attack the rights of workers.’

    Yes indeed – being sacked for using too much sauce must be one of the lamest excuses I’ve ever heard – did the employer not have a tongue in his head to let Aaron know anything was amiss?

    I hope this bastard’s business sinks without trace – now that really would be sauce for the gander.

    • Bazar 2.1

      How About the other perspective instead of relying on what one person whos totaly biased said.?

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/4337400/Sacked-chef-alleges-unfair-dismissal

      ——————
      Earlier, Mr Collins had said Mr Greave was not sacked because he used too much sauce and aioli.

      “On the last day, my mum, the owner of the cafe, said to him, cut the use out, it’s too much wastage.

      “[He was sacked] because he would change menus, wouldn’t listen to me as a superior.

      “He wouldn’t listen to any instructions either from the owners of the cafe or myself as manager. [He] wouldn’t do his job the way we required it.

      “He just wasn’t what we were looking for in a chef and basically I believe he just wasn’t willing to have a younger … member in charge.”

      Mr Collins, who is 22 years old, said his age was a problem for Mr Greave, who called Mr Collins “very inexperienced” in the video.

      “I’ve had far more experience than him,” Mr Collins said.

      He said Mr Greave was using the sauce and aioli excuse as a “scapegoat”.

      He had been given a week to finish up.

      ———————-

      So he wasn’t sacked over just too much sauce.
      He wasn’t just fired, but given a weeks notice.

      Both parties seem to be ignorant of the law, but its clear that if its an unfair dismissal, he’ll easily win his case for whatever he pleases. Be it re-employment and/or damages. The 90 day law doesn’t apply here.

      • The Voice of Reason 2.1.1

        “So he wasn’t sacked over just too much sauce.He wasn’t just fired, but given a weeks notice.”

        He was sacked, the weeks notice doesn’t alter that. The whining excuses Collins gives actually makes it worse, because clearly, if they felt they grounds to complain, they could have given him counselling, then warnings, then dismissal. But instead of managing their staff member properly, they used bad law to cover their incompetence.

        Have to agree that it doesn’t appear to be lawful as neither party is saying that the 90 day clause was in his contract, so I’d say he’s gonna be a few grand richer pretty soon.

        • Bazar 2.1.1.1

          “He was sacked, the weeks notice doesn’t alter that. The whining excuses Collins gives actually makes it worse, because clearly, if they felt they grounds to complain, they could have given him counselling, then warnings, then dismissal. But instead of managing their staff member properly, they used bad law to cover their incompetence.”

          From the youtube comments section, from someone who claims they worked at the cafe:

          “What a joke, never been sacked, this person walked out of my kitchen mid shift at an extremely busy time of the year, absolutely no notice because the boss had corrected him for not listening to orders and continually doing things his way.Out of all the staff I have had in my kitchen in 6 years he is the only one I would not recommend for a job.If I had my way he would have been sacked on his 2nd week when his true self showed.Does NZCTU believe everything they are told”

          Sounds like hes a pretty unmanagable staff member.
          But hey, lets take his side because obviously his employer is at fault for dismissing him over just the sauce… We have his word thats all it was about, and no reason to distrust his unbaised view…

          • The Voice of Reason 2.1.1.1.1

            Actually it’s not clear if the person commenting is referring to the same cafe at all, Bazar. But even so, any worker can be performance managed under the current legislation and the cafe is going to get done, ahem, like a dinner, because they relied on a bad bit of law to save them the bother of managing properly.

      • Fisiani 2.1.2

        It is yet another own goal by the CTU. Another face plant moment.
        Quite clearly if there was no contract then the 90 day provision is irrelevant and a red herring.
        They still have not produced a single clear evidence of misuse of the 90 day rule.

        • The Voice of Reason 2.1.2.1

          Er, no.

          The cafe fired him claiming they could do so under the 90 day rules. Well, that’s what he’s claiming and they do not deny it in the Timaru Herald story and you seem to think so, too. That’s exactly the kind of misuse the campaign is trying to highlight, not the narrow concept in your head. Have a look at the website, it’s loader broader in scope than you seem to think:

          http://fairness.org.nz/

          If they’d got away with it, they’d have successfully unfairly dismissed a worker using the provision as cover. That’s what the unions are trying to highlight in this particularly case and it clearly shows how the 90 days fire at will law can be exploited in ignorance or in malice.

          So, the own goal is into the back of yer own auld onion bag, my son. CTU 1, Fisiani FC 0

          • Bazar 2.1.2.1.1

            CTU 1?
            For finding someone trying to abuse the law through ignorance or malice?

            Thats some really low standards you have there.
            Any law, or rule for that matter, will be abused through ignorance or malice. Its human nature.

            Trying to repeal the law because it can be abused is just the wrong way to go about it. The best answer is to educuate the involved parties. Both the employer and employee.

            If you disagree, then why do we have fishing quotas. Its easily exploited by malice or ignorance. Should we repeal those laws as well?

            The point i’m making, is that the best outcome involved in that case would be for both parties to be aware of the 90 day rule and its limitations.
            Calling this case a flaw in the 90 day law is unjustifiable.

            • The Voice of Reason 2.1.2.1.1.1

              Actually, the standard is neither low nor high. It is a standard. The law should be repealed and the proposed extension should be scrapped because it is inherently bad law, that removes rights NZ citizens have enjoyed since the country was first subject to British law. The fact that it also encourages abuse is just another reason to do away with it.

            • Pascal's bookie 2.1.2.1.1.2

              Thats some really low standards you have there.

              So says the guy quoting youtube comments. Mate. Please.

  3. “Not the Kiwi way of doing things” “Not fair for the working man and woman”.

    Absolutely. And bloody typical of the pull-the-ladder-up behind them Tories.

    Smiley Wavey’s to do list
    “First, get a free state education.” (check)
    “Work part-time in worker friendly employment regime.” (check)
    “Go overseas to make mega-bucks with no student loan.” (check)
    “Come back and run Parliament in safe seat.” (check)
    “Become PM.” (check)
    “Pass 90 day laws.” (check)
    “Take NZ back to 19th C” (check?!)

    • burt 3.1

      Given the unions want to hold us in the 18th C, the 19th C is progress don’t you think ?

      • felix 3.1.1

        Well you’ve typed it half a dozen times so I suppose it must be true by now.

        The unions according to burt:

        * Exist mainly to line the pockets of officials;
        * Secondary function: Ruining burt’s holiday every 30 years or so;
        * Derive pleasure from deliberately hurting the interests of members;

        and now we can add another sacred truth to the doctrine:
        * Want to take us back to the 18th century

      • Draco T Bastard 3.1.2

        Actually, it’s more that the unions want to hold on to the rights that we got in through the 20th century and NACT wants to remove them and take us back to the 15th century.

  4. Rharn 4

    You missed out the bit of taking advantage of the wages and conditions by way of the trade union movement while working as a student in the holidays

  5. Draco T Bastard 5

    In the first one the guy was fired for a made up excuse and, when questioned, then said it was under the 90 day fire at will. This sounds like neither the employer nor the employee really knew what the law actually says (The 90 day fire at will is opt in and so must be on a signed and witnessed agreement if it isn’t then the minimum employment conditions apply). The union in this case should be taking the employer to court on behalf of the cook for unfair dismissal.

    That said, the employer did use it as an excuse for unacceptable bullying.

  6. Todd 6

    I get quite mad when I get treated like an idiot thats meant to believe the first story.Its oviously meant to suck in the stupid.Kelly will have already told him to take the employer to mediation where he will win.This has nothing to do with the 90 day law.Mind you as the business has folded he might not get much.If he has been in hospitality for a while as he says and a good chef,why did he go for a job in a crappy two bob place like that?If he is good i could get him several jobs if he wanted to move.

    • Draco T Bastard 6.1

      If he has been in hospitality for a while as he says and a good chef,why did he go for a job in a crappy two bob place like that?

      You may not have noticed but there’s a recession on.

  7. Vicky32 7

    Unfortunately I can’t see the videos (dial up) so I would really like to know details! Can anyone refer to a text version of these peoples’ stories?
    Deb

  8. Fabregas4 8

    Not that I’m not on the side of the worker but another 1 in 5! In NZ they are everywhere. I’m starting a list and will report back in 2.4 months.

  9. Video #2 is plain scary – maybe some more rural folk will think twice before ticking the local Nat’s box. Notice none of the usual suspects are defending the farmer there, even if they attack the credibility of the chef. (The cafe’s owner’s excuses are post hoc ergo proctor hoc)

    Which proves the point that certain types will abuse this law for their own purposes. It was bleeding obvious that the owner should have puilled his son’s head in, lest they face more serious consequences down the line, i.e. assault and/or harrassment charges.

  10. Sean Brooks 10

    Next time the donkey wont use that much sauce. Im sure if this guy is a great cook with a lot of experience, resturants will be begging him to come to work for them.

    • felix 10.1

      You for real? Using too much sauce = instant dismissal?

      Geez, what happens if you show up late for work? Lose a finger?

      I’m starting to think your gravatar is no accident, Sean.

      • Sean Brooks 10.1.1

        Ramsay has fired people for less.

        • Pascal's bookie 10.1.1.1

          Ramsay is a noted fuckwit. Is that the bar now?

          You could make bracelets.

          “WWFD?”

          • Sean Brooks 10.1.1.1.1

            Ramsay has 12 stars, the Oscars of the food world, say waht you like about the reality tv star, he knows his food.

            • Pascal's bookie 10.1.1.1.1.1

              So the bar for industrial relationship management is “knows a lot about food”?

              Perhaps we should get a shit hot interior decorator to sort out monetary policy.

              • Jim Nald

                That would beat the lazy ventriloquist now for the wooden dummy in the House.
                Folks might more likely see what the shit hot interior decorator looks like.

              • Sean Brooks

                The industry standard is the chef rules the roost, because they have become head chef for the years of practise.

                Its a shame that ramsay could never open a resturant here, because the unions would be screaming to his workers “You have worked three hours, take a mintue break”

                • The Voice of Reason

                  Ramsay won’t be opening a restaurant here or anywhere for that matter, as he is too busy going broke, breaking up his family and losing Michelin stars while blaming his wild mood swings on his staff.

                  But keep fantasising about what unions do, Sean. Never mind that smoko breaks are law in NZ and not just in union agreements.

                  • Sean Brooks

                    Thevoiceofreason:

                    I dont read the tabloids. It seems you do.

                    My point is, in the food industry, its not praticial to ask for 15 mintue breaks every three hours, during service.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      Which is why there isn’t a restaurant industry in NZ.

                    • The Voice of Reason

                      Jeez, I’ve been called some awful things before, but nobody has ever accused me of reading tabloids till now. Sean Brooks Ate My Hampster!

                      Just try googling Ramsay, Sean. He’s having some kind of breakdown even as we speak.

                  • M

                    VoR

                    Poetic justice for that SOB – he’s a sociopath whose raison d’étre is not to be one of the best chefs but to be an arsehole to as many people as he can get away with.

                    It’s irritating when you witness staff being harried like his are and you have to wonder if they don’t engage in some sabotage as a means of redressing the balance – media leaks re his paramour/s, bromide in his tea….

                    Just where does this very average person get off treating people so viciously?

                    • Sean Brooks

                      Yet most his staff through out the years, has stuck by him, and all the top food guides, (and im not talking watties food in a minute) still rank him as one of the worlds top chefs.

                    • Joachim's

                      “Yet most his staff through out the years, has stuck by him”

                      Hype. Bet you cannot even name 3 such kitchen staff members who have been with him for over 5 years.

        • Vicky32 10.1.1.2

          Ramsay is on TV, Sean… Firing people is part of the show, AFAIK. It’s all a joke! (There, have a lie down, as I am sure that’s shocking news to you..)

  11. Sean Brooks 11

    voiceofreason:

    I dont read and care what fleet street has to say.

  12. Frank Macskasy 12

    The 90 Day Law applies….

    It doesn’t apply…

    Any law that is so vague and open to interpretation is a bad law.

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    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
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    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
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  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    1 week ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
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  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
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  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
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    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    2 weeks ago

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