Is it time to Nationalise Auckland?

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Date published: 8:51 am, January 13th, 2018 - 52 comments

It has been a decade now since Minister of Local Government Rodney Hide proposed amalgamating all of Auckland’s city councils into one enormous entity by dumping much of the Royal Commission’s proposals. Well it’s time to hold its results to account.

Open Mike 13/01/2018

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Date published: 6:00 am, January 13th, 2018 - 107 comments

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Climate Change and the New Zealand Defence Forces

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Date published: 8:00 am, January 12th, 2018 - 73 comments

It’s always bugged me that our military forces are under-used in New Zealand. It’s time we invited them to protect us from climate change.

Open Mike 12/01/2018

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Date published: 6:00 am, January 12th, 2018 - 126 comments

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You Cowed?

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Date published: 3:21 pm, January 11th, 2018 - 94 comments

To bleat and wring hands, or to act? Jeez. It’s a difficult one.

Won’t somebody please think about the RONs?

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Date published: 8:21 am, January 11th, 2018 - 210 comments

National has announced a publicity campaign not about climate change or child poverty or our failing health systems or the housing crisis or anything else but about roads.

Jim Anderton 1938 – 2018

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Date published: 6:31 am, January 11th, 2018 - 7 comments

Jim Anderton’s funeral is at 2pm today, and will be livestreamed from youtube.

Open Mike 11/01/2018

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Date published: 6:00 am, January 11th, 2018 - 67 comments

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Stopping the wage bleed

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Date published: 11:40 am, January 10th, 2018 - 46 comments

“You were never going to get rich as a bus driver but you could pay the mortgage or rent, afford a meal out now and then, and make sure your kids had what they needed to do well — hopefully to do better than you.

Competitive contracting has taken that away”

Coco

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Date published: 10:00 am, January 10th, 2018 - 12 comments

Ad reviews the Children’s movie Coco and suggests there is something there for people of all ages.

What will 2018 hold for Labour?

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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?

Open Mike 10/01/2018

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Date published: 6:00 am, January 10th, 2018 - 269 comments

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Theatre and Oprah

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Date published: 6:25 pm, January 9th, 2018 - 42 comments

Maybe ‘circus’ would be more apt that ‘theatre’ with regards the Oprah spectacle.

Hatchets and Knives.

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Date published: 12:06 pm, January 9th, 2018 - 20 comments

A little on the (predictable) fallout from Emily Thornberry’s BBC Radio 4 interview.

The Saviour Machine

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Date published: 10:29 am, January 9th, 2018 - 66 comments

Our ingenuity.

Open Mike 09/01/2018

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Date published: 6:00 am, January 9th, 2018 - 203 comments

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Open Mike 08/01/2018

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Date published: 6:00 am, January 8th, 2018 - 84 comments

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RIP Jim Anderton

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Date published: 10:50 am, January 7th, 2018 - 67 comments

Jim Anderton has passed away. A politician of passion and principle.

UK Intelligence

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Date published: 10:50 am, January 7th, 2018 - 42 comments

From the Opposition Labour Party, a rare instance of common sense and intelligence on display with regards foreign relations.

Open Mike 07/01/2018

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Date published: 6:00 am, January 7th, 2018 - 172 comments

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Bitcoin 2018

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Date published: 9:51 am, January 6th, 2018 - 203 comments

Is Bitcoin something to worry about or something to embrace?

Open Mike 06/01/2018

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Date published: 6:00 am, January 6th, 2018 - 219 comments

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Up in Smoke.

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

US reverses Federal marijuana stance.

The Froth Comes off The Beer

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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.

“We are never asking for it”

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Date published: 6:57 am, January 5th, 2018 - 75 comments

Solidarity with Madeline Anello Kitzmiller.

Open Mike 05/01/2018

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Date published: 6:00 am, January 5th, 2018 - 79 comments

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Duck and cover

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Date published: 9:24 am, January 4th, 2018 - 184 comments

Over the past 24 hours Trump has threatened war by comparing button sizes with Kim Jon Un and Steve Bannon has described Trump Campaign’s 2016 meeting with a group of Russians in Trump Tower as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”.

What will 2018 bring for National?

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Date published: 8:00 am, January 4th, 2018 - 179 comments

What are National’s prospects this year?  Will Bill English survive as leader?  Will there be resignations and a clean out of the front bench?  Stay tuned …

Open Mike 04/01/2018

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Date published: 6:00 am, January 4th, 2018 - 99 comments

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Income related speeding fines – bring it on!

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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 […]

News stories and NZ rape culture

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Date published: 6:30 am, January 3rd, 2018 - 136 comments

“Public nudity isn’t illegal, but offensive behaviour is.” – Thomas Beagle, Chair of the NZ Council for Civil Liberties 

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