Caption competition

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Date published: 3:45 pm, April 19th, 2017 - 34 comments

Brownlee determined that Christchurch should suffer too

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Date published: 2:45 pm, April 19th, 2017 - 25 comments

Christchurch rebuilt must suffer the same central traffic madness as Auckland. Thus decrees Gerry Brownlee, as short-sighted, bullying, and ignorant as ever.

Why National had to settle the Pay Equity case

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Date published: 10:19 am, April 19th, 2017 - 45 comments

National is trying to give the impression that it settled the pay equity case out of the goodness of its heart.  The reality is that the Unions forced it to settle through gritted teeth.

Immigration in election year

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Date published: 7:02 am, April 19th, 2017 - 38 comments

National is about to execute a flip flop on immigration, not for any constructive reason, but to try and head off Winston Peters’ big issue.

Open Mike 19/04/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, April 19th, 2017 - 80 comments

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May seeks UK snap election

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Date published: 10:43 pm, April 18th, 2017 - 142 comments

Theresa May is seeking a snap election on 8 June.

Daily Review 18/04/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, April 18th, 2017 - 35 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 …

National’s economic report card fail

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Date published: 2:52 pm, April 18th, 2017 - 18 comments

Bill English reviews the economy

Though artificially boosted by high immigration and disaster rebuilds, the NZ economy is in the doldrums, and National are a failure even by their own goals and targets. I predict that National will soon abolish all targets, and that this will be “a sign of our success”.

Slack on Dagg and English

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Date published: 10:35 am, April 18th, 2017 - 21 comments

There was (among the usual dross) some great stuff in the papers over the Easter break. Here’s David Slack with some observations on Fred Dagg, NZ, and Bill English.

Thank you health care workers

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Date published: 9:50 am, April 18th, 2017 - 28 comments

This is a huge victory for health care workers, and for women. It is also a huge victory for “resurgent unions”. Will it alarm the private sector? I certainly hope so!

(Kristine Bartlett, photo Herald Mark Mitchell)

National has some strange candidates – Pakuranga

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Date published: 9:25 am, April 18th, 2017 - 86 comments

National is selecting some unusual candidates. One of them is Simeon Brown a devout chrisitian with very conservative views who is replacing liberal National MP Maurice Williamson.

Open Mike 18/04/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, April 18th, 2017 - 72 comments

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Kia kaha Sonny Bill Williams

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Date published: 11:45 am, April 17th, 2017 - 108 comments

Tony Veitch and Mike Hosking are in a lather because Sonny Bill Williams refuses to be a corporate billboard.

Black is White. Up is Down.

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Date published: 10:24 am, April 17th, 2017 - 133 comments

Media have a role to play, apparently…

Open Mike 17/04/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, April 17th, 2017 - 49 comments

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Helen Clark farewelled by UN

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Date published: 11:26 am, April 16th, 2017 - 17 comments


Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

Higgins on National’s shit creek

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Date published: 10:07 am, April 16th, 2017 - 100 comments

Higgins: “Water quality should be a massive issue this election. Some friends, who are the kind of dyed-in-the-wool National supporters who call everyone else a loony leftie, now say water quality will guide their vote and it can’t possibly go to National.”…

Duck and Cover

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Date published: 9:00 am, April 16th, 2017 - 89 comments

Donald Trump is engaged in some over the top brinkmanship with North Korea which is increasing the prospects of at least a limited exchange of nuclear weapons.

My five books for Donald Trump

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

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

Open Mike 16/04/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, April 16th, 2017 - 63 comments

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“We are unstoppable, another world is possible”

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Date published: 9:36 am, April 15th, 2017 - 45 comments

Activism and protest done well, here are the faces of the emerging climate justice movement in NZ.

Labour’s leadership team

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Date published: 9:09 am, April 15th, 2017 - 54 comments

Big turnouts for Labour meetings. Some commentators just can’t quite get to grips with how well the new leadership team is working.

Open Mike 15/04/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, April 15th, 2017 - 112 comments

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Big Barrel Bomb

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Date published: 3:40 pm, April 14th, 2017 - 81 comments

Firstly, remember how you’re meant to feel about even the mere accusation of the use of barrel bombs. Now put those feelings aside.

Canada

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Date published: 3:18 pm, April 14th, 2017 - 20 comments

Every once in a while, an administration that doesn’t check it’s collective brain out at the door assumes office. That may be the case with Canada’s current government.

Monbiot on the embedded economy

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

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

RNZ: The 9th floor – Moore

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Date published: 10:28 am, April 14th, 2017 - 45 comments

Guyon Espiner’s excellent RNZ series The 9th Floor, consists of interviews with five ex NZ PMs. Here’s Mike Moore.

Open Mike 14/04/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, April 14th, 2017 - 67 comments

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Daily Review 13/04/2017

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Date published: 5:32 pm, April 13th, 2017 - 17 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 …

Help Scoop ‘Open the Election’ : The Open News Project

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Date published: 4:31 pm, April 13th, 2017 - 4 comments

Help Scoop supercharge our 2017 election journalism.

Stormy weather in the North

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Date published: 12:08 pm, April 13th, 2017 - 65 comments

You’d have to say that an Easter cyclone is one of those truly awful scenarios for Auckland. Forget the water. What happens when the Harbour Bridge and the Airport probably close? It is going to be a hell of an Easter on the roads and travelling. More extreme weather brought to you from climate change.

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