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Good ideas in Gisborne

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Date published: 1:28 pm, February 17th, 2017 - 97 comments

Andrew Little’s announcement yesterday in Gisborne of Labour’s pledge of up to $20million to build a prefabricated timber plant there is a much-needed boost to the area and a sign that Labour’s 100,000 new house pledge first made by David Shearer in 2012 has legs.

English wants Pike River out of the headlines in election year

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Date published: 10:58 am, February 17th, 2017 - 4 comments

Any sign of progress is welcome, but let’s hope English is not deliberately stringing along the Pike River families with false hope.

What’s the deal? There isn’t one.

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Date published: 7:17 am, February 17th, 2017 - 131 comments

What are the Greens up to then?

Fires are the new normal

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Date published: 7:03 am, February 17th, 2017 - 65 comments

Hey Bill English, it’s not the case that “no one could have anticipated the large-scale fire on the Port Hills”. Just about every relevant organisation could and did predict it. Most of the other predictions relating to climate change will come true too.

Open Mike 17/02/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, February 17th, 2017 - 47 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 …

Daily Review 16/02/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, February 16th, 2017 - 14 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 …

State care inquiry

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Date published: 1:22 pm, February 16th, 2017 - 6 comments

credit: Aaron Smale RNZ

We need one – and an apology.  Bill may wonder aloud whether we’ll learn much, but I wonder if he’s more concerned we’ll learn too much…

Treat her right

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Date published: 11:15 am, February 16th, 2017 - 34 comments

The Equal Pay Act was passed in 1972. It’s now 2017 and it’s never been enforced. It’s time to ‘Treat Her Right’.

Cadburys Dunedin to close with hundreds of jobs lost

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Date published: 10:49 am, February 16th, 2017 - 121 comments

Another blow to Dunedin.

Kia Kaha Canterbury

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Date published: 8:00 am, February 16th, 2017 - 34 comments

It seems almost inevitable that the recent fires in Canterbury and the Hawkes Bay are the result of climate change and the harbingers of things to come.

Christchurch fire coverage

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Date published: 7:30 am, February 16th, 2017 - 9 comments

Kia kaha Christchurch.

(photo credit: Michael Hodgson).

Watching the journalists

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Date published: 7:00 am, February 16th, 2017 - 86 comments

“The obligation of a journalist is to serve the public”

Marama Fox vs Bill English – who will blink?

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Date published: 6:49 am, February 16th, 2017 - 166 comments

Marama Fox and Bill English have painted themselves into a bit of a corner, and Fox is threatening to “walk away from the Government”. Key would have handled this better.

Open Mike 16/02/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, February 16th, 2017 - 49 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 …

Daily Review 15/02/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, February 15th, 2017 - 62 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 …

John Oliver returns – calls Trump ‘a pathological liar’

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Date published: 2:32 pm, February 15th, 2017 - 10 comments

Our long Oliver-less nightmare is over.

Your government MPs in the news

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Date published: 11:23 am, February 15th, 2017 - 20 comments

Who can even keep up with it all?

Hypocrisy watch – Michael Flynn

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Date published: 9:35 am, February 15th, 2017 - 35 comments

Over in the United States of Trumpsville National Security Advisor to the Trump White House Mike Flynn, who famously said that Hillary Clinton should be locked up for threatening national security by having a private email server, has been sacked for threatening national security and for lying to the vice president.

Auckland: Stop Niki’s Eviction!

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Date published: 8:00 am, February 15th, 2017 - 82 comments

Time to take action against the destruction of communities and privatisation of social housing.

Human Rights Commission calls for an inquiry – English says no

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Date published: 7:02 am, February 15th, 2017 - 10 comments

Open Mike 15/02/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, February 15th, 2017 - 45 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 …

Daily Review 14/02/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, February 14th, 2017 - 37 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 …

English “will be taken down by housing”

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Date published: 2:40 pm, February 14th, 2017 - 67 comments

In the middle of a housing crisis “Housing New Zealand documents obtained under the Official Information Act show that there are nearly 2,500 empty state houses, more than 500 of which have been empty for over a year.”

Government will not support victims of domestic violence

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Date published: 9:33 am, February 14th, 2017 - 19 comments

The Government is refusing to support Jan Logie’s bill aimed at helping the victims of domestic violence despite the bill receiving support from the ANZ and Business New Zealand supporting the bill going at least to select committee.

Auckland NIMBYs refused

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Date published: 9:18 am, February 14th, 2017 - 12 comments

If Auckland as a city wish to retain representative samples of our past, then we should concentrate on how to preserve those rather than trying to deny the migration that increases its population by something like 50 thousand people per year. This is a working city – not a museum.

Greens stand aside in Ōhāriu

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Date published: 8:47 am, February 14th, 2017 - 111 comments

Putting aside misgivings for the sake of the greater good is a mark of political maturity which many politicians and commentators could learn from.

Is this the impossibility turning point?

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Date published: 8:11 am, February 14th, 2017 - 49 comments

There’s a wonderful fiction still propelling the world that the 21st century will bring an ever-expanding arc of freedom and prosperity to the vast majority of humanity but the reality seems to be anything but.

Open Mike 14/02/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, February 14th, 2017 - 34 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 …

We Are All ‘Identarian’ Now

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Date published: 12:31 am, February 14th, 2017 - 106 comments

There has been an unfortunate trend developing in recent weeks, of negatively labelling people who dare to have a different opinion on equality to the labeller, as identarian. This description is something to be appreciated in these times when dark forces appear to be on the rise again.

Daily Review 13/02/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, February 13th, 2017 - 19 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 …

Watch Bill English lying through his teeth on housing

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Date published: 2:03 pm, February 13th, 2017 - 36 comments

English is a less convincing liar than Key.

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