Go Green

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Date published: 11:22 am, September 22nd, 2017 - 20 comments

All the good reasons, and it comes down to values and what kind of government and country NZ now wants.

A report from South Auckland – it is time to change the government

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Date published: 10:48 am, September 22nd, 2017 - 17 comments

Reason #4637 why we need to change the government – Midwife reprimanded after speaking out about abuse and neglect in South Auckland

Today is the last day to enroll – and you should

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Date published: 8:05 am, September 22nd, 2017 - 34 comments

Today is the last day you can enroll to vote in the election. Historically far too many people in the 18-24 age group have not enrolled. The same again would suit the Nats very well indeed.

Update: Newsroom: “A record turnout of early voters suggests a youthquake in action – and the polls might be wrong.”

Update: If you are trying to enrol and the queues are long, here are the other ways you can do it, including online!

Update: you can enrol up until midnight Friday online, and then vote at a polling station on Saturday. Details here.

Two ticks red

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Date published: 7:33 am, September 22nd, 2017 - 25 comments

Who I am going to vote for and why.

An MMP government

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Date published: 7:20 am, September 22nd, 2017 - 101 comments

On current polling the next government could be Labour + Green + NZF. That would annoy a lot of Nats if they have more votes than Labour alone, but that’s how MMP works. English lied about this in the last debate, but apparently has since walked it back.

Open Mike 22/09/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, September 22nd, 2017 - 133 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 …

Anger and compassion

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Date published: 6:07 pm, September 21st, 2017 - 40 comments

It seems that a man set himself on fire in parliament grounds today.

Daily Review 21/09/2017

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Date published: 5:33 pm, September 21st, 2017 - 155 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 … Graphic courtesy of the outstanding @nzsaysfun

Dame Anne Salmond’s final, brief election thought

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Date published: 12:36 pm, September 21st, 2017 - 39 comments

Salmond “Jacindamania isn’t about personality at all – it’s a collective sigh of relief that we might finally have a kind of leadership that reflects our core values as New Zealanders.”

Vote for compassion and competence

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Date published: 9:46 am, September 21st, 2017 - 44 comments

National has created the perception that it is a better manager of Government than Labour and is suggesting that it is more compassionate. Neither claim is true.

The poll that matters will be completed on Saturday

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Date published: 8:16 am, September 21st, 2017 - 107 comments

Poll results! And, the most important thing we can do now is vote, and get out the vote, and remind people that only Labour and the Greens have committed to changing the government.

Is NZ doomed to lying politics now?

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Date published: 7:20 am, September 21st, 2017 - 179 comments

Bill English and the Nats are now running firmly on a platform of lies – Gower calls them on this for a second time this week. Should the political left get down in the gutter too? Is NZ doomed to lying politics now?

Nats “discovered poverty last week” – and will forget it just as quickly

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Date published: 7:02 am, September 21st, 2017 - 72 comments

Ardern’s jab that English “discovered poverty last week” was the line of the debate. After the election National will forget it again just as quickly, if the record of the last nine years is anything to go by. Do you want to vote for that?

Open Mike 21/09/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, September 21st, 2017 - 210 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 20/09/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, September 20th, 2017 - 256 comments

Daily review is also your post.  

Also for discussion of tonight’s poll and the last Ardern English debate on TVNZ 1 at 7pm.

Federated Farmers need to cut the crap

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Date published: 1:09 pm, September 20th, 2017 - 97 comments

Federated Farmers continued their fear campaign today in a Herald editorial. Their anonymous demand is that “Farmers should know they are still appreciated”. It is hard to have respect looking at bills that urban dwellers and businesses pay tofix their environment, while Federated Farmers bullshit about the environmental impacts of farming and how they don’t like paying to fix them.

The Green Party Policy Manifesto (fully costed and seriously progressive)

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Date published: 12:43 pm, September 20th, 2017 - 48 comments

The Greens have a fully costed plan of their goals for New Zealand’s future. Anything but boring, this is bold vision, progressive values, and detailed planning as well as solid economics for the fiscal geeks.

Why I voted two ticks Green

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Date published: 11:42 am, September 20th, 2017 - 83 comments

Because we need to knock Liberalism on the head.

Why I voted two ticks Labour

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Date published: 9:02 am, September 20th, 2017 - 64 comments

The Nats do not deserve to lead NZ so I voted for change. The electorate vote was simple. I struggled with the party vote.

Gower – Nats the biggest liars

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Date published: 6:38 am, September 20th, 2017 - 52 comments

Sure would be good if some other media called the Nats out on this too.

Malnutrition – in NZ FFS

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Date published: 6:20 am, September 20th, 2017 - 49 comments

Stunningly depressing piece by Kirsty Johnston in The Herald yesterday – Number of New Zealand children hospitalised with malnutrition doubles as food costs bite.

Proud of your legacy, National?

Open Mike 20/09/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, September 20th, 2017 - 164 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 …

The Climate Debate Tues 7pm

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Date published: 6:55 pm, September 19th, 2017 - 18 comments

Event at Auckland Uni and live streamed, the major political parties debate the climate with Rod Oram as MC.

Daily Review 19/09/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, September 19th, 2017 - 124 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 …

The Man who will do Anything for Power

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Date published: 12:13 pm, September 19th, 2017 - 49 comments

Deliberately pitting Kiwis against Kiwis so he can retain power may be his worst action so far. Worse than engaging lawyers and accountants to rort $900 a week. Worse than deliberately lying about the “hole” when he ran zero budgets himself in 2014 and 2015 Worse than writing a cheque to a wealthy Saudi business […]

How National “delivers” for NZ

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Date published: 10:07 am, September 19th, 2017 - 85 comments


Herald graphic.

The failure of TOP’s Youth UBI policy

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Date published: 9:48 am, September 19th, 2017 - 97 comments

Safety nets should be for all people and the best way to ensure that is to design them for social need not as economic tools. Despite Gareth Morgan’s assertion that policy is everything, The Opportunities Party has managed to create a youth policy that is discriminatory.

Why you should vote – from a White Man Behind a Desk

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Date published: 9:39 am, September 19th, 2017 - 4 comments

It’s the kind of video that makes you go “what the fuck man. with one (1) eight minute video you convinced half of my “it’s my right to not vote and i hate politicians so Fuck Elections” friends to vote. i’ve been trying for weeks, and you put up a singular video on it and they’re persuaded.”

Campbell: Ten Reasons For Not Voting National

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Date published: 7:03 am, September 19th, 2017 - 33 comments

Gordon Campbell sets out ten reasons not to vote National. Well referenced and compelling. Standardistas may wish to add their own entries to the list.

“The Green Party is committed to reforming renting so that every house is a home”

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Date published: 6:47 am, September 19th, 2017 - 29 comments

People who rent should have security so they can put down roots and benefit from being able to participate in their community.

Open Mike 19/09/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, September 19th, 2017 - 185 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 …

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