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Labour Green seat deals – about bloody time

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Date published: 12:36 pm, November 29th, 2016 - 69 comments

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Reports that Labour and the Greens will cooperate in some seats. Watch Patrick Gower’s head explode! But this is no Epsom.

Housing “affordability” blowout

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Date published: 11:31 am, November 29th, 2016 - 9 comments

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Andrew Little was on RNZ this morning talking housing affordability. “The amount people are having to borrow for their first home has increased 43 percent in the last two years.”

Everybody wants a recount

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Date published: 8:38 am, November 29th, 2016 - 100 comments

DES MOINES, IA - JANUARY 28:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to veterans at Drake University on January 28, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. Donald Trump held his alternative event to benefit veterans after withdrawing from the televised Fox News/Google  GOP debate  which airs at the same time.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

US President elect Donald Trump has expressed support for a widespread investigation of America’s electoral system

New Parliament buildings

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Date published: 8:24 am, November 29th, 2016 - 24 comments

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A couple of reactions to the $100m Parliament building plans.

Todd Barclay faces Clutha-Southland selection challenge

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Date published: 8:09 am, November 29th, 2016 - 46 comments

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Todd Barclay is one of National’s worst MP’s, who made a mess of the party apparatus he inherited from Bill English. No surprise that he is facing a selection challenge. Ex Philip Morris tobacco vs. Merrill Lynch banker – lucky Clutha-Southland!

Open Mike 29/11/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, November 29th, 2016 - 200 comments

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Daily Review 28/11/2016

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Date published: 5:30 pm, November 28th, 2016 - 22 comments

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Child abuse and poverty – still with us

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Date published: 11:32 am, November 28th, 2016 - 33 comments

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As topics like Trump and the quakes take the limelight, the slow tragedies unfolding in NZ carry on in the background.

#Horseshoegate – have you seen these alleged horse shoe throwers?

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Date published: 11:30 am, November 28th, 2016 - 13 comments

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Radio Tarana has offered a reward for information regarding the Mt Roskill horse shoe thrower.

NRT: “A stupid idea”

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Date published: 10:28 am, November 28th, 2016 - 89 comments

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I/S at No Right Turn on Key’s statement that a gender-balanced cabinet is “a stupid idea”.

Why no leftie fake news?

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Date published: 10:11 am, November 28th, 2016 - 161 comments

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Fake stories were widely shared by Trump fans before the election. Why is leftie / liberal fake news much rarer? A fake news writer explains.

Open Mike 28/11/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, November 28th, 2016 - 88 comments

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America’s broken democratic system

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Date published: 9:20 am, November 27th, 2016 - 91 comments

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Through partisan control of the electoral system and continuing attempts to suppress votes America’s electoral system is in clear need of an overhaul.

Key interview – facts don’t matter

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Date published: 8:36 am, November 27th, 2016 - 24 comments

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Lisa Owen interviewed Key on The Nation yesterday. As usual Key spent half his time denying facts and figures – in this case from Treasury and from his own government sources.

Treasury predictions – not good

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Date published: 8:08 am, November 27th, 2016 - 65 comments

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Brian Fallow in The Herald summarises the take-home messages from the latest Treasury report. National have us on track to disaster.

The Essential Forest-Gardener – the trees and the heritage

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Date published: 7:27 am, November 27th, 2016 - 28 comments

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Robert Guyton continues his series on life in a Riverton Food Forest.

Open Mike 27/11/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, November 27th, 2016 - 137 comments

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Fidel Castro has died

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Date published: 8:19 pm, November 26th, 2016 - 175 comments

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Fidel Castro has died aged 90.

The Mount Roskill by-election and the strange case of the missing horse shoe

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Date published: 8:44 am, November 26th, 2016 - 47 comments

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One News has reported on the strange case where a local Mt Roskill resident was threatened by someone describing themselves as Parmjeet Parmar’s right hand man, had a horse shoe thrown at him, complained to the police, but was subsequently told that the horse shoe had been destroyed.

Audrey Young on resurgent unions

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Date published: 8:39 am, November 26th, 2016 - 12 comments

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Audrey Young writes on growing union numbers, strengths, and wins for their members. Excellent!

National better late than never on pay equity

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Date published: 8:04 am, November 26th, 2016 - 4 comments

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A 2015 court decision forced National’s hand on pay equity. This week the equity working group reported back. To its credit National is accepting the recommendations, and unions are hailing a big win. But the final form of any law is not yet clear.

Open Mike 26/11/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, November 26th, 2016 - 232 comments

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Daily Review 25/11/2016

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Date published: 6:02 pm, November 25th, 2016 - 63 comments

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Three strikes – seven years – for bottom pinching

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Date published: 12:37 pm, November 25th, 2016 - 88 comments

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The first application of “three strikes” is an example of exactly one of the main problems that opponents of the law raised. Remove discretion and you can get perverse outcomes.

Mana and Māori Party ‘unification’?

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Date published: 10:17 am, November 25th, 2016 - 44 comments

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Although the personality obstacles probably retired with Turia and Sharples, it is hard to see how Mana’s left wing policies can be reconciled with the Māori Party’s record propping up the Key government.

National plans to sell Housing Corp home Key grew up in

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Date published: 8:30 am, November 25th, 2016 - 39 comments

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John Key, the state house tenant turned good who has relied heavily on his humble upbringing is overseeing the sale of the state house he grew up in.

Earthquakes v Climate Change

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Date published: 8:00 am, November 25th, 2016 - 23 comments

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Have the recent earthquakes and the likely political response altered the emphasis that will being given to addressing climate change?

Sale of Key’s old house a powerful symbol

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Date published: 7:57 am, November 25th, 2016 - 11 comments

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English admits that the government has done a poor job of maintaining state houses, and uses it as an excuse for privatisation – its by design. The attempted sale in Christchurch, incuding Key’s childhood home, is a powerful symbol of the way this government likes pulling up the ladder that they used behind them.

Open Mike 25/11/2016

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Daily Review 24/11/2016

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Date published: 5:27 pm, November 24th, 2016 - 28 comments

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Elf & Safety

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Date published: 3:56 pm, November 24th, 2016 - 6 comments

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It was disappointing to see Michael Woodhouse’s complacency for the government at one worker each week dying on the job. That can’t be acceptable. The new health & safety laws are a big improvement, and are making a difference in NZ businesses.  It took a ridiculous time (and workers continuing to die) from Pike River […]

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