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New lineup for Labour Leader’s office

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Date published: 5:15 pm, September 21st, 2016 - 49 comments

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Andrew Little has appointed a new Chief of Staff and Chief Press Secretary.

National 0, Christchurch 1

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Date published: 1:49 pm, September 21st, 2016 - 97 comments

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Did Lianne Dalziel just prove how economically challenged the National Party are? It appears Christchurch will be able to pay its quake bill without flogging off the family silver. Why are the right so wedded to asset sales when they make no financial sense?

Marama Fox to Richard Prosser: how much more do we have to be dicked around?

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Date published: 12:30 pm, September 21st, 2016 - 201 comments

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The New Zealand First MP had no answers for the Māori Party co-leader after NZF pulled their support for five major Treaty settlements at the eleventh hour.

A MPI boondoggle subsidy for Wairarapa land speculators?

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Date published: 9:17 am, September 21st, 2016 - 23 comments

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You have to wonder about the quality of some of the economic process control that goes on for National’s politically important subsidies to the farming industry. A economic review of a Wairarapa Water application for second stage feasibility funding from the Irrigation Acceleration Fund for the “Black Creek” and “Tividale” irrigation schemes makes it look like government funded boondoggle.

Kevin Hague bids farewell to Parliament.

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Date published: 8:00 am, September 21st, 2016 - 24 comments

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The Green MP delivered his valedictory yesterday, calling on MPs to “be brave – stand for something.”

TPP – Let it go John

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Date published: 7:23 am, September 21st, 2016 - 130 comments

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So Key has been trying to explain the TPP to America. Apart from looking ridiculous, what did he think he was going to accomplish?

Open Mike 21/09/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, September 21st, 2016 - 63 comments

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Who should you vote for?

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Date published: 6:39 pm, September 20th, 2016 - 38 comments

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All the local body election endorsements you could possibly want.

Daily Review 20/09/2016

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Date published: 5:30 pm, September 20th, 2016 - 17 comments

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When the levee breaks…

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Date published: 1:07 pm, September 20th, 2016 - 98 comments

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Bar the ear-worm, nothing to do with Led Zeppelin.

Economics is still lost

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Date published: 12:25 pm, September 20th, 2016 - 54 comments

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Paul Romer is an economist highly respected by his peers, and about to become the Chief Economist at the World Bank. He’s also just published a paper rubbishing the last 3 decades of macroeconomics.

Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator at the Financial Times is challenging fractional reserve banking. It’s certainly time for some new ideas.

Trump resiles from birther theory but says it is all Hillary’s fault

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Date published: 9:09 am, September 20th, 2016 - 88 comments

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Donald Trump has now finally accepted publicly that Barak Obama was born in America. But claims that Hillary was the cause of the birther theory.

Open Mike 20/09/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, September 20th, 2016 - 287 comments

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Daily Review 19/09/2016

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Date published: 5:30 pm, September 19th, 2016 - 68 comments

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Paula Bennett improves supply of housing, or does she?

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Date published: 4:02 pm, September 19th, 2016 - 74 comments

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National’s latest plan to do something about the housing crisis is to buy a Motel and kick families who stay there out on the street.

Maui embarrassment

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Date published: 2:37 pm, September 19th, 2016 - 15 comments

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The government didn’t make much of a show of Conservation Week – which was probably for the best the Conservation stories coming out weren’t exactly positive for it.  US wanting us to do more on dolphins, the Kermadec sanctuary, fish dumping…

Open Mike 19/09/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, September 19th, 2016 - 172 comments

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The Kermadecs and racist environmentalism

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Date published: 6:14 pm, September 18th, 2016 - 154 comments

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This week has been a revelation in how willing Pākehā are to throw Māori under the bus for the sake of environmentalism.

Delivering the Green New Deal

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Date published: 3:40 pm, September 18th, 2016 - 2 comments

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London-based macro-economist Ann Pettifor will speak on this topic at Wesley Church, 75 Taranaki Street, Wellington, on Tuesday 20 September at 5:30pm. Ann is a member of the Green New Deal Group, whose proposition  is designed to power a renewables revolution, create thousands of green-collar jobs and rein in the distorting power of the finance sector while making more low-cost capital available for pressing priorities. All welcome; more info inside.

The “Intellectual Yet Idiot” Class – Knowing what’s best for you

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Date published: 10:38 am, September 18th, 2016 - 241 comments

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When highly educated people end up being idiots, and uneducated people end up being smarter.

Just vote – Auckland Council version

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Date published: 8:00 am, September 18th, 2016 - 31 comments

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It is local government election time.  If you want to vote for progressive candidates these are some suggestions.

Open Mike 18/09/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, September 18th, 2016 - 175 comments

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Conservation Week

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Date published: 8:10 am, September 17th, 2016 - 20 comments

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It’s Conservation Week.  We should all go and enjoy the great outdoors this weekend… but be careful of the polluted rivers and the wallabies.  But at least we’ll be pest-free by 3300…

Open Mike 17/09/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, September 17th, 2016 - 240 comments

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Daily Review 16/09/2016

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Date published: 5:30 pm, September 16th, 2016 - 18 comments

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Rockstar! Is it?

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Date published: 12:58 pm, September 16th, 2016 - 181 comments

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National is very proud of the latest GDP-growth figures (third highest in OECD!), but are they helping you?  And are they what they appear?

Translating the local government election jargon

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Date published: 12:30 pm, September 16th, 2016 - 13 comments

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The PSA has produced a nice guide to cut through all the buzzwords in local body elections.

Fortress NZ

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Date published: 11:25 am, September 16th, 2016 - 120 comments

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TS regular Tony Veitch has some practical ideas as to how we insulate NZ from the ravages of neoliberalism and climate change. Readers may agree with some, none or all of the suggestions. However, whichever way you look at it, the time for hand wringing is over. It’s time for action.

The other war of the polls

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Date published: 9:00 am, September 16th, 2016 - 28 comments

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The Dominion Post has received not one, but two polls on the Wellington mayoralty. So who’s coming out on top?

Stop the Sanctions!

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Date published: 7:05 am, September 16th, 2016 - 131 comments

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Auckland Action Against Poverty is trying to get a sanction on sole mothers removed.

Open Mike 16/09/2016

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