Women readers of the site

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Date published: 11:25 pm, September 18th, 2017 - 49 comments

Apart from the usual election year rise of the readership, the demographics on this site have been moving a lot earlier this election. The most noticeable statistic in the recent months has been to do with gender. Most of it appears to me to have been associated with female interest in Metiria Turei. There is a lot more interest by women in this election than in 2014.

Daily Review 18/09/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, September 18th, 2017 - 39 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 …

Greens: Fuel pipeline debacle puts environment at risk

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Date published: 3:57 pm, September 18th, 2017 - 25 comments

Despite assurances from industry and council, there are still unanswered questions about the environmental impact at the Ruakaka oil leak.

Farm protest mad cows and climate change

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Date published: 3:49 pm, September 18th, 2017 - 105 comments

The farmers’ protest in Morrinsville today unfortunately shows that we have made no progress in the 15 years since Bill English attacked the wrong PM with his “mad cow” insult. Meanwhile the effects of climate change have got worse, our options for dealing with it have got fewer, and the Nats don’t want you to know about $19bn of NZ property at risk.

David Farrar has no idea about business nor apparently the role of government for business.

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Date published: 1:38 pm, September 18th, 2017 - 44 comments

I see that David Farrar, the National parties favourite paid polling poodle, is trying to spin up the old line about politicians not being business people. He sounds like a blithering idiot. He also obviously knows bugger all about real business and I’m not sure that he really understands what government is about for businesses. Perhaps he should get some training in running a business?

Closing the loops on oil spills and broken pipe lines

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Date published: 9:10 am, September 18th, 2017 - 210 comments

This isn’t what we meant by keep it in the ground.

Fear and loathing in Aotearoa

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Date published: 8:47 am, September 18th, 2017 - 54 comments

It is difficult to understand National’s election campaign. Instead of campaigning on what they have achieved and what they plan to do they are using fear of Labour to try and win the election. And saying some palpably untrue things on the way.

When scaremongering becomes self-parody

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Date published: 7:02 am, September 18th, 2017 - 34 comments

According to English, in a revealing Q+A interview, Labour wants to “slaughter the dairy herd” and “depopulate the cities”. Why is he such a scared little man? Why doesn’t National have the confidence to run a positive campaign on its policies?

Get out the young vote!

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Date published: 6:25 am, September 18th, 2017 - 10 comments

If you can do one thing help New Zealand make the right choice for the future it is this – get out the young vote!

Open Mike 18/09/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, September 18th, 2017 - 150 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 …

Electoral Commission Undermining of Māori Rights

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Date published: 5:21 pm, September 17th, 2017 - 40 comments

Another election and another set of problems with the Crown’s running of the electoral process for Māori.

Oram on Nats’ poor record and why we should vote for change

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Date published: 10:36 am, September 17th, 2017 - 89 comments

Rod Oram at Newsroom: “More of the same won’t deliver for New Zealand. Hopefully, new leaders and policies will.”

What vote will deliver the change we need…?

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Date published: 8:19 am, September 17th, 2017 - 149 comments

Dave Kennedy outlines the importance of party voting Green to ensure Labour has a strong progressive coalition partner in the next government.

This is how you change the Government – enrol and vote at the same time*

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Date published: 8:00 am, September 17th, 2017 - 13 comments

* option only available before election day.

National pushing through with secret TPP talks before the election

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Date published: 7:30 am, September 17th, 2017 - 23 comments

“This continues National’s desperation to see a TPPA at any cost”

Open Mike 17/09/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, September 17th, 2017 - 207 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 …

She’s got what it takes

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Date published: 12:23 am, September 17th, 2017 - 73 comments

Great read in London today – full page Guardian article headlined “I’ve got what it takes, says the charismatic Labour leader taking New Zealand by storm.” Send it far and wide.

 

The Herald reverts to type

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Date published: 12:27 pm, September 16th, 2017 - 45 comments

John Armstrong has come out in the Herald swinging wildly and claiming without evidence that Jacinda Ardern’s campaign has stalled, and criticized her policy positions but because he thinks they are only a bit better than National’s.

A Tale of Two Privileges.

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Date published: 11:52 am, September 16th, 2017 - 72 comments

Bad title. Whatever.

Yesterday there were two responses to Michelle’s guest post, that in conjunction deserve better exposure than “soon to be forgotten” comments buried in a post thread.

van Beynen on the changing of the guard

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Date published: 10:31 am, September 16th, 2017 - 6 comments

Martin van Beynen has been touring the country: “I think Jacinda Ardern is going to win the election or at least get more of the party vote than National. And even if I am wrong about that, the ground has still shifted and what she represents is in the ascendant. If not this time, it will be the next.”

Save Mart sacks unionised workers

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Date published: 8:55 am, September 16th, 2017 - 52 comments

First Union members working at Save Mart were given notice yesterday after complaints this week were made about health and safety conditions and interviews showing a culture of punishment and degradation.

Our Nation’s Stolen Generation Moment

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Date published: 8:26 am, September 16th, 2017 - 8 comments

A guest post by @invisiphilia on the recent Mahinarangi Forbes interview on the Hui on the abuse of children in foster care and why the Government is wrong in refusing to have a proper independent inquiry into what went wrong.

Ardern: Setting the record straight

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Date published: 6:45 am, September 16th, 2017 - 38 comments

Watch Jacinda Ardern on the Nats’ nasty negative campaign – and the huge problems for New Zealand that they want to distract you from.

Rally Against Poverty – join Metiria Turei and Marama Davidson

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Date published: 6:25 am, September 16th, 2017 - 20 comments

Saturday 16 Sept 2.30pm, Otara Town Centre, South Auckland. Let’s all come together to rally for our communities that have been at the forefront on the fight to end poverty.

Open Mike 16/09/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, September 16th, 2017 - 102 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 …

Roy Morgan – shows the Nats have been targeting the wrong place

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Date published: 10:59 pm, September 15th, 2017 - 98 comments

With the usual inane commentary from our aussie cousins, we get the final Roy Morgan poll. It shows Labour + Greens at 60 seats and with choice of partners to take them over 60 seats. It shows National at 50 seats and requiring NZ First + the Maori Party and Nationals servile parties to get […]

Daily Review 15/09/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, September 15th, 2017 - 65 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 …

Marama Davidson and Chloe Swarbrick on ending poverty

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Date published: 3:38 pm, September 15th, 2017 - 8 comments

The Greens have a plan to end poverty now.

#sheepgate: National paid out money to settle a non existing dispute without legal advice

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Date published: 9:57 am, September 15th, 2017 - 26 comments

In a case of extraordinarily bad timing for National it has been confirmed that despite claims to the contrary MFAT never provided National legal advice about the merits of any possible claim made concerning New Zealand’s banning of live sheep exports.

Do you want to keep me in poverty?

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Date published: 8:00 am, September 15th, 2017 - 142 comments

If you want to know exactly how, then read on.

National candidates turn chicken

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Date published: 7:46 am, September 15th, 2017 - 34 comments

Out west National candidates are that afraid of their Labour conterparts they are refusing to attend public debates.

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