Written By: - Date published: 10:55 am, April 7th, 2019 - 134 comments
On top of RSA bigots baying about the use of a prayer on ANZAC day, rugby fans are getting exercised about the possibility of the Canterbury team changing its obviously offensive name. Apparently empathy with the innocent dead in Christchurch only lasts until kick off.
Written By: - Date published: 2:07 pm, March 23rd, 2019 - 101 comments
The terrorist’s published writing has been banned with immediate effect. This is a very good thing.
Written By: - Date published: 10:54 am, March 16th, 2019 - 213 comments
I’ve used and worked with weapons for large chunks of my life. They’re not there for dickheads. There aren’t any reasons to keep operational semi-automatic weapons in civilian life. Just outlaw them. The conviction for unlawful possession of them requires mandatory imprisonment.
Written By: - Date published: 10:38 am, March 16th, 2019 - 123 comments
It’s the morning after the horrific attacks in Christchurch. 49 are dead, many more injured. The PM is flying to the city, having announced our gun laws are to be immediately strengthened. The country is reeling, but the fascists are bound to lose.
Written By: - Date published: 2:39 pm, March 15th, 2019 - 362 comments
There has been a shooting at a mosque in Central Christchurch. Injured people have been seen in the doorway and armed Police are out in force.
UPDATE: The Star is reporting that one person is dead, and there are reports of a second mosque in Linwood being attacked.
UPDATE: A shooter has posted a series of manifestos. It appears to be typical race hate. It also appears that the shooting was live streamed.
UPDATE: The WestPac rescue helicopter is flying over Papanui High School, with what appears to be armed Police leaning out the doors. Papanui is approx 5 kms from the Dean’s Ave mosque. There are also reports that an arrest has been made.
UPDATE: Police confirm an arrest has been made. However the city remains in lockdown until it is clear that there is no further danger. Police also confirm multiple fatalities.
Last UPDATE for the night: 49 dead, 48 injured, 4 fascists in custody. Today has been horrible and tomorrow is going to be a very hard day. Kia kaha, aroha and lets stick together. A people united will never be defeated.
Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, March 13th, 2018 - 31 comments
“Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has banned all Government departments from using a firm of private investigators for spying.”
Written By: - Date published: 8:40 am, October 11th, 2017 - 71 comments
Idiot/Savant points to the unfairness of the Government having forced Christchurch red zone families off their land and now trying to sell that land at a profit.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, July 5th, 2017 - 15 comments
Christchurch’s mental health services are overwhelmed and verging on collapse. Canterbury has the most suicides in NZ. And yet the government has just declined a request for further funding. National – delivering misery for Canterbury.
Written By: - Date published: 11:17 am, June 22nd, 2017 - 9 comments
A 21st century city simply has to have integrated, multi-modal public transport at its heart.
Written By: - Date published: 2:45 pm, April 19th, 2017 - 25 comments
Christchurch rebuilt must suffer the same central traffic madness as Auckland. Thus decrees Gerry Brownlee, as short-sighted, bullying, and ignorant as ever.
Written By: - Date published: 1:50 pm, August 17th, 2016 - 18 comments
Meanwhile, down in Christchurch the plan is to put water back in the centre of our physical, cultural and spiritual lives.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, March 15th, 2016 - 31 comments
If the RMA Amendment Bill goes through, then community groups all over the country are going to become intimately acquainted with just how badly they have been shafted by Mr Smith and his accomplices.
Written By: - Date published: 6:03 am, February 22nd, 2016 - 31 comments
The people of Christchurch don’t need any more words about how brave and resilient they are. They need action.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, December 1st, 2015 - 128 comments
A Treasury report calls the Christchurch rebuild plan “unachievable”. Gerry Brownlee immediately springs in to action – attacking Treasury. Christchurch deserves better than this…
Written By: - Date published: 7:50 am, September 4th, 2014 - 51 comments
I was in the front row of the audience at the Press leader’s debate between David Cunliffe and John Key. While the media in Auckland and Wellington might have called it one way, the people in Christchurch were only presented with one leader who understands the issues in this city, and it wasn’t the Prime Minister.
Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, August 21st, 2014 - 51 comments
Just Wow. Morning Report failed to get hold of Bob Harvey to offer balance on their coverage of National/Labour’s opening ads this morning, but I don’t think it mattered, because John Ansell did enough damage by himself. Apparently: God must be a member of the National Party, because He flattened the people’s republic of Christchurch […]
Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, August 14th, 2014 - 61 comments
Cameron Slater expresses his thoughts on Christchurch and the effects of the second Christchurch Earthquake. John Key thinks that he is a “pretty colourful character”. What do you think?
Written By: - Date published: 10:53 am, June 28th, 2014 - 5 comments
Labour has announced another part of its package to fix Christchurch: an immediate crash home-building plan. The market has failed, so the government has to step in. Its that simple. As for why the market has failed, there’s the ongoing insurance problems of course, but perhaps this also has something to do with it. Living costs in ChCh are exceeding wages and the construction industry is pocketing the difference. Labour is also changing the rules about exploiting overseas labour.
Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, June 28th, 2014 - 26 comments
For so many of the people in this still-broken city, they feel that this is a journey which they have been left to walk alone. Too often they find themselves fighting against the state, rather than working with them. One gets the impression that for all the visits and photo ops, Key just doesn’t get the situation down here.
Written By: - Date published: 1:21 pm, June 19th, 2014 - 17 comments
There is a very long but worth reading post over at The Political Scientist. If you’re serious about campaigning in NZ at present, then it is definitely worth setting aside the time to ponder it. In particular the demographics and the occupational changes across Christchurch that may affect this years election outcome. Tony Milne also has a good post on Christchurch and its continuing travails..
Written By: - Date published: 6:57 pm, May 10th, 2014 - 22 comments
Labour has reached across the political divide and offered the government a host of actions to help those in Christchurch who have been victims of ongoing flooding since the quake.
There are some things that politics should be put aside for. Helping the people of Christchurch is definitely one of these things.
Written By: - Date published: 12:25 pm, May 7th, 2014 - 9 comments
The announcement from National that they’d bribe unemployed beneficiaries to go to Christchurch was “An empty grab for headlines”. Perhaps they should have used their strategy for party renewal? Pay more from party funds awash from selling the time of Ministers time seems to work well.
Written By: - Date published: 2:26 pm, April 30th, 2014 - 66 comments
Paul Henry’s rant last night on TV3 and his attack on Lianne Dalziel was appalling. And it makes you wonder if the intent was to take the attention away from John Key who has shown that he will move heaven and earth to increase irrigation for Canterbury Plain farmers but thinks that the Council should deal with a water problem that is significantly affecting a number of ordinary people.
Written By: - Date published: 1:21 pm, June 19th, 2013 - 25 comments
Lianne Dalziel’s decision to run for the mayoralty of Christchurch will be great for the people of the city. But this means a by-election in Christchurch East: and with National’s 2011 party vote 1000 more than Labour and the Greens combined, it’s going to be a long way from a cake-walk for any Labour candidate.