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April 10, 2017

You’d think that with the huge policy failure of the attempted healthcare reform, the blockade of the Muslim ban (TWICE), and the continued investigation into his ties with Russia (and his bestie 4 eva Putin), Trumpster would have learnt to keep his sticky little baby fingers out of the honeypot. But no (and we obviously […]

April 10, 2017

The Tertiary Education Union recently released their 2016 State of the Sector Survey (“Education under Pressure”) which includes responses from 1006 staff members and suggests “a sector under pressure” with “staff coping as best they can to provide quality education in the face of increasing challenges.” Of particular concern are the statistics, reported by RNZ, that […]

April 10, 2017

Hit & Run There will be no public inquiry into Operation Burnham. That is the latest official position from Prime Minister Bill English, after receiving a briefing from New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) officials last week. Calls for an investigation have been mounting since allegations of civilian deaths in two New Zealand-led raids in Afghanistan […]

April 3, 2017

Hit and Run The prospect of a new Nicky Hager book made for a tense week in New Zealand politics. Many speculated that we would see a follow up to 2014’s Dirty Politics, or perhaps new revelations about John Key’s surprise resignation. When the book was finally delivered, it became clear that while it wasn’t […]

April 3, 2017

Last week, investigative journalists Jon Stephenson and Nicky Hager released Hit and Run, which claims that a 2010 raid organised and lead by the New Zealand SAS in Afghanistan resulted in the death of six civilians and the injury of 15. The book turns the spotlight back onto the deployment of New Zealand Defence Force […]

April 3, 2017

Although our old friend Trumpster and his problematic offspring have been wreaking their usual havoc (see: Ivanka getting her own office in the White House despite having no official role in the 45th Administration, Eric Trump letting it slip that he’ll give his dear old dad quarterly business updates from Trump HQ, and Donald Jr. […]

March 27, 2017

The Lower Hutt City Council Mayor, Ray Wallace, recently pushed a motion that the council “agree in principle” to the living wage, moving the council a step closer to becoming a living wage employee. What are your thoughts on the living wage?   Greens at Vic The Green Party position on the minimum wage is […]

March 27, 2017

Taxing Inequality Unless you’ve been following the news especially closely this week, you might have missed the first rumblings of one of the biggest debates of any election year. During a series of interviews, Bill English suggested that tax cuts were on the table for this year’s budget. The timing and motivations of the hint […]

March 27, 2017

Well, well, well, it has certainly been an exciting week in the life and times of old President Trumpster. In a well publicised, high profile, and extremely awkward meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump-o was back to his old fuckboi tricks when he blatantly refused to shake Ange’s hand in the Oval Office. When […]