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Lesley Hamilton‏ @Lesleycubawelly What was Ardern thinking letting Curran resign? When sacking her would have made her look like she had a backbone? Just weird Idiot/Savant‏ @norightturnnz Curran's resignation means information in her head or personal gmail is no longer held by the government and can no longer be requested under the #OIA >Idiot/Savant‏ @norightturnnz She has no ongoing obligation to provide information received as a Minister, and all requests for that information basicly get dumped on the floor. >Idiot/Savant‏ @norightturnnz Which seems to be a significant flaw in our transparency regime. Luke Easton‏ @3ku1 Claire Curran resigning now. This... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at liberation
Twitter’s not the smartest platform to frequent if you’re prone to high blood pressure, but I’m trusting my kicking the bottle (I’m now 6 months sober) means, at the very least, I’m exposing myself to no more danger than what my $12.99 a day habit had become. Our young comedians constantly boasting about how inoffensive their sets are is sure to get a rise, but this is a generation who think you can base an entire act around wearing a ‘onesie’. The costume choice would matter a whole lot less to me if the youngster opened with something like… “Early... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2018 at liberation
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at liberation
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The official preliminary election results of the Northcote by-election show that the National candidate Dan Bidois easily won in the weekend, with 10,147 votes. Out of all those who voted, he won about 51% of the vote. And the runner up, Labour’s Shanan Halbert, got 8,785 votes, or about 44% of the vote. But what about the fact that there was a low voter turnout. According to the Electoral Commission, voter turnout is estimated to be 43.7%. This figure is based on the numbers that have voted, as a percentage of those enrolled. However, the Electoral Commission and Statistics New... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at liberation
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Hodgson - Dominion Post 23 April 2018 Scott - Dominion Post 20 April 2018 Tremain - ODT 20 April 2018 Hubbard - 20 April 2018 Evans - Daily Blog 18 April 2018 Emmerson - NZ Herald 18 April 2018 Scott - Dominion Post 13 April 2018 Emmerson - NZ Herald 13 April 2018 Moreu - Timaru Herald 5 April 2018 Slane - Listener 23 March 2018 Moreu - Timaru Herald 26 March 2018 Emmerson - NZ Herald 17 March 2018 Scott - Dominion Post 7 March 2018 Slane - Listener 2 March 2018 Emmerson - NZ Herald 22 February 2018... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at liberation
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at liberation
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Hubbard - 29 March 2018 Murdoch - Sunday Star Times 18 March 2018 Moreu - Timaru Herald 7 September 2017 Murdoch - The Press 2 September 2017 Hubbard - 26 August 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 25 August 2017 Yeo - Sunday News 9 April 2017 Murdoch - The Press 5 April 2017 Bromhead - NZ Herald 5 April 2017 Hubbard - 5 April 2017 Hubbard - 30 March 2017 Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at liberation
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Hubbard - 11 April 2018 Emmerson - NZ Herald 10 April 2018 Nisbet - The Press 10 April 2018 Moreu - Timaru Herald 10 April 2018 Moreu - Timaru Herald 26 March 2018 Nisbet - The Press 24 March 2018 Chicane - Southland Times 19 March 2018 Chicane - Southland Times 20 February 2018 Emmerson - NZ Herald 2 February 2018 Craig - ODT 19 December 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 30 November 2017 Hodgson - Dominion Post 20 November 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 14 November 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 2 October 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 30... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at liberation
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Cartoons about healthcare in New Zealand over the last year: Murdoch - The Press 4 April 2018 Hubbard - 20 December 2017 Body - NZ Herald 18 December 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 12 December 2017 Tremain - ODT 12 December 2017 Murdoch - The Press 22 November 2017 Tremain - ODT 22 November 2017 Murdoch - The Press 28 October 2017 Hubbard - 10 October 2017 Murdoch - The Press 30 September 2017 Tremain - ODT 29 September 2017 Hubbard - 11 September 2017 Tremain - ODT 11 September 2017 Hubbard - 15 August 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at liberation
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Emmerson - NZ Herald 28 March 2018 Moreu - Timaru Herald 28 March 2018 Emmerson - NZ Herald 29 March 2018 Hubbard - 30 March 2018 Newspaper frontpages: Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at liberation
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Scott - Dominion Post 23 March 2018 Hubbard 24 March 2018 Body - NZ Herald 24 March 2018 Emmerson - NZ Herald 22 March 2018 Chicane - Southland Times 22 March 2018 Moreu - Timaru Herald 22 March 2018 Yeo - Sunday News 25 March 2018 Nisbet - The Press 22 March 2018 Bonus cartoons: Air NZ's Obama visit Hodgson - Sunday Star Times 25 March 2018 Hubbard 21 March 2018 Emmerson - NZ Herald 22 March 2018 Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at liberation
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Scott - Dominion Post 20 March 2018 Moreu - Timaru Herald 16 March 2018 Slane - Listener 16 March 2018 Hubbard - 14 March 2018 Nisbet - The Press 15 March 2018 Emmerson - NZ Herald 17 March 2018 Emmerson - NZ Herald 17 March 2018 Emmerson - March 2018 Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2018 at liberation
This is a selection of some of the more interesting tweets about Simon Bridges becoming the first Maori leader of a major party in New Zealand. The most recent tweets are first. Christian @CrikaRika People who diminish someone for identifying as Māori because they don't fit a construct of what Māori should be - STOP. Whakapapa Māori? Then ya Māori! Chris‏ @enchantedprune I'm no fan at all of National or Bridges, but you don't get to determine how Māori he is. That's little different to going back to the ignorance of "people "only" being quarter or half Māori, so not... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at liberation
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Below are various cartoons published about Judith Collins over the last two years. For earlier cartoons, see: Cartoons about the comeback of Judith Collins. Emmerson - NZ Herald 17 February 2018 Tremain - Dominion Post 19 February 2018 Body - NZ Herald 19 February 2018 Scott - Dominion Post 16 February 2018 Nisbet - The Press 19 February 2018 Chicane - Southland Times 16 February 2018 Hodgson - Dominion Post 6 November 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 20 September 2017 Hubbard - 7 July 2017 Bromhead - NZ Herald 5 March 2017 Hubbard - 6 March 2017 Chicane - Southland... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at liberation
Iwi establishment figures might be fuming at the snubbing they received from prime minister Jacinda Ardern at Waitangi. The up-to-now cosy relationship between iwi elite and government was symbolically broken at Waitangi Day events when Jacinda Ardern directly appealed to general Maori attendees over the heads of tribal leaders. This break with protocol – of government elites cosying up to iwi leaders at Waitangi – was most sharply demonstrated with Ardern’s decision not to attend a breakfast function with Maori VIPs at the Copthorne Hotel. The tradition of the prime minister having breakfast, after the Waitangi service, with a small... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at liberation
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Slane - Listener 9 February 2018 Scott - Dominion Post 6 February 2018 Emmerson - NZ Herald 3 February 2018 Evans - Daily Blog 8 February 2018 Body - NZ Herald 3 February 2018 Hubbard - 7 February 2018 Emmerson - NZ Herald 6 February 2018 Nisbet - The Press 6 February 2018 Moreu - Timaru Herald 6 February 2018 Nisbet - The Press 7 February 2018 Emmerson - NZ Herald 7 February 2018 Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at liberation
The left in the west is very good at showing solidarity with Palestinians. And in 2017 this is an important function, given the terrible plight of Palestinians facing Israeli state aggression. I personally welcome acts of solidarity with those resisting Zionist oppression. And I am inspired by the image of 17-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi hitting an Israeli soldier, and photos of her looking steadfast and determined while handcuffed in a court setting. Yet the way the left frames its views on the Palestinian struggle, while at the same time mostly ignoring other conflicts in the Middle East, leaves me feeling... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at liberation
The Labour-led government’s focus on the Pike River campaign, to retrieve the bodies of the 29 miners, has become an issue of increasing political significant in New Zealand. In this guest blog, John Moore argues that the appropriation of the #standwithpike campaign by both the Labour and New Zealand First governing parties is an example of an increasing trend of mainstream political leaders embracing the new anti-Establishment zeitgeist. New Zealand politicians are very aware of how the Pike River mining disaster has taken on a symbolic value of representing the ugly face of “peak capitalism”, and of the general failures... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at liberation
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These cartoons tell a history of New Zealand's response to the refugee crisis over the last few years. The most recent cartoons are first. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at liberation
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The history of New Zealand's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement negotiations, via cartoons. The most recent cartoons are first. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at liberation
There have been hundreds or thousands of tweets in response to Ben Mack’s Washington Post article about the new government in New Zealand. Here a just a few of some of the more interesting or insightful. Villainesse‏ @TheVillainesse We're always supportive of our writers when they get the opportunity to write for other publications. However, this piece would not have been published on Villainesse. Ben Uffindell‏ @BenUffindell I only just read this and it's even worse than people have been saying. This person knows nothing - nothing at all - about NZ politics. Even the basics are just factually inaccurate.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at liberation
Here's some of the more interesting and insightful tweets about the refugee crisis involving Manus Island, Australia and New Zealand. The most recent tweets are first. Deluxe Minimalist @Hincerooney Let's not pretend the NZ offer would have solved everything in #Manus. There would still be 450 left to die. Hayden Eastmond-Mein‏ @h_yd_n TV show idea: Mike's Manus. Hosking gets dumped on Manus Is. with only the clothes on his back and is stuck there indefinitely. Hamish Keith‏ @hamish_keith What is the status of the Tampa NZ citizens and their families - they were refused entry to Australia on the same... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at liberation