Fear and loathing in Morrinsville: the corporates hiding behind our farmers

Six hundred farmers and supporters protested in Morrinsville today against Labour and the Greens’ proposed water and pollution charges. Initially it was claimed that it was an apolitical rally, but the organisers put paid to that. Furthermore they claimed it was an opportunity to rebut accusations they felt had been leveled against them. I assume… Read More Fear and loathing in Morrinsville: the corporates hiding behind our farmers

Finlayson gets cold feet on a tikanga process in Tauranga Moana

Thursday 27 July 2017 was a happy day in Tauranga Moana. After a few months of protests, social media campaign, new media appearances, legal opinions and appeals to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Hon Chris Finlayson and Minister of Māori Development Hon Te Ururoa Flavell, we achieved our goal: an agreement by the… Read More Finlayson gets cold feet on a tikanga process in Tauranga Moana

“The most friendless people in the world”: We need to act for the Rohingya now

There has been a little more media coverage than usual of the Rohingya people in Myanmar as over 120,000 have recently poured over the border into Bangladesh as refugees and claims of ethnic cleansing and genocide within Myanmar have to come to light. The recent crackdowns and expulsions occurred after Rohingya militants attacked police station… Read More “The most friendless people in the world”: We need to act for the Rohingya now

Bill English fiddles whilst the world burns: our Prime Climate Change Denier

There will be one moment of mismanagement by Bill English this election that will be studied and debated in the future. That moment is neither Todd Barclay’s alleged workplace bullying nor the leaks of Winston Peters’ superannuation over-payment. That moment was captured in his Radio New Zealand interview on 28 August 2017; when he was… Read More Bill English fiddles whilst the world burns: our Prime Climate Change Denier

Losing our people to society’s illness: anomie and suicide

In 2016-2017, 606 New Zealanders took their own lives. This is the highest rate since statistics started to be collected in 2007. It is likely to be under-reported, as there deaths where suicidality is difficult to ascertain. This is a shocking loss for the whānau of those people, for their community, for all of us.… Read More Losing our people to society’s illness: anomie and suicide

National’s second language policy is an attack on te reo Māori

Amongst the key messages that the National Party wanted to highlight from their 2017 election campaign launch was their proposed education policy package. The third part of that package is “a $160 million investment to give all primary school children the opportunity to learn a second language, if they choose.” The policy deserves the criticism… Read More National’s second language policy is an attack on te reo Māori

The New Zealand left is a zoo, not a viable alternative in this election

I want change this election. I long for a left leaning government that dials back some of the damage to our communities after nine long years of National: more funding for desperate NGOs; a coherent climate change strategy; transport solutions beyond roads; housing and a safety net for the poor; a review of our settlement… Read More The New Zealand left is a zoo, not a viable alternative in this election

Raging at Metiria is not about the fraud; it’s that she sided with the lepers

In case you missed it, at the Greens annual conference in mid-July, Metiria fronted the launch of an impressive welfare policy, Mending the Safety Net. During that launch, she used an anecdote from 25 years ago to personalise the policy; when she was solo mum she didn’t tell Work and Income that she had flatmates… Read More Raging at Metiria is not about the fraud; it’s that she sided with the lepers

Where there’s smoke, there’s… ahi kaa? Agreements made by Hauraki & Ranginui

I’ve spent the last two days on the paepae at Poutūterangi Marae in Te Puna, supporting my Bidois whānau who are grieving a lost brother. We are between two storm fronts, so Rangi Pōtiki is an endless blue, Hinemoana is a quiet lapping presence and Papa is a rich healthy green with mid-Winter rains, and… Read More Where there’s smoke, there’s… ahi kaa? Agreements made by Hauraki & Ranginui