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James Shaw must know that neither New Zealanders, nor the rest of humanity, will take the urgent and transformative action that Science now deems necessary to stave-off climate catastrophe
18th Oct 21, 9:18am
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James Shaw must know that neither New Zealanders, nor the rest of humanity, will take the urgent and transformative action that Science now deems necessary to stave-off climate catastrophe
Are the Prime Minister’s formidable communication skills equal to the task of getting her government’s anti-Covid campaign back on track?
11th Oct 21, 10:05am
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Are the Prime Minister’s formidable communication skills equal to the task of getting her government’s anti-Covid campaign back on track?
There is much more evidence of Christian faith, hope and charity in Jacinda’s 'Team of Five Million,' than there is in any number of false prophets, 'Gotcha!' journalists, and 'Let the Devil take the hindmost!' business leaders – writes Chris Trotter
4th Oct 21, 7:42am
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There is much more evidence of Christian faith, hope and charity in Jacinda’s 'Team of Five Million,' than there is in any number of false prophets, 'Gotcha!' journalists, and 'Let the Devil take the hindmost!' business leaders – writes Chris Trotter
ACT shoots up in poll at the expense of Labour and National; Seymour more popular than Collins, Luxon and Bridges combined
27th Sep 21, 6:30pm
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ACT shoots up in poll at the expense of Labour and National; Seymour more popular than Collins, Luxon and Bridges combined
It's as well John Key declined to govern New Zealand with the ham-fistedness on display in his woeful Covid opinion-piece, Chris Trotter says
27th Sep 21, 8:47am
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It's as well John Key declined to govern New Zealand with the ham-fistedness on display in his woeful Covid opinion-piece, Chris Trotter says
Jenée Tibshraeny: The Government is still trying to eliminate Covid-19, but has made the political decision to stop throwing everything at it
22nd Sep 21, 9:22am
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Jenée Tibshraeny: The Government is still trying to eliminate Covid-19, but has made the political decision to stop throwing everything at it
Economist Brian Easton reviews the policy issues that Labour is facing and the ministers undertaking them
20th Sep 21, 8:51am
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Economist Brian Easton reviews the policy issues that Labour is facing and the ministers undertaking them
Economist Brian Easton says former Minister for Treaty Negotiations Chris Finlayson is having a significant impact on Maori development
13th Sep 21, 8:52am
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Economist Brian Easton says former Minister for Treaty Negotiations Chris Finlayson is having a significant impact on Maori development
Chris Trotter argues that what Covid dissidents should be required to explain is why they refuse to be vaccinated
13th Sep 21, 7:16am
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Chris Trotter argues that what Covid dissidents should be required to explain is why they refuse to be vaccinated
New Zealanders unrepresented by the Mayor of Westland, Bruce Smith, might struggle to accept the proposition that their fellow citizens are kept alive by businesspeople rather than health professionals
30th Aug 21, 8:59am
New Zealanders unrepresented by the Mayor of Westland, Bruce Smith, might struggle to accept the proposition that their fellow citizens are kept alive by businesspeople rather than health professionals
Level 4 lockdown to be extended until at least 11:59pm on Tuesday, August 31 for Auckland and Friday, August 27 for the rest of the country; Parliament won't sit this week
23rd Aug 21, 4:27pm
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Level 4 lockdown to be extended until at least 11:59pm on Tuesday, August 31 for Auckland and Friday, August 27 for the rest of the country; Parliament won't sit this week
Thanks to Cullen’s clever alchemy, the base metals of neoliberalism could be transmuted into the glittering gold of 'modernisation'; and the grim squares of betrayal transformed into happy circles of fulfilment, Chris Trotter says
23rd Aug 21, 7:34am
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Thanks to Cullen’s clever alchemy, the base metals of neoliberalism could be transmuted into the glittering gold of 'modernisation'; and the grim squares of betrayal transformed into happy circles of fulfilment, Chris Trotter says
Former Finance Minister Michael Cullen dies after battle with lung cancer
20th Aug 21, 10:27am
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Former Finance Minister Michael Cullen dies after battle with lung cancer
Racism is always and everywhere the creation of elites, Chris Trotter argues. 'Perfect storms' are invariably unleashed upon us from above
16th Aug 21, 9:43am
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Racism is always and everywhere the creation of elites, Chris Trotter argues. 'Perfect storms' are invariably unleashed upon us from above
At either end of the Pacific Ocean, the Centre-Left is displaying a singular incomprehension of cause and effect, Chris Trotter argues
9th Aug 21, 10:12am
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At either end of the Pacific Ocean, the Centre-Left is displaying a singular incomprehension of cause and effect, Chris Trotter argues
Chris Trotter argues that while Pakeha males of a certain age have dozed in their comfortable armchairs, new social, economic & political forces have not only made it past the 'Establishment’s' front gate, they’re through the front door
2nd Aug 21, 8:22am
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Chris Trotter argues that while Pakeha males of a certain age have dozed in their comfortable armchairs, new social, economic & political forces have not only made it past the 'Establishment’s' front gate, they’re through the front door
Jenée Tibshraeny argues the Government can't ignore inequality bubbling away, with the poor to pay the price for making the wealthy wealthier
29th Jul 21, 11:33am
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Jenée Tibshraeny argues the Government can't ignore inequality bubbling away, with the poor to pay the price for making the wealthy wealthier
ACT lobbies the Government to let more people into New Zealand by reversing its yet-to-be-detailed 'immigration reset' and letting private hoteliers run managed isolation facilities
26th Jul 21, 10:25am
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ACT lobbies the Government to let more people into New Zealand by reversing its yet-to-be-detailed 'immigration reset' and letting private hoteliers run managed isolation facilities
Chris Trotter argues that National cannot regain power by simply hoping for the worst
26th Jul 21, 9:47am
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Chris Trotter argues that National cannot regain power by simply hoping for the worst
How does a commercial enterprise enforce a legal right against an ever-expanding body of human resistance, without the conflict escalating well beyond its original causes?
12th Jul 21, 9:43am
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How does a commercial enterprise enforce a legal right against an ever-expanding body of human resistance, without the conflict escalating well beyond its original causes?
Government pushes ahead with revamped $8.7 billion NZ Upgrade Programme despite officials warning of unclear costs/benefits and 'light touch' governance
9th Jul 21, 4:36pm
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Government pushes ahead with revamped $8.7 billion NZ Upgrade Programme despite officials warning of unclear costs/benefits and 'light touch' governance
Not only is it highly unlikely that the Government’s 'hate speech' proposals will change the behaviour of bigots, they may end up making them worse, Chris Trotter argues
5th Jul 21, 9:30am
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Not only is it highly unlikely that the Government’s 'hate speech' proposals will change the behaviour of bigots, they may end up making them worse, Chris Trotter argues
Chris Trotter ponders whether Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party has found the same electoral sweet-spot that kept John Key’s National Party in the mid-to-high 40s for the best part of a decade
28th Jun 21, 9:44am
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Chris Trotter ponders whether Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party has found the same electoral sweet-spot that kept John Key’s National Party in the mid-to-high 40s for the best part of a decade
Former National leader Todd Muller announces he'll retire from politics in two years' time to prioritise his health and family
23rd Jun 21, 10:53am
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Former National leader Todd Muller announces he'll retire from politics in two years' time to prioritise his health and family
Could former Trump strategist Steve Bannon’s radical right-wing doctrine of 'Traditionalism' offer conservative New Zealand a way out of its deep political funk?
21st Jun 21, 9:46am
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Could former Trump strategist Steve Bannon’s radical right-wing doctrine of 'Traditionalism' offer conservative New Zealand a way out of its deep political funk?