Jacinda Ardern, equity and equality

Jacinda Ardern

I found myself a little miffed yesterday as I continued to read glowing reports on New Zealand’s new Prime Minister. Mostly about how she is a woman. The problem is that I don’t care if she is a woman. The Prime Minister is the Prime Minister. I expect them to do the best job they …

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$20 Billion investment in the New Zealand Defence Force

Suicide

In July of 2016 the Minister of Defence Gerry Brownlee released a defence white paper outlining future spending. Part of this spending was a $20 Billion investment over 10 years in the New Zealand Defence Force. How bizarre. We live in a country where the chances of being attacked are negligible. To quote the same white …

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The High Court judgement and the Kitteridge Report

Legal/Illegal

News came out today that the surveillance on Kim Dotcom has been ruled illegal by the High Court. There are a couple of points of interest in this. One is that the decision was made in December of 2016 and has been delayed until now. This is sparking speculation that the decision was the cause …

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Public holidays and the Separation of Church and State

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In 2017 there are 11 public holidays, 4 of which could be considered religious holidays. These are, Friday 14 April — Good Friday Monday 17 April — Easter Monday Monday 25 December — Christmas Day Tuesday 26 December — Boxing Day This has always struck me as rather strange and unfair. I have always considered …

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Metiria Turei and state surveillance

John Key

Let them who are without sin cast the first stone….. Over the past month I think we have been shown a great example of why state surveillance is a bad idea. On the 16 of July Metiria Turei revealed she had lied to stop her benefit being cut while raising her daughter. This led to a media …

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