Posts by Rosemary McDonald

  • Access: Part 5: The tide will turn if…,

    And from our cousins over the ditch...Down syndrome woman denied right to vote.

    You'd really need to read entire to grasp the big picture.

    Irony alert!!

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1283 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Day After Tomorrow, in reply to Russell Brown,

    and I also think this is worse

    I hadn't seen that. Tai hoa? I'm guilty of doing the angry/ranty thing myself...but I've no aspirations to lead a much needed political party.

    The other thing thing Fox said the other day that confirmed what I'd been hearing from some tangata whenua in the Far North...that the MP seems to represent folk at the...better heeled end of the spectrum. Like the Treaty settlements...there's not a lot of trickle down to the plebs in the iwi.

    Asked about CGT ...but not on the family home....Fox emphatically said NO, because its not fair on those who have rental properties to supplement their Super.

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  • Hard News: The Day After Tomorrow, in reply to linger,

    One could also frame it as sheer disbelief that many Māori electorate voters don’t after all have the same degree of rabid self-interest and mad tactical voting skillz

    I think it went deeper than that. Yes, there was an initial enthusiasm for the MP and a buy into the ‘we’ll get nowhere unless we’re on the Government benches’, but after the first two terms the gloss had gone.

    I have a personal beef with the MP over the PHDAct amendment and the (feigned?) ignorance from both Turia and Flavell when they were challenged about their willingness to remove the rights of another group of Kiwis to approach the Human Rights Commission and the Courts for clarification of their rights. But there’s more to this.

    Apart from, as Tom Semmens points out, the failure of the Maori Party to protect the interests of Maori in the present….the entrance of Marama Fox into the fray created some serous frustration and with some, actual offense.

    It was this….

    Youtube clip of Fox and Flavell singing' Santa Baby' in the house ....deleted as it didn't appear to load proper...

    ….that did it for some.

    Singing fucking songs while working Maori sleep in cars.

    Reminiscent of the colonist attitude that Maori will be be happy if you give them a tune.

    Total mis read.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1283 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Day After Tomorrow,

    ...Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox, who has again demonstrated what an extraordinary politician she is.

    I was wondering Russell if you still hold this opinion after Marama Fox's rather despicable attack on her electorate the other night.

    She has backed off a tad, but I find it unbelievable that she read the mood of the people so wrong.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1283 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Part 5: The tide will turn if…, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Mother too tired to fight.

    This I get.

    Perhaps one of those instances where a call or an email to a disability friendly journalist might be appropriate?

    If only to put it out there to see if others have been treated this way.

    Incidentally, from what I understand, the only prerequisite for working at the Polling Booths is eyesight good enough to read the tiny, tiny print on the Electoral Roll.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1283 posts Report Reply

  • Envirologue: Swamp Monsters – the…,

    And now, on Natrad, Pictures!!!!

    Clearly showing damage done by a digger….

    OTOH, could be the exit hole of an Alien….

    I have followed this closely through msm, and so far there I’ve seen about seven different accounts from ‘locals’ and ‘experts’.

    Most interesting were the ones from the first few days, a couple of which appear to have disappeared into cyber oblvion.

    Funny that.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1283 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Day After Tomorrow, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    congregate under the eves of the Henderson library to access the free wifi

    Go the Aotearoa People's Network!!!!

    Not only we indigenous Bus travelers 'freeload' at the beautiful Te Ahu Centre in Kaitaia, but the 'wee van' overseas tourists also partake. Absolutely awesome facility, and I am forever grateful...not only for the APNK access but the desks and tables and chairs and even (free) power points, strategically placed. I'll be sharing a large table with a couple of Czechs, an elderly cocky from up in the backblocks and local young people doing on line study.

    Its all so...friendly, and kind of...communal.

    Can't for the life of me figure out why a National voter would object....

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  • Hard News: The Day After Tomorrow,

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  • Access: Disabled floater voters Part 4:…,

    Has DPA NZ forgotten the Part 4 amendment to the Public Health and Disability Act 2013?

    And the Maori Party's support of it?

    Oh, that's right...DPA NZ actually provided support against allowing non-ACC disabled people being able to choose who provided the care they had been assessed as needing.

    National here is an improvement on the previous Labour government’s “review of long term supports”

    In which universe, exactly?

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1283 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Day After Tomorrow,

    As someone who had to be dragged kicking and screaming to change the habit of a lifetime and actually engage with and vote in this election, I am quite frankly shocked at the cornered feral cat response from the incumbents at the merest hint that there might be a Labour/Green government and a real possibility that the train of neoliberalism might just be derailed.

    I sometimes feel that I'm living in some sort of a bubble...or an echo chamber..as nearly all of the people around me see that there absolutely needs to be change.

    Yet, it appears we are in the minority.

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