Posts by Hilary Stace

  • Hard News: The climate changed,

    I just went to a seminar at Victoria University in which the speakers Jonathan Boston and Judy Lawrence considered how to legislate and pay for the amelioration of climate change. It is expensive to rehouse people and build new infrastructure. Do we want an EQC or ACC model or something else? Here is their paper.
    http://igps.victoria.ac.nz/publications/WP/WP17-05-Climate-change-adaptation.pdf

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  • Legal Beagle: Election 2017: the Special…, in reply to Stephen R,

    The Labour candidate and new MP is Paul Eagle who was the deputy mayor. He was a very popular Labour city councillor. But Annette King did work hard at securing the electorate as a Labour one. As has Grant Robertson in Wellington Central who won the party vote for the first time in several years.

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  • Legal Beagle: Election 2017: the Special…, in reply to Dennis Frank,

    Not all historical wrongs. He has been one of strongest forces against inquiry into historic abuse of children in state care.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: The selling of…, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    The swing towards Labour was one of the biggest in NZ political history - 14% in some electorates - but we didn't hear much about that from the analysts because they didn't win.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: The selling of…,

    I have never seen so much blatant lying in a New Zealand election. Nor such lack of accountability for the liars. So the message is that lying and deceit wins. This behaviour also turns tentative or new voters off participation in the election as it reinforces stereotypes of politicians as liars. Nicky Hager has written about this two track dirty politics trick to undermine democracy. NZ just fell for it.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: The selling of…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Hutt South was a hard seat for Labour to win after the latest boundary changes. Ginny Andersen ran a great campaign and she could win it next time. I heard different things to you about what was happening on the ground. So I was not surprised that the hijacker of the Hutt Chamber of Commerce's Twitter account, which supported Chris Bishop and attacked Jacinda, turned out to be friend of his.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: The selling of…, in reply to mpledger,

    Thank you Mrs Pledger. I should no longer be surprised at the lack of self-reflection or understanding of those not like them, by many on the political right. Eugenics is about the 'fit' and the 'unfit'. It is also about power and oppression and who gets to hand out those labels and who gets given them. That runners ad is such a good visual representation of these assumptions.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: The selling of…, in reply to Glenn Jameson,

    The runners ad was an obvious representation of Social Darwinism. A monochromatic group of the 'fit' run past and knock over a group of diverse and multi-coloured people who are tied up and thus disabled by society. The fit (or privileged) run on, the disabled (the 'other') fall over and are left behind.

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  • Legal Beagle: Election 2017: the Special…, in reply to Emma Hart,

    I wonder if this is also because the local Labour electorate MP is often known for doing a good job helping constituents. For example, Grant Robertson has a busy central Wellington office with very helpful staff and it is also easy to get an appointment to see him if you want to. There have been local list MPs who have had electorate offices in this area but their offices never seemed very busy. My friend who lives in an area with a National MP says you can see the MP's secretary if you make an appointment but it is impossible to see the MP himself.

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

    Just heard from a friend whose non-verbal adult daughter was not allowed to vote because she couldn't say her name.Mother too tired to fight. She has voted until now. The Easyvote card used to be sufficient.

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