• Gareth Hughes

    Have your say on what Internet rights should look like - by Gareth Hughes



    Today I launched my Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill – NZ’s first ever bill crowdsourced by a political party. The launch happened live on Reddit, and I was joined in my office Joy Liddicoat (former Human Rights Commissioner and present champion for online rights) and with the media watching on. What I launched today was […] read more
    April 23, 2014 4:28 pm - No Comments
  • David Clendon

    Time running out to save uni councils - by David Clendon



    There’s only a week left to have your say on the Government’s changes to university and wānanga councils. Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce has put forward dramatic changes to the way uni and wānanga councils are made up – removing the student, staff and community reps, cutting the total number of members, and, as a […] read more
    April 23, 2014 2:47 pm - No Comments
  • Russel Norman

    Green bonds set to help finance green economy - by Russel Norman



    Twenty-five of the world’s largest banks – including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi, JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, and Morgan Stanley – recently released the governance framework for a green bond market which is seeing billions of dollars flow into green economic opportunities around the world. While there are still some concerns with […] read more
    April 22, 2014 12:53 pm - 2 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Drones in Yemen; policy in Wellington – ‘conflation’ or global thinking? - by Kennedy Graham



    The news on Wednesday that one of the people killed in a US drone strike over Yemen last year was a New Zealander came as sobering news. The question of how to deal with international conflict in the 21st century, including the global terrorism, is fraught and arouses passions.  It evokes complex legal, moral and […] read more
    April 20, 2014 12:19 pm - 7 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Can fracking save the climate? - by Gareth Hughes



    Blogging is a great way MPs can communicate and engage with citizens about the issues facing us. I have joined The Daily Blog blogging team and have so far posted on Anadarko’s failure to find oil and a piece outlining my political vision in the lead up to Septembers Election. My latest Daily Blog looks at comments around fracking and climate change: read more
    April 17, 2014 1:16 pm - 29 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    Another perspective on the postgraduate allowance cuts - by Holly Walker



    I have already shared two stories from psychology students about how the postgraduate allowance cuts have affected them. These stories demonstrate the widespread impact the changes are having. Here is yet another story I have received, this one giving the perspective of someone who is a single parent as well as a postgraduate student. I’m […] read more
    April 17, 2014 12:16 pm - 1 Comment
  • Kennedy Graham

    “Stick to your knitting”…Gratuitous insult from Minister Groser to NZ scientists - by Kennedy Graham



    Climate Minister Groser continues to insult the New Zealand people – this time through our leading scientists. On Monday the IPCC released Working Group III’s section of its 5th Assessment Report.  Building on Group I (science) and II (impact), this one addresses strategy (see my blog-post of 15 April). In a possibly unprecedented action, leading […] read more
    April 16, 2014 2:25 pm - 8 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Images of women and mother blaming - by Jan Logie



    There have been a few stories in the media about New Zealand women and obesity and body image, some referenced in this editorial from the Herald on Sunday. This article blames mothers for teaching girls to put on lip gloss. I think there is a wider context to the issue and I don’t think alternative […] read more
    April 15, 2014 10:00 am - 2 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    IPCC 5th Assessment Report – exposing NZ on climate policy - by Kennedy Graham



    The IPCC’s 3rd Working Group has just released the final section of its 5th Assessment Report.  Following WGI report on the science and WGII on impact, this one focuses on a response strategy. The Report recalls that annual global emissions were 38 Gt. (billion tonnes) in 1990 and 49 Gt. in 2010.  Some 40% of […] read more
    April 15, 2014 8:15 am - 18 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Growing inequality - by Jan Logie



    The gap between rich and poor is growing in New Zealand and so too are other sorts of inequality. Today the University of Canterbury put out a media release raising concerns about the decline in the number of women on NZX Top 100 boards. In 2012, 14.9 percent of those positions were filled by women […] read more
    April 14, 2014 2:36 pm - 3 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Devaluing Science - by David Clendon



    A recent article by Jacqueline Rowarth, Professor of Agribusiness at Waikato University, gives a very good summary of this government’s muddled thinking (my words, not hers!) about the value of  science and scientists. On one hand we have  Minister Joyce trumpeting the importance of science, and attempting to wield some very blunt instruments to ‘encourage’ […] read more
    April 14, 2014 10:41 am - 5 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    Revealing the negative impacts of postgraduate student allowance cuts, part 2 - by Holly Walker



    Following my post last week of a psychology student’s account about how the changes to postgraduate allowances have affected them, I have received more stories from affected students that I feel compelled to share. Here is another one of many: I am in the last 6 months of my unpaid internship and receive $173.56 per week from […] read more
    April 10, 2014 1:10 pm - 2 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Govt should go back to school on apprenticeships - by David Clendon



    Last night parliament debated the Industry Training and Apprenticeships Bill – a Government bill that makes changes to apprenticeships and Industry Training Organisations (ITOs), based on the findings of a recent review into industry training in New Zealand. We originally supported this bill, because of some of the tidy-ups it was making to the sector […] read more
    April 9, 2014 5:33 pm - No Comments
  • Holly Walker

    $9700 per property WOF cost for landlords? Yeah, nah. - by Holly Walker



    Yesterday a random press release from an outfit called the NZ Centre for Political Research came across my desk, claiming that a Warrant of Fitness on all rental houses could cost landlords up to $9,700 per property. Run for the hills landlords! Proper, costed, evidence-based research shows a rental WOF will cost you nearly $10K […] read more
    April 9, 2014 9:48 am - 8 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    The arbitrary detention of refugees, asylum seekers and irregular migrants in NZ - by Jan Logie



    These are the comments made by the visiting United Nations Working Group On Arbitrary Detention relating to the detention of refugees, asylum seekers and irregular migrants.  As I haven’t heard much coverage of this issue I am just going to relay them without editing: “New Zealand was one of the first States to accede to […] read more
    April 8, 2014 9:47 pm - No Comments
  • David Clendon

    Chance to have a say on important education changes - by David Clendon



    Public submissions are now open on the Government’s changes to the Education Act. The bill makes a number of changes to the compulsory and tertiary education sectors. Most notably, this bill is the vehicle for Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce to take control of University and Wānanga councils. The Government is removing the democratically elected […] read more
    April 8, 2014 5:04 pm - No Comments
  • Holly Walker

    The consequences of reviewable tenancies - by Holly Walker



    I was pleased to see the impacts of the Social Housing Reform Act being discussed in a Dominion Post op-ed on Thursday by Elinor Chisholm and Philippa Howden-Chapman from the He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme at Otago University. The Social Housing Reform Act has introduced reviewable tenancies to all state tenants. Chisholm and […] read more
    April 8, 2014 10:15 am - 4 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Solomon Islands flash floods - by Jan Logie



    The latest reports after the flash floods in the Solomon Islands are that 21 people have died and an estimated 12,000 people are in an evacuation centre and another 40,000 homeless on top of this. We know the Pacific region is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters with its mix of low lying atolls, and mountainous […] read more
    April 7, 2014 4:13 pm - No Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Small acts of kindness make a big difference for Christchurch - by Eugenie Sage



    As the leaves start to change colour, and the mornings get a little cooler, it’s a good time to take note of our mental well-being. Recently, consultant psychologist Rob Gordon visited Christchurch to speak about the impact of stress and disruption on recovery. Rob talked about how four years on, we all need to look […] read more
    April 4, 2014 3:24 pm - 1 Comment
  • Kennedy Graham

    Permitted musings on climate change - by Kennedy Graham



    My blog-post of yesterday on the spiritual-philosophical dimension of climate change evoked a particular response, pretty much uniformly positive.  Today I allow myself even freer reign.  Next week I shall revert to the normal practicalities of daily politics. In yesterday’s comment I recalled the yearning of some official delegations in the IPCC process to evoke […] read more
    April 4, 2014 10:54 am - 33 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    Mum in the House: an inevitable decision? - by Holly Walker



    We have made a big decision in our household this week: Dave has extended his parental leave until after the election. Our original plan was to have three months’ parental leave each and for Dave to go back to work part time at the end of April, when Esther would be six months old. I […] read more
    April 4, 2014 9:15 am - 1 Comment
  • Steffan Browning

    Climate change report should signal change in forestry species and management - by Steffan Browning



    This week saw the release of the IPCC report pointing to significant trends in climatic effects on New Zealand farming and forestry. One trend was that climate change is expected to increase the number of days with very high and extreme fire weather. This has equally severe implications for forestry as we know it in […] read more
    April 3, 2014 12:52 pm - 4 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Earth’s climate … and the matter of the human spirit - by Kennedy Graham



    There is something surreal to the climate epic that is beginning to define the fate of the planet – and the human species with it. This was portrayed last week in the muted diplomatic exchanges that echoed along the corridors in Yokohama, marking the adoption of the IPCC’s Working Group II’s 5th Assessment Report on […] read more
    April 3, 2014 12:31 pm - 7 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    Students reveal the negative impacts postgraduate cuts are having - by Holly Walker



    Last month I posted about the damaging impact the cuts to postgraduate student allowances could have on the future psychology workforce in New Zealand. Steven Joyce, the Minister for Tertiary Education, claims this is not an issue because students can borrow living costs and therefore don’t need an allowance. However, this does not tally with what […] read more
    April 3, 2014 11:01 am - 1 Comment
  • David Clendon

    University of Canterbury critical to the future of Christchurch - by David Clendon



    While visiting Christchurch this week, I spent time catching up on how the rebuild is going for the University of Canterbury, and what the future looks like for this vital institution, its students and staff. It’s not that we forget how devastating the earthquakes have been for this region, but it has been striking how […] read more
    April 3, 2014 9:28 am - 1 Comment