Society & Culture Archive

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jan Logie

    Domestic violence solutions - by Jan Logie

    You may have seen the launch of my new Member’s Bill in the media this week. I am really excited about this one as it would make a huge difference in the lives of victims of domestic violence by making sure they are protected while at work. Protected from their abuser, protected from losing their […] read more
    April 2, 2014 4:38 pm - 1 Comment
  • Kennedy Graham

    Crimea: judicial settlement v. political contestation – no contest - by Kennedy Graham

    The Crimea crisis continues to unfold.  It is perhaps the clearest example of a Cold War-style confrontation since the US invasion of the Bay of Pigs – except the roles are reversed. In 1961 the US felt strategically on the back-foot vis-à-vis the USSR.  In 2014 Russia feels on the back-foot vis-à-vis the US. Little […] read more
    March 28, 2014 2:32 pm - 4 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    All New Zealanders deserve to live in dignity – stories from the frontline of Work and Income - by Jan Logie

    Over the last week or so several very brave people have shared their experiences online of the challenges they are experiencing dealing with Work and Income. It is important to acknowledge how brave it is to share these experiences when the government has continued to characterise people requiring income support as work shy, drug taking, […] read more
    March 20, 2014 3:55 pm - 9 Comments
  • David Clendon

    A vision for Maori in tertiary education - by David Clendon

    Last Friday I was privileged to join with Maori members of the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) at NorthTec’s Te Puna o Te Matauranga Marae in Whangarei.  The purpose of the hui was to launch and celebrate Te Kaupapa Whaioranga – the Blueprint for Maori Tertiary Education. The well-attended hui included Maori educators from all around […] read more
    March 18, 2014 4:14 pm - 5 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Looking after our recent migrants - by Jan Logie

    No, I’m not talking about overriding citizenship guidelines in return for political donations. A quarter of the New Zealand workforce was born overseas. NZ has one of the highest per capita inflows of permanent migrants in the OECD and one of the highest outflows of citizens. The last figures available showed the net fiscal contribution […] read more
    March 13, 2014 6:09 pm - 1 Comment
  • Kennedy Graham

    Tipping points – Israel, Palestine, and peace - by Kennedy Graham

    Later this month US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to put a two-state peace plan on the table for Israel and Palestine. There is plenty of debate as to what he will recommend, and what of that will or will not be possible. It is clear though, that it will be difficult for […] read more
    March 13, 2014 3:33 pm - 5 Comments
  • Mojo Mathers

    ‘That’ interview - by Mojo Mathers

    As some of you will be aware there has been substantial debate over the last week around an interview that I did on a community radio show called “wheels on fire” which focuses on disability issues. The Taxpayers Union criticised my trip because they didn’t feel that it represented good value for money, but received […] read more
    March 11, 2014 10:05 am - 1 Comment
  • Holly Walker

    ‘Cracking-down’ on graduates - by Holly Walker

    Yesterday in parliament, a punitive law was passed to ‘crack down’ on overseas student loan borrowers. It increased the repayment responsibilities of graduates living overseas, and means that they can be arrested at the border for not paying back their student loan. When these changes were first announced in last years’ budget, I received an […] read more
    March 7, 2014 5:40 pm - 16 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Did SkyCity make $1.4 million out of alleged money laundering? - by Denise Roche

    The New Zealand Herald reported today that the property and bank accounts belonging to Zhi Wei Yang, an alleged Auckland P dealer, has been seized under the laws around the proceeds of crime and that over a 19-month period this gentleman had a turnover of $14 million at Auckland’s SkyCity Casino. The Herald reported that […] read more
    March 7, 2014 4:29 pm - 3 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Happy Women’s Day from the National Government - by Jan Logie

    Today is International Working Women’s Day. Along with all my colleagues I’m working hard and advocating as strongly as I can for equal pay, a society that does not support violence against women and children, and a society where all of us can participate fully. I don’t think equality and safety are too much to […] read more
    March 7, 2014 3:01 pm - No Comments
  • Mojo Mathers

    Building safe and accessible cities - by Mojo Mathers

    Last night, I spoke at the first reading of the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill. We took a strong stand on the Bill because it contains a retrograde clause that will have a negative effect on people with disabilities and their friends and family. In my speech, I talked about how my family were affected […] read more
    February 21, 2014 10:53 am - No Comments
  • Holly Walker

    Living costs not enough to live on - by Holly Walker

    Earlier this week, I asked the Tertiary Education Minister about the significant impact his cut to postgraduate student allowances could have on the future psychology workforce in New Zealand. It was prompted by research from the New Zealand Psychological Society and the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists that raised serious concerns about the effect […] read more
    February 21, 2014 10:28 am - 5 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Punishment and compassion - by David Clendon

    A line in my speech to the candidate conference last Sunday seems to have generated some interest.  I spoke “…of restoring to health the offender and those offended against, of an obligation to respect human rights even as we punish”. The Greens’ approach to justice is based on a restorative approach – as outlined in […] read more
    February 20, 2014 1:02 pm - 2 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    Student mag casualty of VSM - by Holly Walker

    As a former student magazine editor (holla Critic – Te Arohi) I am very sad to hear that MASSIVE magazine from Massey University has become a casualty of Voluntary Student Membership (VSM) after a proud heritage of 80 years. Student media plays a vital role on campuses as the critic and conscience of the university […] read more
    February 19, 2014 3:45 pm - 4 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    We can make history in 2014 - by Gareth Hughes

    ” A Green government will invest in our people, will protect our environment and will build an economy which works for everyone.” read more
    February 12, 2014 7:34 pm - 11 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Academic Freedom or Free Market? - by David Clendon

    The Minister for Tertiary Education seems determined to see our universities and wananga reduced to organisations whose purpose it is to sell a commodity called education to ‘consumers’ whose primary relationship with such organisations will be a  commercial one. The National Government today stayed true to their destructive agenda for the tertiary sector,  announcing their […] read more
    February 11, 2014 7:52 pm - 2 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    Uni tackling the wrong issues - by Holly Walker

    I was pretty amazed to hear the news that Otago Uni has become one of the major sponsors of the Otago Highlanders rugby team. Universities should be focusing on student achievement and investing in good quality public education and research, not on corporate sponsorship. The Super 15 rugby competition is a corporate competition. It’s inappropriate […] read more
    February 11, 2014 9:53 am - 13 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Peace and disarmament in a whole continent – Latin Americans lead the way, again - by Kennedy Graham

    Last week the heads of 31 South American and Caribbean nations yesterday declared a ‘zone of peace’ amongst their countries, at the annual CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) meeting in Havana, Cuba. The zone of peace (in short) is based on a number of principles: -          Maintain respect for international law -          […] read more
    February 10, 2014 9:51 am - 1 Comment
  • Jan Logie

    NZ and refugees – Syria and Australia - by Jan Logie

    Syria Today the government announced they will be accepting 100 Syrian refugees over 2 years out of the existing 750 pa quota plus or minus 10%. This is good news. New Zealand was standing out as the only anglo speaking country not to offer refuge to Syrian refugees. In September the UNHCR announced NZ would […] read more
    February 5, 2014 12:48 pm - 2 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Political decisions and domestic violence - by Jan Logie

    The 2014 election offers New Zealanders the opportunity to make history by electing the first strong green genuinely progressive government in more than a generation. The next wave of progressive change that is sweeping the world is green. The green revolution is transforming the way we live on planet earth as we learn to live […] read more
    February 3, 2014 11:15 am - 1 Comment
  • Jan Logie

    Keeping the pressure on Russia - by Jan Logie

    I found it surprisingly emotional when I read out a motion yesterday in Parliament expressing support for our athletes heading to Sochi and especially the gay and lesbian community in Russia. It makes me very proud that all parties in our Parliament backed this message of support for a community that has been taking hit […] read more
    January 31, 2014 11:10 am - 1 Comment
  • David Clendon

    The Greens are the Bogeymen! - by David Clendon

    Yesterday’s editorial in the Northern Advocate offers some intriguing observations about the launch of the political (ie. election) year. read more
    January 29, 2014 10:10 pm - 37 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Swimming on the Wellington waterfront - by Eugenie Sage

    Wellington’s waterfront dive platform is an inspired piece of inner-city architecture that draws huge crowds on a hot day. Where else in the world can brave jumpers thrill onlookers in the middle of a city? The big problem – and this is quite a basic one – is that the harbour water below is highly […] read more
    January 29, 2014 10:15 am - 2 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    New Zealand’s Human Rights Record under the microscope - by Jan Logie

    New Zealand’s Human Rights Record is being reviewed tonight by the United Nations Human Rights Council. NGOs and the Human Rights Commission and UNHCR have made 248 recommendations on a wide range of topics. Some of the areas of most concern have been the weakness of our current human rights framework, the undermining of employment […] read more
    January 27, 2014 5:28 pm - 3 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Summer campaigning - by Gareth Hughes

    Happy New Year, hope you are having a fantastic summer. For the last two weeks I’ve been on the road campaigning to stop risky deep sea oil drilling and promote clean energy. Over summer I’ve been running the ‘Anadarko: wish you weren’t here’ campaign on our beaches to send a message to Anadarko they can […] read more
    January 21, 2014 5:34 pm - 8 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Domestic violence and protection orders – updated. - by Jan Logie

    At the end of last year I spoke at a rally in remembrance of two migrant women who were murdered in Wellington while having protection orders in place. While standing in front of the crowd I was recalling all the similar rallies I had been to over the years remembering all the women and children […] read more
    January 17, 2014 2:32 pm - 6 Comments
  • David Clendon

    ‘Monitoring Places of Detention’ – a Wake-up call for NZers. - by David Clendon

    A report released this month has provided evidence supporting the view that we still have a lot of work to do to make our prisons decent, humane, and likely to release people back into society in better shape then when they went in. New Zealand is a signatory to the ‘Optional Protocol to the Convention […] read more
    December 18, 2013 3:57 pm - 3 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    A Mandela Moment - by Catherine Delahunty

    Last night was pretty special. After 32 years, some of us returned to the streets and the field of battle at the former Rugby Park – now Waikato Stadium – to pay respects to Nelson Mandela and to the campaign against apartheid. It was a balmy soft and relaxed evening, with a nearly full moon […] read more
    December 16, 2013 4:43 pm - 9 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    My 2013 Best Efforts from a Biased Participant - by Catherine Delahunty

    Tired of the conventional list of dubious political achievements? Join me in constructing your own from an openly biased rather than faux-neutral list of successes. 1, Big ups to Jan Logie and Lee Rhiannon (Aussie Green MP) for confronting the Sri Lankan Government on human rights the week before CHOGM in Sri Lanka! 2. Congratulations […] read more
    December 16, 2013 11:02 am - 4 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Support for Convention Refugees - by Jan Logie

    Yesterday Changemakers Refugee Forum released a report highlighting the denial of support to convention refugees. I am stoked they’ve done this. They’ve explained the issue in a way that is so easy to understand and makes the injustice and nonsense of it so clear. Almost all refugees start out as asylum seekers, but some find […] read more
    December 11, 2013 4:11 pm - 1 Comment
  • Denise Roche

    Casino Laundromat - by Denise Roche

    Just for the record, I’m not opposed to gambling. Like most of us I have the occasional flutter. What I am opposed to is the harm caused by gambling and the deliberate strategies employed by the gambling sector to hoover as much cash as possible into their machines with no thought of where the millions […] read more
    December 11, 2013 1:59 pm - 1 Comment
  • Metiria Turei

    Grandmas Shoes: Poverty, Headology and Deep Freedom - by Metiria Turei

    This talk was delivered by Metiria at the TEDxhomeBushRdWomen event in Wellington, 7 December 2013. I had an eclectic, sometimes impoverished childhood. We moved house a lot.  But when I was about 3 my family lived in a big old house called Hillcrest flats. Out the back was a garden and a long row of […] read more
    December 7, 2013 5:37 pm - 2 Comments