Kevin Hague
A table for one?

After yesterday’s blog post about the lack of response from the Minister of Health to my written questions it was a nice surprise this morning to see my inbox brimming with responses. Well, sort of. These responses would be funny if they weren’t so sad. The first thing you need to know in order to […]

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Kevin Hague
Family First gets it wrong on sexuality education also

New Zealand religious right organisation Family First has endeared itself to many with its refreshingly zany approach to evidence when constructing its arguments. Over several issues recently New Zealanders have become familiar with: opinion polls that are more or less useless because of their biased questions essentially moral conservative and religious arguments made to look […]

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Kevin Hague
Marriage Equality: Difference of world views

The debate over Louisa Wall’s marriage equality bill has been raging for almost a year now, and I have received thousands of emails and letters, as well as having read many thousands of submissions during the Select Committee process I thought the contrast between those in favour and those opposed was striking, and have blogged […]

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Kevin Hague
Police move to protect cyclists

In 2011, I discovered that the Police were failing in their duty of care to cyclists when it came to policing bicycle safety. The Police weren’t keeping any meaningful records on bicycle accidents reported by the public on their Community Roadwatch site. Now that’s changed: This small addition will make the world of difference to […]

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NZ Green Party
Carbon offsets – keeping it real!

Simon Johnson is a conservationist, tramper, accountant, former DoC worker and resource management consultant. Simon also blogs periodically at Hot-Topic.co.nz. In this guest post he writes about carbon offsetting from the point of view of a carbon forest. I am one of the trustees of a small 47-hectare carbon forest sink and native re-vegetation project […]

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Kevin Hague
3 way voting on alcohol purchase age more democratic

In the wake of the parliamentary vote on alcohol purchase age there are some people (the ones I have seen are people who favoured 20) who are suggesting that the voting procedure used led to a perverse outcome. I disagree completely. This is not a post about the merits or otherwise of the various options, […]

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Kevin Hague
Me and Marriage Equality

So here’s a sample of the kind of thing MPs are receiving in our inboxes: EXACTLY WHAT ARE GAYS #4 WHO SAYS WE NEED ‘OFFICIAL MARRIAGE’ FOR INSECURE HOMOSEXUALS? WHAT’S WRONG WITH CIVIL UNION? OR FOR EXTREME INSECURITY, MAYBE CASTRATION COULD RELIEVE THEIR ANXIETY (IT DID FOR MY DOG) (BE LIKE GENETIC ENGINEERING TOO). OR […]

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Kevin Hague
Catholic Bishops over-reach on marriage equality

It’s not a surprise that the NZ Catholic Bishops have chosen to oppose Louisa Wall’s Bill for marriage equality. After all, they opposed Homosexual Law Reform, they opposed human rights protection on the grounds of sexual orientation and they opposed Civil Unions. I’m beginning to sense a theme. The Catholic Bishops Pastoral Letter  is addressed […]

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Kevin Hague
Palliative care vs assisted dying: A false dichotomy

A necessary survival skill in this place is to be able to manage big differences of views on a daily basis, without becoming damaged by it. I’m usually quite good at it. I’m also a very big supporter of cross-Party approaches and working groups, and work hard to try to maintain good relationships right across […]

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Kevin Hague
Marriage Equality – idea whose time has come

Marriage equality is about basic fairness. It is a pretty basic principle of law that discrimination that disadvantages a particular group based on irrelevant criteria is unacceptable, particularly when it is practised by the State. Louisa Wall’s bill to redefine marriage to exclude discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is about eliminating exactly […]

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Kevin Hague
ACC: what we really need to ask

There’s nothing quite like a ministerial resignation to send political insiders and journalists into a frenzy. There are big issues arising from Nick Smith’s interference in Bronwyn Pullar’s ACC claim. Such as: Are the four letters that Nick Smith wrote concerning Ms Pullar’s claim the extent of his interference in her claim, or is there […]

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Kevin Hague
Fat, fate and disease – giving up on a generation?

I’ve just seen Andrea Vance’s Dompost piece concerning planned changes to the types of nutrition programmes to be funded by the Ministry of Health. This follows the publication of Professor Peter Gluckman and Professor Mark Hanson’s new book Fat, Fate and Disease: Why exercise and diet are not enough. I’ve just dashed out and picked […]

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Kevin Hague
It’s official: Bicycling can save your life

The highly esteemed British Medical Journal has found, after an extensive study, that cycling literally saves lives. The research looked at the differences in health benefits of using a bicycle sharing scheme run in Barcelona compared with travel by a car in an urban environment. The results were clear: public bicycle sharing schemes can improve […]

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