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“I am very very surprised and disappointed” – Colin Craig (Williams v Craig media round up)

Cam Slater gives a rare interview to the media.  NZ Herald bummed this off the side of One News and stuck it on Facebook, so we bummed of Facebook to put it here.  #newmedia

(Not 6 million households, but 1.6 million households)

John Stringer sent out this press released after the verdict:   Read more »

Have a say in the way parliament works – David Carter wants you to

Speaker David Carter has invited the public to have a say in the way parliament works.

He’s in charge of the annual review of standing orders – the rules covering debating chamber procedure.

There are no terms of reference for the review by the cross-party Standing Orders Committee, which Mr Carter chairs.

“The committee welcomes any suggestions about how to improve parliament, which exists to represent New Zealanders,” he said.

“Public submissions are now open for you to propose ideas for enhancing the effectiveness of parliament.”

Submissions can be made until November 25, details are on parliament’s website.

Changes made by previous reviews include:

  • Allowing foreign leaders to address parliament

Before you kill yourself, consider there is dignity in suffering

Lecretia would agree with John Roughan, who said last weekend, “there is in fact dignity in living with pain and incapacity and we should not take it away”. But she distinguished between living and dying, and she would have also said that the dignity of dying with pain and incapacity is subjective. She would never presume to question those who value redemptive suffering until death, but she, like many others, did not.

In December, Roughan accused me of being dishonest about my wife’s death because I hadn’t immediately shared the depth of her suffering in a tribute I wrote shortly after she died, ignoring the possibility that perhaps, as a grieving husband who had just lost his wife, I wasn’t willing to share those details publicly and have the media argue whether she’d suffered enough.

He also suggested that Lecretia could have been palliatively sedated, despite Lecretia being quite clear in her affidavits that that was not what she wanted. Perhaps Roughan could accept that all I want for my wife was what she wanted for herself and others: to have her autonomy respected and to not to be judged by others for it.

Both Roughan and Jansen argue against legalising assisted dying because of the risk of a “slippery slope”, claiming that if moderate legislative change is made then more extreme change will surely follow. It is demonstrably fallacious. When same sex marriage was proposed, opponents protested that it would lead to legalisation of group marriage, bestiality and worse. None of those things have eventuated.

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The inconvenient truth about US Marijuana legalisations


November 2012 voters in the states of Colorado and Washington approved ballot initiatives that legalized marijuana for recreational use. Two years later, Alaska and Oregon followed suit. As many as 11 other states may consider similar measures in November 2016, through either ballot initiative or legislative action. Read more »

Guest post: Losi Filipo


I’m sure you’ve been keeping an eye on this Losi Filipo case.

Like most people, I was ready to lynch the kid on Monday. However…. the more I look at things and talk to people, the more some things don’t add up

There are two significant ‘issues’ with Mr Morgan’s story. Firstly – he was never in line for a Wellington contract. He was a middling club player and definitely no star. He also played No8 or blindside flanker, and there’s no shortage of them in Wellington. Tellingly he was never previously part of any grade side Read more »

Mental Health Break