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Two new Partnership Schools to open

We received the following press release from Act this afternoon. Clearly, the Maori community sees a lot of value in Partnership schools as both new schools are targeting Maori students.Politically the more Maori see their children getting a better deal, the more marginalised Labour’s “solutions” will become. In some electorates the extended families vote alone could be devastating for Labour who will run with a policy of closing the one positive thing in their family’s life.

Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education David Seymour today announced that two new Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua will open in 2017.

“The new sponsors submitted strong applications and we look forward to seeing this reflected in the learning outcomes of their students,” says Mr Seymour.

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Defacing election hoardings. It’s that time of year again

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As seen on the north shore of Auckland.

Not “shore” why that man is getting all the attention, but it appears to come from both extremes:  Read more »

Trotter is quite the spotter: not a single mention of Unions in Future of Work speech

WHAT SHOULD WE MAKE of the fact that Grant Robertson’s speech to Labour’s second “Future of Work” conference contains no reference to trade unions? Or that, in the entire 3,431-word text of the speech the word “union” appears only once? In a list of the groups involved in the “Commission External Reference Group” of Robertson’s Future of Work project. In addition to business people, academics and community representatives, Robertson admits to “union leaders” also being consulted.

That admission raises some pretty thorny problems of its own. If “union leaders” have indeed been involved in this flagship Labour Party exercise, then what do they make of Robertson’s very clear implication that their organisations, Labour’s founding fathers, will have no role to play in the future of work in New Zealand?

Robertson subtitled his speech “Building Wealth from the Ground Up”. Any common sense reading of that title would predict a fulsome measure of worker participation in the exercise, which, to be effective, would have to involve the organisations dedicated to defining and articulating workers’ interests – the trade unions.

But, if that is what Robertson and the union leaders advising him intend, then the absence of the slightest reference to organised labour helping to build New Zealand’s future wealth becomes even more puzzling. Either, New Zealand’s leading unionists all anticipate being made redundant in the near future; or, they do indeed see themselves playing a leading economic role, but have agreed, along with the party, to say nothing about it until Labour’s safely re-elected.

There is another answer.  Robertson simply isn’t a union darling.  The very reason he’s the twice if not thrice loser of a tilt at the party leadership is due to is lack of union support.

And perhaps, Robertson can see why:  unions are on the way out and have no constructive place in a Future of Work.  Read more »

Dotcom setting himself up for an “unable to have a fair trial” appeal

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Dotcom reaching out to his many fans

I’m not fan of Kim Dotcom. He’s a poor ambassador for the important debates we need to have around new media and copyright.

But I do take my hat off to him for his live-streaming jape.

The live-stream from his extradition appeal in the High Court will earn publicity, which of course he loves. But I think there’s some alley-cat cunning in play here, too.

To quickly re-cap: Dotcom’s lawyer made a last-minute request to video proceedings with a feed to YouTube.

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BREAKING: Dirty Politics lynch pin and most hated man in New Zealand Cameron Slater’s rubbish bin taken

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The wheelie bin is gone.  Including its contents.

The other ones from the neighbours are all there.  Still full.

This could just be one of life’s random moments.  And then again, it might not.  He is, after all, Cameron Slater.

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Banal tweet of the Day

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Which one is the most harmful, tobacco, marijuana or alcohol?

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We asked Whaleoil readers whether tobacco, marijuana or alcohol was the most harmful to society overall. Alcohol was the hands down winner at 73%

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