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Public inquiry into homelessness

Media release from Labour, the Green Party and the Māori Party

Public invited to have say on homelessness

People who are homeless, those who were once homeless, those working with the homeless and concerned New Zealanders are being asked to share their experiences and solutions to this growing issue with the Cross-Party Homelessness Inquiry. 366 more words


Evidence of outcomes on Whānau Ora

Parliament can often be seen as a morass of mundicity punctuated by gross grandstanding and bursts of bull.

But occasionally it can be entertaining. Like question 11 on Thursday. 1,755 more words


"Abuse the hell out of them!"

Clare Trevett suggests that Labour should Be careful what you wish for

After five years as the Invisible Man’s doppelganger, Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene has finally broken out.

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Maori Party quietly working on housing

The Maori Party MPs generally go about their work quietly without attention seeking and over egging of stories like some other MPs and parties.

While supporting a National led coalition government the Maori party MPs more often than not vote against National in Parliament. 508 more words


MMP votes in middle

If getting attention was the goal of Labour and the Green Party with their memorandum of understanding they’ve succeeded.

However, attention doesn’t necessarily translate into votes and this strategy could well lose more votes than it gains. 350 more words


Cigarette Tax and Plain Packaging could be "hit and miss"

Taxes on cigarettes in New Zealand will likely increase, with a rise in price of around $10 per year.

Cigarette packaging will now be plain, with boxes and packets set to feature more health warnings and remove all advertising. 288 more words


serious time

I have been working a lot lately – more than usual. My blog has certainly suffered for it too, although there’s lots of reasons for that other than work. 846 more words