A living wage – not at crazy as the right says

I’ve just seen a very backward and unusual article that Rodney Hide has written for the New Zealand Herald. It talks of the left’s “latest cause” for a “living wage”. Personally, I disagree with both the left’s “let’s raise the minimum wage” stance on a living wage, and the right’s “the market doesn’t agree so neither do we” stance. But more on that later. Read the rest of this entry

“Gambling” and “Problem Gambling” are NOT Synonyms

You know what really gets me? When people talk about gambling as if it’s mere existence destroys the fibre of society. With the SkyCity Convention Centre deal being okayed by the Auditor-General, there’s a bunch of comments going around Facebook. Read the rest of this entry

Auckland does NOT have a land supply shortage!

In today’s state of the nation speech, John Key talked about housing affordability. Specifically, he singled out a favourite whipping boy of the right – local councils – for allegedly failing to open up enough greenfield land for development. Specifically, he was implying that Auckland Council needs to open up more greenfield land and get over its compact city fetish.

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2012 in review

Every year, WordPress.com gives you a “year in review”. Here’s the Politicalisation one for 2012.

Thanks for reading this year. Hopefully we can find more time to write here in 2013 (though, I do doubt it).

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Tunnel Vision (Or, why does National hate cities?)

This week, Auckland Council released the City Centre Future Access Study (CCFAS). This report was an exercise instigated by Steven Joyce in the wake of last year’s standoff between the Council and the government regarding the City Rail Link (CRL). The CCFAS was commissioned to establish the most viable option for tackling transport issues in central Auckland, and it concluded the CRL was the most viable option. This did not stop Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee swiftly pouring cold water on the report with a press release which concluded that “this valiant attempt to make the CRL stack up struggles to make the case”. Read the rest of this entry