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Massey university compromises free speech

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 2:54 pm | Don Franks

Former National leader Don Brash, invited to address a Massey university student club, was stopped by vice-chancellor Jan Thomas. More >>

University name change suggestion

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 4:14 pm | Don Franks

On Friday July 27th Victoria University of Wellington’s Council agreed in principle to “simplify” the University’s name to ‘University of Wellington’. More >>

Nurses pay dispute outcome affects all workers

Friday, 27 July 2018, 8:45 pm | Don Franks

“It is clear to all parties that there is no further additional funding available for this MECA. The Government has made this clear repeatedly to all parties and publicly. On this basis we believe further strike action is highly unlikely to deliver any ... More >>

The Herald and the drug industry

Friday, 13 July 2018, 9:14 am | Don Franks

“Auckland’s phoney homeless make $100 a day on the streets” is a Herald piece by Amanda Saxton, about a few skid row alcoholics who assemble early each morning to sit together and drink. More >>

Equality with the stars

Friday, 22 June 2018, 11:41 am | Don Franks

NZ Prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s bearing of a baby while in office has understandably launched many words. More >>

Fair Pay Agreements

Friday, 8 June 2018, 11:30 am | Don Franks

Sometime next year, your pay and working conditions may be completely rejigged by the government. More >>

Christchurch running repairs

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 12:39 pm | Don Franks

The big black speakers boomp out a rhythm of muted bass thuds, rather comforting. Like a big collective heart beating somewhere. People drift in by ones and twos, shuffling beneath the ruined cathedral and the scaffolding of structures still waiting ... More >>

A response to Jim Rose on Maori prison population

Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 3:39 pm | Don Franks

"Half the Māori prison population are gang members... whom no-one wants to see given a break.” More >>

Jacinda and the elephant

Saturday, 5 May 2018, 12:22 pm | Don Franks

Delivering her pre-Budget speech to a Business New Zealand audience, Labour prime minister Ardern said business confidence was "the elephant in the room". More >>

Remembering the troops from our patch

Tuesday, 24 April 2018, 9:16 am | Don Franks

At the end of our street, there’s a little stone memorial. It was raised in 1920, for local working people whose lives were cut short or ruined by the Great War. The young men from Holloway Road and surrounding streets came from tiny dwellings of ... More >>

Maple Menace

Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 7:32 am | Don Franks

Now we know that political agitators complaining about Chinese investment in New Zealand have been chasing the wrong bus. Statistics recently released in the NZ Herald show that from January 2013 to December 2014, the biggest direct foreign investor ... More >>

Prison violence, where's it heading?

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 10:56 am | Don Franks

Apart from a few one off nights after political demonstrations, I only spent one period in prison. More >>

Labour's TPP conditions

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 3:27 pm | Don Franks

The NZ Labour party has set down self described "non negotiable"conditions for signing the TPP. More >>

Supporting the foreigners

Thursday, 16 July 2015, 2:28 pm | Don Franks

"What we need is an outright ban on foreigners owning land or houses in New Zealand, a tough capital gains tax to drive local speculators and investors out of the housing market and a massive state house building programme to meet the housing ... More >>

Poem: AUSTERITY

Sunday, 12 July 2015, 10:58 am | Don Franks

Words, such handy little things So much those printed soldier boys can do those little life enhancers saving us from the unpleasantness keeping our tepid brains from harm, since God died we live in our brains so its important now to keep that ... More >>

Fonterra, treating workers like cattle

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 4:35 pm | Don Franks

After several days of rumors, Fonterra today confirmed a series of massive job cuts. More >>

Andrew's little Poem

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 9:19 am | Don Franks

Twas the night before Budget When just for a change Andrew Little’s thought’s did more widely range Labour’s leader cast round in his mind for an angle On which a publicity moment might dangle Some little device that would draw camera’s near More >>

Labour: punishing the poor

Monday, 11 May 2015, 12:37 pm | Don Franks

The New Zealand Labour Party strike a soft cuddly note at the top of their web page: “New Zealand should be the fairest, most decent society in the world. And we can get there together by focussing on the positive things that really matter to Kiwi ... More >>

World War 1 - what's changed 100 years on?

Friday, 24 April 2015, 2:45 pm | Don Franks

16,697 New Zealanders were killed and 41,317 were wounded during World war I. Around another thousand men died within five years of the war's end, as a result of injuries sustained. The lives of countless other men and women were blighted by the conflict. ... More >>

Winston Peters and Northland workers

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 10:59 pm | Don Franks

Yes, it will be nice to see the smirk wiped off John Key's face if, as seems likely, Winston Peters wins tomorrow's Northland by election. More >>

 

 

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