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Modern Day Slavery in USA

By |October 7th, 2016|

Since the 45th Anniversary of the Attica prison riots – […]

Squeezing the JAFA: Auckland’s Property Boom

By |June 23rd, 2016|

Housing has been thrust into the limelight again. The g […]

Eritrea: National Liberation? National Disaster?

By |November 13th, 2015|

The world is divided into nation-states. These artifici […]

Water War

By |April 7th, 2015|

Guest post by Pink Panther

Mention conflict in the M […]

Je suis pas Charlie

By |February 4th, 2015|

by (guest contributor) Pink Panther

On 7th January, […]

Nobody WINZ

By |September 15th, 2014|

On September 1st, 2014, gunman John Tully walked in […]

Scoring an own goal: Brazil World Cup 2014

By |August 19th, 2014|

There are few sports as nail-biting as soccer and few e […]

Lorde-ing it over us

By |February 8th, 2014|

Lorde, real name Ella Yelich-Cooper, is a seventeen year old Aucklander who has become a huge singing sensation internationally because of her chart smashing single “Royals” and her debut album “Pure Heroine”.

I’m a die-hard fan of Lorde so let’s get that out of the way. This is not a bitchy, envy-driven attack on perhaps the most commercially successful musician New Zealand has ever produced. Rather it is an attack on the ridiculous statements surrounding her success, not least that she is a role model for all young people. […]

A House of Cards: Meet the Jane Family

By |September 26th, 2013|

John Key has a personal fortune in excess of $50 million, a nice house in Auckland and a holiday home in Hawaii. No doubt the latter is a bit better than the average bach. Professional middle-class types might inherit a house or spend an entire working lifetime trying to get into the housing market and do sometimes succeed. Increasingly though, for a large number of us, we just don’t have these options.

To explain the nature of the housing situation faced by working class families let me introduce you to the Jane family. The Jane family consists of two parents. One works as a supermarket checkout operator and earns the minimum wage per hour for 30 hours a week and her partner works as a caregiver for an average of 30 hours a week. Combined, their income is $825 a week In addition they have two primary school age children. The total amount they get in the hand for family tax credits is $157.17 a week. After tax, the family would have $817.17 a week. […]