G’day & Kia ora!

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Welcome…

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… To my blog.  I’m a social democrat, with centre-left tendencies in some areas; centrist in others; and centre-right in bugger-all (if any).

If you look over to the right (excuse the implications), you’ll see a brief list of my beliefs for a better New Zealand. Funny thing – we used to have so many of those things in this country, once upon a time…

And below that, a list of my Recent Posts. Feel free to have a read and, if you’re inclined, leave a comment. I welcome your ideas and responses to my comments. (Please note that most of my blogposts first appear on The Daily Blog, and are then re-published here five to seven days later. So check out both blogs – there are heaps of excellent writers on TDB!)

My blog, my thoughts, my five cents plus 15% gst worth. Hopefully it didn’t leave you bored…

- Frank Macskasy
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Nationwide Rally Against the TPPA

Saturday, March 29, 2014

1:00pm

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No TPPA

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The New Zealand government is negotiating an international agreement that could have a huge effect on the lives of ordinary kiwis. It’s called the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), and it involves eleven Asian and Pacific-rim countries, including the United States. If it goes ahead, we risk damage to our innovative economy, our pristine environment, our health, and the ability to shape our own future.

Because the negotiations are being conducted in secret, what we know about the TPPA comes from leaked documents and detective work. We live in a democracy, which means we have the right to know what is done in our name and to have a say.

Come down, voice your concerns and together we can show the government that this is not acceptable.

Here’s a short video explaining the TPPA:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwqMp1ykbW8

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If there isn’t an event in your city yet and you want to help organise, please let us know

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Charter Schools – Another lie from John Banks!

2 August 2012

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister, John Banks, today announced the framework for the New Zealand Model of Charter School  – or, as they have euphemistically branded them, the Orwellian-sounding  “Partnership Schools”, or pandering to culturally-sensitive niceties,  “Kura Hourua” .

In effect, ACT and National will be using tax-payer’s  money to fund private schools. Not since farming subsidies has National  come up with such an odd way to throw our taxes at private companies and organisations…

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Doing ‘the business’ with John Key – Here’s How (Part # Rua)

28 April 2012

Despite numerous company name changes; newly registered companies; and a lengthy trail of shareholders, the one link that does stand out between Shanghai Pengxin and financial donations to the National Party is Terry Lee

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Labour: the Economic Record 2000 – 2008

16 November 2011

There has been considerable commentary made by Labour’s critics and political opponents that Labour was an incompetant economic manager, during their nine year term in office. The reality, though, is somewhat different. There are many things that Labour did well and some not-so-well.

But the records speaks for itself…

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Greed is good?

28 August 2011

Prior to the introduction of “Rogernomics” in 1984 (and National’s addition from 1990 onward),  education in this country had been free (or as close as possible to free) to nearly all New Zealanders. Education whether at Primary School or University was funded by the previous generation; our Mums & Dads; Grandmothers & Grand dads. The idea was terribly simple; education was a right, and not to be determined by ability to pay…

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Can we do it? Bloody oath we can!

3 August 2011

The shortage of state housing is a serious matter.  This critical problem of decent, affordable housing is not helped by the fact that the Fourth National government (1996-1999) sold around 13,000 State Houses in the 1990s.  These properties were supposedly made available to tenants – but actually went mostly to property speculators (who later sold them for tax-free capital gains)…

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  1. First Comment
    16 August 2011 at 7:10 pm | #1

    Experience demands that the rich are the only animal of his own kind that are not lazy enough not to prey on the poor.

    [Post refers to Quote-Of-The-Week: "Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." (Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826) - Admin.]

  2. 27 August 2011 at 7:36 pm | #3

    I like your posts, Frank. But New Zealand is still the name of our country – not Aotearoa New Zealand. Actually you won’t find Aotearoa mentioned in either the English or Maori versions of the Treaty of Waitangi. Only a name, Niu Tirani (or Nu Tirani). Just a little point between friends?

    Actually the Key led government is making me sick; Rob mulddon would turn in his grave.

    peter

    • 27 August 2011 at 9:05 pm | #4

      Hi Peter,

      I guess if Maori want to use the name “Niu Tirani”, I’d be comfortable with that as well. At present, the name collectively agreed-on seems to be “Aotearoa”, and I’m ok with following their preference.

      As an aside… When the Russians were occupying my parents’ homeland, in Eastern Europe, they made learning Russian compulsory in our schools. As the Occupier with the biggest guns, they were able to do whatever they wanted in terms of promoting their culture.

      It gave me a peculiar insight into how Maori might feel when we make changes to their names; mis-pronounce their words; relegate their language; etc.

      Personally, I like the fact that, like Canada and other nations, we are bi-lingual (or tri-lingual, if you include ‘Sign’) and can make that a point of difference from the rest of the world… :-)

      • B
        12 October 2011 at 11:47 pm | #5

        Definately include NZ Sign Language, Maori and NZSL are actually the only official languages of New Zealand! :)

  3. Gosman
    10 October 2011 at 12:04 pm | #6

    Oh the irony of left wing bloggers who constantly engage in censorship of opposing points of view moaning about one of their own being banned from appearing on State radio for a mindless and completely biased rant.

    It is quite clear why he got ‘banned’. He basically stated as fact that the PM was blaming the Labour Party for the guy attempting to jump over the barrier at Parliament and that he made some sort of offensive gesture. These have both been denied by the PM. Hence there was no sense of balance in his little rant.

    • 10 October 2011 at 10:02 pm | #7

      That was the Treaty Frank, not a Pakeha opinion. But Maori don’t have the right to change the name of our country, anyway, a majority of Kiwis do.

      But that is immaterial when the fascists are at the door.

      And now dissidents will be publicly reviled as being against the better interests of the country. I cut my political teeth on Muldoonism, – these are over- privileged wankers! I love it when they have a crack at me. The problem is we only have one daily newspaper now, and it is difficult to get your opinion published. They are reluctant to publish anti-Key statements. I’m not anti-semetic, but I can understand why some were abused if they operated like Key?

    • Red
      11 October 2011 at 12:37 pm | #8

      Gosman do you ever see beyond your own nose? Trying to justify Key is just unbelievable. You’re ok with banning people just because they disagree with your precious politicians? I bet you wouldn’t be so happy if it was someone you agreed with!

  4. 10 October 2011 at 4:37 pm | #9

    Gosman

    …It is quite clear why he got ‘banned’. He basically stated as fact that the PM was blaming the Labour Party for the guy attempting to jump over the barrier at Parliament and that he made some sort of offensive gesture. These have both been denied by the PM. Hence there was no sense of balance in his little rant.

    Do you believe everything politicians say?

  5. 10 October 2011 at 10:09 pm | #10

    Is the Labour caucus prepared to lose an election to get rid of Goff? If they are , then they don’t deserve to be in power in the future.

  6. Red
    11 October 2011 at 12:57 pm | #11

    fmacskasy :

    Gosman

    …It is quite clear why he got ‘banned’. He basically stated as fact that the PM was blaming the Labour Party for the guy attempting to jump over the barrier at Parliament and that he made some sort of offensive gesture. These have both been denied by the PM. Hence there was no sense of balance in his little rant.

    Do you believe everything politicians say?

    Hee hee hee if I was a politician I wouldn’t believe myself! LOL!

  7. 11 October 2011 at 11:22 pm | #12
    • fmacskasy
      12 October 2011 at 12:18 am | #13

      Excellent! Thanks for that, Peter! I had heard that TV3 did a story on it – whereas TV1 News totally ignored the issue! (Our state broadcasters are getting absolutely hopeless!) I’d been meaning to find that TV3 xsegment but kept forgetting.

      It’s an amazing piece of footage. It shows Key in the very uncomfortable position of having to explain himself – and you can tell that he’s covering up a lie. He’s lied and has been caught out; his facial expression, tone of speech, and body language gives him away.

      I think that the Left have discovered a new meme for John Key: liar.

  8. kiwikevnz – kevin godwin
    17 November 2011 at 12:59 pm | #14

    Great site Frank, just found it thru your link on Dompost comments today, i’ll have a good look around and read when i get home from work tonight, how right you are about the billboards, the tagging, moustaches, swastikas, and genatalia are far more offensive than the stickers being refered to, infact they blend in so well alot would prob not even notice

  9. fmacskasy
    17 November 2011 at 2:28 pm | #15

    kiwikevnz – kevin godwin :

    Great site Frank, just found it thru your link on Dompost comments today, i’ll have a good look around and read when i get home from work tonight, how right you are about the billboards, the tagging, moustaches, swastikas, and genatalia are far more offensive than the stickers being refered to, infact they blend in so well alot would prob not even notice

    Cheers, Kevin. Enjoy!

  10. Tristanb
    18 November 2011 at 10:56 pm | #16

    I saw your spam on Stuff. I also noted the things you support include “Being nice to each other”.

    So why are you so nasty about our Prime Minister? You hate him because he is rich? That’s not a very good reason. You seem quite irrational in your intense hatred for someone who has done a hell of a lot of good for our country.

  11. fmacskasy
    18 November 2011 at 11:07 pm | #17

    Tristanb :

    I saw your spam on Stuff. I also noted the things you support include “Being nice to each other”.

    So why are you so nasty about our Prime Minister? You hate him because he is rich? That’s not a very good reason. You seem quite irrational in your intense hatred for someone who has done a hell of a lot of good for our country.

    Hi Tristan.

    No, I don’t “hate” John Key.

    But I dislike some of the things he has done, and things he is planning to do. Hence why I have criticised his policies.

    You see, Tristan, we live in a democracy where one is permitted to criticise actions by our elected representatives. Unlike North Korea, where everyone must love their Dear Leader (or end up in a Labour Camp).

    Have you ever lived in a One Party state, Tristan, where you were not allowed to criticise the party and/or leader of the country? I have. In the late 1970s I lived in an Eastern European country for about a year. I had to be very careful what I said, in public. Sometimes even in private situations, I had to be careful of who was around me, in case someone was an informer.

    Would you like to live in a country like that, Tristan?

    I would be interested to know what examples you can offer when you claim that John Key is “someone who has done a hell of a lot of good for our country”.

  12. 19 November 2011 at 1:40 pm | #18

    Thanks for sharing your great site Frank.

    Also, Aotearoa New Zealand is quite commonly used nowadays. I’m not sure when it was first used, but many social justice groups, NGOs and other national organizations use it as an official part of their name. I like it. It indicates strong recognition of the country’s history and projects a sense togetherness. The less we sweep under the carpet the better we can deal with it and move forward.

  13. Frank Macskasy
    19 November 2011 at 4:19 pm | #19

    Yup. Plus it kinda rolls of the tongue quite nicely; Aotearoanewzealand. Hmmmm, it could just about be a whole new naming, describing the First People and subsequent arrivals…

    If we take the diversity of all cultures and revel in the best that each can offer, instead of fearing change, I think it might lift us out of the dark underbelly of this country. It may be the wellspring source for a whole new pride (as our American cuzzies take pride in their Star Spangled Banner; the French in their culture;the Japanese in theirs, etc…)

  14. Red
    20 December 2011 at 12:29 pm | #20

    LOL! I loved it!

    I think I’ll have a green balloon though I think we’ll be lucky to get that! I get what your saying Frank and I think only the rich will benefit from the sales.

  15. Sally S.
    10 February 2012 at 9:02 pm | #21

    I signed the SAVE OUR PORT petition Frank. Well done promoting it!

  16. ALH84001
    29 February 2012 at 1:24 pm | #22

    “I’m a product of the welfare state”

    What a hypocrite.

  17. john72
    1 March 2012 at 1:59 pm | #23

    The fault is on both sides. I was taught “Lead by Example”. Every generation has to relearn this. No one needs a salary of $200,000 or more. How can they call on others to suffer Austerity if they have not experienced it. “Lead by Example”. If a politician or civil servant feels that a job owes him $300,000 /yr he does not like the job, only the money, and should seek employment elsewhere. In every life some rain must fall, but money will not stop it raining.

  18. Christine McRobie
    10 March 2012 at 6:59 pm | #24

    just got into your blog Frank. some things to ponder on … thank you !

  19. 10 March 2012 at 7:46 pm | #25

    Christine McRobie :

    just got into your blog Frank. some things to ponder on … thank you !

    Welcome, Christine… I hope you don’t find it boring. :-)

  20. 14 March 2012 at 3:05 pm | #26

    “People on a benefit have a lifestyle choice” – John Key

    That’s news to me, a New Zealand citizen aged 31 years, unemployed and holding a B.Sc. in Geography and a Postgraduate Diploma of Science in Hazard Management. Would Mr Key mind living in my shoes for a week on $210 from W.I.N.Z. a week, applying for jobs every day, quite aware that if W.I.N.Z. find me a job before I find myself a job – I have to accept it or risk having my benefit cut.

    Trust me, I did not ask to be made redundant for more than a year.

  21. Geoffrey Robert Burns
    12 April 2012 at 10:28 pm | #27

    I work when the ends justifies the means, if I work so someone I don’t know gains more income than I do for doing their work and or society and or the environment is worse off because of that work the ends doesn’t justify the means, by not doing such work, I’m minimizing my carbon footprint and providing the opportunity for someone with a family to support the means to do so. Workers wages and conditions have not been condusive to me working for large companies since 1986, so I’ve been on strike since then. It’s not a lifestyle choice I simply do what’s right.

  22. Red Tulip
    6 August 2012 at 9:21 pm | #28

    Nice to see a blog like this taking on the Tory establishment!

    The sooner Key is out on his well padded backside, the better for this country!!

  23. Sanders Of The River
    7 October 2012 at 3:53 pm | #29

    What a splendid blog site! The best I have ever encountered…by turns serious and humorous, it really does inform and entertain, and by golly it does you good. The John
    Key Looks At feature is hilarious. Though with those eyes it hard to discern if he prefers
    looking at drag queens or mince pies.
    Satire in the Private Eye class. Congratulations to all concerned with the production of this
    web site. I have signed up to follow, but not in The Dear Leader kind of way. Cheers.

  24. Dv
    21 October 2012 at 4:36 pm | #30

    What week to be away frank

  25. Jo
    24 November 2012 at 9:44 pm | #31

    Way to go Maya

  26. Zyran
    21 January 2013 at 6:27 pm | #32

    Go get key.

  27. Hopeful
    11 July 2013 at 3:56 pm | #33

    Hi Frank
    Any chance of you putting up your excellent blog on the GCSB which is on The Daily Blog today ?
    I’d like to copy it and send it to my bro overseas, but I cannot copy anything off The Daily Blog.
    Or could you just email it to me please.
    Thanks.

  28. 5 December 2013 at 1:21 pm | #34

    HI. I was reading your article on polling (on the daily blog site) and thought that would mention that the BC election of May 2013 was a pollsters’ disaster. Every major poll was wrong by much more than the margin of error – leaving everyone (or at least all skeptics) to wonder (a) if the election was rigged (and thus the polls were wrong) or (b) the election was correct and the polls were rigged.

    With respect to land lines, many households will retain the land line for a monitored alarm system. Wireless (ie off the grid) monitoring is increasingly common but requires capital outlay (over $1000). I suspect that only the well off have alarm systems and only the comfortably well off have monitored alarm systems (although in Vancouver an alarm system must be monitored). This would suggest that those with land lines are both older (as home owners) and richer than those without. However, they may not be Conservative Party supporters as they do not rely on faith to protect their stuff?

    Nadine McDonnell

  29. jaylin
    5 March 2014 at 4:32 am | #35

    Its about CONSCIENCE

  30. jaylin
    5 March 2014 at 4:34 am | #36

    they can actually learn to be morally conscious, they should visit http://www.google.com to read about the kind of mind they carry

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