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Ten Types of People Who Would be Better Off with an Unconditional Basic Income

Yesterday we saw why our current benefit system is broken. Instead of our complex, bureaucratic welfare system that stigmatizes the worst off people in our society, we think every adult in our country should receive an unconditional basic income. New Zealand is a rich country, we can afford it. An unconditional basic income recognises everyone’s […]

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Co-operation needed to deliver rangatiratanga fairly

So far we’ve identified the achievements of the Treaty settlement and reconciliation process, and flagged that the process is now being pushedbeyond the point of being useful. Let’s turn to how important Maori aspirations can be addressed more effectively and sustainably than the current Waitangi Tribunal process will manage. We’re clear the conversation about Maori […]

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One-sided tribunal process recipe for ongoing tension

Yesterday we saw how progress has been made on matters where both language versions of the Treaty say the same thing. Those areas are predominantly natural resources and cultural treasures. However, an impasse arises over constitutional issues where either the two language versions of the Treaty conflict, or there’s no consensus on any modern reinterpretation. […]

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We need a fresh look at the Treaty of Waitangi

Treaty justice triumph of commonsense

Much has been achieved since the renaissance of the Treaty of Waitangi began in 1975. That should be celebrated. The Treaty – as represented by the original versions of 1840 and all the efforts to modernise its meaning since – describes the relationship between Maori, as the indigenous ethnic group, and all other New Zealanders […]

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Cleaning up our rivers with worms

It’s not that long ago that the small Southland towns Edendale and Wyndham had many septic tanks that had passed their use by date. In severe cases these tanks would discharge raw sewage into stormwater drains that ran straight into the Mataura River. Now they have a clever and innovative way of cleaning up with […]

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