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The Politics of Kindness
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: There's been a bit of debate online right now about what it means to have 'New Zealand values'. NZ First have brought the issue up by wanting a 'Values Test' for migrants and John Tamihere has written some thoughts in his latest NZ Herald column.Read more

Māori Politics 2017 - wins and losses
MARTYN 'BOMBER' BRADBURY: 2017 was an explosive year for Māori politics and the election reshaped the political landscape in a dramatic fashion wiping out Māori Party and MANA Party aspirations while leaving the Labour Party with an enormous obligation to Māori voters..Read more

How should we respond to Don Brash's criticism of Te Reo on Radio NZ?
MARTYN 'BOMBER' BRADBURY: Don Brash has reared his angry voice last week to attack the use of Te Reo on Radio New Zealand..Read more

Can the activist left work constructively with the new Government
MARTYN ' BOMBER' BRADBURY: It's not only the new Labour led Government who are finding the transition from opposition into power a difficult one to traverse, many activist groups seem to be struggling with how to engage constructively beyond mere opposition..Read more

Keystone pipeline spills 5000 barrels of oil & company caught hiring mercenaries
MARTYN 'BOMBER' BRADBURY: 4 days ago the Keystone pipeline leaked 795 000 litres of oil causing a shut down and testing for groundwater contamination. Indigenous peoples, farmers and environmentalists all warned the Keystone Pipeline had the risk of leaks, the company downplayed any such concerns..Read more

Based on media reporting of League violence, we don't like Pacific Islanders much do we?
MARTYN 'BOMBER' BRADBURY: Since when did we dislike Pacific Islanders so much? I don't know about you, but this weird myopic media focus on Pacific Island 'violence' after the League games currently playing up and down the country seems bewilderingly racist and vicious doesn't it?.Read more

Combating the racist Prison Industrial Complex: Short term, medium term & long term
MARTYN 'BOMBER' BRADBURY: One of the many challenges for the new Government is how to combat the racist Prison system in New Zealand..Read more

Māori Home Ownership in Tāmaki Makaurau: Is Auckland's future an economically gated Pākeha community?
MARTYN 'BOMBER' BRADBURY: Could the largest Pacific Island and Maori city in New Zealand be unintentionally white washed by Labour's new affordable housing KiwiBuild project?.Read more

The sad joke of Labour Day
MARTYN 'BOMBER' BRADBURY: Labour Day became a national holiday in New Zealand in 1899. It was to commemorate and celebrate the rise of worker powers and how the earliest Pakeha settlers coming to New Zealand fought to create a fair balance of power between the boss and the worker..Read more

As we celebrate a magnificent political win let's remember those who could not survive National
MARTYN BOMBER BRADBURY: As we celebrate a magnificent political win - let's remember those who could not survive National's 9 years in office We should be ecstatic. Big money, big corporate farming and big business interest....Read more

Metiria Turei vs Jian Yang - Compare the media values at work
MARTYN 'BOMBER' BRADBURY: There are times when the mainstream media coverage of two events manages to say more about the real bias at work within the media than the news worthiness of their focus..Read more

How do Maori respond to the next wave of colonisation?
MARTYN 'BOMBER' BRADBURY: Statistics released by Statistics NZ show that the Asian-NZ population will overtake Māori by 2038....Read more

Election 2017: Maori Party punished & Labour rewarded
MARTYN BOMBER BRADBURY: The reverberations and ramifications of what has happened this election will be felt in many places, but most acutely I believe within Maori politics..Read more

Maori voter suppression allegations demands investigation!
MARTYN 'BOMBER' BRADBURY: Allegations of widespread Maori voter suppression made by Massey University Political Lecturer, Veronica Tawhai require an immediate response from the Electoral Commission..Read more

The importance of the Maori electorates this election
MARTYN 'BOMBER' BRADBURY: There has never been an election that was so dependent on the Maori electorates.Read more

Why every Maori should be outraged by how racist National's Bootcamps really are
MARTYN ' BOMBER' BRADBURY: You know it's election time when National starts promising harsher and more punitive law and order policy.Read more

One of the most soul destroying parts of being inside Labour is watching focus groups.
Martyn Bomber Bradbury: I've been lucky enough to get a look at the research that comes out of these focus groups and to be honest it almost makes me cry in frustration..Read more

The madness of deciding the fate of Maori electorates with a binding referendum
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: NZ First's extraordinary claim that deciding the fate of the Maori electorates with a binding referendum is not only dog whistle politics at its worst, it's also incredibly unfair and utterly unjust..Read more

Do we need a new Maori uprising?
MARTYN 'BOMBER' BRADBURY OPINION: The front cover of last months racism issue by MANA magazine says it all..Read more

Marae TV phone message racism highlights ignorance
MARTYN 'BOMBER' BRADBURY: Marae TV employee Blake Ihimaera had a phone message accidentally left on her phone from a company they were looking to hire a car from..Read more

What does Labour fear from a Maori Prison?
MARTYN 'BOMBER' BRADBURY: The negative reaction by Andrew Little and the Labour leadership at the suggestion of Maori prisons by Kelvin Davis gives an insight into how difficult reforming the public service for Maori will still be even under a Labour Government..Read more

The fear of admitting our Prison and Justice system is racist
MARTYN 'BOMBER' BRADBURY: The fear that seems to underpin so many of those voices attacking the Waitangi Tribunal's response that the failure to lower Maori incarceration and reoffending amounts to a Treaty breach needs to be acknowledged..Read more

How Maori, young voters and Women will decide the 2017 Election
MARTYN 'BOMBER' BRADBURY: If we look at the opinion poll stats 6 months out from the last 3 elections, National over poll by a significant percentage, Labour over poll by a smaller percentage, the Greens are static and NZ First rises when Labour's vote collapses..Read more

Why we need to care about the war crime allegations out of Afghanistan
MARTYN 'BOMBER' BRADBURY OPINION: The astounding allegations of possible war crimes conducted by the NZ SAS in a 2010 revenge attack in Afghanistan released by investigative journalists Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson have been met with denial by the NZDF and the Government..Read more

Will beating children at school fix the Far North?
MARTYN 'BOMBER' BRADBURY OPINION: The chair of the National Party's Kaikohe branch, Alan Price, has responded to a surge in youth crime and public disorder by suggesting that corporal punishment needs to be brought back into schools in the Far North..Read more

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The Politics of Kindness
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: There's been a bit of debate online right now about what it means to have 'New Zealand values'. NZ First have brought the issue up by wanting a 'Values Test' for migrants and John Tamihere has written some thoughts in his latest NZ Herald column
Where's the business backbone?
John Tamihere: It beggars belief that business confidence is down, and to me this reflects major problems based on capacity and capability of our business leaders.
We are not mates with Australia
John Tamihere: Let's get the conclusion of this opinion piece out of the way, up front, and quickly. It's a myth that we are mates.
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