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Time to turn the tables on the tobacco companies
WILLIE JACKSON: We have a violent crime wave in our community and it is time we were honest about it..Read more

Mike King is a NZ Hero
WILLIE JACKSON: What happened this week with Mike King quitting the suicide-prevention panel goes beyond politics and demands our focus as a country and as a community..Read more

Labour Party List
WILLIE JACKSON: Some of the ridiculous things claimed by the mainstream media last week over the Labour's Party list was really disappointing.Read more

NZ water should be for Kiwi's. Full stop.
WILLIE JACKSON OPINION: What is going on with our water?.Read more

Raising superannuation age is unfair for all Kiwi’s
WILLIE JACKSON: Lot of talk this week that we need to raise the age of retirement to 67..Read more

Congratulations to Dame Susan Devoy
WILLIE JACKSON: Congratulations to Race Relations commissioner Dame Susan Devoy for her courageous stand challenging the government to hold an independent inquiry into the abuse of children held in care by the state..Read more

The true meaning of Kaupapa Maori
WILLIE JACKSON OPINION: While watching the fabulous waiata and haka at Te Matatini, I thought about the vicious debate over “what’s Kaupapa Māori?” that took place last week..Read more

Wily Willie could be election decider.
PAUL MOON: It was all going so well. The Maori Party looked revitalised, and heading into election year could claim successes in its flagship Whanau Ora programme, as well as being part of a government that has concluded some of the most important Treaty settlements in a generation..Read more

The health of our democracy is at risk with the Electoral Commission failing voters.
WILLIE JACKSON: The Electoral Commission needs to wake up..Read more

Bye Bye Bunny
WILLIE JACKSON OPINION: “He wasn’t just NZ class, he was world class”, that’s what one of this country’s finest singers Frankie Stevens said about Bunny Walters after his death last week..Read more

Ka kite John Key
WILLIE JACKSON OPINION: What a week in politics, it seems beyond belief that we now have a new Prime Minister, the John Key resignation caught everyone by surprise, so much so that it still doesn’t quite make sense for me..Read more

The fabulous Fidel
WILLIE JACKSON OPINION: “A great and charismatic leader”, was how former MP Donna Awatere Huata described the Cuban legendary president Fidel Castro.Read more

Standing with Standing Rock
Willie Jackson: It’s wonderful when you see our people supporting indigenous people around the world. .Read more

Euthanasia Bill
WILLIE JACKSON:Good on Labour MP Louisa Wall for putting up her take on the euthanasia bill to Parliament’s Health Select Committee..Read more

Donald Trump, you're hired !
WILLIE JACKSON: You’re a racist, you’re a racist, that’s what President-elect Donald Trump said Hillary Clinton supporters were calling him at every opportunity. Add the terms misogynist, sexist, pig, dog and con-artist which is what movie star Robert De Niro called him and you have to wonder how Trump won?.Read more

Free Vicki Letele
WILLIE JACKSON: Are we a harsh country? That’s what we are asking after the Parole Board’s decision not to release Vicki Letele a convicted fraudster who is dying in prison..Read more

In Huri we trust
WILLIE JACKSON: I couldn’t believe it when it was revealed that the police would be charging Inspector Huri Dennis with kidnapping..Read more

They always put us in Jail.
WILLIE JACKSON : But jailing Love is one step too far. Justice Lang said for more than 40 years Love had devoted himself selflessly to Maori development and said he was an inspirational leader in Maoridom.Read more

Winston's games
Willie Jackson: Winston Peter’s apparently comes to Parliament to “goof around”. Well, that’s if you believe the criticism that has gone in his direction over the past week from Treaty negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson, Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee, and Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox..Read more

Maori Party challenge
WILLIE JACKSON: The Kermadec Sanctuary deal is turning into a potential game changer for the Government..Read more

Partnership with Radio New Zealand
Willie Jackson: Since the end of last year I have been very critical of Radio New Zealand and their commitment to Maori programmes..Read more

The King's Speech
WILLIE JACKSON: The King’s speech is an Oscar winning Hollywood movie..Read more

Local body elections heating up
WILLIE JACKSON: The race for the Auckland mayoralty and also council seats are heating up as the October polling day draws nearer and major political parties start infiltrating their members to these boards..Read more

Fabulous Rio
WILLIE JACKSON: I have just finished staying eight days and nights in Rio De Janeiro and I can confirm that I am still alive!  Which might surprise some people given the terrible publicity that we have seen from the media here and internationally.  I can also confirm that I never saw or felt a mosquito, didn’t get mugged, maimed or shot at, drank the water, used the public toilets, walked down lots of side streets and talked to plenty of strangers.
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Maori Party right and wrong
WILLIE JACKSON: The Maori Party’s decision to not support former Prime Ministers Helen Clark’s bid for her United Nations job is completely understandable..Read more

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Banning Prisoners from voting impacts Māori worst
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: The debate over Prisoners being able to vote has begun in the Waitangi Tribunal as argument is heard that the ban is a breach of the Treaty because it is so disproportionately unfair to Māori.
I will continue writing about the state taking children until something meaningful has occurred
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: If you have the privilege of a platform, you must endeavour to use that platform for good. I have written previous columns about the extraordinary abuse of power by the state when they take children into their 'care'.
State Spying and a Police who see no spying, hear no spying and speak no spying
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury:: John Campbell's remarkable investigation at the beginning of the week into a Government agency tasked with looking after earthquake survivors using corporate spies to secretly tape complaining earthquake survivors was made more important by the remarkable announcement midweek from the NZ Police that found nothing illegal in the actions of anyone involved.
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