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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Nick Rockel

Thanks Nick, you've perfectly captured the despair, the shock but also the building rage of the mouse that roars. I'm shocked and so sad at what we're seeing but also proud of the building resistance and the collective community strength that is rising. This abhorrent shit show may yet do us a "Ruby" by galvanising us and helping us clarify our unique identity as Aotearoa 🙏

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Nick Rockel

Well spake Nick. If I was into conspiracy thinking I would worry that the really rich dudes who sponsored National and Act are quite happy with these regressive acts causing such outrage. Why? Because it takes public scrutiny away from their real mission - putting more money in the pockets of the already wealthy.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Nick Rockel

Thank you Nick for confirming my thoughts and beliefs so succinctly. Maori will mobilise and that gives me hope.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Nick Rockel

Thanks Nick. It truly has been a wicked week. I’ve tried not to despair but when you mentioned Ruby Tui and the wiata that burst across the stadium, the joy of that moment, it made me realise I could hold out some hope that the nation does have pride in so much that is Māori and embraces the culture. I just hope that Erica woman isn’t going to try and drum it out of schooling.

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Dec 8, 2023·edited Dec 8, 2023Liked by Nick Rockel

Aroha for this, Nick. Many of us are feeling the same and having similar ‘hell no’ reactions to the horrors unfolding before us. Friends are protesting or talking about getting their radical on again, because this is something worth standing up for. I choose to believe kindness and community still exist and you can’t put a good community down. Kia kaha.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Nick Rockel

Thanks Nick, for being able to express that we cannot, and going where some of us fear to tread (aka witnessing Hosking's takes). Even though I am only skimming media, it's enough to feel like a physical beating. I am hopeful the momentum of years past will carry on, carry us through, and that people, who are not die-hard bigots, will see through the flimsy facade and the salesman yes man and kick them to the kerb. But I am beyond angry that people didn't actually really think of the consequences beyond their own sphere. It will find them soon enough

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Nick Rockel

A few years ago I read a thesis about how people access health support. They found that when there was signage in te reo, regardless of the organisation or personal ethnic background, people saw it as more inclusive and welcoming than one without.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Nick Rockel

Thanks Nick. I continue to be shell shocked and heartbroken. I even shed a tear at Waka Kotahi changing its name! Back to the '50s, when so many people had few rights. I guess that's the plan...

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Nick Rockel

Good article Nick, do keep the humour in them, if we couldn't laugh we would all be crying. Another leaked paper (good job) re. a Govt. caucus decision to remove Fair Pay Agreements instantly without proper scrutiny/debate. Seems the Business Round Table was also a big contributor to the National Party. Some more take from the medium & lower social/economic groups give to the rich. Banana republic's do this. Luxton really needs to get his head around that he is not a CEO but a PM.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Nick Rockel

Me too, Nick.

Thanks for the Song.

Still heartbroken. Stunned.

Do not understand, the Personal Vendetta, to me it feels personal, as in taking away All that was Good & Kind & Pure, well Hope, that we as Aotearoa, were going forward.

Gawd, I hope they're not coming again for the National Athem & the Flags, all the Flags.

I agree with Keith, they maybe covering up something sinister !

Who are the Oligarchs ? I know spelling. Mega Rich who brought Act, Russians???

I know that's taking a Leap, but . . . . .

Who are they

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Nick Rockel

I think that luxon has no 'vision' and is therefore captured by peters and seymour who do , however their ideas are anathema to a large % of Kiwi's - I predict that this will be a one term administration, and will go down in history for a multitude of wrong reasons.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Nick Rockel

Nick thank you again! And praise to all your readers who respond so eloquently, which gives me new heart!

Nga mihi nui!!

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When you strip away all the 'right' and 'left', the mark of a really good personality-journalist is they understand the "weight" of a story. While I enjoy John Campbell's writing, I never personally liked his presenting style. However, it is always clear in his stories that he has taken the time and effort to understand the people subjects of his journalism. This is the sort of thing that the populist personalities like Mike and Ryan seem incapable of doing... Even in some alternative universe where shit like 'dignity for landlords' and 'Māori words are confusing people' actually made sense, I still don't think these guys can go beyond an energetic-read of the teleprompter.

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Thanks Nick. I like others, (probably due to total disbelief) question my thinking a lot these days. I heard the PM was visiting Wairoa yesterday. Great I thought, Wairoa likes to be heard! Today's paper and one of the biggest headlines - 'Hopes for Napier-Wairoa link derailed. Again - a take away -no positive offering but the same rhetoric - Visits are an important part of their 100-day plan blah blah blah! Continuing reading the paper though - I did smile when I saw HB's longest established civil construction business 'Russell Roads has changed their name to Tūpore Infrastructure. Tūpore meaning 'to care for' - a nice positive - not of course of this government's doing.

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Thank you Nick you have stated so well exactly how I, and no doubt many others, are feeling as the week comes to an end. However what the wreckers have failed to appreciate is that there is a large well of frustration and yet a belief that the good that has happened will not be taken from us. The comments in your posts prove this every day. Haere pai haere kaha.

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Oh Nick I feel your pain too. What has happened to our beautiful home in Aotearoa? We used to be a united nation but alas politics of hatred and racism are dividing us. As Jacinda stated “This is not us”. In the lyrics of Six 60, “Mana is my mountain, Aroha is my sea, Whanau is my family, And all of that is me”. Why do we have those who are desperately trying to destroy our Aroha and peace with one another. Where has the national pride gone in celebrating our uniqueness and tolerance of others? I feel so ashamed of the image this government is displaying for the world to see.

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