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#CoronaVirus: An Epidemic of Stupidity & Authoritarianism

COVID-19 – known as the coronavirus – emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan. It’s flu-like symptoms enabled the quick spread of the virus within the city. It also allowed the spread of the disease beyond Wuhan despite the attempts of the Chinese government to curb it by resorting to drastic measures of arresting and detaining suspected carriers.

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New Zealand Election: Money, Power and Kiwi Non-Exceptionalism

Just when it seemed the 2020 General Election (scheduled for September) was shaping up to be another yawnfest both National and New Zealand First have found themselves embroiled in a scandal that could upset the political landscape, or at least the outcome of the election itself.

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Housing in New Zealand/Aotearoa: Rhetoric .v. Action

New Zealand/ Aotearoa: With much fanfare the Labour-led government announced in its first budget major changes to supposedly assist beneficiaries who are struggling with housing costs. On April 1st, 2018, the changes, especially to the Accommodation Supplement, took effect but it quickly became apparent the government had given with one hand and taken away with the other.

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