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Thursday 31 July 2014

 Rainbow Wellington Election Forum
Posted in: Features  29th July 2014
A rolling look at Rainbow Wellington's pre-election Candidates' Forum, where Labour, the Greens, National, Mana, the Internet Party and the Maori Party had speakers.

 Comment: The Flat Blue Line?
Posted in: Comment  28th July 2014
As the time for New Zealand's September 20 election draws nearer, the Conservative Party seems strangely becalmed, almost in political limbo. Some of it is its own fault, while some of it is attributable to its would-be object of affection, the Key administration.

 Abraham Naim: an open letter to the people of Maldives
Posted in: Features  27th July 2014
"There have been a lot of things said about me in the media back home, and I would like to say a few things in response."

 Through rainbow glasses: MPs' legacies
Posted in: Features  23rd July 2014
Several MPs are saying goodbye to Parliament before the election. Some, we won’t miss. Others were solid. And then there are those who will reserve a special place in our history.

 Two-Way/Wrong Way?
Posted in: Comment  23rd July 2014
Craig Young: "I wish I didn't have to write this particular article, but the current policy stance of the Internet Mana Coalition leaves me no option."

 Comment: Education policy and lgbt concerns
Posted in: Comment  16th July 2014
Education policy is emerging as a major New Zealand election issue. How does it engage with lgbt voters?

 Pasifika, Political, and Proud
Posted in: Comment  12th July 2014
"I am a Pasifika voter. I am queer/ bisexual. I am accepted by my family and community. My past partners have been accepted by my family. Get over it. It’s certainly not a voting issue."

 Decades on ... still fighting for clarity
Posted in: Features  9th July 2014
The derailing of the latest move to clearly and specifically ensure protection from discrimination on the basis of gender identity has been met with a giant sigh of frustration.

 Comment: In Whose House?
Posted in: Comment  9th July 2014
One of the chief election issues is the vexed question of housing policy and affordability. How does this affect us?

 Rainbow Labour update
Posted in: Features  7th July 2014
It’s been a busy weekend for the Rainbow Labour team at the party’s Congress in Wellington. Its co-chairs offer an update, and say Labour’s ‘Rainbow Manifesto’ is coming soon.

 Comment: Material Boys (and Girls)
Posted in: Comment  2nd July 2014
It would seem that the current New Zealand election campaign seems to be focusing significantly on material need questions, such as housing, unemployment, health and education. Where do we fit in within this context?

 Brushing with Destiny Pt3: Marches, marriage & kids
Posted in: Features  29th June 2014
Mana party senior staffer Jevan Goulter talks about hikoi, marriage, and adoption by "sleazy" older gay men... which he believes is a recipe for child abuse.

 Brushing with Destiny Pt2: Taking the heat
Posted in: Features  28th June 2014
Jevan Goulter says the warmth and friendship he experiences from Destiny Church's leaders is not something he has experienced from the glbti community.

 P&R: Bobbing Off in Another Direction?
Posted in: Comment  27th June 2014
With only three months until the next election, the Christian Right is strangely quiet and apparently, considerably weakened ...

 The Sultan's outrageous NZ fortune
Posted in: Politics and Religion  27th June 2014
A day of global protests against the Sultan of Brunei’s ‘stone the gays’ law is being held today. Alexander Lowë looks at his New Zealand links.