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Q+A panel

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Robert Reid appeared on Q+A with former National Party president Michelle Boag and business and economics journalist Bernard Hickey. 

Here are the links to the first panel and the second panel

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Maxine Gay on the Aussie banks neglecting NZ

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Our Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay appeared on RadioLive to explain how the big Aussie banks are neglecting New Zealanders, especially our small communities like Ruatorea. Maxine's comments were then featured on the Paul Henry Show's half-hourly news bulletin

Dennis Maga: Fifa human and labour rights abuses taint U-20 World Cup

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UNEMIG co-ordinator and migrant worker organiser Dennis Maga had an op-ed published in the New Zealand Herald. 

Dennis called out FIFA for worker rights abuses and asked, in hosting the FIFA U-20 World Cup, whether "we brought our way into a racket?"


A drug test for kava requested by some NZ companies

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Jerome Mika, a senior organiser here at FIRST Union, spoke to Radio New Zealand opposing plans to test for kava as a drug. Workers in the South Island were told the substance would be tested for, but the companies involved vigorously denied what the workers said they told. It was later revealed that companies had requested kava test and technology could be developed to test for it. 


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