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NZ First squirms over Maori seats abolition

By   /  July 20, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

I was a little surprised when NZ First leader Winston Peters announced that a binding referendum on the abolition of the Maori seats and reducing the size of Parliament would be bottom line issues for him. It is impossible for Labour and the Greens to agree to these terms. That means NZ First is saying that they will only form a government with National – assuming they agree.

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A Cautionary Tale From Canada

By   /  July 19, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

With Winston exhaling anger, and Metiria Turei breathing hope, Andrew Little and Labour need to offer the New Zealand electorate something more than a deflated ideological balloon.

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MĀORI SEATS OR NOT?

By   /  July 19, 2017  /  Louisa Wall, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

As we head into this year’s election NZ First has dangled the carrot of a binding referendum on whether the Māori seats should be abolished. Given it has been NZ First policy to abolish the seven Māori electorates for some time the position taken just over two months out from an election is not surprising.

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Let he who is without sin cast the first stone

By   /  July 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  22 Comments

The poor are ground down by a welfare state more befitting the 19th and 20th centuries than today.  But there is at last a bright spot. There were two breathtakingly bold policies buried in the depths of the Green’s paper Mending the Safety Net that have scarcely been discussed:

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The Kiwi Motörhead – New Zealand First Convention Coverage 2017

By   /  July 17, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

I realized something the other day. New Zealand First is basically the Kiwi Politics equivalent to Motorhead. And while I’d not be entirely surprised as to which of Winston or Lemmy would be more potentially insulted by a comparison to the other … even looking beyond the black-and-white colour-scheme, snaggly-toothed attitude, and frequent fan-base amongst […]

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The Bright Sunlit Uplands of Radicalism: Metiria Turei and the Greens set the 2017 Election on fire

By   /  July 17, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  34 Comments

METIRIA TUREI has rescued the 2017 General Election from the timidity and moral squalor into which it was fast descending. In a speech that brought tears to her listeners’ eyes and cheers to their throats, the Greens’ co-leader carried her party out of the shadows of moderation and into the bright sunlit uplands of radicalism that have always been its natural habitat.

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David Macpherson – WHAT WOULD A DECENT MENTAL HEALTH POLICY LOOK LIKE?

By   /  July 17, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

Despite strong feedback from the public, political parties are still mostly shying clear from campaigning on mental health and suicide issues in the election campaign.

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G20 meeting highlights the crisis of capitalism

By   /  July 16, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

The self-selected ‘cabal’ of ‘Caesars’ meeting at the G20 represented 85% of the world’s GDP, had limited political mandate to make decisions, and excluded most of the ‘Global South’. They embodied the world’s richest elites making decisions affecting the world’s poorest, behind closed doors.

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The left and the elections – don’t mourn, organise

By   /  July 16, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

As the election gets closer, everyone has an opinion on what needs to be done for their party to be successful.

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Drinking river water – Tourism NZ puts visitors at risk

By   /  July 16, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

The current Minister of Tourism is Paula Bennett. The same Minister who once advocated contraception for beneficiaries as some kind of ‘cure’ for sole-parenting. A major aspect  of Tourism NZ’s advertising campaign involves the “100% Pure” theme – a claim largely ridiculed and dismissed by most New Zealanders as a bad-taste joke;

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PNG activist blogger Martyn Namorong protests online in defiance of gag order

By   /  July 15, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

“Gagged” PNG blogger Martyn Namorong is not the only one critical of the just-ended elections … News reports mentioned complaints of alleged irregularities … such as discrepancies in voter rolls, inadequate support for polling staff, and inefficient counting of results.

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NZ Initiative – Bulk Funding Schools

By   /  July 15, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

On 6 July, the  “NZ Initiative” – a re-branded right-wing think-tank previously known as the NZ Business Roundtable – released a propaganda-piece entitled, ‘Amplifying Excellence: Promoting Transparency, Professionalism and Support in Schools’. The so-called “report” advocated more sly “free market” forces unleashed onto our constantly-changing education system.

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Open questions on Middle East policy for Gerry Brownlee and the National Party

By   /  July 15, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Mr Brownlee – please demonstrate the National Government’s commitment and take action to end Israel’s impunity.

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The Boxer

By   /  July 14, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  34 Comments

At this point in the electoral cycle, Bill English should be staggering across the ring like a bloodied, punch-drunk boxer desperate for the salvation of the fight’s final bell. Instead he’s still up on his toes and trading punches with an opposition that seems incapable of laying a single glove on his up-tilted prime-ministerial chin.

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Is Barry Coates Serious? Are the Greens really willing to trigger a second election before Christmas?

By   /  July 12, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  51 Comments

HOW SERIOUSLY should New Zealanders take the words of Green MP Barry Coates? In a recent post to The Daily Blog he said: “The memorandum of understanding with Labour is the foundation for building the next government. However, if we were not part of the coalition, we would not accept a Labour-New Zealand First government and certainly not a National-New Zealand First government. Neither will be acceptable to the Greens.”

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On Why The Greens REALLY Tore Into NZ First Over The Weekend

By   /  July 11, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

I’ve taken awhile off commenting on a .. certain area of New Zealand Politics for personal reasons; but looking at my newsfeed for the past 24 hours, it’s pretty clear a number of things need to be said about the Green Party’s recent comments on New Zealand First.

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