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Will The New Zealand Election Outcome Mean A Fair Go For Russia?

By   /  October 17, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

[Author’s Note: this piece was originally prepared for an international audience; and is presented unaltered from its original form] Late last month, New Zealanders went to the polls for our most recent General Election. The final results have just a few days ago been announced, and they place the nationalist New Zealand First party of […]

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The Golden Path Mk.II: NZ First’s Quantum Superposition Of Solitude

By   /  October 12, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

Many moons ago – back when the notion of replacing Andrew Little with Jacinda Ardern was the sort of pie-in-the-sky idea dismissed by almost all serious commentators as almost assuredly fatal to both her party and her person, rather than some form of titanic/cthonic masterstroke capable of apparently singlehandedly reshaping the political landscape upon a whim – I sat down to pen a piece entitled “The Golden Path”.

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Does Labour’s Man In The Wairarapa Have A Gaping Gulf Betwixt Rhetoric And Reality?

By   /  September 17, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Earlier in the week, Wairarapa Labour candidate Kieran McAnulty made some pretty stirling remarks about the problems of social housing and housing affordability at a local Meet The Candidates event. He’s quoted by the Wairarapa Times-Age as stating an intent to “prioritise” sorting the present situation wherein denizens of the local Trust House social housing scheme have […]

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A “Rumour” For Ron Shows The Race Is On In The Wairarapa

By   /  September 10, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

I got a lead on a major party poll that had just been done in the Wairarapa, and which basically confirmed what I’d been saying. It ranked the contenders for the seat both in terms of their support out there in the electorate (i.e. how many folk were likely to vote for them) – but also in terms of their ‘likeability’, relatability, recognizability and such.

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WTF – [W]inston’s Pension; [T]he #MotherOfAllScandals; and [F]ilthy Politics in 2017

By   /  August 30, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

Look “behind the curtain”, if you will. 

The timing of events is, in politics, almost never coincidental. 

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Purple Rain Man: The Brief History Of Thirty Three Years Of Peter Dunne In Parliament

By   /  August 23, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

I remember once upon a time remarking that Peter Dunne’s occupancy of the Ohariu seat was one of the great certainties in life, almost equivalent to those other inevitabilities – “Death” and “Taxes”. Which, given his previous positions as Minister of Revenue and Associate Health Minister, was a perhaps apt comparison. The other (slightly disappointed) […]

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Why I’m Not Celebrating Steve Bannon’s Ouster From The White House

By   /  August 21, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

At the time of writing, it’s been perhaps sixteen hours since news of Steve Bannon’s resignation broke. And dependent upon which side of the aisle you’re sitting on, this is either the best news since the Emancipation Proclamation because an alleged far-right apocalyptic ideologue has been turfed out of a position of power … or […]

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National’s (“New”) Boot Camps Policy – HARDER BETTER FASTER STRONGER? Or Will That Just Be The Criminals

By   /  August 14, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

It has been said by a mind far wittier than myself that whilst history doesn’t repeat … it sure does rhyme. The commentator who uttered that forgot to add that on certain occasions, it just outright plagiarizes. But looking at National’s recent announcement over the weekend of what looks set to be one of its […]

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Jacinda Effect > Metiria Affect – Why The Greens’ Polls Are Down

By   /  August 10, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

In the coming days, as the vultures of various news outlets attempt to pick clean the carcass of a once-indomitable woman in their pursuit of sensationalized post-mortems, you are going to hear a lot about how Turei’s transgressions in the court of public opinion rendered her resignation both unavoidable and vital for the Green Party’s […]

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THE LAW OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES – What Ardern/Davis Means For NZF & MANA

By   /  August 2, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

By the end of this week, a quantity of ink fit to fill Lake Rotoiti – and sufficient electrons to power Tiwai Point for about the space of half an hour – will no doubt have been marshalled in service of commentating upon what Jacinda Ardern’s ‘shock’ elevation to the leadership of Labour means for that party. And, for that matter, the prospects of actually securing ‘progressive’ governance in 2017.

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BATTLEGROUND WAIRARAPA

By   /  July 25, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

Every Election, there’s a seat or several whose outcomes are fantastically interesting to watch. This is because they are the ones that are actually balanced upon the knife-edge – where a few dozen votes one way or ‘tuther will actually help to determine the shape and course of our politics for years or even decades to come.

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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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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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Are Todd Barclay And National High-Ups Guilty Of Witness Tampering?

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

There’s just something about living in a small, insular ‘everybody-knows-everybody’ kinda place that makes attempts at pulling off a genuine “cover-up” something of a fool’s errand.

Todd Barclay, apparently, is that fool.

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A Point To Consider On s59 ‘Anti-Smacking’ Debate

By   /  June 20, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

There’s a point to be made on this whole ‘Anti-Smacking’/s59 debate which New Zealand First has brought back to the limelight, that I don’t think I’ve seen anyone else making.

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Only Thing “Rancid” About Butter Chicken Comment Is Shane Jones

By   /  June 16, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

There are a few things to be said in response to Shane Jones’ recent declaration that New Zealand’s immigration policy is as “rancid” as “butter chicken”. The first of these, is that this is rather rich criticism coming from Mr Jones. The last time he was in Parliament, he was part of a party that […]

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