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New Zealand First Policy on Power Companies

By   /  August 25, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

New Zealand First’s policy on power companies relates to our opposition to the sale of these state assets, as well over two thirds of New Zealanders were in 2013 when a referendum on the sale of state assets was held, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters. “Richard Prosser MP’s […]

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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 Cheesy Voting Sketch

By   /  July 2, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Because of NZ First’s continuing  bizarre policy of  refusing to make clear  their coalition preferences, reminded me of Monty Python’s cheese sketch. Adapted to our present circumstances, I present to you, The Cheesy Voting Sketch;

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EXCLUSIVE: #NeverShane

By   /  February 3, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  50 Comments

This has not been an easy piece for me to write. Watching in mounting horror as somebody – or something – you love and care deeply about gears up to do something self-destructive is never easy. And yet, that’s the apparent position which quite a few of us dedicated New Zealand Firsters appear to be […]

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Embedded At The New Zealand First Convention Part Two: Perception, Deception, Convention.

By   /  September 4, 2016  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

As I covered in yesterday’s part one of my NZ First Convention writeup, ours is a party often bedeviled by woeful (and frequently media-fostered) misperceptions as to who we are, what we’re about, and what we’re actually like ‘in the flesh’. We’re often presented as being a fairly hollow if not outright skeletal organizational structure […]

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Embedded at the New Zealand First Convention Part 1: “The Board is Set, The Pieces Are Moving…”

By   /  September 3, 2016  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

One of the unique privileges of my position in the NZ politisphere is that I straddle two worlds. I’m a commentator and purveyor of insight – but I’m also a card-carrying member of one of New Zealand’s most interesting (yet inscrutable) political parties. Every so often, I get to bring the two facets together and […]

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What’s Behind National’s Sudden Police Priority? Winston!

By   /  August 30, 2016  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

Accept no imitations. The only time National’s generally serious about bolstering the number of ‘boys in blue’ is when they’re out electioneering to increase their Caucus.

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An election looms: do I feel lucky?

By   /  September 10, 2014  /  Gareth Renowden, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Consider this. A few hundred metres away, right in front of you, there’s a man with a very big gun — a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world. You’re looking down the barrel. He’s just pulled the trigger, and a bullet is speeding towards you. You would very much like to dodge the bullet, but your fate depends on the actions of the political parties standing for election on September the 20th.

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Getting out the climate vote

By   /  July 2, 2014  /  Gareth Renowden, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  36 Comments

Ten days ago a group of environmental NGOs launched the Climate Voter initiative — a non-partisan effort to put climate change firmly onto the election agenda. Over 18,000 people have already signed up.

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Time for the Greens to stay cool – Cunliffe’s best shot at being PM is to unify the opposition

By   /  April 10, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  30 Comments

What has to happen now is that the Green strategists need to start including the possibility of NZ First in the mix. If the Greens are serious about changing the Government, can they work with Winston and can they build some personal relationships with him before the election?

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