Priorities 

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Wellington man Danny Tahau Jobe has started a petition to include the Maori name of New Zealand, Aotearoa, in NZ’s official name. As of this morning, the petition was close to 3250 signatures. ‘ What’s interesting is that the petition is not calling for an immediate name change, rather, it’s calling for a referendum on … Continue reading Priorities 

Contrasting starts

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Both Labour and National need a good 2019. Both parties struggled during 2018, for different reasons. Labour, in government, suffered one too many scandals that they would have liked. Meanwhile, Simon Bridges’s National leadership was being questioned less than six months into his tenure, and that’s not even mentioning the Jami-Lee Ross saga. And as … Continue reading Contrasting starts

Who could go to cabinet?

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As the political year kicks off, Jacinda Ardern has delayed an anticipated cabinet reshuffle, which now looks to have been postponed to after May. One of the biggest problems for Ardern is the lack of gender diversity in her cabinet. In a cabinet of 20, just six are women, and that goes against Labour’s line … Continue reading Who could go to cabinet?

Minor party shortage

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No Right Turn recently blogged about TOP’s dissolution. However, it’s the last line of his post which I find the most interesting: But while its clear that TOP has died a natural death, it means we’ll be down to only 12 registered political parties (and only 5 in Parliament). Which isn’t a lot of options … Continue reading Minor party shortage

Plug pulled on TOP

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Gareth Morgan’s pet political party, TOP, has applied for de-registration. It’s a sad ending. I know that myself, along with quite a few other voters from both ends of the political spectrum, quite liked TOP’s ideas. The problem was though, the ideas were generally the only thing that people liked. Gareth Morgan kind of acted … Continue reading Plug pulled on TOP

Not cool

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So Green party co-leader Marama Davidson has received death threats on social media.  This comes after Auckland City Council’s decision to refuse right-wingers Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux access to speak at council-owned venues, for fear of stirring up hate. Davidson tweeted her support, and got death threats as a result. I don’t agree with … Continue reading Not cool

Let them voice their opinions

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Far right Canadians Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux have been banned from speaking at venues owned by Auckland City Council during their trip to NZ. Southern and Molyneux have controversial opinions on feminism, gender, and especially Islam. The Islamic community unsurprisingly voiced their opposition. Hazim Afra, president of the New Zealand Federation of Islam Associates, … Continue reading Let them voice their opinions

A good decision by Air NZ

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Air New Zealand has announced that they will be serving plant-based burgers on their Auckland-Los Angeles flights, a decision that has been criticized by Clutha-Southland MPs Hamish Walker and Mark Patterson. For those that don’t know, a plant-based burger is where the meat is made out of beans, although apparently, it tastes exactly like normal meat. … Continue reading A good decision by Air NZ