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?

Power is a fickle thing

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There is some discord amongst the Greens, after Land Information minister Eugenie Sage made a highly controversial decision. Sage made the decision to allow a Chinese owned water bottling company to expand and gain several hectares of land, to grow their Otakiri Springs water bottling plant. This goes against the Greens campaign promises, in which … Continue reading Power is a fickle thing

The Newshub poll

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Newshub released a poll today, and it was same old, same old.  National was up 0.6% to 45.1, Labour was up 0.3% to 42.6%, the Greens were down 0.3% to 5.7%, and NZ First was down 1.2% to 2.4% This poll follows a trend we’ve been seeing throughout the year. National narrowly ahead of Labour, NZ … Continue reading The Newshub poll

National’s wedge

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National has taken the tough on crime approach to law and order, and are calling on NZ First to do the same. And I think this shows just what an advantage National has when you have a three party government like this. Being in opposition, National has no chance of passing tough on crime bills, … Continue reading National’s wedge

Haggling over the Kermadecs

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NZ First leader Winston Peters has signalled to the Greens that he is willing to negotiate over the Kermadec Islands marine sanctuary.  The Kermadec island sanctuary was originally proposed by the previous National government, but NZ First’s connections to the fishing industry put the proposal on ice when they entered a coalition with the Labour … Continue reading Haggling over the Kermadecs

Jaung the Greens candidate

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The Green party has announced their candidate for the Northcote by-election, and it’s their 2017 candidate, Rebekah Jaung. Jaung is not really a great choice for the by-election. There’s no chance of the Greens really winning it, their participation in the by-election is just about raising their profile and showing that they are different from … Continue reading Jaung the Greens candidate

A good decision by the Greens

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The Greens have announced that they will stand a candidate in the Northcote by-election against Labour’s Shanan Halbert and National’s Dan Bidois. The Greens were apparently tossing up about whether or not to run a candidate, mainly for financial reasons, apparently. However, there’s also the fact that had they not run a candidate, Labour’s Shanan … Continue reading A good decision by the Greens