Fisheries minister Stuart Nash has announced that he will try to get support from within cabinet to roll out cameras on commercial fishing boats. The policy, which was put on ice when the Labour government was sworn in, has been on ice given Labour’s coalition partner NZ First having strong ties to the fishing industry. So, Nash … Continue reading Nash risks pulling a Little
Labour’s proposed reform of the controversial three strikes law has fallen through, with their coalition partner NZ First saying that they would not support the repeal. This is what happens when you have a three-way government like this one, and it shows the different sides that NZ First and Labour have taken on law and … Continue reading No repeal of Three Strikes
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
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
One thing that I have noticed in my few months of blogging is that I’ve done very little on NZ First. And part of the reason for that is that there hasn’t really been a lot of news out of them. Excluding Shane Jones, who has been given both good and bad coverage by the … Continue reading Where is NZ First?
A new Colmar Brunton poll was released today, with the results being misinterpreted. Labour fell five points, from 48% to 43%, while National gained one point, going from 43% to 44%. The other three points that Labour lost both went to their coalition partners, the Greens and NZ First, with NZ First climbing two to … Continue reading Not all that bad for the coalition
Today, the political year kicks off. Naturally, I, a 14 year old, decided to offer my valuable (read: worthless) advice to the politicians who have been doing this for years and years. Let’s get right in then, shall we? Labour: If you make a promise, make bloody well sure it happens. With an unusually large … Continue reading Advice for the political parties
In episode six of Meet the Newbies, I talk to NZ First’s one south island based MP, Mark Patterson, a former farmer from the Clutha-Southland electorate, in this twelve minute interview. We talk about his switch from National to NZ First, how it feels being placed ahead of sitting MPs on the party list, and … Continue reading Mark Patterson – Meet the Newbies