Tag Archive: NZ Politics

The fine line of international politics

National and the Greens have called for the government to condemn US president Donald Trump’s policy of family separation.

Acting PM Winston Peters, however, has said that while he and all of the cabinet are “concerned” about the policy, they have refused to condemn it.

It shows what a tricky thing international politics is.

There’s always a certain amount of sucking up you have to do to people you might not like. We saw it with Trump and Kim at the Singapore Summit. We see it in pretty much any interaction with China.

And New Zealand remains an ally of the US and within their zone of influence.

Peters and the government can’t risk a backlash from the US which has already imposed tariffs on us.

So, they are forced to remain silent.

Where’s the positive media?

On Saturday, it was announced by Conservation minster Eugenie Sage and Energy minister Megan Woods that they had denied an application to mine on conservation land. 

This is a positive for the government, as they are following up on their promises to restrict mining in favor of conservation.

Ok. What’s the big deal?

Well, I didn’t even know this happened until No Right Turn blogged about it. 

The usual sites that I go to to find out what is happening in NZ politics, Stuff, the NZ Herald, and Newshub, all had no reports on this.

Look, that is something that should change.

Reporting only negative media about the government will get them more clicks, but it is important to report both the good and the bad on the government.

Otherwise, they risk not telling the whole story and seeing trust drop in them.

I hope the media will change their ways on this.

What could Irish abortion law reform mean for NZ?

Ireland, traditionally one of Europe’s most socially conservative countries, has voted to legalise abortion in a landslide vote, 68% to 32%.

Given that Ireland is a predominantly catholic country, this a big win for pro-choice candidates.

This also speaks volumes about what might happen when NZ looks to changing abortion laws.

PM Jacinda Ardern has signalled that she wants to change New Zealand’s arbortion laws.

Currently, the only way someone can get an abortion in New Zealand is if two doctors agree that having the baby would cause serious damage to the woman’s physical or mental health.

It’s interesting to note that even though New Zealand is one of the most liberal countries in the world, our abortion laws are some of the most restrictive.

And if a country as conservative and religious as Ireland will vote for reform, then I think pro-choice campaigners in NZ have a lot to be optimistic about.