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The Labour-led government’s focus on the Pike River campaign, to retrieve the bodies of the 29 miners, has become an issue of increasing political significant in New Zealand. In this guest blog, John Moore argues that the appropriation of the #standwithpike campaign by both the Labour and New Zealand First governing parties is an example of an increasing trend of mainstream political leaders embracing the new anti-Establishment zeitgeist. New Zealand politicians are very aware of how the Pike River mining disaster has taken on a symbolic value of representing the ugly face of “peak capitalism”, and of the general failures... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at liberation
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These cartoons tell a history of New Zealand's response to the refugee crisis over the last few years. The most recent cartoons are first. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at liberation
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The history of New Zealand's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement negotiations, via cartoons. The most recent cartoons are first. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at liberation
There have been hundreds or thousands of tweets in response to Ben Mack’s Washington Post article about the new government in New Zealand. Here a just a few of some of the more interesting or insightful. Villainesse‏ @TheVillainesse We're always supportive of our writers when they get the opportunity to write for other publications. However, this piece would not have been published on Villainesse. Ben Uffindell‏ @BenUffindell I only just read this and it's even worse than people have been saying. This person knows nothing - nothing at all - about NZ politics. Even the basics are just factually inaccurate.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at liberation
Here's some of the more interesting and insightful tweets about the refugee crisis involving Manus Island, Australia and New Zealand. The most recent tweets are first. Deluxe Minimalist @Hincerooney Let's not pretend the NZ offer would have solved everything in #Manus. There would still be 450 left to die. Hayden Eastmond-Mein‏ @h_yd_n TV show idea: Mike's Manus. Hosking gets dumped on Manus Is. with only the clothes on his back and is stuck there indefinitely. Hamish Keith‏ @hamish_keith What is the status of the Tampa NZ citizens and their families - they were refused entry to Australia on the same... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at liberation
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Voter turnout increased at the 2017 general election – but not by that much. If you take the number of votes cast at the election as a proportion of the eligible voting population, then the turnout was 73 per cent. So, it rose by a mere percentage point (from 72% in 2014, which was up from just under 70% in 2011). But what about amongst different age groups? And, in particular, did it increase amongst young voters? Below is a chart showing the increases for the different voter age bands. The first couple of bars shows that the 18-24-year-old age... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at liberation
Here's some of the more interesting or insightful tweets about the new New Zealand First Chief of Staff. The most recent tweets are first. Paul Singh‏ @Saarbo1 Wow, Heather Simpson, Andrew Campbell and Jon Johannsen all behind the scenes. The forming of a pretty formidable govt. Josh Van Veen‏ @JoshVanVeen Prediction: Jon Johansson will write an authorised biography of @winstonpeters #nzpol Tessa Houghton‏ @TidgeH Given that a large part of J.Johansson's role will presumably be helping interface with coalition partners, he seems a perfect choice to me. student loan balance‏ @kilbrniesanders Johansson will be able to tame the NZ First... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at liberation
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Hubbard - 26 October 2017 Body - NZ Herald 26 October 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 26 October 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 25 October 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 23 October 2017 Body - NZ Herald 21 October 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 21 October 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 21 October 2017 Murdoch - The Press 21 October 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 21 October 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 21 October 2017 Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at liberation
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There has been a great deal of disgruntlement about the new Labour-led government being a “coalition of losers”. Some feel that because it is a government that doesn’t include the largest party (National, which won 44% of the vote) that it is in some way illegitimate. Richard Prebble even wrote a column calling the new government an undemocratic coup. A very insightful response to this has been delivered on Twitter by Michael Appleton‏ (@michelappleton). Below are his tweets, republished in the order they were tweeted. ------- I see Richard Prebble has called @jacindaardern's coming ascension to the Prime Ministership a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2017 at liberation
Here's a few of the more interesting and insightful tweets about the idea of a National-Greens coalition or governing deal. The most recent tweets are first. More to be added. Phil Quin‏ @philquin I fully support a National-Greens suicide pact Michael Field‏ @MichaelFieldNZ This is a sinful pleasure: taunting old Labour with tales of Greens sleeping with National. More fun than removing wings from butterflies Jess Hope‏ @jesshopeshoots National Greens coalition has capacity to destroy Greens. Many policies at odds. Green voters would feel betrayed a la libdems in UK. Matthew Hooton‏ @MatthewHootonNZ Hi @_chloeswarbrick is a ban on coal... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at liberation
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Chicane - Southland Times 16 September 2016 Murdoch - Dominion Post 23 March 2013 Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at liberation
Here's some of the more interesting and insightful reactions on Twitter to the demise of the Maori Party. The most recent tweets are first. Alex Birchall‏ @Ali_GSDP No fan of Labour, but it is a bit racist towards Maori Labour MPs to suggest their voice is not "Maori" enough which is often implied Virginia Crawford‏ @CrawfordVirg New political strategy to return Māori Party to parliament is to tell Māori voters they don't understand. In other words they're dumb. Wira Gardiner‏ @GardinerWira Flavell's loss reminds me when Tapsell lost to Delamare in 96. He knew he was in trouble when his... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at liberation
Maori voters in the Maori seats have essentially just had their own minor Brexit moment – they’ve voted the Maori Party out of Parliament. The 13-year project is over. Instead, Maori support has shifted back to the Labour Party, which has won all seven Maori seats, for the first time. The Maori electorate effectively gave the finger to New Zealand’s first successful indigenous political party, and returned home to the party that has traditionally been associated with Maori politics. So, although the radical zeitgeist taking hold in the West – with a politics of extreme volatility now being the norm... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at liberation
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Moreu - Timaru Herald 3 September 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 3 September 2017 Hubbard - 25 September 2017 Tremain - ODT 25 September 2017 Hodgson - Dominion Post 25 September 2017 Body - NZ Herald 25 September 2017 NZ Herald 25 September 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 25 September 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 25 September 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 25 September 2017 Waiting on Winston - The Press 25 September 2017 Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at liberation
Guest blog post by John Moore, giving last minute advice on voting Is it OK not to vote? Does my vote really count for much? Can I vote if I’m drunk? Do I have to give two ticks when I vote? For an alternative and informative guide to voting, read below. Question: If I don’t vote then I can’t complain, right? Answer: Wrong. It’s fully up to you if you vote or not. And of course, you can still complain about the government, the system, or anything else, regardless of whether you’ve voted or not. In fact, the large number... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at liberation
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Scott - Dominion Post 14 September 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 12 September 2017 Tremain - ODT 12 September 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 12 September 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 9 September 2017 Tremain - ODT 7 September 2017 Hubbard - 7 September 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 6 September 2017 Murdoch - The Press 6 September 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 6 September 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 6 September 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 5 September 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 8 August 2017 Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at liberation
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Murdoch - The Press 13 September 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 13 September 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 2 September 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 12 September 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 12 September 2017 Yeo - Sunday News 10 September 2017 Bromhead - Herald on Sunday 10 September 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 9 September 2017 Hubbard - 11 September 2017 Body - NZ Herald 9 September 2017 Listener - 8 September 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 6 September 2017 Murdoch - Sunday Star Times 3 September 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 2 September 2017 Nisbet - The Press... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at liberation
I was asked to submit an affidavit to the High Court case between TOP and TVNZ about the exclusion of Gareth Morgan from the Multi-party leaders debate. Here's a draft of what I wrote: Download Affidavitdraft Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at liberation
The political demise of Metiria Turei has resulted in James Shaw now being the sole leader of the Green Party. While Metiria is a household name in New Zealand, for most of the public, Shaw is an unknown quantity. In this guest blog, John Moore examines the politics of James Shaw, and argues that the Green leader represents a new wave of “radical centralism”, à la Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron. The politics of James Shaw James Shaw’s radical centrism is symptomatic of a global wave of new liberal-centrist leaders that have put their stamp on post-GFC (global financial crisis)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at liberation
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Morris - RNZ 28 July 2017 Body - NZ Herald 5 August 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 5 August 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 5 August 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 5 August 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 5 August 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 1 August 2017 Body - NZ Herald 22 July 2017 Craig - ODT 22 July 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 19 July 2017 Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at liberation
Jacindamania has taken the country by storm. Jacinda Ardern’s rapid ascension to the leadership of the Labour Party was initially met with feelings of elation by those on the left. However, these feelings of joy were rapidly replaced by a sense of despair, confusion and expressions of ‘Fuck Labour’, when Ardern was seen to have thrown Green co-leader Metiria Turie under the bus. In this guest blog post, John Moore argues that Labour’s sanctimonious condemnation of Turei’s past benefit and electoral ‘fraud’ should have been expected. That Jacinda’s ‘betrayal’ came as a shock to many on the left points to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at liberation
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Emmerson - NZ Herald 27 August 2015 Hodgson - Dominion Post 26 October 2015 Chicane - Southland Times 27 February 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 2 March 2017 Nisbet - The Press 2 March 2017 Body - NZ Herald 4 March 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 4 March 2017 Tremain - ODT 10 March 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 16 March 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 18 March 2017 Hodgson - Dominion Post 20 March 2017 Nisbet - The Press 27 March 2017 Tremain - ODT 3 April 2017 Hodgson - Dominion Post 17 April 2017 Yeo - 18 April... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at liberation