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The Maori Party and the Mana Party’s decision to put aside their differences and enter into a pact will lead once again to a new order in Maori politics. Labour’s fragile hold on six of the seven Maori seats is now seriously in doubt. In this guest blog post, John Moore argues that all the Maori seats are up for grabs, due to the fluid and dynamic nature of the Maori electorate. Yet this dynamism within the Maori electorates is more-often-than-not under-analysed by political commentators who over emphasise the “traditional” aspects that are seen as shaping the indigenous political world in New Zealand. [Read more below] Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at liberation
Modern social-liberalism – in the form of identity politics – has been exposed as an elitist scam. Gender politics, LGBTQI+ movements, and tino rangatiratanga struggles were all presented as a way to alleviate the poverty, oppression and discrimination of those at the bottom of society. Instead these ideologies have only acted to elevate a few coming from various subjugated groups. For example, gender politics has been mainly about putting middle class women into positions of power within the political and business world. The LGBTQI+ movement has been easily incorporated into the market economy with “pink capitalism” and with a normalisation... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at liberation
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Moreu - Timaru Herald 2 November 2016 Emmerson - NZ Herald 2 November 2016 Slane - Listener 5 November 2016 Scott - Dominion Post 20 September 2016 Scott - Dominion Post 16 September 2016 Scott - Dominion Post 14 September 2016 Yeo - The Press 10 September 2016 Hodgson - Dominion Post 15 August 2016 Emmerson - NZ Herald 13 August 2016 Emmerson - NZ Herald 13 August 2016 Murdoch - The Press 10 August 2016 Chicane - Southland Times 10 August 2016 Hubbard - 8 July 2016 Nisbet - The Press 7 July 2016 Emmerson - NZ Herald 7... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at liberation
Here’s some of the more interesting tweets (so far) about Gareth Morgan’s just-announced TOP political party. The most recent tweets are first. Geoffrey Miller ‏‪@GeoffMillerNZ Fair point to say that populist parties often have contradictory ideology. But new Morgan party seems more centrist than anything Geoffrey Miller ‏‪@GeoffMillerNZ New Gareth Morgan party seems to be blue-green with a twist of Roger Douglas- era Act and some Internet Mana rolled in. Nic ‏‪@hazmatnz Gareth Morgan is NZ's equivalent of Trump. Plenty of dollars, 0 sense. Ego driven publicity stunt. Pepper Raccoon ‏‪@pepperraccoon My new political party: The TipTop Party. We have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at liberation
Some of the more interesting and insightful first reactions to the Auditor-General's report on the Saudi Sheep scandal. The most recent tweets are first. To be updated: Michael Field ‏@MichaelFieldNZ In case of questions: its a crime in NZ to receive a bribe. And to offer a bribe. Has been for 106 years. Saudi sheep? David Slack ‏@DavidSlack Just hired my new accountants! They're certified by the New Zealand Auditor General as "having significant shortcomings, but not corrupt." Jordan McCluskey ‏@Onz_Pod Dude is a dark lord of the Sith, he ain't going to get sacked for a few sheep. Sarah... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at liberation
David Cunliffe ‏@DavidCunliffeMP Dear @JudithCollinsMP, Thank you for your kind words, Regards, David #dignityandgravitas #nzpol Helen Jacobi ‏@RevHelenJacobi Looking forward to seeing more of parishioner @DavidCunliffeMP next year after he moves on from politics. Jordan McCluskey ‏@Onz_Pod We have David Cunliffe to thank for not having to pay probably $300 a month for dial up internet to a monopoly. Give him that. Nick ‏@_nber David Cunliffe is retiring from politics to spend more time with his mansion #nzpol Russell Brown ‏@publicaddress On David Cunliffe: for all the times he embarrassed himself, his achievement on telecommunications reform changed New Zealand. Deborah... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at liberation
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Some facts about the state of unions and industrial issues in New Zealand in 2016: As at 1 March 2015, there were 137 registered unions in New Zealand with a total of 359,782 members. Just over 18% of all employees are union members – down from 21% in 2010. The 10 largest unions had a total membership of 283,900, but 49 unions had fewer than 100 members. Workers in education, health and community services make up over half of all union members and nearly 58% of members are women. The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) has 35 affiliated unions, including... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at liberation
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Murdoch - The Press 26 October 2016 Emmerson - NZ Herald 25 October 2016 Hubbard - 20 September 2016 Emmerson - NZ Herald 13 September 2016 Hodgson - Dominion Post 20 June 2016 Murdoch - Dominion Post 21 June 2016 Hubbard - 31 May 2016 Moreu - Timaru Herald 4 November 2015 Hubbard - 29 September 2015 Moreu - Fairfax 25 August 2015 Hubbard - 21 August 2015 Hubbard - 11 June 2015 Moreu - Timaru Herald 25 March 2015 Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at liberation
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Hubbard - 15 October 2016 Emmerson - NZ Herald 15 October 2016 Moreu - Timaru Herald 15 October 2016 Murdoch - Sunday Star Times 16 October 2016 Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2016 at liberation
Australia in NZ ‏‪@AusHCNZ A sad day with the passing of Helen Kelly, a brave and dignified advocate for New Zealanders. Arohanui to her family and friends. Gareth Morgan ‏‪@garethmorgannz Bye ‪@helenkellyUnion, privilege to have known you, always respected your perspective and care, you've left us too soon. Gareth Raybon Kan ‏‪@RaybonKan I only met Helen Kelly once. It was inhumane that medicinal cannabis wasn't legal in her time of suffering. RIP. Michael Wood ‏‪@michaelwoodnz Helen Kelly made the issues of working people, long buried, a national discussion. A beautiful person who believed in justice & change. Helen Clark ‏‪@HelenClarkNZ1... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at liberation
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Moreu - Timaru Herald 12 October 2016 Hubbard - 20 September 2016 Emmerson - NZ Herald 13 September 2016 Hubbard - 20 August 2016 Scott - Dominion Post 22 June 2016 Hubbard - 21 June 2016 Body - NZ Herald 19 March 2016 Scott - Dominion Post 18 March 2016 Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at liberation
Here’s some of the more interesting and insightful tweets about the 2016 local government election results. The most recent tweets are first. Will be updated. Jarrod Gilbert ‏‪@JarrodGilbertNZ Some elected to governance in Chch got similar vote numbers I did as a uni student pres. And student politics was less popular than death. Chelsea Torrance ‏‪@PCGoneRad 2/12 Hamilton City Councillors are women. Anna Smart ‏‪@annasmartnz Quite gutted the Mayoral polls in Hamilton were so wrong, would have definitely voted differently from what I did. ‪#disastrous Political Scientist ‏‪@Puddleglum11 With some honourable exceptions (e.g., Mackenzie District +23.6%) so far turnout heads... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at liberation
Here's some of the more interesting and insightful recent tweets about the Kermadec sanctuary issue. The most recent tweets are first. [To be updated] MissBetseyTrotwood ‏@Suzyiam I fully believe if Maori retain their rights to Kermadecs they will demonstrate their full care-taking responsibilities & ensure protection Laila Harré ‏@lailaharre It's still colonisation, even if it's green. Think Chagos Islands & now Kermadecs. Green world needs to sort out the justice bit too Felix Geiringer ‏@BarristerNZ There should be a marine sanctuary around the Kermadecs. One should not be imposed without Maori consultation & consent. Jenna Lynch ‏@JennaLynchNZ Greens can't have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at liberation
Here's some of the more interesting tweets about Kevin Hague announcing that he is leaving Parliament. The most recent tweets are first. Jane Clifton ‏@rumpole3 Kevin Hague's a great loss to Parliament - one of those rare MPs liked and respected even by opponents. Laila Harré ‏@lailaharre Congratulations @KevinHague . I'll never forget your support during Alliance meltdown. And congrats to @BarryCoates too. Fighter of #TPPA Brenda Pilott ‏@SSPA_Brenda Great loss to parliament of @KevinHague but a great gain for the community. Grant Robertson ‏@grantrobertson1 Really gutted that @KevinHague is not going to be part of next govt. His health... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at liberation
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Abstract: Rising interest and concern about issues of inequality throughout the world has been accompanied by a recent resurgence of both class politics and identity politics. In New Zealand there have been signs of the political left and wider society being influenced by these movements – both of which are centrally concerned with combating different types of inequality. This paper seeks to explain the relationship between both movements and their philosophies. It argues that materialist and post-materialist trends – influenced by economic crisis and other societal developments – have led to a rivalry between class and identity politics. The two... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at liberation
The New Zealand political left is in an extremely interesting position – buoyed by an increase in radicalism, but without a clear path forward. Divisions and differences over the place of class politics and identity politics are a key dynamic in the current movements. In this guest blog post, Johnny Moore elaborates on this issue and attempts to navigate how such problems can be resolved. Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at liberation
The Labour Party’s Chief of Staff in Parliament, Matt McCarten, is soon to depart Wellington to set up Labour army in Auckland. In this guest blog post, Ben Rosamond ponders what affect this will have on the non-parliamentary political left on the ground in Auckland. Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at liberation
Here's some of the more interesting tweets in reaction to the Budget announcement. The most recent tweets are first. More to come... Hamish Rutherford ‏@oneforthedr This was without a doubt the least interesting of the four Budgets I have covered. Rachel Stewart ‏@RFStew The Poor Cousin of all Budgets. #Budget2016 The Nation ‏@TheNationTV3 .@patrickgowernz calls it the “Bill’s Winter Blanket Budget”. What do you call it? #nationtv3 #namethebudget Idiot/Savant ‏@norightturnnz Over half of National's $668m surplus is WINZ debt #Budget2016 Idiot/Savant ‏@norightturnnz Over half of National's $668m surplus is WINZ debt #Budget2016 Duncan Garner ‏@DuncanGarnerNZ 'Bill's big, boring, durries Budget.'... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at liberation
Here's some of the more interesting tweets in reaction to the Budget announcement. The most recent tweets are first. More to come... Hamish Rutherford ‏@oneforthedr This was without a doubt the least interesting of the four Budgets I have covered. Rachel Stewart ‏@RFStew The Poor Cousin of all Budgets. #Budget2016 The Nation ‏@TheNationTV3 .@patrickgowernz calls it the “Bill’s Winter Blanket Budget”. What do you call it? #nationtv3 #namethebudget Idiot/Savant ‏@norightturnnz Over half of National's $668m surplus is WINZ debt #Budget2016 Idiot/Savant ‏@norightturnnz Over half of National's $668m surplus is WINZ debt #Budget2016 Duncan Garner ‏@DuncanGarnerNZ 'Bill's big, boring, durries Budget.'... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at liberation
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Emmerson - NZ Herald 6 May 2016 Hubbard - 5 May 2016 Chicane - Southland Times 5 May 2016 Emmerson - NZ Herald 5 May 2016 Moreu - Timaru Herald 4 May 2016 Moreu - Timaru Herald 3 May 2016 Chicane - Southland Times 3 May 2016 The Press 5 May 2016 Moreu - Timaru Herald 7 November 2015 Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at liberation
Here's some of the more interesting tweets about the latest developments at Mediaworks, including the resignation of CEO Mark Weldon and newsreader Hilary Barry. The most recent tweets are first. Karl Puschmann ‏@CritiKarl "Please join me in welcoming our new CEO, Julie Christie." Guy Williams ‏@guywilliamsguy You're off ya face if you think the departure of Mark Weldon is going to make things any better for old media or tv journalism. Dovil ‏@Dovil Mark Weldon, and this Twitter jubilation, it's like tapping in to what sports people must feel when they win, but for nerds. Tim Murphy ‏@tmurphyNZ The Weldonfreude... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at liberation
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Here's some of the recent cartoons published in New Zealand about the issues of tax avoidance and trusts, as revealed by the leak of the Panama papers. The most recent cartoons are first. Moreu - Timaru Herald 15 April 2016 Hubbard - 15 April 2016 Slane - Listener 14 April 2016 Ekers - Wellingtonian 14 April 2016 Nisbet - The Press 14 April 2016 Emmerson - NZ Herald 14 April 2016 Hubbard - 14 April 2016 Moreu - Timaru Herald 13 April 2016 Hubbard - 13 April 2016 Scott - 12 April 2016 Hubbard - 12 April 2016 Chicane -... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at liberation
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Ranginui Walker, 1932-2016. Murdoch - The Press 2 March 2016 Scott - Dominion Post 2 March 2016 Webb - Ranginui Walker 2013 Webb - Ranginui Walker 1997-99 Scott - Dominion 13 May 1993 Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at liberation
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Here's some recent cartoons about the debate on whether the New Zealand Government and Pharmac should be fast-tracking the purchase and supply of new generation cancer drugs such as Keytruda. Hubbard - 3 March 2016 Slane - Listener 3 March 2016 Nisbet - The Press 3 March 2016 Moreu - Timaru Herald 3 March 2016 Moreu - Timaru Herald 17 February 2016 Moreu - Timaru Herald 9 December 2015 Moreu - Timaru Herald 3 June 2015 Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at liberation