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September 18, 2017

Election Summary If the 2014 general election was seen as the strangest in living memory, the 2017 election can certainly be described as one of the most exciting. In this final round-up before polling day on Saturday, September 23, we summarise a tumultuous and unpredictable campaign. Despite the popular Prime Minister John Key resigning in […]

August 21, 2017

Green Party Leadership Metiria Turei resigned her position as co-leader of the Green Party on August 9, saying at a press conference “the intensity of those [media] attacks has become too much for my family.” Co-leader James Shaw supported Turei, saying “frankly, I am kind of over the level of interrogation she has received.” Turei […]

August 14, 2017

Labour Leadership Andrew Little resigned as Labour leader on August 1 after poll results published in July showed that support for his party had fallen, and that he had lower “preferred Prime Minister” ratings than his deputy, Mount Albert MP Jacinda Ardern.   At a caucus meeting the same day, Little nominated Ardern to become […]

August 7, 2017

Metiria Turei The Greens unveiled their welfare policy, “Mending the Safety Net”, on July 16, which co-leader Metiria Turei described as “the most significant changes to our welfare system in a generation.” The package would increase all benefit payments by 20 per cent, remove sanctions on beneficiaries who do not actively seek work, and reduce […]

July 24, 2017

Queer Politics Parliament’s apology on July 6 to people who were convicted of once-criminal acts of homosexuality put queer rights back on the political agenda, but there is still little consensus on LGBTQ+ issues within New Zealand politics. There has been considerable debate over legislation produced since the Homosexual Law Reform Act of 1986, showing […]

July 17, 2017

Todd Barclay Prime Minister Bill English came under intense media scrutiny in June when it was revealed that he had known of MP Todd Barclay’s alleged illegal surveillance of an employee since February last year. On two occasions over two years, Bill English had made dishonest statements to media about Barclay’s actions. Barclay and his […]

May 29, 2017

Housing Housing affordability featured heavily in National and Labour’s weekend conferences on May 13–14. Both parties scrambled to build on policies dealing with the nationwide housing shortage in what is a particularly crucial issue for the upcoming general election in September. Last year Labour pledged to build 100,000 houses over the course of a decade […]

May 22, 2017

The political zeitgeist of the Western world today is undoubtedly populism, the ideology which favours a “pure people” over a “corrupt elite,” according to Political Scientist Cas Mudde. Populists have gained a number of victories recently. In the Brexit referendum in June last year Britain voted to “take back control” from what many saw as […]

March 20, 2017

Prime Minister Bill English announced changes to New Zealand’s retirement rules on March 6. The changes include raising the retirement age to 67, and requiring that migrants must have lived in New Zealand for 20 years to receive a pension from the government. The new retirement age, which affects people born after June 1972 — […]