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October 16, 2017

Final Election Results The final results of the general election were released on Saturday, October 7, two weeks after voting closed on September 23. The preliminary results of the votes counted on September 23 saw National with 58 seats, while Labour and the Greens had 52 seats between them. However, the “special votes” — votes […]

October 9, 2017

New Zealand’s role in providing humanitarian assistance abroad and dealing with international refugees is again under scrutiny, as the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar worsens. The Rohingya are a Muslim minority group in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The Myanmar Government does not consider the Rohingya to be citizens, instead holding the view that they are living […]

October 9, 2017

Potential National/Greens Coalition There have been calls for the Green Party to abandon their hostility to National and join it in a coalition deal, despite the Greens having campaigned on “changing the government” throughout 2017. Right wing commentators such as Matthew Hooton have been enthusiastic about a deal, and National Party politicians seem open to […]

October 2, 2017

Winston Peters Attention is focussed on Winston Peters after NZ First gained 7.5% of the party vote, approximately nine seats, in the preliminary results of the general election on September 23. It secured Peters’ position as “Kingmaker” with considerable influence over whether the next government is fourth-term National, or made up of Labour and the […]

September 25, 2017

Election Campaign Performance Fourth terms are hard to win; the last time a party gained a fourth term was when National won the 1969 general election. But while the well-known adage that “oppositions don’t win elections, incumbents lose them” has been true for a number of New Zealand elections, 2017 was never going to offer […]

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 […]