As this issue goes to print, National are down to 41.5 per cent in the polls, their lowest level of support since 2008.
Author Archive: Hamish McConnochie
King DotCom: Will he bring down the government? He’s the gift that keeps on giving. Kim Dotcom is yet again at the centre of attention, this time over the Government Communications and Security Bureau (GCSB) relying on external agencies to determine his residency status. Failing to understand where Dotcom’s visa category fitted within their own [...]
Problems I have: The Children Are Poor And Mitt Romney Exists Child Poverty You probably know the statistics by now. 270,000 New Zealand children are living in poverty. The issue has recently come to the forefront of political attention, following a one-two effort with David Shearer’s school lunches and Jacinda Ardern’s Child Poverty Bill. Only [...]
Hard for johnson We’re nearly there. The marathon that is the US Presidential race is entering the most exciting phase of the contest. With the conventions gone and running mates picked, there are only a few debates before the media’s attention turns to the sprint finish of Election Day. The incumbent, President Obama, has been [...]
Trend-Watch: Members’ Bills They’re all the rage at the moment, aren’t they? Even before the drawing of Louisa Wall’s Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, a number of other members bills have attracted significant media attention. Sue Moroney’s extension to paid parental leave, Holly Walker’s lobbying disclosure bill and Te Ururoa Flavell’s Gambling (Gambling Harm [...]
All Hail Kim Dotcom In December last year, the name “Kim Dotcom” would have meant little to the majority of New Zealanders. A raid on the former Chrisco mansion in late January by Police acting on the direction of US authorities changed all that. Since then, Dotcom has become a (or, for some, ‘the’) recurring [...]