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October 10, 2011

The impetus for the original shift away from First Past The Post (FPP) to our current Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) electoral system was a result of prolonged public distrust in government. The Muldoon era provoked withering confidence in the New Zealand Government, and led the Labour Party to campaign in both 1981 and 1984 on […]

October 2, 2011

It was clear that Brash would have to take note of the Green Party approach after receiving a less-than-lukewarm response in his attempt to revive 2005’s rhetoric on race. However, rather than following Russell Norman’s cue in focusing on economic strategy, Brash instead turned his focus towards something that not even the Greens are prepared […]

September 25, 2011

In 1994, then-Prime Minister Jim Bolger said he believed New Zealand could cut ties with the British monarchy, and become a republic by the year 2000. Although he succeeded in ending the awarding of British Honours in New Zealand in 1996, and firmly advocated replacing the Privy Council as the country’s highest appellate Court—successfully executed […]

September 19, 2011

Fundamentally, the aims under-lying National Standards are undeniably sound. Developing skills in reading, writing and mathematics are essential for a child’s success as they progress beyond Year 8, and in many cases, into tertiary education. Providing teachers, and in particular parents, with an indication of where a child is at, consistent with the subsequent expectations […]

September 12, 2011

Released just over a week ago, the National Party list holds few surprises and it makes sense. Even though some complain of complacency, National are clearly onto a winning formula at this point, and as the old adage goes, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. Despite that, there are a couple of elements to […]

September 5, 2011

The beginning of the mid-term break marked 100 days until Election Day, and during the recess we also entered the three-month period regulating political propaganda; a significant milestone as we approach November 26. Despite the imminence of the election however, Labour continue to languish in doldrums. The latest Herald-DigiPoll survey has the opposition party at […]

August 15, 2011

It’s been a tumultuous couple of weeks. First there was the US debt-crisis, which alone was absolutely astounding in its development. Then there was the subsequent announcement from international credit ratings agency Standard & Poors (S&P), reducing the credit rating of the world’s largest economy from AAA to AA+. Furthermore, accompanying the credit downgrade, the […]

August 8, 2011

Emulating the 2008 agreement between Helen Clark and John Key, the Prime Minister pulled out of a planned TV3 multi-party leaders’ debate last week, announcing he would only debate Phil Goff one-on-one in the lead-up to the election. Goff subsequently said he would only participate in a multi-party debate if Key did, and consequently the […]

August 1, 2011

It seems ridiculous, but Paul Goldsmith—biographer for both Act Party leader Don Brash, and Act’s Epsom candidate, John Banks—has been announced as National’s candidate to run against Banks. Well, sort of. Rather than campaigning against Banks, Goldsmith has announced he will campaign for the ‘party vote’, while encouraging National-leaning voters to give their ‘electorate vote’ […]