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Politics

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 16, 2017

As the youth representatives of your parties, who are currently in, or have just been through, tertiary education, what is your long-term vision for the tertiary sector in New Zealand?   Vic Labour VicLabour recognises the world is changing. To enable success in this environment we must strive to reach the most highly-educated work force […]

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 9, 2017

ACT Party MP Heather Roy’s Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill passed its third reading in 2011, legislating that “no student or prospective student at a [tertiary] institution is required to be a member of a students’ association,” shifting the model to one in which students would “opt-in” to join their union — prior 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 […]

October 2, 2017

The United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has been signed by over 50 countries, including New Zealand. The treaty binds signatories to not “develop, test, produce, manufacture, otherwise acquire, possess, or stockpile nuclear weapons.” What are your thoughts on the treaty and New Zealand’s decision to sign it?   Young Nats — […]

September 25, 2017

According to the Department of Corrections, the prison population was 10,260 in June — of which 50.4% are Māori, 32.0% are Pākehā, 11.1% are Pasifika, 4.7% are “Other (incl. Asian)”, and 1.8% are unknown. The Electoral (Disqualification of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill passed in 2010 — prisoners sentenced after December 16, 2010, are unable to […]

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

According to the Electoral Commission, 62.73% of those aged 18–24 who were enrolled voted in the 2014 election. As of September 5, only 66.54% of this age group are currently enrolled. A proliferation of campaigns have encouraged students to vote, but, as representatives of the youth wing of your political parties, we want to know […]