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Politics

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 […]

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 […]

September 11, 2017

This section ranks some policies from the different parties on issues that affect Te Ao Māori directly. The information was collated and summarised from political party websites to give a clear and concise summary of their focus towards these issues. The ranking system itself subjectively scores each political party out of ten on their strategies […]

August 21, 2017

Euthanasia has been in the spotlight recently, with ACT MP David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill being introduced to the House on June 8. It was reviewed by the Attorney-General Chris Finlayson in a section 7 report for consistency with the Bill of Rights Act 1990. While the Bill was found to be inconsistent […]

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 21, 2017

It was raining a lot and the music students were playing jazz downstairs — the beginnings of a poetic evening spent in the company of the lovely VUWSA Executive. Here are a few updates from what was a relatively benign public section of the meeting on August 14. Minutes are posted on the VUWSA website:  […]

August 14, 2017

On March 5, Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft suggested that New Zealand should consider lowering the voting age to 16. The idea is not without precedent — it was raised by former MP Sue Bradford in 2007 and 2011; and, internationally, countries including Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Scotland have a voting age of […]

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 […]