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Politics

May 22, 2017

Ummm, so, drama. Our ol’ mate, the original wannabe-gangster himself, Trump-dog made a move that may have finally pushed the entire world over the edge and proved he is potentially the most imbecilic person in existence. News broke from CNN, at around 5.00pm on May 9,  that the Director of the FBI, James B. Comey […]

May 22, 2017

Labour and Māori Recently there has been criticism and counter-criticism over Labour’s relationship with Māori voters. Electorate seats, education, prison rates, and historic land disputes are all issues dogging Labour in what looks to become one of the major themes in their run up to the 2017 election. At the centre of the discussion is […]

May 22, 2017

On May 3, it was revealed that the Australian Government had decided to stop subsidising New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents to study at higher education institutions from the beginning of 2018. The decision means that affected students will be charged the domestic full-fee rate and, according to RNZ, this will push the amount […]

May 15, 2017

Labour Party List Last week’s delay in the release of Labour’s party list set many a think-piece in motion, with some speculating that the delay hinged on an upset Willie Jackson’s trip to Wellington. A day later the list was released, revealing a string of new high profile placements.   Among newer MPs with high […]

May 15, 2017

On May 2 it was revealed the Government has plans that would see an expansion of mining on the West Coast. Two coal mines are planned at Whareatea West and Deep Creek on the Denniston Plateau — an area with extremely high conservation value. In an interview with TVNZ Simon Bridges said “there is very […]

May 15, 2017

Continuing our coverage of the American healthcare debacle from Issue 05, on May 4 Trumpy managed to snake his way past those pesky progressive Democrats in the House of Reps and pass the first stage of his American Health Care Act, the proposed legislation that aims to get rid of Obamacare. Under the new-and-really-REALLY-not-improved Trumpcare […]

May 8, 2017

On April 29, the White House Correspondents dinner took place in Washington D.C — an annual staple in the diet of the American political media. Beginning in 1921, the President and Vice-President traditionally attend the event, an evening to celebrate the relationship between the White House Press Corps and the Presidential Administration, resting upon the […]

May 8, 2017

Labour Immigration Policy It should be pretty clear by this point that immigration is going to be a major issue in the upcoming election. In an ideal world this would mean a healthy debate over what New Zealand can reasonably support and who is most in need. Instead, both major parties appear to be slipping […]

May 8, 2017

On April 19, the government announced changes to New Zealand’s immigration policy. Low skilled migrants will have their time in New Zealand limited to a maximum of three years, while skilled migrants now have to meet a remuneration threshold — $48,859 for skilled jobs, and $73,299 for well-paid jobs considered low-skilled. Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse […]