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September 24, 2018

On Monday 17 September Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern delivered her weekly press conference after her cabinet meeting. Military Deployment First up, Jacinda announced five Defence Force deployments. The major development was an extension to the existing deployment to Camp Taji in Iraq to June 2019, which will basically be the end of Kiwi soldiers training up Iraqi […]

September 24, 2018

In recent weeks, several Labour policies — justice, the refugee quota, and employment law — have been diluted by New Zealand First. Are cracks showing in the coalition? VicLabour  No. It’s called MMP sweetie, look it up. Greens on Campus No. It’s called MMP sweetie, look it up. – Mark Metcalfe VicNats Not only have […]

September 24, 2018

This week Salient reporter Jess Potter talks to Simon about sexism, drugs, and rock&roll. Jacinda and the Labour party seemed to have created a decent youth following, with what the media called a “youth quake” and an increase in voter turnout during the 2017 election, possibly having an impact on the Labour party’s rapid rise […]

September 10, 2018

The lie of the ‘warrior race’ remains the feature piece of the colonial narrative. The dispute resolution method painted as murder – people, birds and animals. Ignorant of any pale confinements – crossing all boundaries of ‘the law’. Often described in academia as ‘lawless’ and ‘primitive’, but now saved by the Queen. How did such […]

September 10, 2018

At this point in time every political party in the New Zealand parliament has a leader/or leaders with whakapapa Māori. Each Māori member in Parliament represents different tribal connections, constituencies, and a diversity of interests; each supporting different kaupapa across Aotearoa today. I believe it’s important to look at the big issues of today through […]

September 10, 2018

I am writing this letter to let you know that you have inspired me to be a teacher. Not because I have fond memories of how you all taught me valuable lessons that I will carry forever. No, I have become inspired to be a teacher because I have recently discovered that during my time […]

August 20, 2018

Simon Bridges Travel Costs Leaked National Party Leader Simon Bridges has saying that he wants a full inquiry into the leak that revealed he spent over $113,000 on business travel. The information, which was leaked to Newshub, showed that the MP had spent this money on travel expenses and accommodation in April and June,. Speculation […]

August 20, 2018

Under the current housing shortage, landlords and property management have major leverage on prospective tenants (i.e. bidding wars at open house, asking for bank statements). Do you think this should be addressed? Why or why not? If so, how? VicLabour The little regulation free-market route isn’t working. Rentals can be both damp and cold which […]

August 20, 2018

It was the second post cabinet press conference for Jacinda Ardern since returning from maternity leave. She wasn’t the only one running the show on a Monday arvo; she brought along Ministers Meka Whaitiri and a taller-in-real-life Shane Jones along for the ride. Shane could not look more bored when he was talking about the […]