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Labour clarifies position on irrigation and bottled water

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, June 26th, 2017 - 41 comments

“We remain committed to setting a resource rental for large water take for irrigation at a fair and affordable price.”

National’s conference – no policy – drowns in Billshit

Written By: - Date published: 12:47 am, June 26th, 2017 - 20 comments

National’s conference was supposed to be a tour de force, setting them up for the home stretch to the election. Instead it was empty of policy or vision, and coverage was drowned in a rising tide of Billshit.

The left bites back

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, June 25th, 2017 - 17 comments

A little bit of feel good for a Sunday morning (plus a very clever cat!).

New Zealand First

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, June 24th, 2017 - 61 comments

New Zealand First could have a pivotal role in the next Government. What are their principles and what are they committed to?

Greens to contest Nick Smith’s seat in Nelson

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, June 24th, 2017 - 41 comments

Nelson city councillor Matt Lawrey is to run a two tick campaign with the full backing of the party.

Labour to invest in public transport for Greater Christchurch

Written By: - Date published: 11:17 am, June 22nd, 2017 - 9 comments

A 21st century city simply has to have integrated, multi-modal public transport at its heart.

National release their Social Media Policy

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, June 19th, 2017 - 14 comments

How not to be a twit.

100 Days

Written By: - Date published: 10:23 am, June 15th, 2017 - 36 comments

It’s 100 days to the election!

Young voters have the power…

Getting Corbyn

Written By: - Date published: 7:36 am, June 11th, 2017 - 30 comments

“An extremely large portion of the British people, particularly the young, are utterly disenchanted by the sclerotic and self-perpetuating political class that governs them”

The Freshwater Rescue Plan

Written By: - Date published: 8:17 am, June 10th, 2017 - 12 comments

Seven steps to reclaiming our lakes, rivers, streams and aquifers.

We’ll see.

Written By: - Date published: 11:26 pm, June 8th, 2017 - 12 comments

There’s the heel of a boot, and then there’s the lifting of it.

 

Trying to wedge the Greens

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, June 7th, 2017 - 120 comments

The political right try it on every election year, in an attempt to sow a bit of discord. I expect this sort of obvious and clumsy wedge politics from Hooton and the like, but I was a bit surprised to see Duncan Garner having a go.

Andrew Little – Last Labour PM of NZ?

Written By: - Date published: 4:48 pm, June 3rd, 2017 - 136 comments

A wee bit of speculation for a long week-end.

Green Party List announced

Written By: - Date published: 9:18 am, May 31st, 2017 - 21 comments

Climate change, human rights, indigenous rights, Māori and Pasifika, and fresh, young  faces on the 2017 Green Party List.

Green Party position on National’s 2017 Budget

Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, May 30th, 2017 - 92 comments

“The Budget is what allows National to govern. If National failed to pass the Budget, all its legal ability to tax and spend would dry up and the Government would fall apart. There is no way we would vote for the Budget, because that would be supporting the National Government and its agenda.” Metiria Turei and James Shaw, Green Party blog.

NZ and UK political spectrums

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, May 30th, 2017 - 50 comments

Politics as a compass not a line.

Gangs to vote – a hopeful sign for turnout?

Written By: - Date published: 11:02 am, May 29th, 2017 - 32 comments

Is this an isolated case or is it representative of a change of mood in the non-voting electorate?

The Greens and voting on the Budget

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, May 29th, 2017 - 150 comments

Wondering about what the Greens are voting for? It might not be what you think.

The Greens on record

Written By: - Date published: 6:25 am, May 29th, 2017 - 13 comments

Despite rumours to the contrary, the Green Party was highly critical of National’s Budget.

White middle class male privilege

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, May 27th, 2017 - 19 comments

Rohan Lord this week pulled out from being a Labour candidate because he thought his prospects of being elected were remote because he was a white middle class male.  His comments displayed a complete lack of understanding of how the Labour Party works and ignores the fact that having a truly representative caucus is a virtue.

Roy Morgan poll (please no not Winston)

Written By: - Date published: 6:47 am, May 27th, 2017 - 61 comments

The chronically erratic Roy Morgan poll is out again, with Nat vs Lab/Green in a dead heat.

The Greens respond to the Budget

Written By: - Date published: 10:03 am, May 26th, 2017 - 72 comments

James Shaw on National as the masters of the shell game.

The Labour lite budget

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, May 25th, 2017 - 25 comments

From pre announced budget initiatives it is clear that today’s budget will provide National the opportunity to announce watered down insipid versions of current Labour Party policies.

Strong and Stable – guess National’s campaign slogan!

Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, May 23rd, 2017 - 36 comments

We’ve had the Brighter Future (it sucks). We’ve had The Cusp of Something Special (it wasn’t). What will National’s soundbite slogan be this time?

The looming battle over property

Written By: - Date published: 9:10 am, May 15th, 2017 - 122 comments

Housing may be the issue that decides this year’s election.  And if Labour wins Andrew Little will have a major crisis to deal with, one that he has to solve.

Forty or bust!

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, May 15th, 2017 - 95 comments

It’s the right target, and the right reason, the left really does not want to end up dependent on Winston Peters for a shot at forming a government.

Andrew Little’s speech – the next four and a half months are a fight for a better New Zealand

Written By: - Date published: 1:49 pm, May 14th, 2017 - 93 comments

The text of Andrew Little’s speech delivered today to the Labour Party congress.

Labour’s Manifesto

Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, May 11th, 2017 - 293 comments

Old school Social Democracy. (Remember that?)

Prefigurative politics: being the change you want to see

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, May 9th, 2017 - 10 comments

In election year, we have some choices about how to proceed.

Jin An – Why I am running for Labour

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, May 9th, 2017 - 30 comments

In this guest post Jin An states what made her decide to be the Labour Candidate for Upper Harbour and the list.

More love for Labour’s list

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, May 8th, 2017 - 18 comments

Herald: “It is a fresh-looking line-up, led by MPs who have been in opposition long enough to have won their spurs and feel they are more than ready to move into the Beehive.”

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