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National bolster their moribund blue-greens

Written By: - Date published: 8:28 am, February 28th, 2017 - 73 comments

I read this morning in Politik that Vernon Tava has left the Greens and appears to be leaning towards National. It doesn’t seem to me to much of a problem to lose a conservationist to National. It just means that the Greens can concentrate more effectively on the work of getting everyone trying to build a cleaner sustainable future.

Homeless crisis hidden in plain sight

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, February 28th, 2017 - 10 comments

Bill blames the blowout in emergency housing grants on the “hidden homeless”. Hidden only from those who will not see. Hidden only from a government that deliberately chooses for political reasons not to collect the relevant data.

Two more Labour candidate selections

Written By: - Date published: 1:43 pm, February 27th, 2017 - 11 comments

Angela Warren-Clark (Tauranga Women’s Refuge manager) for Bay of Plenty and Jan Tinetti (Principal) for Tauranga. These are the kinds of grounded, real-world perspectives that we need in Parliament.

Housing crisis what housing crisis

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, February 27th, 2017 - 51 comments

The Government’s estimate of the extent of the housing crisis has recently been shown to be totally out of touch and to add further pathos it is counting kiwi families urgently housed in motels in tourism statistics.

Green Party Member’s Bill to protect freshwater

Written By: - Date published: 7:35 am, February 27th, 2017 - 16 comments

Green Party candidates and vision speech (updated)

Written By: - Date published: 12:55 pm, February 26th, 2017 - 12 comments

James Shaw addresses Green Party candidates and shares their vision for Aotearoa New Zealand

Media response to the Mt Albert By election result

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, February 26th, 2017 - 99 comments

The media have responded to the Mt Albert by election result by raising the prospect of Jacinda Ardern becoming deputy leader of the Labour Party.

The Mt Albert By election

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 25th, 2017 - 80 comments

It is election day today in Mt Albert for the successor to David Shearer.

Comments are open.

It’s past time to be bold about water

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, February 25th, 2017 - 147 comments

Water is both the front line and the rallying cry.

Mt Albert – the left and the right

Written By: - Date published: 11:29 am, February 24th, 2017 - 80 comments

All the best to all candidates, and thank you to Julie Anne Genter and Jacinda Ardern for showing us all such a model of cooperation.

Two big policy fails

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, February 24th, 2017 - 10 comments

This is what you get with a hasty, reactive, “top down” policy process.

Nick Smith becomes Minister of Government Information

Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, February 24th, 2017 - 62 comments

The Government intends to change the definitions of various indicators in an effort to solve some of the country’s most serious problems.

Forest and Bird takes it the Government in the Supreme Court

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, February 24th, 2017 - 25 comments

The Crown is seeking to overturn the Court of Appeal decision obtained by Forest and Bird which is preventing Conservation land in the Hawkes Bay from being used for the controversial Ruataniwha dam.

2017

Written By: - Date published: 7:48 am, February 23rd, 2017 - 130 comments

The left is facing the possiblity of its fourth election loss in a row.  What type of campaign should it run this year to win?

Kaupapa Pākehā

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, February 22nd, 2017 - 329 comments

What if we based our politics on relationships not power?

Nick Smith screws up again

Written By: - Date published: 9:21 am, February 22nd, 2017 - 20 comments

We should probably just schedule this as a monthly post.

Maryan Street defers to Raymond Huo

Written By: - Date published: 8:43 pm, February 20th, 2017 - 13 comments

For very human reasons former Labour Party President and Labour List MP Maryan Street has confirmed that if Jacinda Ardern wins the Mt Albert by election this weekend she will not seek to return to Parliament via the list.

He Kawenata ki Waenga i Te Roopu MANA me Te Paati Māori

Written By: - Date published: 5:51 pm, February 20th, 2017 - 53 comments

The agreement between the Mana Movement and the Māori Party.

The Greens in Te Tai Tokerau

Written By: - Date published: 2:13 pm, February 20th, 2017 - 13 comments

Te Tai Tokerau looks to be a hotly contested seat in the 2017 general election, and the Greens are entering the fray there for the first time, with new candidate Godfrey Rudolph.

Māori Mana deal in Te Tai Tokerau

Written By: - Date published: 12:18 pm, February 20th, 2017 - 165 comments

As reported on Stuff: “Hone Harawira gets clear Te Tai Tokerau run for Mana not running against Maori Party in other seats”.

Duncan Webb for Christchurch Central

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, February 20th, 2017 - 40 comments

Another strong Labour selection in an interesting electorate.

John Key – Mr 2%

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 20th, 2017 - 43 comments

John Key’s support as preferred Prime Minister has plunged in the latest Colmar Brunton poll.  And he has been seen playing sponsored golf for a Japanese businessman with unusual characteristics.

National’s one-trick election pony – the eternal mirage of tax cuts

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, February 20th, 2017 - 46 comments

As Finance Minister Bill English effectively ruled out tax cuts, but it’s election year, and so of course the Nats can’t help but trot out their one-trick election pony again.

Greg O’Connor responds

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 pm, February 18th, 2017 - 86 comments

In a guest post, Labour’s Ōhāriu candidate Greg O’Connor responds to some of the topics of comments in the post “Greg O’Connor selected for Ōhāriu” and elsewhere on the blogs.

Bungling Brownlee under fire

Written By: - Date published: 8:23 am, February 18th, 2017 - 34 comments

Gerry Brownlee is a walking disaster. Such is the depth of National’s talent pool that he is ranked number 4 in their lineup.

Helen White for Auckland Central

Written By: - Date published: 7:28 am, February 18th, 2017 - 33 comments

Looks like a strong candidate – all the best in Auckland Central!

Good ideas in Gisborne

Written By: - Date published: 1:28 pm, February 17th, 2017 - 97 comments

Andrew Little’s announcement yesterday in Gisborne of Labour’s pledge of up to $20million to build a prefabricated timber plant there is a much-needed boost to the area and a sign that Labour’s 100,000 new house pledge first made by David Shearer in 2012 has legs.

What’s the deal? There isn’t one.

Written By: - Date published: 7:17 am, February 17th, 2017 - 131 comments

What are the Greens up to then?

Kia Kaha Canterbury

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 16th, 2017 - 34 comments

It seems almost inevitable that the recent fires in Canterbury and the Hawkes Bay are the result of climate change and the harbingers of things to come.

Marama Fox vs Bill English – who will blink?

Written By: - Date published: 6:49 am, February 16th, 2017 - 166 comments

Marama Fox and Bill English have painted themselves into a bit of a corner, and Fox is threatening to “walk away from the Government”. Key would have handled this better.

English “will be taken down by housing”

Written By: - Date published: 2:40 pm, February 14th, 2017 - 67 comments

In the middle of a housing crisis “Housing New Zealand documents obtained under the Official Information Act show that there are nearly 2,500 empty state houses, more than 500 of which have been empty for over a year.”

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