Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, August 6th, 2018 - 40 comments
The Return of the Pollwatch: Are Labour getting a baby bump? Are National in decline? Are the Greens in existential danger? And do all the previous questions have the same answer?
Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, August 2nd, 2018 - 62 comments
In 2010 the ACT Party with the help of National managed to pass a piece of legislation that damaged student democracy, and blatantly ignored public opinion. Voluntary Student Membership or VSM sounds like a horrendous STI, and its impact has been to screw student democracy. Prior to 2010 students had a choice as to whether […]
Written By: - Date published: 10:47 am, July 27th, 2018 - 82 comments
So National be getting pretty liberal with the Marijuana stuff.
Written By: - Date published: 1:10 pm, July 15th, 2018 - 68 comments
Peter Dunne has some sage advice for National; phone a friend. If you can find one.
Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, June 25th, 2018 - 88 comments
The Ministry for the Environment has released a discussion paper on a Zero Carbon Bill. But one proposal is to exempt methane which would mean that effectively half of New Zealand’s greenhouse gasses would not be subject to limitation.
Written By: - Date published: 10:06 am, June 17th, 2018 - 94 comments
National has cautiously pledged to support the Government’s proposed Climate Change Commission. But is it looking for opportunities to delay or weaken urgent action that New Zealand needs to be taking now rather than signing up for urgent action being started now?
Written By: - Date published: 2:13 pm, June 15th, 2018 - 42 comments
The Government has announced that all employees in the core public service will be paid a living wage from September 1, 2018.
Written By: - Date published: 7:28 am, June 15th, 2018 - 154 comments
Eugenie Sage has been criticised for granting OIO consent to the foreign buy out of a water bottling company and a piece of sensitive land. But from the looks of the details that have been released she may have had no choice.
Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, June 10th, 2018 - 125 comments
Matthew Hooton and Fran O’Sullivan have claimed that the Government’s decision to ban off shore petroleum exploration is “Orwellian”, part of an attempt to divert attention from other issues, bad for the environment and bad for jobs. Are they right?
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, June 8th, 2018 - 43 comments
If you have useful thoughts on how we should deal with climate change, now is the time not to have defeatist or pessimistic thoughts. Now is the time to put pen to paper and get your thoughts straight to James Shaw and help shape this legislation before the first draft hits Parliament.
Written By: - Date published: 7:17 am, June 1st, 2018 - 19 comments
Central and local Government have announced new funding for projects to preserve and enhance the natural environment in Taranaki.
Written By: - Date published: 8:32 pm, May 27th, 2018 - 88 comments
The latest Newshub/Reid Research poll is out, and it continues to be less than stellar news for the opposition, but also for New Zealand First.
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, May 25th, 2018 - 53 comments
New Zealand has a low carbon energy future plan. What is the strategy to achieve this?
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, May 20th, 2018 - 103 comments
Marama Davidson’s speech to Parliament during the Budget debate.
Written By: - Date published: 12:31 pm, May 19th, 2018 - 71 comments
Some proposals on why we just got the budget we did.
Written By: - Date published: 10:27 am, May 11th, 2018 - 199 comments
The CTU have commissioned UMR to poll kiwis on their attitude to tax. The vast majority believe that more money is needed to fix infrastructure. And a remarkable number support the imposition of a Tobin Tax.
Written By: - Date published: 8:21 am, April 30th, 2018 - 34 comments
National’s Blue Green conference on the weekend suggests that the party has moved on from outright denial that cliamte change exists to grudging acceptance that it is a phenomenon but “balance” requires that it is tolerated.
Written By: - Date published: 4:00 pm, April 18th, 2018 - 78 comments
In this third edition of Pollwatch, we note Simon Bridges’ leap out of the gate to a hiss and fizzle, and with Roy Morgan still on an unexplained hiatus, our second poll of the year has arrived from Colmar Brunton, with the government’s support down very slightly, but its support partners both in a much more stable position.
Written By: - Date published: 9:01 am, April 18th, 2018 - 43 comments
Media pundits are claiming on the evidence offered by one poll that the Government’s political honeymoon is over. But the same claim was made four months ago.
Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, April 16th, 2018 - 203 comments
Jacinda Ardern has accepted the US, UK and French response to the Syrian crisis. Should she have instead condemned it?
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, April 14th, 2018 - 18 comments
The two greatest powers at work in the world right now are the roles of global finance, and climate change. In New Zealand we don’t yet see how these intersecting worlds of finance and climate change are interacting, or the government’s role in forming that interaction. But this is close.
Written By: - Date published: 10:13 am, April 12th, 2018 - 158 comments
The Government has announced that there will be no new offshore oil and gas exploration permits issued under the block offer process.
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, April 10th, 2018 - 68 comments
While there has been some informed commentary on Marama Davidson’s ascension as co-leader of the Green Party, some of the more right-wing outfits have failed to understand the dynamics within the party right now. What did Marama promise, and what were Greens expecting of her?