The new Labour/NZ First/Greens government is inheriting some significant challenges – one of which is infrastructure. Failure to invest in infrastructure has led to some major problems in NZ’s cities. A key example of this problem is congestion in Auckland with gridlock by the airport reaching crisis levels. The new government has announced an ambitious… Continue reading Love light rail? Hate the petrol tax.
In the lead up to the election there has been some minor media commentary about Labour’s industrial relations policy. Business NZ has come out against Labour’s proposed “Fair Pay Agreements” (FPAs), and Jacinda Ardern was questioned on Labour Policy during the leader’s debate. What are these FPAs and should we support them? “Fair Pay… Continue reading What are Fair Pay Agreements?
Across the country Labour has just put up thousands of billboards. From the one end of the country to the other, a smiling face of Andrew Little is winking at passing motorists. Beneath the neat smile and clean suit, a promise- “A Fresh Approach”. And now he is gone. Responding to poor polling, the Labour… Continue reading WTF just happened in the Labour Party?
It’s an election year in New Zealand/Aotearoa. Around the world elections are proving to be wild and unpredictable. New political actors and organisations are arising from the margins, and the status quo is on the defensive. Its kicking off everywhere, except it seems, New Zealand. In contrast to the rest of the world, NZ seems… Continue reading Kiwi Corbyn? Ideas are not enough
This is a guest post from Kieran Kelly. It does not matter what lies in his heart. It does not matter that he is severely uncharismatic. It does not even matter that he looks eerily like the animated plasticine character Wallace (I keep half-expecting him to reveal his latest contraption for solving the housing crisis… Continue reading Keiran Kelly- Little Expectations
2016 was a big year. Globally politics was ruptured by stunning and surprising political turning points. England voted to leave the European Union, shattering the decades old political and economic status-quo there. Even more shocking was the electoral victory of Donald Trump in the US election. It is clear that we live in unpredictable… Continue reading 2016- the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
It looks like everyone in parliament agrees. The four biggest parties have all recently spoken about the need to reduce immigration. Specifically, it has come up in response to problems of unemployment and unaffordable housing. It seems all politicians agree- immigration policy holds the key to these social issues. But politicians have a little secret…… Continue reading What politicians don’t want you to know about immigration…