Politics

UKIP Tries to Stay Relevant by Turning to Islamophobia

Posted 11:51am Sunday 28th May 2017 by Cameron Meads

The Brexit vote rattled Britain and the world. The death of the European Union and the rise of a new world order seemed imminent with Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen’s mobilisation of alt-right voters. Almost a year on, many of these fears have faded while new implications have Read more...

Labour Confronting Important Issues

Posted 11:48am Sunday 28th May 2017 by Jack Pacey

The Labour Party has added to its promises for the upcoming election with another set of policy announcements centred around the growing housing debate and the issue of mental health in New Zealand. These plans represent the start of what Labour hopes to develop into a coordinated effort to present Read more...

Ransomware attack: Mass infrastructure catastrophes no longer sci-fi

Posted 11:15am Sunday 21st May 2017 by George Elliott

The ransomware attack last week, coined WannaCry, has been heralded as a wake-up call for the world on the very material dangers that cyberwarfare can have on society’s infrastructure. First appearing in Spain on 12 May, WannaCry spread via email, exploiting vulnerabilities in Microsoft Read more...

Labour floats “Māori-run” prison idea

Posted 11:05am Sunday 14th May 2017 by George Elliott

Last week, Labour’s corrections spokesman Kelvin Davis mentioned an idea to turn the existing Ngawha prison in Northland to one run sole on Maori values: "A prison based on Māori values, not exclusively for Māori but for anybody, but they'll know that the values that the Read more...

Interview with Nicky Hager

Posted 11:43am Sunday 7th May 2017 by George Elliott

George Elliot: There’s been a lot of blowback from Hit & Run. What is your assessment from the response to that? Nicky Hager: So far the book is going very well. It could seem like the goal was that the government announced the enquiry, and that was the test of whether it worked, but Read more...

Kaye Takes Education & Brownlee Takes Foreign Affairs in Safe Cabinet Reshuffle

Posted 11:21am Sunday 30th April 2017 by George Elliott

The reshuffle has been perceived as a safe refresher for PM Bill English’s team—a balanced response to the departure of two senior officials. Nikki Kaye will replace Hekia Parata as Education Minister; Gerry Brownlee will replace Murray McCully as Foreign Affairs Minister. Gerry Read more...

Frances Radical Centrist Macron to Face Populist Le Pen in Election Second Round

Posted 11:18am Sunday 30th April 2017 by George Elliott

Newcomer centrist Emmanuel Macron and hard-right populist Marine Le Pen will face off in the second round of France’s presidential elections on the 7th of May after no candidate won a majority last week. Macron came away with 24.01 percent of the vote, while Le Pen was a million votes behind Read more...

Does Andrew Little Have a Point On Immigration Policy? No, he does not.

Posted 10:59am Sunday 30th April 2017 by Joe Higham

As with any election year, political parties tend to ramp up their immigration rhetoric, and with five months left until we know who will be leading our country for the next three years, this trend is already well underway.  With net permanent and long-term migration (arrivals minus Read more...

Struggle? In 2017?

Posted 11:23am Sunday 23rd April 2017 by Tyler West

Look at that, four months have passed already! It’s been an active year thus far; students are still getting themselves into strikes, riots, killings, and occasionally a victory. So maybe it’s worth keeping half an eye on what those damned young radicals are up to an island, country, or Read more...

Outpost of Empire: The Far Right in New Zealand Up to the 1920s

Posted 11:40am Sunday 9th April 2017 by Tyler West

For the most part, New Zealand has missed the kinds of ultra-reactionary mass movements that typified fascist, and otherwise hardline nationalist, politics during periods of crisis in other countries. Classical fascist movements, or contemporary populist chauvinism (such as, say, Read more...

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