Posts filtered by tags: New Zealand politics[x]


 

'A thrill of subtle subversion': New Zealand MPs share their love of thrifting

Aotearoa MPs are notorious for their love of ‘op-shopping’, and have offered advice to their US counterparts on the joy of buying second-handAfter the US election, congresswoman Cori Bush kicked off a conversation on Twitter about the high cost of acquiring a professional work wardrobe for Washington, saying she was heading to a secondhand shop to stock up.“The reality of being a regular person going to Congress is that it’s really expensive to get the business clothes I need for the Hill. So I’...
Tags: Fashion, Congress, Washington, US, Life and style, World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Cori Bush, New Zealand politics


New Zealand's politicians are too middle-class to tackle our biggest problems | Bryce Edwards

They can celebrate diversity and gender equality, but Labour must deal with more traditional leftwing concerns like inequality and housingA very liberal revolution has been occurring in New Zealand politics. Our parliament and Labour-led government are more socially liberal and diverse than ever before, and that’s something for progressives to celebrate.Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister, embodies this, and is lauded as a breath of fresh air in a political world traditionally dominated by “stale...
Tags: Gender, Labour, New Zealand, Maori, Bryce Edwards, Pasifika, Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand politics, Nanaia Mahuta


Despite her mandate, Ardern's agenda will be resolutely middle of the road | Tova O'Brien

Labour’s smart politics will come at the expense of its fundamental values, and be driven by its desire to stay in power The prime minister of New Zealand has just begun a victory lap of the country, though Jacinda Ardern would prefer we think of it more as a “thank you” tour.After a successful but gruelling six-week election campaign she is hitting the two-lane blacktop once again, deploying to the regions of New Zealand. Continue reading...
Tags: Asia Pacific, Labour, New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand politics, New Zealand election 2020, Tova O Brien


Jacinda Ardern must use her mandate to tackle child poverty | Max Rashbrooke

Covid has set back the PM’s modest progress on childhood hardship, meaning greater policy ambition is needed As the New Zealand First party’s vote share evaporated on election day, so too did Jacinda Ardern’s last excuse for not making more progress on child poverty, her signature issue.No longer able to blame inaction on her one-time conservative coalition partner, and possessing an absolute majority, the Labour leader now has a free hand on an issue dear to her heart. She may have labelled cli...
Tags: Asia Pacific, Labour, New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand politics, COVID, Max Rashbrooke


New Zealanders coming home for Christmas warned quarantine hotels may be full

Military says Kiwis will be disappointed if they haven’t prebooked a place as hotels approach capacityNew Zealand’s quarantine hotels are approaching capacity as the military warns there may not be room to house Kiwis planning to return home for Christmas.Some 65,000 people have passed through New Zealand’s quarantine hotels since the borders closed in mid-March. Despite the facilities generally being four- and five-star establishments, there have been multiple escape attempts from them, and the...
Tags: US, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, New Zealand, Christchurch, Kiwis, New Zealand politics, Coronavirus, capacityNew Zealand


New Zealand Greens accept Ardern's offer of 'cooperation agreement'

Deal with Labour stops short of a coalition but will see Green’s co-leaders, James Shaw and Marama Davidson, hold ministries outside of cabinet New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has agreed on a governing “cooperation agreement” with the Green party, offering two ministries and agreeing to a handful of shared policy priorities for her second term – an offer they accepted late on Saturday.Labour won the general election in October with an outright majority, meaning they could govern al...
Tags: Labour, New Zealand, Green Party, Labour Party, James Shaw, Jacinda Ardern, Ardern, New Zealand politics, Marama Davidson, New Zealand election 2020, New Zealand Greens


New Zealand house prices soar despite Covid recession, worsening affordability crisis

Property market posted an 11% rise in median values, masking rising homelessness and a widening social divide, critics say New Zealand house prices have defied the Covid-19 recession and soared to record levels, prompting warnings that the hot property market will damage the country’s long-term economic wellbeing and widen inequality.New Zealand, which already had some of the most unaffordable housing in the world, saw median prices rise 11.1 % in the year to September, while the median price in...
Tags: Business, Housing, Economics, New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand politics


New Zealand counts down to verdicts on cannabis and euthanasia votes

Campaigners for legal changes could be stymied by voter desire for the status quo after a tumultuous yearThe results of New Zealand’s referendums on whether to legalise cannabis and euthanasia will be released this week, with campaigners nervous that the upheavals of 2020 could have tilted the vote to the status quo.Political experts say that in years of unrest and instability voters tend to veer towards keeping things as they are, which could affect the likelihood of both referendum questions p...
Tags: Drugs, Cannabis, New Zealand, Assisted dying, New Zealand politics


Jacinda Ardern holds all the cards but should still keep the Greens sweet

While Labour’s landslide makes a coalition in New Zealand extremely unlikely, the PM might set up a ‘consultation’ deal with the smaller party New Zealand’s Labour and Green parties have met for the third time to discuss what role the latter might play in the new government expected to be formed by Jacinda Ardern within days.With Labour holding all the cards after its landslide victory earlier this month, a formal coalition government is seen as extremely unlikely after the latest talks on Tuesd...
Tags: Labour, New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, Labour and Green, New Zealand politics, New Zealand election 2020


The Green party won in Auckland by reaching beyond its own bubble | Chlöe Swarbrick

A minor party hasn’t won a general electorate seat in well over 20 years. The result shows what is possible when convention is scrapped I was making toast in my tiny apartment kitchen four weeks ahead of election day. Not that I really had track of the days. They had melded into one ever-extending runway as Auckland went through its second Covid-19 lockdown and New Zealand’s election date was pushed back a month.We were a few months into an insurgent campaign for an electorate seat at the centre...
Tags: New Zealand, Green Party, Auckland, New Zealand politics, Chloe Swarbrick, New Zealand election 2020


Tova O'Brien: my 'feral' interview with Covid-19 denier Jami-Lee Ross

Good journalists know balanced reporting is not as simple as providing both sides of the story. You have to squash falsehoodsLike the families of 1.14 million people worldwide, our family has lost people we love to Covid-19. They are people who would not have died were it not for this deadly, hyper-contagious virus. We are in a global pandemic that is at least 15 times more fatal than seasonal influenza.When people argue otherwise it puts more lives at risk; more families will mourn. Covid-19 co...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, New Zealand politics, Jami Lee Ross, Coronavirus, New Zealand election 2020, Tova O Brien


My 'feral' interview with Covid-19 denier Jami-Lee Ross didn't go as he planned | Tova O'Brien

Good journalists know balanced reporting is not as simple as providing both sides of the story. You have to squash falsehoodsLike the families of 1.14 million people worldwide, our family has lost people we love to Covid-19. They are people who would not have died were it not for this deadly, hyper-contagious virus. We are in a global pandemic that is at least 15 times more fatal than seasonal influenza.When people argue otherwise it puts more lives at risk; more families will mourn. Covid-19 co...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, New Zealand politics, Jami Lee Ross, Coronavirus, COVID, New Zealand election 2020, Tova O Brien


A midwife, a Covid-19 expert and a refugee: some of New Zealand's new MPs

Labour’s ranks have been swelled by New Zealand’s first African MP, just one example of an more diverse ParliamentThe landslide victory for Labour will see 64 left-leaning MPs enter parliament this week – many of them fresh and untested.The new parliament is also set to be the most inclusive ever, LGBTQ+ members making up 10%, and a high number of female MPs. Continue reading...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, Labour, New Zealand, Lgbtq, New Zealand politics, New Zealand election 2020


Why New Zealand rejected populist ideas other nations have embraced

Labour’s historic win delivered Ardern a second term while voters punished politicians who embraced populism Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Labour prime minister who was returned to power for a second term with a commanding majority, has often been hailed internationally as a foil to global surges in right-wing movements and the rise of strongmen such as Donald Trump and Brazil’s leader, Jair Bolsonaro.But the historic victory of Ardern’s centre-left party on polling day – its best result in five...
Tags: Asia Pacific, Labour, New Zealand, Brazil, National party, Donald Trump, Labour Party, Winston Peters, Jair Bolsonaro, Jacinda Ardern, Ardern, New Zealand politics, New Zealand election 2020


'I don't tend to have communications with Donald Trump,' says Jacinda Ardern – video

After securing a historic election victory, the New Zealand prime minister was asked about the world leaders who sent her congratulations. 'I have had a few lovely messages. Scott Morrison ... I've had the prime minister of Denmark, Pedro Sánchez from Spain. Of course, Boris Johnson reached out as well.' When asked about whether Donald Trump had been in touch, she replied: ' I don't tend to have those direct communications with the president of the United States'Jacinda Ardern eases into second ...
Tags: Spain, United States, New Zealand, Denmark, Boris Johnson, Green Party, Scott Morrison, National party, Donald Trump, Labour Party, Pedro Sanchez, Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand politics, New Zealand election 2020


What next for New Zealand's National party and its embattled leader?

New Zealand overwhelmingly embraced Jacinda Ardern’s Labour, leaving Judith Collins’ party in the wildernessJudith Collins had a spring in her step and a high-beam smile when she appeared for reporters the day after a New Zealand election that delivered a landslide victory to her opponent, Jacinda Ardern of Labour – the country’s most popular leader of modern times.“I’m feeling really good,” she said. “Woke up today, the sun was shining.” Continue reading...
Tags: Asia Pacific, Labour, New Zealand, National party, Collins, Judith Collins, Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand politics, New Zealand election 2020


Jacinda Ardern considers coalition despite New Zealand election landslide

Prime minister says she will be ready to form a government in two to three weeks as New Zealanders enjoy return to normal life New Zealand Greens on the rise after voters return to the fold Opinion: New Zealanders have recognised their good luckJacinda Ardern has held out the possibility of forming a coalition government despite securing a historic election victory that will enable her Labour party to govern alone.New Zealanders expressed relief on Sunday at her re-election, after a campaign tha...
Tags: Labour, New Zealand, Green Party, National party, Labour Party, Jacinda Ardern, Ardern, New Zealand politics, New Zealand election 2020, New Zealand Greens


Jacinda Ardern eases into second term amid relief in New Zealand at election landslide

Prime minister says she will be ready to form a government in two to three weeks as New Zealanders enjoy return to normal life • New Zealand Greens on the rise after voters return to the fold • Opinion: New Zealanders have recognised their good luckJacinda Ardern has held out the possibility of forming a coalition government despite securing a historic election victory that will enable her Labour party to govern alone.New Zealanders expressed relief on Sunday at her re-election, after a campaign...
Tags: Labour, New Zealand, Green Party, National party, Labour Party, Jacinda Ardern, Ardern, New Zealand politics, New Zealand election 2020, New Zealand Greens


Jacinda Ardern's partner serves up food for journalists – video

While New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, waited for election results that would lead to the Labour party securing a historic landslide victory, her partner, Clarke Gayford, delivered home-cooked "fish sliders and venison bites" to journalists outside their home. Gayford served up food during the 2017 election and said he wasn't going to do the same this year, but said it was a good excuse 'to sneak out and go fishing'.Jacinda Ardern to govern New Zealand for second term after historic...
Tags: Labour, New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand politics, Clarke Gayford, Gayford, New Zealand election 2020


New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern condemns divisive elections in victory speech – video

Jacinda Ardern condemns divisive elections during victory speech, saying polls 'don’t need to tear people apart'. Ger words were interpreted as a veiled allusion to the divisive US election, due to take place in two weeks. The Labour party secured a landslide victory with its best result in five decades after Ardern emphasised kindness and cooperation during her first term, and told voters she needed a second term to deliver on her promises of transformational changeArdern hails 'very strong man...
Tags: US, World news, Asia Pacific, Labour, New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, Ardern, New Zealand politics, New Zealand election 2020


Jacinda Ardern to govern New Zealand for second term after historic victory

New Zealanders give Labour more votes than at any other election in past five decadesFollow the results liveJacinda Ardern will govern New Zealand for a second term after the Labour party secured a historic landslide victory in the general election, attracting so many votes it could become the first party in decades to be able to govern alone. Ardern’s deft handling of the Covid-19 outbreak and resolute belief in science and experts was credited with earning the trust of New Zealanders, who cast...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, Labour, New Zealand, Judith Collins, Jacinda Ardern, Ardern, New Zealand politics, New Zealand election 2020


Jacinda Ardern's first term as New Zealand's prime minister – in pictures

Jacinda Ardern has secured a second term as leader after a resounding victory in the country’s general election. The Labour leader had led a coalition government since October 2017, ending nearly a decade of National rule. During her first term Ardern had to deal with responses to the Christchurch terrorist atrocity, the Whakaari volcano eruption and the Covid-19 pandemic. She gave birth to her first child, Neve, in June 2018 Ardern hails ‘very strong mandate’ after election landslide Continue r...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, Labour, New Zealand, Christchurch, Neve, Jacinda Ardern, Ardern, New Zealand politics, New Zealand election 2020


Jacinda Ardern hails 'very strong mandate' after New Zealand election landslide

With more than 90% of vote counted Labour expected to secure 64 of 120 seatsFollow the results liveJacinda Ardern will govern New Zealand for a second term after the Labour party secured a landslide victory in the general election, attracting so many votes that it could become the first party in decades to be able to govern alone. With more than 90% of the vote counted, Labour had secured 49%, with the opposition National party on 27%. Labour was expected to win 64 of the 120 seats in parliament...
Tags: Labour, New Zealand, Judith Collins, Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand politics, New Zealand election 2020


Jacinda Ardern thanks supporters amid Labour landslide – video

Jacinda Ardern is on track to be re-elected as the prime minister of New Zealand. The Labour party looked set for a landslide victory, attracting so many votes in the general election it could become the first party in decades to be able to govern alone.With more than 90% of the vote counted, Labour had secured 49%, with the opposition National party on 27%. Addressing supporters, Ardern said: “Tonight New Zealand has shown the Labour party its biggest support in 50 years.”Jacinda Ardern’s Labou...
Tags: Labour, New Zealand, Labour Party, Jacinda Ardern, Ardern, New Zealand politics, New Zealand election 2020


New Zealand election: voters head to the polls as Ardern, Collins call halt to campaign

Election results expected to come out quickly, with many advance votes already castNew Zealanders are heading to the polls today in a general election that could see the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, strengthen her left-of-centre hold on government or socially sonservative Judith Collins installed after only three months as opposition leader.Labour party leader Ardern and National party chief Collins are the faces of the election to form the country’s 53rd parliament, in essence a pandemic-foc...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, Labour, New Zealand, National party, Collins, Judith Collins, Jacinda Ardern, Ardern, New Zealand politics, New Zealand election 2020, Ardern Collins


Jacinda Ardern saves best for last in New Zealand election TV debate | Steve Braunias

Judith Collins has the look of a defeated woman as Labour heads to likely victoryLong time no see. Jacinda Ardern left it late, but turned up at last night’s fourth and final debate of the election campaign as the prime minister. Ghostly versions of herself made weird, kind of shifty appearances in the previous three debates. God she was terrible, an anxious mess, uptight, easily thrown, unable to say anything memorable or with much conviction. She got better or at least less terrible as the deb...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, Labour, New Zealand, Collins, Judith Collins, TVNZ, Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand politics, Steve Braunias, New Zealand election 2020


'Sorry sunshine, wrong place': New Zealand deputy PM tells off Covid conspiracy theorist – video

Winston Peters has rebuked a coronavirus sceptic at an election campaign event in Tauranga. New Zealand’s deputy prime minister was answering questions from an audience on Tuesday when the unidentified man asked: ‘Where is your evidence that there is a virus that causes this disease?’‘Here’s someone who gets up and says “the Earth is flat”,’ Peters responded. ‘Sorry sunshine, wrong place.’ New Zealanders go to the polls on Saturday 17 OctoberWhy are coalition governments so common in New Zealand...
Tags: World news, Earth, New Zealand, Peters, Tauranga New Zealand, Winston Peters, New Zealand politics, New Zealand election 2020


New Zealand euthanasia vote: polls point to 'yes' amid campaign of fear and doubt

The ‘yes’ campaign has Jacinda Ardern’s support but opponents say they believe New Zealand’s most vulnerable will be at riskOn Saturday, New Zealanders will be asked to vote yes or no on whether Kiwis enduring “unbearable suffering that cannot be eased” have a legal right to end their life.For Matt Vickers, the former husband of lawyer and euthanasia campaigner Lecretia Seales, the vote can’t come soon enough. Continue reading...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Assisted dying, Kiwis, Lecretia Seales, Matt Vickers, Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand politics


Judith Collins: New Zealand's 'anti-Ardern' whose hero is Thatcher

The New Zealand opposition leader has pulled no punches after being thrust into the role just a few months before the election“I’m very aware that I’m not going to be able to come out and ‘out-Jacinda’ Jacinda Ardern,” says New Zealand’s opposition leader of her rival. “But I can be Judith Collins.”On Saturday, New Zealanders will be given the choice not only between parties but also between two very different women vying for the prime ministership. Continue reading...
Tags: New Zealand, National party, Thatcher, Judith Collins, Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand politics, Jacinda, New Zealand election 2020


Danger lurks for Ardern even as her star power dominates New Zealand election

She is wildly popular in the polls but significant risk lies in Labour’s decision to pin all their hopes on their leader’s profileRead our weekly election briefingOn the lush green grounds of New Zealand’s oldest university, prime minister Jacinda Ardern is getting mobbed.Half a dozen police officers clear a path through the heaving crowd in Dunedin, while her security detail tightly flank Ardern, and look increasingly tense as the crowd gets bigger and more demanding. Continue reading...
Tags: Labour, New Zealand, Dunedin, Jacinda Ardern, Ardern, New Zealand politics, New Zealand election 2020