Tag: General Election NZ

Hone Harawira’s farewell speech

Article – Fightback Ten years ago I led 50,000 Maori on the historic FORESHORE AND SEABED MARCH from Te Rerenga Wairua to the very steps of this parliament, in a march against the greatest land grab in the history of this country – Labours theft of the foreshore and … Hone Harawira’s farewell speech By Fightback Admin Ten years ago I led 50,000 Maori on the historic FORESHORE AND SEABED MARCH from Te Rerenga Wairua to the very steps of this parliament, in a march against the greatest land grab in the history of this country – Labour’s theft of the foreshore and seabed – a watershed moment for Maori because it wiped away any illusion that Labour would put Maori rights ahead the interests of big mining; because it showed that the colonial past of land thefts was still very much alive; and because it led to the formation of the first ever independent Maori political party – THE MAORI PARTY. Those were the wonderful days when it seemed all of Maoridom spoke with one voice – days that quickly ended when the Maori Party did A DEAL WITH NATIONAL at the next election in 2008, and although it quickly became clear that we were being overwhelmed, the leadership of the Maori Party ignored my pleas for us to stop accepting National Party lies over the advice of...

Read More

MANA and resistance to the next National government

Article – Fightback Fightback is committed to the MANA Movement, however we are still in the process of assessing the 2014 electoral defeat. Grant Brookes (Fightback/MANA Poneke) offers one perspective. MANA and resistance to the next National government By Fightback Admin 29 September 2014 Fightback is committed to the MANA Movement, however we are still in the process of assessing the 2014 electoral defeat. Grant Brookes (Fightback/MANA Poneke) offers one perspective. Over the coming week, MANA leaders Hone Harawira and Annette Sykes will tour the country, talking with members and supporters about where next for the Movement after the election. The media called it a “landslide victory” for National, a “catastrophe” for the opposition. John Key was labeled a “rock star politician”, said to be “even more popular” than he was three years ago. National won 61 seats in Parliament – enough to govern alone, based on the provisional count. The election turnout, at 77 percent, appeared slightly higher than the 74 percent of registered electors who cast a vote in 2011. But fewer people registered to vote this time. So the percentage of the population who voted in 2014 is much the same as in 2011. That was the lowest election turnout since 1887. Of the 3.4 million eligible voters in New Zealand, just over a million of them wanted three more years of National. But over 2.3...

Read More

Website Election Queries Different to Media Focus

Press Release – Massey University An online web platform that enabled voters to ask questions of candidates in the lead up to the general election found the issues that received the most queries were different to those that dominated the news headlines.Website Election Queries Different to Media Focus An online web platform that enabled voters to ask questions of candidates in the lead up to the general election found the issues that received the most queries were different to those that dominated the news headlines. Ask Away allowed representatives from each political party to log in each day to respond to the most popular questions as voted by website users. It received 1098 questions and 1166 answers from 63 different party spokespeople, and there more than 16,000 votes cast across the questions. The three most popular questions were on climate change (307 votes), economic inequality (266 votes) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (229 votes). Website designer Meg Howie says the high ranking of questions related to the TPPA indicates “that people were eager to use the site to make the politicians talk about things they might usually avoid”. Other popular but unusual questions were related to the issue of giving prisoners the democratic right to vote and how to make Parliament more productive, particularly in the debating chamber, with many expressing dissatisfaction with the level of personal attacks and...

Read More

Top 5 Scoop Press Releases Week To 20th Sep 2014

Article – Scoop Insights The following five press releases were the top performing press releases (by NZ page view numbers) according to Google Analytics on Scoop for the seven days to 20th September 2014. Top 5 Scoop Press Releases Week To 20th Sep 2014 | Scoop Insights The following five press releases were the top performing press releases (by NZ page view numbers) according to Google Analytics on Scoop for the seven days to 20th September 2014. 1. Eminem Publishers Sue New Zealand National Party Detroit-based music publishing companies sue National Party for damages for unauthorised use of song in election campaign advertising. 2. NZ First poll shows Labour coalition more likely than ever New Zealand First’s East Coast candidate, Mere Takoko, has revealed that her party’s internal polling shows Labour’s Moana Mackey is just 2 percent away from winning the East Coast electorate seat from incumbent Anne Tolley. 3. The TPPA’s Dirty Little Secret: How US could write NZ’s Laws A new website launched today ( http://tppnocertification.org/ ) has exposed what University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey calls ‘the dirty little secret of the TPPA’. 4. Shock as company gets go-ahead in the Karangahake Gorge Extensive mining activity is due to start in the beautiful bush clad hills behind the iconic Karangahake Rail Trail. 5. Miss Universe NZ 2014 to be live-streamed Auckland, September 15 Miss Universe...

Read More

Amid Dirty Politics ‘Another Free Election Bites the Dust’?

Opinion – Juliet Bonnay The Moment of Truth in the Auckland Town Hall on Monday night was not about Kim Dotcom. It was about New Zealand. More specifically, it was about New Zealands ability to hold onto its democracy and remain an independent sovereign nation. Ironically, … Amidst Dirty Politics ‘Another Free Election Bites the Dust’? By Juliet Bonnay ‘The Moment of Truth’ in the Auckland Town Hall on Monday night was not about Kim Dotcom. It was about New Zealand. More specifically, it was about New Zealand’s ability to hold onto its democracy and remain an independent sovereign nation. Ironically, if New Zealand signs the secret TPP agreement, and continues to allow mass surveillance here, New Zealanders will be shown to be the “losers” rather than Glenn Greenwald. What most people do not realise is that Washington, through the CIA and its mass surveillance programs in operation since the sixties, has sneaky ways of working around its allies. In fact, the CIA was instrumental in getting rid of Prime Minister Gogh Whitlam in Australia in 1975 after he ran foul of the Nixon Administration. He dared to withdraw Australian troops from Vietnam after previous Prime Minister Harold Holt promised to go “all the way with LBJ.” But there was more. Here’s a list of other ‘unfavourable actions’ he took, which William Blum wrote about in his book, Killing...

Read More