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NewsWire’s all-you-can-eat election coverage 06/10

New this morning on NewsWire’s all-you-can-eat election coverage

Newsy, informed, to-the-point, comprehensive, challenging, analytical, quirky and fun… election coverage from Whitireia Polytechnic journalism students

Herald deal raises fear level
With Fairfax tipped as a possible buyer for a stake in NZ Herald owner APN, politicians are getting twitchy about concentration of media ownership. By Sandra Dickson & Sarah Coddington.

Daddy’s girl votes on the right
Sarah McCormick, daughter of American Ambassador William McCormick, voted for John McCain to keep her dad quiet, NewsWire reveals. Our reporters mingled with the crowd at the US Embassy in Wellington as the Obama result became clear.

England succumbs to US election fever
A take on the American situation from NewsWire’s former online news tutor, Dave Lee, now with the BBC.

Cuba Mall: Green as (WITH VIDEO)
True to form for this hangout for environmental activists, modern hippies and the beatnik young cool, Cuba Mall regulars tell NewsWire they will mainly be voting for the Green Party.

Victory for the Orange Guy (WITH VIDEO)
He has 1000 Facebook friends and is being hailed as a promotional success. A panel of young voters give their views of New Zealand’s election mascot.

Weather casts gloom for National
Jessica Dixon reports that Saturday’s fine-weather forecast bodes better for Labour than the Nats.

PLUS: Bad news for National among voters in the Wellington High school-yard; New Zealand’s journey to full voting rights for all; and more Billboard Shenanigans.


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Gordon Campbell: On DHB Deficits And Free Trade

Currently the world is looking on aghast at the Trump administration’s plans to slash Obamacare, mainly in order to finance massive tax changes that will deliver most of their gains to the wealthy. Lives will be lost in the trade-off. Millions of Americans stand to lose access to the healthcare they need.

Spot the difference with New Zealand, where DHBs are under intense pressure to reduce deficits within a climate of chronic underfunding. More>>


Greens' Response: Slum-Like Rentals Exposed In Renting Review

“...The grim findings of the review are a wakeup call about the true state of rentals in this country. Too many renters are festering in slum-like conditions under the thumb of landlords who have largely unchecked powers and ignore tenants’ complaints when it suits them.” More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>


Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>


Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>





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