The Nation 31/5/14: Housing, Laila Harre, Greens AGM
This week on The Nation… as housing issues again dominate
the headlines, we ask: is the New Zealand quarter acre dream
dead? And how many affordable houses are being built in
Auckland? Our reporter Lucy Warhurst takes a look at the
overheated housing market and the efforts to cool it down.
Then Lisa Owen interviews Housing Minister Nick Smith about
the progress of the housing accords, and get Labour’s take
from its spokesperson Phil Twyford.
The Mana-Dotcom deal
is on, and we’ll speak to The Internet Party’s new
leader Laila Harre. What’s the game plan?
political reporter Brook Sabin will provide an update live
from the Green Party AGM.
We’ll discuss all this and
more with our panel: RadioLive host Duncan Garner, former
Labour Party president Mike Williams, and Banker’s
Association chief executive Kirk
Nation on TV3, 9.30am Saturdays and 10am
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>