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Scoop Coverage: Labour/NZ First/Green Government Formed

Scoop Coverage: Labour/NZ First/Green Government Formed

Press releases, commentary, and reports (or most of them) following the 2017 New Zealand Election, as negotiations concluded with a Labour/New Zealand First coalition government supported by the Green Party.

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Cabinet Sworn In: Across The Generational Divide In Politics

Gordon Campbell: For some people, words like ‘tax’ and ‘regulation’ and ‘government intervention’ are fighting talk. That’s a reflection of the generational divide that exists in our political discourse.

Currently, the vocal minority who are finding it really, really hard to accept the Ardern government tend to come from the generation that became politically aware in the 1980s and 1990s – back when the wisdom of the market was taken on board with the force of a religious belief More>>

Cabinet Announced: Ministers To "Chart New Course For New Zealand"
Portfolio responsibilities for the incoming Labour-led Government underline our commitment to chart a new course for New Zealand, says Prime Minister-designate Jacinda Ardern. More>>


Auckland Transport: Mayor Welcomes Fuel Tax
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it will allow Auckland to introduce a regional fuel tax to fund investment in the city’s transport network including light rail to the airport. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Irish President's Meets Jacinda Ardern
President Higgins thanked the Prime Minister-elect for the warm welcome he had received in New Zealand and spoke of the close ties between the two nations, the decision of each country to open an embassy in each other’s capital, and the values they share... More>>


EminemEsque Copyright Case: National Loses Case Over Last Election's Ad
The key issue for determination by the Court wa whether a “sound-alike” production track, called Eminem Esque, used by the National Party in its 2014 election campaign advertising, is sufficiently similar to the 2002 music of Eminem’s hit song, Lose Yourself,so as to constitute a breach of copyright... More>>


Signings: Coalition Agreements 'Foundation For Strong Government'

Agreements with New Zealand First and the Green Party lay the foundation for a strong and proactive coalition government, says Prime Minister-designate Jacinda Ardern. More>>


Reform: CTU Says New Employment Law Just A Start

New Zealand's union movement is optimistic its goals will get an "immediate boost" from the new Labour-led administration but won't rest on its laurels once new employment law is passed, says Council of Trade Unions president Richard Wagstaff. . More>>


Result: Peters Chooses Labour As Coalition Partner

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply. Peters indicated he had been offered the position of Deputy Prime Minister and a number of other ministerial posts would go to his colleagues. More>>


Negotiations: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?
A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word.. More>>


Contains Highly Colloquial Language: Your F**king Guide To Government Formation
The following message is in no way endorsed by the Electoral Commission. They are f**king done with this election. More>>

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin
New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

Election Day Social Media: Four Incidents Referred To Police
On 2 October 2017, the Electoral Commission referred four incidents to Police in response to complaints about social media content on election day. More>>

Promises And Expectations: Environment Groups Put Future Govt On Notice
The group is reminding the parties that there is now a strong public expectation that there will be clear gains for freshwater, the climate and conservation in the next three years and is pledging to hold future leaders to their promises. More>>


Gordon Campbell: Which Way Will New Zealand First Jump?
We’ll all have to wait until after the special votes are counted, which will be October 7th at the latest. Yet simply as a mind experiment… lets assume that the policies Peters told voters he was running on will have some relevance to the positions he takes in the negotiations… More>>


Lyndon Hood: Election Lists
While the ship of state is listing, so I thought I would make some lists as well. More>>


Indecision 2017: Election Day Results
National won 46% of the vote with Labour on 35.8%. NZ First won 7.5%, with the Greens on 5.8%. ACT held on to Epsom, but failed to get more MPs. The Maori Party were wiped out of Parliament. There are still special votes to be counted, but clearly National is in the box seat to form the next Government. Full preliminary results >>



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Reese Erlich: Foreign Correspondent: Trump Plays Both Sides Against The Middle

Is he a hawk? Is he a peacenik? The President keeps us guessing . By Reese Erlich President Donald Trump has convinced Republican isolationists and hawks that he supports their views. That’s a neat trick, since the two groups hold opposing positions. ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Waiting For The Old Bailey: Julian Assange And Britain’s Judicial Establishment

On September 7, Julian Assange will be facing another round of gruelling extradition proceedings, in the Old Bailey, part of a process that has become a form of gradual state-sanctioned torture. The US Department of Justice hungers for their man. The More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Sorry Plight Of The International Education Sector

Tourism and international education have been two of the sectors hardest hit by the pandemic. They’re both key export industries. Yet the government response to them has been strikingly different. There has been nothing beyond a few words of ministerial condolence and a $51.6 million package (details below) to get the sector through the pandemic...

Binoy Kampmark: Google’s Open Letter: Fighting Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code

Tech giants tend to cast thin veils over threats regarding government regulations. They are also particularly concerned by those more public spirited ones, the sort supposedly made for the broader interest. Google has given us an example of this ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Trump’s Current Chances Of Re-Election

By now it seems clear that National have no fresh ideas to offer for how New Zealand could avoid the Covid-19 economic crisis. As in the past, National has set an arbitrary 30% ratio of government debt to GDP that it aims to achieve “in a decade or so,” ... More>>

The Conversation: Rogue Poll Or Not, All The Signs Point To A Tectonic Shift In New Zealand Politics

Richard Shaw AAP(various)/NZ Greens (CC-BY-SA)/The Conversation Strong team. More jobs. Better economy. So say the National Party’s campaign hoardings. Only thing is, last Sunday’s Newshub-Reid Research poll – which had support for the Labour ... More>>

The Coronavirus Republic: Three Million Infections And Rising

The United States is famed for doing things, not to scale, but off it. Size is the be-all and end-all, and the coronavirus is now doing its bit to assure that the country remains unrivalled in the charts of infection . In time, other unfortunates may well ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Altars Of Hypocrisy: George Floyd, Protest And Black Face

Be wary what you protest about. The modern moral constabulary are out, and they are assisted by their Silicon Valley friends in the Social Media club. Should you dare take a stand on anything, especially in a dramatic way, you will be found out ... More>>