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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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Julian Assange: A Thousand Days In Belmarsh
Julian Assange has now been in the maximum-security facilities of Belmarsh prison for over 1,000 days. On the occasion of his 1,000th day of imprisonment, campaigners, supporters and kindred spirits gathered to show their support, indignation and solidarity at this political detention most foul... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: The Mauling Of Novak Djokovic
Rarely can the treatment of a grand sporting figure by officialdom have caused such consternation. Novak Djokovic, the tennis World Number One, has always had a tendency to get under skin and constitution, creating a large following of admirers and detractors. But his current treatment by Australian authorities, and his subsequent detention as an unlawful arrival despite being granted a visa to participate in the Australian Open, had the hallmarks of oppression and incompetent vulgarity... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Voices Of Concern: Aussies For Assange’s Return

With Julian Assange now fighting the next stage of efforts to extradite him to the United States to face 18 charges, 17 of which are based on the brutal, archaic Espionage Act, some Australian politicians have found their voice. It might be said that a few have even found their conscience... More>>

Forbidden Parties: Boris Johnson’s Law On Illegal Covid Gatherings

It was meant to be time to reflect. The eager arms of a new pandemic were enfolding a society with asphyxiating, lethal effect. Public health authorities advocated various measures: social distancing, limited contact between family and friends, limited mobility. No grand booze-ups. No large parties. No bonking, except within dispensations of intimacy and various “bubble” arrangements. Certainly, no orgies... More>>

Dunne Speaks: Question Time Is Anything But
The focus placed on the first couple of Question Time exchanges between the new leader of the National Party and the Prime Minister will have seemed excessive to many but the most seasoned Parliamentary observers. Most people, especially those outside the Wellington beltway, imagine Question Time is exactly what it sounds... More>>

Gasbagging In Glasgow: COP26 And Phasing Down Coal

Words can provide sharp traps, fettering language and caging definitions. They can also speak to freedom of action and permissiveness. At COP26, that permissiveness was all the more present in the haggling ahead of what would become the Glasgow Climate Pact... More>>