The Labour-led coalition may have to generate a second wave of Jacindamania if it is to win another term in the Beehive.
Re-election is not an impossible dream, despite the failure of Labour to deliver what many of those who voted for it in 2017 expected.
Retiring Green MP Gareth Hughes summed it up when he told reporters the government had not delivered “transformation”.
The pace of change, he reckons, has not matched what he sees as the problems facing the country.
“Across my 10 years here, things have actually got worse. Emissions have increased, homelessness is growing. I don’t think the government has been transformational. There’s been pockets of transformation, but I don’t think historians are going to look back and say ‘This was a turning point on the scale of the 1930s or 1980s’. And I think that’s desperately needed. It’s a disappointment that we aren’t seeing the change I think we need”. Continue reading “A frustrated champion of transformation will retire – now let’s wait for Peters to declare his intentions”
Malcolm Harbrow, at No Right Turn, has picked up on an important governance issue which our web search (a brief one, we acknowledge) suggests was missed by the mainstream media.
The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from Parliament’s Justice Select Committee yesterday. Harbrow would have been monitoring its progress because he was one of around 15 people who made submissions to the committee.
Today he reports:
But there’s no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn’t bother to produce one.
They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which includes 4 National MPs), and National’s opposition to the bill, they couldn’t pass one. Oddly though they couldn’t even produce a “we could not agree, but let’s fix the typos” report which is usual in such circumstances.
The net result: if you submitted on this bill, congratulations: you wasted your time. Continue reading “Here’s why a disappointed blogger is proposing a pay cut for MPs on Parliament’s Justice Select Committee”
A Supreme Court judgement in August last year has led to the Department of Conservation undertaking partial reviews of the Conservation General Policy and the General Policy for National Parks, to give better effect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
And what are these principles?
Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage told Point of Order:
“The principles of the Treaty of Waitangi are not explicitly stated in the articles of the Treaty itself.”
“They have evolved primarily though jurisprudence…”
They also have significant governance and constitutional implications.
Another stage in this evolutionary process was the Supreme Court’s ruling which buttressed an iwi’s claim to exclusive rights to conduct commercial tours for at least five years on the Rangitoto and Motutapu islands in the Hauraki Gulf.
Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki went to court to challenge DoC’s issuing five-year tourism concessions to Fullers and the Motutapu Island Restoration Trust on the islands. Continue reading “Don’t go looking for Treaty principles in the Treaty – they come from the courts and DoC is grappling with a new set of them”
With a general election due in less than a year, party strategists are already perusing poll results intently, testing political trends and working on how to frame the shape of the campaign itself.
This could be especially difficult for those in the Labour camp. The problem is the long list of policies unfufilled, stacked up along the promise of the 2017 slogan: “Let’s Do This”.
Voters’ memories are short, but not so short that they won’t recall Labour was going to solve the housing “crisis” with KiwiBuild, eliminate child poverty, make the tax system fairer with a capital gains tax, repair the “broken” welfare system, and “fix” the health sector after “nine years of neglect”.
As well, there was the commitment to invest in public transport rather than new highways.
And just as 2019 began, Jacinda Ardern in her role as Prime Minister promised it would be the “Year of Delivery” Continue reading “Labour said “let’s do this” in 2017, the “year of delivery” was 2019 – and next year voters might consider a fresh approach”
“Diabetes amputations top 1000” : so ran a headline in the NZ Herald over a report on what is becoming one of the public health disasters in this country.
Public health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through organised efforts of society, says Professor Sir David Skegg, one of NZ’s most respected epidemiologists.
“Unfortunately NZ’s performance in this is even less adequate than its treatment services”.
He cites weak leadership and a lack of political will as fundamental problems for public health in NZ. Continue reading “Failure to lift the wellbeing of our public health service helps explain slippage in Labour’s poll support”
The latest political poll from Newshub Reid Research appeared to show a huge swing from its previous sampling in June, with a 9.2% fall in support for Labour (from 50.8% to 41.6%) and a 6.5% surge in support for National (from 37.4% to 43.9%).
Back in June, Labour was enjoying a post-Budget surge. Subsequently in July, Colmar Brunton polling rated National at 45% and Labour 43%.
So this swing in Reid Research’s work could be seen as a correction—-except the overall trend is as worrying for the coalition as the slump in the Prime Minister’s rating from 49% to 38%.
This is also reflected in UMR’s polling for Labour which has shown her popularity declining for five consecutive months. Continue reading “Voters (focussed on the govt’s performance at home) are not dazzled by Jacinda’s stardom on the global stage”
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the meeting between the Prime Minister and the US President in New York this morning is a diplomatic coup.
“Securing a 25-minute long meeting with the US President during the UN Leaders Week is an achievement in its own right given the pressure on the President’s scheduleAll the more remarkable was the level of attendance on the American side. The President was accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and the newly appointed National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien.What is clear is a very positive discussion was held on a range of international issues and areas of shared interest, including on advancing our bilateral trade interests.
“In the world of diplomacy, this level of engagement is gold. The President’s meeting also followed a meeting with the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and the Prime Minister’s representation of NZ on climate change, and the Christchurch Call.The so called mega-Monday has been a very good day for delivery of NZ interests on the world stage”. Continue reading “PM’s triumph on the world stage takes the spotlight off shabby stuff at home (at least, for now)”