Everyone's completely blindsided by this. Keith Ng & Morgan Godfery's comments here are on the mark, I think: http://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/05-12-2016/group-think-david-slack-morgan-godfery-david-seymour-annabelle-lee-and-more-on-john-keys-resignation/
― etc, Monday, 5 December 2016 07:17 (four years ago) link
Been slightly more eventful lately w/the Metiria Turei benefit stuff & the leadership spill in Labour. Can the Opportunities Party cross the 5% threshold?
― etc, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 09:39 (four years ago) link
Pretty nervous. Looks like over 1 million advance votes cast, but registration/turnout amongst under-40s hasn't seemed to spike much if any.
― etc, Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:01 (four years ago) link
― albvivertine, Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:18 (four years ago) link
So I just contributed my under-40 (just) vote, and if the double-page spread of the electoral roll I got to check out as I was marked as having voted is any indication, no-one of any age is voting. Tiny type, must've been 150 or so names there, I was the only voter. Geez.
― albvivertine, Saturday, 23 September 2017 06:53 (four years ago) link
― etc, Saturday, 23 September 2017 10:02 (four years ago) link
― etc, Saturday, 23 September 2017 10:41 (four years ago) link
Yeah well that sucked. At least I got a date out of it.
― albvivertine, Saturday, 23 September 2017 15:08 (four years ago) link
Well, I guess there's an outside chance we'll get Winston as PM at the head of a Labour/Greens/NZF coalition, maybe ... really wish something had come of the electoral reform commission back in 2012 or so to lower the party vote threshold.
― etc, Saturday, 23 September 2017 21:12 (four years ago) link
Jacinda Ardern is the new prime minister.
An extraordinary turnaround from 2½ months ago, when she took over as Labour leader on 24% in the polls. Now Labour, NZ First and the Greens will attempt to form a government.
And National lose power for the first time since 2008. They'll go into opposition and count the lessons they have learned. Probably on one hand.
If nothing else, there was a slight swing away from the unashamedly rightwing parties this time. National/ACT/Conservatives got 49%, 51% and 52% of voters at the previous elections, but barely 45% this year. Seeing NZF as a "centrist" party feels weird when some of their policies are equally shitty, but apparently "centrist" is what they've decided to be. This week.
Ardern, Davis and Robertson looked pretty glum at that press conference. Any regrets?
― sbahnhof, Thursday, 19 October 2017 10:23 (three years ago) link
Slight dread that the NZF-Labour coalition will be wobbly enough to give us another nine years of National in three years time, but yeah, fingers crossed. Worried about nativist/anti-immigration crossover between NZF & Labour. Big year for Jacinda, and curious as to what sort of portfolios the Greens will get.
― etc, Thursday, 19 October 2017 10:34 (three years ago) link
I HATE Winston Peters. He used to come into the restaurant I worked at, and would always smoke cigars at his table (it was a non smoking restaurant) and my boss wouldn’t say anything. He was always really smug, rude and an asshole. And he’s a fucking racist.
I hate how much power his shit party always seems to have.
Anyone follow the spinoff? I’ve been loving the “kiwis of Snapchat” series - the latest one had me in tears: “it’s colonization, bitch”
― just1n3, Thursday, 19 October 2017 20:17 (three years ago) link
Yeah, he's a pos. Has he been given a portfolio yet?
― albvivertine, Thursday, 19 October 2017 20:26 (three years ago) link
This is not all about him.
(btw, ministries should be known next week - https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/10/19/54586/labours-got-talent-and-nz-first)
It hasn't had time to sink in yet, but I'm astounded that National are out of power. Stunning stuff! Maybe the coalition will turn sour, but they've got 3 years to show Kiwis that NZ can be something better than a poor-hating tax haven. They can do it, but they've got to be bold.
― sbahnhof, Friday, 20 October 2017 01:37 (three years ago) link
This election's real 'queenmaker':
Back in July, the speech that Metiria Turei gave to the Greens AGM on her experiences as a beneficiary in the 1990s (including an admission she broke the law) was the pebble that started yesterday’s avalanche.
It led to a not insignificant number of Labour voters switching support to the Greens. Which then drove Labour’s poll ratings down to the low-mid 20s. Which caused Andrew Little to resign as leader. Which put Jacinda Ardern in charge of Labour. After which, the rest is history. - (TheSpinoff.co.nz)
― sbahnhof, Friday, 20 October 2017 02:07 (three years ago) link
:-O Story of the year! But do you reckon it's got a chance of passing?
- http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/342008/cannabis-referendum-part-of-greens-deal, aroha-bridge-predicted-it
― sbahnhof, Friday, 20 October 2017 07:07 (three years ago) link
Hi @FirstCatofNZ Paddles! I'm First Dog @usembassynz. Glad your mommy @jacindaardern got a call from @POTUS! Congrats & let's be buddies🐾🐶🐱 pic.twitter.com/xDAaLrj7C8— Gracie Brown (@DiploDogGracie) October 23, 2017
― El Tomboto, Saturday, 28 October 2017 13:46 (three years ago) link
Can her first act of office be transferring the US embassy to a dirt road outside of Invercargill?
― Ned Raggett, Saturday, 28 October 2017 14:37 (three years ago) link
Mads Chapman on-point as usual:
Meanwhile, Bill English has resigned, and no clue how serious people are contending for the leadership or if it's seen as a poisoned chalice / one for a caretaker figure.
Time to retweet this pic.twitter.com/7JByeNnomS— Colin Jackson (@ThisCJ) February 13, 2018
― etc, Thursday, 15 February 2018 03:56 (three years ago) link