New Zealand Election 2008

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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 -

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. - (

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?

-, 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🐾🐶🐱

— 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

three months pass...

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

— Colin Jackson (@ThisCJ) February 13, 2018

etc, Thursday, 15 February 2018 03:56 (three years ago) link

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