Bye ‘Akilisi

Jacinda Ardern meme parodying the 2003 American film, Kill Bill. Photograph: Nathan Williams. If something was up about Tonga’s snap election on November 16th, then it looked and felt a bit like the New Zealand performance of Bye Bill.  Here’s the plot.  Jacinda Ardern won the prime ministership for Labour in a coalition government negotiated […]

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Democracy wins at the ballot box

Newshub NZ journalist, Michael Morrah, interviewing Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva. Photograph: Michael Morrah. There’s something seriously wrong with your country’s democracy when the stand-out minister for the Tongan government, former Deputy Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni, is fired by Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva over fallacious accusations, and media kerbs a critical inquiry.  Who fabricated the […]

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Tonga’s Deputy Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni.  Photograph: Radio NZ.

Who represents the poor?

NZ Green Party MP, Metiria Turei. Photograph: Radio NZ. In New Zealand, “the longer an MP stays in power, the more solidified they become as a member of an elite class” of the political establishment.  Claire Timperley argued this point in her opinion for Newsroom. Radio New Zealand broadcaster Gordon Campbell impressed that in a […]

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