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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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Change the Billboards

Andrew Little (right), replaced as the NZ Labour Party leader by deputy leader, Jacinda Ardern (left). Photograph: Tim Murphy, Newsroom. “How much will it cost to change NZ Labour billboards?”  Richard Pamatatau tweeted about the New Zealand Labour Party caucus ousting Andrew Little as their leader for deputy leader, Jacinda Ardern.  It happened overnight.  Monday […]

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Trump Islands

Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva. Photograph: Fale Alea ‘o Tonga. The zoo had morphed into a right wing regime that sold half of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission down the river of privatizing state assets.  It sent out a sharp signal that the democratic politics ‘Akilisi Pohiva once staked his thirty-year career on for the people’s […]

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When adults won’t stand up for kids rights

Sefita Hao’uli, Manager of Tongan Government seasonal workers to New Zealand’s recognised seasonal employer (RSE) programme. Photograph: Tonga Broadcasting Commission. It’s no wonder Sefita Hao’uli looked uncomfortable interviewing for Barbara Dreaver on New Zealand Television One News, Thursday June 15th.  His darting eyes appeared to be covering up a soiled, sullied secret. Why had the […]

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