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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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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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