1080: When ‘fake news’ trumps facts, our debate is poisoned

First published in Newsroom, and then Stuff.co.nz Damon Rusden recognises some of the issues raised by those against the poison 1080, but argues most fears are misplaced, debunked and more at home in the fake news movement. It’s hard to miss the recent groundswell of support for the elimination of 1080, a toxin used for … More 1080: When ‘fake news’ trumps facts, our debate is poisoned

Talking Point: 2018 Budget a Green success

Originally published in the Hawke’s Bay Today The Budget was not perfect or hugely transformative, but it’s better than what we’ve had in the last nine years. I would say there are fair criticisms, and some are completely unfounded. Political analysis will always have tribal bias and that’s natural. But as Grant Robertson said, it … More Talking Point: 2018 Budget a Green success

What the Greens needs in a co-leader

Originally published on Newsroom (16 Feb 2018) Do the Greens need a Metiria Turei heir-apparent, or a more radical option? Damon Rusden examines a co-leadership race between two very “intelligent and charismatic” women If you happened to miss the 2017 election, one of the most pivotal moments was the co-leader of the Greens, Metiria Turei, announcing she had committed … More What the Greens needs in a co-leader

Greens between a rock and a hard place

Originally published in Newsroom There’s a line in a song from American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses that goes: “What we have here is a failure to communicate.” And this is exactly what has happened with the Greens and their decision to give  some of their questions to the Leader of the Opposition. This is an important distinction; not National, but … More Greens between a rock and a hard place

The kinda-new TPPA: We should have cautious optimism

Let me begin strong – there was no way I would ever have agreed to the TPPA when it was American interests driving the entire deal. With the Trump administration dropping out and Canada boycotting the final agreement of the TPP11 (TPPA minus America) it seems the free-trade agreement was dead. But like everything in … More The kinda-new TPPA: We should have cautious optimism

The Rwandan Genocide

  The Rwandan genocide was an atrocity which had tremendous global repercussions. It came at a time when, after two world wars and the Cold War, the international community had vastly different values and norms than was presented by Rwanda in 1994. What this essay will attempt to cover is the background of the conflict, … More The Rwandan Genocide