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
Originally published in the Hawke’s Bay Today Simon Bridges recently lambasted Environment Minister David Parker in what is perhaps the worst floundering and platitude-filled interview I have ever seen. The only real criticism the National leader had (and repeated in case someone missed it the first 10 times) was that there was “no plan”. I … More How do we cope with fewer cows?
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
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
When we discuss poverty, the two extremes seem to fall in two categories: beneficiaries and the uber rich. The “middle class” seems to be an amorphous blob which fills the gap between the two, and (according to the law of post-90s politics) is the demographic which politicians have to appeal for votes. There is no … More Have we forgotten about the working poor?
Originally published in The Herald Contrary to popular belief, there is often a fine line between pragmatism and idealism. The art of welding the two together is what makes for great public presentation – and that can often lead to a better outcome for everyone involved. It’s about setting goals, and achieving those practically. … More Principles and politics: Manus Island
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 purpose of this policy paper is to state objectives and find solutions to eliminate the persecution of individuals in the Syria and Iraq regions. As there is current sectarian warfare and intervention by foreign states, heavy consideration must be placed on the largest actors in these regions, specifically the Syrian President Bashar-al Assad and … More A policy paper on Syria and Iraq
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
One can assume that ‘independence’ means complete self-determination of a state and practises non-reliance. With many former African colonies, the relationship between coloniser and colony post-independence is far more nuanced. This paper will focus on the states in Africa which were once French territories, and examine the relationship dynamics that emerged from separation, and how … More Africa and France – a tale of colonization