Archive for December, 2011

Roll Call – How Our MPs Performed in 2011

Trans Tasman’s Editors have once again run their rule over NZ’s MPs and rated their performance in 2011. Roll Call looks at how they’ve performed in Caucus, Cabinet, Committee, the House, their electorate and the influence they bring, or are likely, to bring to bear in their various forums. This year being election year, there […]

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Staunching drift from the left

Phil Goff took the rap for Labour’s crushing defeat, and it’s clear the party needs to take a good hard look at itself. Apart from the support which leaked away to the Greens and NZ First, Labour lost ground because it had no plainly defined message to stamp it as either a modern social democratic […]

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Peters completes latest reincarnation

In his latest reincarnation (perhaps his last?), the great survivor in NZ politics Winston Peters is set to apply the blow-torch to Key’s coalition. His rage (mostly artificial) all the more incandescent because Key spurned him as a potential coalition partner. Bets are already being taken on how quickly he will transgress a Speaker’s ruling […]

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Key’s coalition: More horsepower to get the job done

National delivered a remarkable victory. Now it’s time to start delivering on some of the “aspirational” goals Key has espoused. The Key-led coalition, with a lot more horsepower under the bonnet, can put the hammer down.

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Joyce to put more zing into economic development

John Key is already sending the clear signal his second coalition has to up the tempo. Steven Joyce will be tapped as the Minister to put fresh zing into Economic Development, from which Gerry Brownlee had to be diverted when the quakes struck.

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Hekia Parata: Big mover up the Cabinet ladder

Hekia Parata, introduced to Cabinet last year after Pansy Wong made an early exit, will be the big winner in the reconstructed Cabinet. She’s impressed the boss and will be promoted to be Education Minister.

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Play of the Week: Help is on its way

Labour MPs face a historic choice between Davids. It’s like children’s tale The Wind and the Willows: David Parker as the diligent but slightly timid Mole, and David Cunliffe as the grandiose and somewhat foolish Toad of Toad Hall. The third David – Shearer – looks like he is trying for the wise, world weary […]

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