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Courage for more than a cuppa

Courage for more than a cuppa

It’s 30 years since David Lange belatedly called taihoawait; do not hurry. Lange, in fact, said it was ‘time for a cup of tea’. His Labour Party caucus cohorts had unleashed the neoliberal onslaught that, amongst other tragedies, precipitated New Zealand’s ongoing...
Healing unhealthy health-board ballots

Healing unhealthy health-board ballots

The first requirement of a voting system is to reflect voters’ preferences. First-past-the-postfirst-past-the-post is probably better described as single-round-winner-takes-all, given that the ‘post’ is the close of voting, and not a majority of votes cast does one...
Representing hundreds and thousands

Representing hundreds and thousands

On average, each of Auckland region’s part-time local board politicians represents 9500 people. But a report prepared for Auckland Council argues for the number of local boards and local board members to be halved, which would double the number each member...

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