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Drill, Bro, Drill? Considering the Drive for Mineral Extraction in New Zealand

The issue of mineral (oil, gas, coal and gold) extraction has become a high-profile issue in New Zealand since the election of a centre-right National-led government in 2008. The drive of the government to mine in the protected national park estate led to one of the country’s largest protest marches in 2010 when 50,000 marched… Continue reading Drill, Bro, Drill? Considering the Drive for Mineral Extraction in New Zealand

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The New Zealand Green Party and the 2014 Election – Shackled to a Wounded Bull

The performance of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand in the General Election on 20 September 2014 resulted in a disappointing 10.7%, rather than the hoped for 15%. Polling had suggested that the Green Party was on track to pass its historical high of 11.1% gained in the 2011 election. This represented a watershed… Continue reading The New Zealand Green Party and the 2014 Election – Shackled to a Wounded Bull