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Pōhiva rejects ‘secret agenda’ claims that he wanted to seize royal power

By   /  November 18, 2017  /  'Akilisi Pohiva, 24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Editor's Picks, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, King Tupou VI, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Privy Council, Reports, Tonga, Tongan democracy movement, Tongan elections  /  Comments Off on Pōhiva rejects ‘secret agenda’ claims that he wanted to seize royal power

‘Akilisi Pōhiva speaking to hundreds of his constituents at a meeting in Kolomotu’a on Tuesday. Image: Kalino Lātū/Kaniva News By Kalino Lātū, editor of Kaniva News Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva told his supporters that if he had really wanted to take away people’s land and the royal powers he would have made himself Minister […]

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Tongan Democrat landslide delivers numbers for Pohiva government

By   /  November 17, 2017  /  'Akilisi Pohiva, 24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Tonga, Tongan democracy movement, Tongan elections  /  Comments Off on Tongan Democrat landslide delivers numbers for Pohiva government

Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva … boosted by stronger Democratic vote than in 2014. Image: Kaniva News By Philip Cass of Kaniva News Tonga’s Democrats have won 14 seats today in the snap election in the only Pacific kingdom, giving them enough seats in Parliament to form the next government without needing the support of independents. […]

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Lord Vaha’i wins in coin toss as Democrats lead early poll results

By   /  November 16, 2017  /  'Akilisi Pohiva, 24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Tonga, Tongan democracy movement, Tongan elections  /  Comments Off on Lord Vaha’i wins in coin toss as Democrats lead early poll results

Caretaker Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva … early lead for him and the Democrats. Image: Kalino Lātū/Kaniva News By Kalino Lātū, editor of Kaniva News A coin toss was used to decide whether Lord Vaea or Lord Vaha’i today won the third seat of members of the nobility to Parliament in the kingdom of Tonga’s snap […]

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Elections crucial, says Commonwealth observer chief ahead of Tongan poll

By   /  November 15, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Caretaker, Commonwealth Observer Group, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, Kaniva News, Kaniva Tonga, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Tonga, Tongan elections  /  Comments Off on Elections crucial, says Commonwealth observer chief ahead of Tongan poll

Tonga’s Elections Supervisor … final roll listing some 59,000 voters has been printed. Image: Kaniva Tonga By Philip Cass The general election tomorrow is crucial for the people of Tonga, says Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland. Baroness Scotland said the elections would strengthen the democratic process in Tonga. A Commonwealth Observer Group is in Tonga to […]

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Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: The story of the ‘far-right takeover of New Zealand’

By   /  November 13, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis Assessment, Analysis-Reportage, Bryce Edwards, Editor's Picks, Elections, Evening Report, Immigration, Lead, Media, Media ethics, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, NZ Politics, Pacific Region  /  Comments Off on Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: The story of the ‘far-right takeover of New Zealand’

Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: The story of the ‘far-right takeover of New Zealand’ Dr Bryce Edwards. Political analysts are still trying to work out what the new Labour-led government means for New Zealand. There are a variety of different views on the ideological nature of the new administration, especially because it involves three very interesting […]

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Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: “Youthquake” fails to shake NZ

By   /  November 3, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Bryce Edwards, Editor's Picks, Elections, Electoral Commission, Evening Report, Lead, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, NZ Politics, Politics, Youth  /  Comments Off on Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: “Youthquake” fails to shake NZ

Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: “Youthquake” fails to shake NZ Dr Bryce Edwards. In the lead-up to this year’s election there was conflict amongst political pundits and activists about whether a “youthquake” was set to rattle the foundations of the status quo. And the debate has been reignited with the Electoral Commission releasing contentious data this […]

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Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: The new government may not be so radical after all

By   /  October 27, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Bryce Edwards, Editor's Picks, Elections, Evening Report, governance, Lead, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, NZ Politics, Politics  /  Comments Off on Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: The new government may not be so radical after all

Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: The new government may not be so radical after all Dr Bryce Edwards. For a week now, the political left has been celebrating, and the political right has mostly been catastrophising. The dominant theme has been that this is a government of change – indeed, a government of radical leftwing change. […]

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Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: The new government line-up

By   /  October 26, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Bryce Edwards, Editor's Picks, Elections, Evening Report, Lead, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, NZ Politics, Politics  /  Comments Off on Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: The new government line-up

Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: The new government line-up Dr Bryce Edwards. The new government has officially taken office, and we know who will be doing what following yesterday’s allocation of ministerial portfolios. Below are five important general themes that have emerged about the new ministerial line-up. 1) A strong and sensible administration has been put […]

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Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: The legitimacy of the Labour-led government

By   /  October 24, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Bryce Edwards, Editor's Picks, Elections, Evening Report, Lead, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, NZ Politics, Politics  /  Comments Off on Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: The legitimacy of the Labour-led government

MIL Analysis+Reportage – EveningReport.NZ Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: The legitimacy of the Labour-led government Dr Bryce Edwards. Many New Zealanders are disgruntled that the new government does not include the largest party in parliament – i.e. National, which won 44.4% of the vote. Some are even questioning the legitimacy of the Labour-led government.  It’s worth […]

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Keith Rankin Analysis: A Century of New Zealand Elections

By   /  October 24, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Editor's Picks, Elections, Evening Report, Keith Rankin, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, NZ Politics, Politics  /  Comments Off on Keith Rankin Analysis: A Century of New Zealand Elections

MIL Analysis+Reportage – EveningReport.NZ Keith Rankin Analysis: A Century of New Zealand Elections Governments and their popular support. Graph by Keith Rankin. In 2017, the popular vote for the parties supporting the government is just over 50 percent – as it has always been since proportional representation was introduced 1996. Before 1996 it was another […]

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Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: NZ’s radical new government of change

By   /  October 22, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Bryce Edwards, Democracy, Elections, Evening Report, governance, Lead, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, NZ Politics, Politics  /  Comments Off on Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: NZ’s radical new government of change

MIL Analysis+Reportage – EveningReport.NZ Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: NZ’s radical new government of change Dr Bryce Edwards. Could we be witnessing the beginning of a radical new time in New Zealand politics? The newly announced Labour-NZF-Greens coalition government is certainly starting out by making some rather radical statements and promises. The first radical declaration came […]

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Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: Signs of a National-NZF government

By   /  October 12, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Bryce Edwards, Editor's Picks, Elections, Evening Report, Lead, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, NZ Politics, Politics  /  Comments Off on Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: Signs of a National-NZF government

MIL Analysis+Reportage – EveningReport.NZ Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: Signs of a National-NZF government Dr Bryce Edwards. The day has arrived for Winston Peters and New Zealand First to decide which major party to put into power – even if the announcement won’t actually be made today. It really could go either way, but below are […]

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Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: The interesting ways New Zealanders voted in 2017

By   /  October 11, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Bryce Edwards, Economics, Editor's Picks, Elections, Evening Report, Landowners, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, NZ Politics, Politics  /  Comments Off on Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: The interesting ways New Zealanders voted in 2017

MIL Analysis+Reportage – EveningReport.NZ Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: The interesting ways New Zealanders voted in 2017 Dr Bryce Edwards. The final New Zealand general election results for 2017 are in. And although the media and public focus has swiftly turned to coalition building and negotiations, it’s worth looking at some of the more interesting results […]

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Keith Rankin Analysis: Migration within New Zealand: Evidence from the Election

By   /  October 11, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis Assessment, Analysis-Reportage, Editor's Picks, Elections, Evening Report, Immigration, Keith Rankin, Lead, Migrants, Migration, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, NZ Politics, Politics  /  Comments Off on Keith Rankin Analysis: Migration within New Zealand: Evidence from the Election

MIL Analysis+Reportage – EveningReport.NZ Keith Rankin Analysis: Migration within New Zealand: Evidence from the Election Flight to the Fringe. Chart by Keith Rankin.  New Zealand does not have reliable regional population statistics. The intercensal estimates that Statistics New Zealand publish are based on the extrapolation of trends that existed before the most recent census; in […]

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Keith Rankin Analysis – Auckland Population: Evidence from the Election

By   /  October 5, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Editor's Picks, Elections, Evening Report, Immigration, Keith Rankin, Lead, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, NZ Politics, Politics  /  Comments Off on Keith Rankin Analysis – Auckland Population: Evidence from the Election

MIL Analysis+Reportage – EveningReport.NZ Keith Rankin Analysis – Auckland Population: Evidence from the Election Drift South? Graphic by Keith Rankin. Last year I wrote that there is no evidence of disproportionate population growth in Auckland, and even suggested that a number of central Auckland suburbs may be experiencing population decline. (See Immigration, and Immigration and […]

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Bryce Edwards Political Roundup: Alternative coalition scenarios to consider

By   /  October 5, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Bryce Edwards, Editor's Picks, Elections, Evening Report, Lead, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, NZ Politics, Politics  /  Comments Off on Bryce Edwards Political Roundup: Alternative coalition scenarios to consider

MIL Analysis+Reportage – EveningReport.NZ Bryce Edwards Political Roundup: Alternative coalition scenarios to consider Dr Bryce Edwards. Winston Peters seems to be faced with a fairly straightforward choice when it comes to forming a coalition government – he needs to decide between Labour or National. And we’re expecting those parties to throw everything at Peters in […]

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Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: The Peters Problem

By   /  October 3, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Bryce Edwards, Editor's Picks, Elections, Evening Report, Lead, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, NZ Politics, Politics  /  Comments Off on Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: The Peters Problem

MIL Analysis+Reportage – EveningReport.NZ Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: The Peters Problem Dr Bryce Edwards. Is Winston Peters the tail wagging the dog? He’s certainly very powerful in the current post-election coalition negotiation period. Hence the complaints about whether New Zealand First has too much power or, indeed, whether Peters is so problematic this could lead […]

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Keith Rankin Analysis: Election Day versus Advance Voting

By   /  October 3, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Editor's Picks, Elections, Evening Report, Keith Rankin, Lead, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, NZ Politics, Politics  /  Comments Off on Keith Rankin Analysis: Election Day versus Advance Voting

MIL Analysis+Reportage – EveningReport.NZ Keith Rankin Analysis: Election Day versus Advance Voting The Left votes early. Graphic by Keith Rankin. With half of the preliminary (ie non-special) votes being cast before election day 2017, we can glean a clear view about which parties’ supporters are more likely or less likely to vote early. This week’s […]

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Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: Outrage over the idea of a National-Greens coalition

By   /  September 29, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Bryce Edwards, Editor's Picks, Elections, Evening Report, Lead, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, NZ Politics, Politics  /  Comments Off on Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: Outrage over the idea of a National-Greens coalition

MIL Analysis+Reportage – EveningReport.NZ Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: Outrage over the idea of a National-Greens coalition Dr Bryce Edwards. The political left and Green Party supporters are outraged by any notion of the Greens working in government with the National Party. It’s an idea that proposes the Greens use their handful of votes in Parliament […]

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