A different type of game-playing at Parliament

This week, MPs were playing games at Parliament. What’s new, you ask? Not the usual, name-calling and point-scoring political games. Instead, they played Kiwi-designed video games like Grow and Golden Threads. I was delighted to be able to organise, with Play by Play, a demonstration in the Beehive of some of New Zealand’s incredible video […]

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Point England: An almighty mess in the making

point england development

A special joint blog from Marama Davidson, Green Party social housing spokesperson and Eugenie Sage, Green Party environment spokesperson. A Treaty settlement, environmental planning, affordable housing, threatened native species and recreation spaces are all in play in Auckland’s Point England/Te Whanake, thanks to another Nick Smith special. The National Government is pushing the Point England […]

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New energy strategy a missed opportunity

You’d be forgiven for not noticing that the Government published a new draft energy strategy this week. It’s basically the same as the old energy strategy, which they published in 2011, but with one new target around industrial process emissions intensity. In short, it’s a missed opportunity that shows a lack of bold vision and […]

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RCEP trade deal risks repeating TPPA mistakes

The lesson from the demise of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) should have been that it is time to re-think this type of so-called trade agreement. But despite warnings from internationally-recognised experts, there are more secretive “trade” negotiations happening this week, and the risks are huge. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is being negotiated […]

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