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jnimmo: Hi Sam,
Good question and thoughts. This will be my third election.
Couple of resources I find useful:
- http://cutyourhair.wordpress.com/ - Follow/subscribe to this blog, few recent posts about the election and that will pick up. He had some great stuff around the local body elections last year.
- http://thedailyblog.co.nz/ - Obviously this site is left biased, but I've read a few interesting posts that have popped up in my newsfeed. Their recent post on 'Why fighting for a Labour-Green-Internet MANA majority is worth it' is interesting, whether you agree with it or not :)
- Radio New Zealand - I listen to the Mediawatch podcast & morning report, and I've just seen that they have a 'Focus on politics' podcast which I must have a listen to.
- Speaking of morning report, just heard a very sarcastic/bitter sounding David Cunliffe being interviewed.. not a good interview technique David!
tardtasticx: Hi everyone,
As the title suggests, I'm trying to find out how to get some info on who to vote for this election. I'm 20 now and it's going to be the first time I can vote since I narrowly missed out the last time (worked there on the day and handed everyone their papers tho lol).
My dad has been constantly ranting on "Vote National, Vote National, you'll get screwed over otherwise blah blah blah". So I can't really listen to him because he's not helpful. Mum doesn't like talking about it too much either, bores her to bits.
I try googling things, but all I seem to find is scandals and things like that, might as well be spending my time watching Scandal the show.
So where do you all get your info about who to vote for? I don't want my vote to be a waste because I didn't bother researching.
Cheers in advance. :D
NZtechfreak: My suggestion is to actually read the parties policies. Do not get bogged down in the cult of personality BS that informs so much voting in this country.
Information wants to be free. The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.
Lias: Short version:
* denotes currently in power/allied with current government
*National = Pro business, pro rich white/asian people, very pro USA, doesn't like poor people. Vote for if you earn over $60-70,000 dollars
Labour = Anti big business, pro poor people, anti rich people, still fairly pro USA. Vote for if your on the dole
Greens = Pro environment, anti business, anti USA, vote for if you suffer from white guilt or smoke weed.
Conservative = Rich white Christian people party. Wants to outlaw gays, abortion, that sort of thing. Think US republicans
*ACT = Likely to become extinct this election, ultra pro business/USA party, sort of more moderate version of the conservatives
*United = One man band party for Peter Dunne.. pretty much irrelevant unless you live in his electorate
*Maori Party = One of the two "pro-maori" parties currently in existence, possibly about to become extinct this election
Mana Party = Mixed bag of pro-maori and leftist politics, somewhat confrontational leader
Internet Party = Derided as "A joke" or "the kim dotcom party", this party is for pretty much anyone under 30 or who lives in the digital world
InternetMana = Somewhat unlikely (some would say unholy) alliance between the Internet Party and the Mana Party, running a joint list in the election
Disclaimer: I'm a member of the internet party (this post should be in no way be construed as anything to do with them, it's my opinion, nothing else)