ENG - The New Zealand National Party ("National" or "the Nats") currently is the largest party in the New Zealand House of Representatives and in November 2008 formed a minority government with support from three minor parties. For many decades National has been the largest (in terms of membership) centre-right conservative political party in New Zealand.
Starting historically as a balanced urban/rural movement, National has seemed to appeal more consistently to country voters. At the 2005 election, the Party narrowly won more votes than the New Zealand Labour Party in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, and in the northern cities of Hamilton and Tauranga. It also won almost all of the rural and provincial electoral seats. However, the rival Labour Party won considerably more ...
The National Party list for the 2011 general election is disappointing and boring.
But parties don’t put their lists together for the benefit of political commentators to have something interesting to discuss, and in general the list is probably a good reflection of National’s winning formula of blandness.
I’ve already made my analysis of thison TVNZ. Most analysis of the list has looked at it through the ‘identity politics’ prism to illustrate once again how ‘white and male’ National is – even Whaleoil is complaining about ...
It has been revealed in the last few days that Act was responsible for driving National towards extending the 90 day trial law to cover all workers. Yes, the same Act that is now imploding (despite renewed protestations of togetherness). Yes, the same Act Party whose leader, Rodney Hide, is fighting for his own job. It all began when National initially proposed raising the threshold for 90 day trials to businesses and workplaces employing a maximum of 50 people. While this proposal would still impact on many more Kiwi workers, it was seen to be more politically saleable, at least in the eyes ...
The National party's rejection of regional broadband bids in favour of nationwide solutions has come under fire from Labour spokesperson Clare Curran.The 300 million dollar program to improve broadband access in rural areas is part of a wider government program aimed at improving New Zealand's access to high speed internet.
August 30, 2010
Source: Channel 9
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