Boot camps are a relic and reveal a bankruptcy of ideas

National’s recent announcement, that they would send serious youth offenders to an army-run boot camp, has a whiff of antiquity. Like mothballs in a secondhand store. It also strikes me as both politically shrewd and ideologically regressive. I say shrewd because this is clearly a strategy to mine votes from NZ First by repositioning themselves once again as the rightful ‘tough-on-crime’ party. A dog whistle … Continue reading Boot camps are a relic and reveal a bankruptcy of ideas

Eight Naomi Klein Quotes to Pester Your Friends With at Parties

An author of successive bestsellers, Naomi Klein is one of the most recognisable critics of the neoliberal consensus. The Shock Doctrine explored how unfavourable ‘free market’ policies have come to dominate the globe, in part through the exploitation of communities ravaged by disaster and warfare. In This Changes Everything, Klein took aim at society’s sluggish response to runaway climate change, suggesting – perhaps obviously – … Continue reading Eight Naomi Klein Quotes to Pester Your Friends With at Parties

Game of Selfies: Political Edition

Ah, the selfie. It’s subject to mixed reviews. To some, it is the epitome of a society gone to the pack, a society hopelessly enthralled in its own vanity. To others, it is just a harmless and fun way of documenting their journey through life (while reminding their friends incessantly of how cute they are). To politicians who consider themselves relatively au fait with technology, … Continue reading Game of Selfies: Political Edition

Sam Taylor: where heart meets political purpose

Meet Sam Taylor. She’s 27 and works as the Youth Justice Team Leader at Anglican Action supporting underprivileged young people, against the odds, to reach their potential. She is also standing for the Green Party in Hamilton East this election. Sam is probably unlike anyone you have met before. She has a striking presence: a natural and boundless warmth paired with a first-class mind. She is intimate and … Continue reading Sam Taylor: where heart meets political purpose

Kath & Kim: A Kapitalist Kritique?

“I want to be effluent, mum!” “You are effluent, Kimmy! You have a half share in a unit, a Hyundai, a DVD player…” My husband and I recently binge-watched all four seasons of Kath & Kim. A lethal dose, I know, but somehow we survived it. He’d previously revealed his K&K virginity to me (shock horror!) and I felt it could not stand. In my view, Kath … Continue reading Kath & Kim: A Kapitalist Kritique?

Coffee with Winston

Disclaimer: This is a work of satire intended for entertainment purposes. It was originally published in February, 2015. It’s 7am and I’ve arranged to meet with the Rt. Hon. Winston Peters at a coffee shop in Hamilton. He’s here to visit the local branch of Grey Power and read an excerpt from his new children’s book: ‘Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen’ (in his own words, a cute … Continue reading Coffee with Winston