September 16, 2005


Campaigning wraps up for NZ poll (BBC, 9/16/05)

Labour Prime Minister Helen Clark wants to wrap up a third election victory, but is being pushed to the wire by the National Party's Don Brash. [...]

New Zealanders vote on Saturday, with the latest opinion polls showing the two leading parties neck-and-neck.

Mr Brash, a former central bank governor, has only been in parliament for three years, but has shaken up the establishment by vowing to soften New Zealand's ban on nuclear-powered vessels in its ports, and to discard some privileges for the country's native Maori.

He says the long-standing nuclear ban is stifling relations with the United States, and its renegotiation could help with a free trade deal.

Ms Clark said: "What [that] tells me is that they really don't share the deep-held values of New Zealanders to be nuclear-free and proud and independent. They see it as just a bargaining chip for something else. I think that's wrong."

Mr Brash has also pledged to do away with the seven seats reserved for Maori MPs and welfare policies aimed at the indigenous group.

The challenger, who also promises tax cuts, said he was planning to visit New Zealand's three major cities of Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch on Friday.

Neither party is expected to win an outright majority, but will probably have to rely on smaller parties to make up a coalition.

In the Anglosphere you can actually run on reform.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 16, 2005 7:51 AM

Is NZ considered part of the anglosphere even though it's a socialist state?

Posted by: erp at September 16, 2005 5:17 PM

Are you willing to see your country avoid a free trade deal with the U.S. just so N.Z. can demonstrate how "proud and independent" its citizens are?

Posted by: John J. Coupal at September 16, 2005 5:17 PM


That's way out of date:

And they have the world's most business friendly governmental structure.

Posted by: oj at September 16, 2005 5:26 PM