Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Should voting be compulsory in New Zealand?

Should voting be compulsory in New Zealand?

We asked this question of two expert academics in politics, and a postgraduate student who has been working through the Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship on developing a solution for getting people more engaged in politics.

Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage

Dr Tom Gregory from Politics and International Relations speaks with Judy Wilford about the uses and misuses of the language of the law and the dangers they pose for the future.

Making the World Safer

Making the World Safer

International lawyer, Associate Professor Treasa Dunworth recently put the case at the United Nations, on behalf of New Zealand, for starting to build a legal framework for nuclear disarmament, despite political roadblocks. Not only are laws necessary for civil society, she says, they can shift people’s attitudes, opening possibilities.

Flagging a Change

Flagging a Change

Why is a new flag important for New Zealand? What should it be like? Helen Borne asked for views from an historian, a brand expert and a writer.

On a blue streak? Not necessarily

On a blue streak?  Not necessarily

Based on recent polling, National looks a shoo-in for another term in government after the election called for 20 September. But the vagaries of MMP and the media’s coverage of the campaign could mean its bandwagon hits some potholes along the way.