New Zealand politics begins to suffer celebrity affliction

New Zealand politics begins to suffer celebrity affliction

Kieran Madden Auckland, October 17, 2018 Famously elusive about her political leanings, pop sensation Taylor Swift recently went beyond her usual neutral get-out-and-vote message to endorse a Democrat candidate in her home state of Tennessee. This is a big deal, because Swift’s post made a splash with her 112 million Instagram followers, contributing to a huge spike in electoral registrations—over…

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Jami-Lee Ross leaves more questions than answers

Jami-Lee Ross leaves more questions than answers

Laura Walters Newsroom, October 17, 2018 What should have been the end of the protracted Simon Bridges leak saga has led to further questions. An explosive press conference from ousted National MP Jami-Lee Ross should have provided the answers to questions swirling since August, but Ross’ attack on Bridges only raised more questions. PwC finds the Leaker On Monday, October…

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Indians gather for a musical celebration

Indians gather for a musical celebration

‘Navaratri’ or ‘Nine Nights’ is a Festival for Hindu Women Sara Vui-Talitu, Producer, Voices (RNZ) Auckland, October 16, 2018 The lively Hindu Festival of Navratri – in which worshippers celebrate the Hindu warrior goddess, Durga – has been drawing bigger and bigger Kiwi in the last couple of decades. Navratri is a nine-day Festival celebrating the victory of Durga – an eight-armed Hindu deity who…

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National MPs stay ‘strong’ amidst ‘disloyalty and threatening behaviour’

National MPs stay ‘strong’ amidst ‘disloyalty and threatening behaviour’

RNZ, Wellington, October 16, 2018 Jami-Lee Ross says that National Party leader Simon Bridges is a ‘corrupt politician,’ but Mr Bridges says the allegations are ‘entirely false.’ In an extraordinary move, Mr Ross said today he will resign from Parliament and lay a police complaint against Mr Bridges. Mr Ross alleged Mr Bridges contravened electoral donation law and will lay a…

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National Caucus to decide on the fate of Jami-Lee Ross today

National Caucus to decide on the fate of Jami-Lee Ross today

Chris Bramwell, RNZ Wellington October 16, 2018 The National Party Caucus will decide Jami-Lee Ross’ political future when MPs meet at Parliament this morning. Jami-Lee Ross at Simon Bridges’ side during a session in Parliament last year.  Photo: Richard Tindiller for RNZ Report released National’s leader Simon Bridges yesterday released a report on the leaking of his expenses details, pointing the…

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The National Party Leak Scandal-What we know so far

The National Party Leak Scandal-What we know so far

RNZ, Wellington, October 15, 2018 Simon Bridges and Jami-Lee Ross RNZ Picture by Dan Cook and Richard Tindiller The National Party leak scandal has unfolded over the past two months, leading to Simon Bridges today identifying Jami-Lee Ross as the leaker. Here’s what happened in the lead-up to today’s announcement. The Beginning 13 August: An update on MPs’ expenses leaked to Newshub showed…

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