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    Hi, can someone explain the NZ political scene?

    If you are conservative/liberal or labour here what is that in NZ?

    do they have the same system as us for voting etc.

    thanks

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    Can't tell you about voting. However, the current Labour government lead by Helen Clarke is centre-left. It takes on the third way political theory like the UK, only difference is that I think the NZ government tends to keep to it more!

    Anyone can correct me if I'm wrong of course. :icon_biggrin:


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    On the other side, the leading opposition is Don Brash's 'National Party'. Somewhat further to the right but still centre-right, not extremists. If they get in they'll likely tighten up immigration rules which is I'm honest is probably a good thing. As long as they get in after we all have PR it'll be ok.

    As for, if you're Labour, Torie, Libdem here, what are you there? You're the same, they're all lying, cheating, stealing, slimey gets!!!

    Not sure about voting either? Pretty sure it's the same but they may have proportional representation there, someone will clarify I'm sure.

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    [quote:35aa11f3c3]As for, if you're Labour, Torie, Libdem here, what are you there? You're the same, they're all lying, cheating, stealing, slimey gets!!! [/quote:35aa11f3c3]


    Agree there Steve. Always be suspicious of someone who wants power.


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    I don't know the first thing about politics and that's through choice. I regard them as a necessary (?) evil.

    However, for those interested in how NZ's politics come together, you can read a bit about it here.
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    The Labour party are Labour, although more Liberal than the UK version

    The National Party are Liberal Conservatives (yes, they are both!)

    There are no other major parties really, but the underlings are:

    Greens - Conservationalists / Eco-Warriors
    ACT - Follow the National Party
    New Zealand First - Will join with anyone if it suits
    Maori Party - Maori values
    United Future - Will join anyone if it suits

    Some other small parties:

    Jim Andertons Progressive Party
    The Alliance
    One New Zealand Party
    Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party (Honestly!!)

    Heres a link to all registered parties, with links to their websites (if they have one)

    http://www.elections.org.nz/parties/...l_parties.html
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    One thing I learned about NZ govenrment which is different from the US (no idea about the UK) is that some Parliment seats (~60?) are filled by a specific party based on the number of party votes received. Thus, when a voter goes to the polls, she votes for a specific candidate for her district MP, and another vote for the party of her choice. If her candidate gets more votes than any other candidate, he gets a seat. Otherwise, he may be placed on the "party list", and may be selected by his party to fill a seat which it has won. It was a very interesting aspect for me.

    With only 4 million people in the country, politics seemed to be so much cozier and personal than some local politics in the US. I got the impression that the NZ populace was more interested in politics and government than in the US.
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