Politics for politics sake

This week I had the privilege of representing UnitedFuture at the Financial Services Council (FSC) election debate on savings and retirement. We covered a range of issues, but I spoke at length about our FlexiSuper policy. FlexiSuper allows people to take a reduced rate of New Zealand superannuation from the age of 60, or an…

The Future

There are just three conditions to make up one’s mind in an election season, what will it give to my family? How realistic is it, to think we will get extra to that? And finally, how much will it cost my household budget? In 2008, we had an international financial meltdown that directly affected us…

Cooperation

I attended two forums this week, both organised by youth organisations. One was arranged by a group of students who were not yet able to vote. Despite this they arranged an evening with representatives from most parties and a great introduction on what MMP is and how it works. One thing I definitely took away from…

MH17

No words can begin to express my anger, and grief for what appears to have been a “mistake”. The downing of Flight MH17 won’t be very far from my memory in future. Parliament endorsed Prime Minister Key’s  motion to send strong messages to the UN for swift and timely rebuke and action. While Hon. Peter…

Multiculturalism smells so good!

The other weekend I was at the local night market under Glenfield mall. For those who haven’t experienced it, it’s hard to describe. There are dozens of food stalls from a massive array of ethnic and cultural groups – Chinese, Japanese, Hungarian, French, kiwi BBQ, American hot dogs and donuts, Spanish churros are the ones I…