I don't have a lot of institutional knowledge of the NZ Parliament. I moved around the world as a child and really didn't take an interest in New Zealand politics until very late into my undergrad. So everything I know, I know because people have told me or I read about it. But I was working at Parliament through 2011 and 2012 and there were certainly some very 'animated' days in during Question Time. I myself have been frustrated by the then Speaker's rulings but I really don't think it was ever as bad as it has been recently and that was an election year too! Speaker Carter seems to be really inconsistent in his ruling and very partisan (my opinion, maybe someone can do an empirical analysis for a Masters thesis).
Just got off the phone to my dad. He calls #NZQT "Question Day" and said it must not've been "Answer Day" because no one answered anything.
— Joshua James (@teJoshuaJames) June 27, 2014
Ah yeah. THIS tweet right here. Universal, not just #NZPOL.
Compulsory financial literacy classes are a good idea: poor, financially illiterate people caused the global financial crisis, after all.
— Matt (@mfairh) June 28, 2014
"there are currently more National MP's than adult Maui dolphins. And I want to change both those figures" @ruthdysonmp @nzlabour #nzvotes
— Michael Tavares (@thewildernerd) June 28, 2014
National's talk of tax cuts irks me to no end. This government has cut so many programs over the last 6 budgets just to get us to this sliver of surplus. Instead of going some way to restoring some of those very crucial programs, they are once again up to their old antics. I just don't understand the economic or policy justification for this. I simply do not get it.
Looney = unspecified tax cuts while 285,000 kids live in poor houses
— Laila Harré (@lailaharre) June 29, 2014
McCully is going to p extreme lengths to get de-selected for East Coast Bays.
— Simon (@Simonpnz) July 2, 2014
The Labour Party had nine long years to withdraw from the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
— Graeme Edgeler (@GraemeEdgeler) July 2, 2014
Earlier this week, National announced that they were going to tackle domestic violence. They tweeted a much talked about image that is circulating twitter (They can't seem to control their content at all). But once again they failed to incorporate the important aspect. The crucial piece.
Women's Refuge not consulted about new domestic violence changes. Of course not. That's not the #teamkey way.
— jo (@jofromgreylynn) July 2, 2014
John Key actually said GCSB were protecting us in response to a child poverty question.
Unbelieveable! @johnkeypm brings spooks into a question about child poverty. Let the GCSB protect our children while they starve #nzqt
— toad (@toad001) July 2, 2014
The more I try to get away from covering Colin Craig, the more I get sucked in.
Colin Craig revealed today in a @95bFM interview the biggest issue facing women is a lack of men in ECE #nzpol pic.twitter.com/9oqIXVjdOm
— NZUSA President (@studentsnz) July 3, 2014
And finally, this did not make much news this week. Pretty serious. Back in '09 someone threw something in John Key's electorate office in the wee hours of the morning, and I remember it made news all day long with reporters on location. Of course he is the PM so technically more important. It is important for us to have robust political debated and to be passionate about what we believe in and to be angry about our opponents too but this is so many steps too far. It is very important that other Parliamentary leaders are quick to condemn this kind of behaviour. I didn't see that this week, I expected that from John Key.
Reminder: someone put bullets through Hone Harawira's electorate office. Where people work. Where constituents come. This is big news.
— Morgan Godfery (@MorganGodfery) July 2, 2014
10 Rules of Top 10
1. Tweets must be funny or thoughtful or informative or display critical analysis
2. What is funny or thoughtful or informative or display critical analysis is subjective and determined by me.
3. I may provide commentary on the tweet if it particularly strikes my fancy
4. They are not ranked from 1-10
5. Disclosure: I *am* particularly looking to highlight gender and racial minority voices
6. If you want to point me to the direction of a good tweet, please do it!
7. Using the #nzpol/#nzqt/#nzvotes is helpful but not required
8. I hope to get better about this as the weeks progress
9. I am a big fan of correct spelling and grammar (but I know mistakes happen too!)
10. Let's try to use social media for good and raise the level of debate!