Media appearances


Radio NZ: After the sigh of relief, time to set a decisive course (20 October)

For those of us on the left, the temptation will be to down tools and do whatever we can to support Ardern. Our instinct will be to look beyond the first three years, to set the course for a two- or three- or, gods be good, a four-term Labour-led government. See the big picture! It won’t happen overnight but it will happen!

I caution against that.

Radio NZ: The Morning After (24 September)

On NBR’s Inquest panel, 8 September 2017

Radio NZ: I will remember Metiria Turei differently (10 August)

I will remember that as soon as someone – a Māori woman who survived poverty and didn’t forget where she came from – said ‘This is fundamentally wrong, and we must do better,’ she was finished.

Newstalk ZB: Green Party slipping in polls can’t be solely blamed on Turei – expert (10 August)

Radio NZ: Labour’s last-minute leader change: how did we get here? (1 August)

The prevailing myth of Labour Party strategy since Helen Clark has been that we (for I can’t deny I am, indeed, a Labour Party Insider) must “look like a party ready to govern”. And this has translated to buying into the proper, grown-up, governmental ways of doing things – promising endless reviews or well-costed schemes.

It doesn’t inspire people. It doesn’t feel like a real alternative. The proof of the pudding is in the polls.

The Spinoff: Enough bullshit. After all these years the Pike River families deserve answers (1 May)

It’s infuriating because it’s so simple. When a mine explodes, you go in to find out why. When a crime happens, you investigate the crime scene. When 29 men die in a New Zealand workplace, someone has to be held accountable. It’s the only right and proper thing to do. But it hasn’t been done.

Overland: In New Zealand, where abortion is still a crime (19 April)

Abortion is one of those issues you don’t talk about. It’s icky. It’s been easy to overlook the patronising bureaucracy those who are pregnant have to navigate. It’s been easy to say the status quo is fine because we never hear anything to the contrary.

Morning Report: Under 45s discuss pros and cons of raising pension age (7 March)


At Overland: This is what solidarity looks like 

Think piece after think piece tells us that the Left has failed to appeal to the white working class. We have done this, apparently, by talking about certain things or ideas that are … what? Not relevant to the lives of working people? Don’t directly benefit those people? It doesn’t make sense. Equality benefits everyone. Lifting up others lifts us all.