Dr Bryce Edwards: There could be very good reasons for introducing a co-governance model. The problem is the Govt has yet to make the case and surveys continue to show the public is deeply unconvinced
Karl du Fresne: The Govt has tried hyperbole, disinformation & scaremongering – witness the infantile & dishonest “public information & education campaign” at a cost to the taxpayer of $4m.
Geoffrey Miller: The breakneck speed at which core elements of New Zealand’s own foreign policy are being rewritten is an echo of equally dramatic changes internationally.
The Free Speech Union: Hate speech laws will always be applied hypocritically. If some hate is tolerated, because it aligns with the views of those in power, any laws will be a violation of equality.
Ani O'Brien: International Women’s Day has become a farcical parade of corporate pink-washing overlaid by a nepotistic circle-jerk of privileged & influential liberal women giving each other awards
Graham Adams: Wiles faced flak last year for her role in the debate over including mātauranga Māori in the school science curriculum. Now a ruling by the Media Council has her back in the firing line.
Chris Trotter: This was not the speech of a serious – or even a very careful – politician.
Liam Hehir: In New Zealand politics we sometimes talk about the need for politicians not to bark at every passing car. Whether you agreed with the content or not, Luxon did not do this on Sunday.
Dr Bryce Wilkinson: Your freedom to swing your fist must end before it hits my nose.
A tale of horror much repeated in whispers at dinner parties in Grey Lynn and Karori