Saturday, 7 July 2018

POLS 102 New Zealand Politics 2018 - Videos, Links, NZ Music

This is where I'll be putting links to audio-visual and other material for POLS 102 New Zealand Politics during Semester 2, 2018. At present the POLS 102 2018 blog is under construction (7-7-2018).

New Zealand/Aotearoa Music Videos- Selected from a Wide Range of Alternative Music Genres but all by Musical Artists with Strong Links to Aoteroa

2018 Music Video Screenings

Lecture 1

• Shapeshifter - Monarch

Lecture 2

• Yumi Zouma - Barricade(Matter of Fact)
• Confidence Man - Boyfriend (Repeat) - Live

Lecture 3

• Confidence Man - Cool Party

Lecture 4

• Sunflower Bean - 2013
• Sunflower Bean - Crisis Fest

Lecture 5

• Princess Chelsea - The Cigarette Duet
• Courtney Barnett - History Eraser 

Lecture 6
• Rhian Sheehan & Jess Chambers (vocals) - Sunshine 
• Fly My Pretties - Lie in the Land
• The Veils - The Letter

Lecture 7
The Brunettes - Small Town Crew

Lecture 8
Belle and Sebastian - Party Line
• Marlon Williams - What's Chasing You
• The 3ds - Outerspace 

Lecture 9
• Marlon Williams - Party Boy 
Princess Chelsea - I Love My Boyfriend

Lecture 10
• Shihad - Home Again (Live)
• Shapeshifter - In Colour
• Lorde - Green Light  
• Courtney Barnett - Nobody Really Cares if You Don't Go to the Party 
• Palma Violets - Best Friend
Two to be omitted.

Lecture 11
• Bic Runga - Winning Arrow 
• The Pheonix Foundation - Bob Lennon John Dylan 

Lecture 12

•Mazzy Star - Fade Into You

Lecture 14

• Death and the Maiden - Ooooh Baby in the Chorus 

 • Die Die Die - Sideways Here We Come 

Lecture 15

• The Shifting Sands - All the Stars 

 • Straighjacket Fits - She Speeds 

Lecture 17
• Jamie XX - Loud Places
• Look Blue Go Purple - Cactus Cat 
• Confidence Man - Out the Window 

Lecture 18
• The Chills- Kaleidoscope World

Lecture 19
•Tiki Taane -Faded

• Yumi Zouma - Castastrophe 

• The Verlaines - Joed Out

• Courtney Barnett - Pedestrian At Best

• Jacinda Ardern 2017 Election Campaign Speech 
• Jacinda Ardern 2017 Election Victory Speech 
• National's Slick 2017 Election Campaign 

Lecture 21
• Wolf Alice - Don't Delete the Kisses
• Don McGlashan - Miracle Sun
• The Pheonix Foundation - Buffalo 

Lecture 24
• Tiki Tane - Dub Soldier

• The Adults - Nothing to Lose

Lecture 25
• Fly My Pretties - Lucky
• Nadia Reid - Preservation 
• Arcade Fire - Ready to Start 



Video Documentaries and Exerts, Links to Useful Websites

• Here are links to some of the more important official government websites:

• New Zealand Government: Information and Services
This is a gateway website providing links to all official government websites and the websites of the political parties with MPs. 

• Electoral Commission
This is where you will be able to find out more about the electoral system and election results. 

• Statistics New Zealand
This is where you will find a comprehensive range of statistical information about New Zealand's society, economy and polity.

• Treasury
This is where you will find a comprehensive range of information about the economy and the government's approach to managing it, as well as the budget and all main areas of government policy-making. 

• Ministry of Social Development- Household Incomes
This is where you will find some of the most important facts and figures with respect to the distribution of income, wealth, and poverty in New Zealand since 1982. 

• Maori Land Loss, 1960-2000 Interactive Map of North Island 

Over-representation of Business and Under-representation of Women, Workers and Asians in the New Zealand Parliament, 1996-2017

The Parliamentary Service has produced a research paper (released December 2017) entitled 'FINAL RESULTS FOR THE 2017 NEW ZEALAND GENERAL ELECTION' that contains very useful data pertaining to representation in New Zealand parliaments from 1996 to 2017. A PDF can downloaded from:

New Zealand's Political History, 1935 to the Present

• First Labour Government 1935-1948

 • 1935 Election Victory Speech by Michel Joseph Savage - two short exerts): 

• Second (Holyoake) National Government, 1960-1972
• 1963 Interview with National Prime Minister Keith Holyoake- gives a sense of a very different period in NZ's political history.

• Third (Kirk, Rowling) Labour Government, 1972-1975
• New Zealand Labour Party TV Campaign add for the 1969 election- illustrates the influence of the wider political context of the time.

NZ 1972: Labour, Big Norm, Womens Lib
• Interesting report on Labour at the time of the 1972 election. As above, it highlights the influence of the political context over the Labour Party.

• 1975 National Party Election Anti-Labour Advertisement

• The Rise of Sir Robert Muldoon (late 1960s to 1975)

• 1984 General Election 

Ryan Jones, who is taking the paper this year, reminded me of this documentary - Fortress New Zealand. It documents the transition from Keynesianism to Neoliberalism (From Muldoon, to Lange, to Richardson). 
It includes great interviews.

Part 1 Muldoon:

Part 2 Lange's first term:

Part 3 Lange's second term and downfall:

Part 4 After Lange:

In a Land of Plenty: The Story of Unemployment in New Zealand
For a more systematically critical account, see the following excellent video documentary.

AV Material on the Labour Party
• David Shearer on Budget 2013- illustrates current ideology and political rhetoric of the Labour Party.

AV Material on the National Party
• John Key on Budget 2013- gives a clear illustration of the pragmatic conservatism of the National Party. 

The Treasury
• Treasury Homepage 
• Treasury job advertisement
• John Whitehead, head of Treasury in 2009, on policy responses to the global financial crisis and ensuing recession in New Zealand. 

• Useful Links for the POLS 102 Essay:
• Treasury (see above)
• National Party –
Labour Party –
• Electoral Commision – 
• MMP Review website – 
• Statistics NZ –

• New Zealand Political Parties and Organizations

Parliamentary Parties:

• ACT New Zealand —

• Green  Party of Aotearoa/New Zealand –

• National Party –

Labour Party –

• New Zealand First -

• Maori Party–

• United Future New Zealand -

Extra-Parliamentary Parties:

• Alliance —

• Conservative Party–

• International Socialist Organisation–

• Mana Party –
• Campbell Live Poll on the GCSB Bill 

New Zealand Interest Groups

• New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (NZCTU)
• For a full list of all affiliated unions go to: 
• Business NZ
This is New Zealand's largest and most influential business association.

• Federated Farmers

The New Zealand Initiative
In 2012 the Business Roundtable and the New Zealand Institute merged to form The New Zealand Initiative - a group of executives from big business that advocates extreme neolioberal policies broadly consistent with those of the ACT Party. 

This is a propaganda video that glosses over the specifics of the kind of extreme right-wing policies that the NZ Initiative advocates. Note that while much of what they claim they advocating, such as 'affordable housing', is double-speak. That is if these policies were actually implemented they would actually have the opposite effect to what is being claimed by the NZ Initiative. 

• The New Zealand Retailers Association

• The New Zealand Chambers of Commerce 

• The National Government- Background and Context

The Hollow Men - Video Documentary on Don Brash's Leadership of the National party and the 2006 election campaign.

• Alan Bollard, Governor of the Reserve Bank speaks to the 2009 Jobs Summit on the scale and impact of the global financial crisis.  
• Excellent video presentations on Marx and David Harvey's contemporary Marxist analysis of the global financial crisis.

• Funny and informative introduction to Marx's life, ideas and politics. It's a play scripted by the famous left-wing American historian - Howard Zinn - and performed brilliantly by the American teacher, actor, activist and socialist - Brian Jones. 

• Animated 11 minute summary of David Harvey's Marxist analysis of the global financial crisis. 

The Fifth (Key) Governments Neoliberal Policy Agenda, 2008-2017

• For National's presentation of its 'plan that's working' and policies as of 2014-2016 go to:

• Budget 2015, including Bill English's Budget Speech, can be downloaded from: 

• Treasury's 2015 economic and fiscal update provides useful information on the state of the economy and government finances since 2000. 

• A two minute media interview of Finance Minister Bill English about Budget 2015. Gives a good sense of the Government's justification of its neoliberal approach to economic management and policy-making:

• A three minute media interview of Prime Minister John Key about Budget 2015. Gives a good sense of the Government's justification of its neoliberal approach to economic management and policy-making:

• A defence of the Government in terms of its 'compassionate conservatism' by Bill English: 

• In 2013, Minister of Finance Bill English stated that: 
"We don't believe there is 'a' solution to poverty in general. So I would not expect any large scale intervention. We've been focusing on reaching the hard to reach and intervening to improve their lives."

• An independent critical assessment of the Government's approach in Budget 2015 by the Child Poverty Action Group can be downloaded from: 

The website is:

• To critically assess the Government's performance with respect to economic management and policy-making it is worth considering the relevant official statistics. 

For example, for current stats on growth, employment and offshore debt go to and follow the links. Balance of payments and offshore debt stats can be found here:

The best source of official statistical data on socio-economic inequality is here:

• The Politics of Climate Change and Global Warming
The Titanic:

• To access the 2014 major assessment report (AR5) by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), go to:

If you want to download the most important graphs and figures then go to:

• To access the 2007 major assessment report (AR4) by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 
go to: 

• Video summarizing the US NOAA, State of the Climate 2014 Report. The facts in this video are drawn from official US based sources.

• Video showing thinning of Greenland polar ice based on international study using satellite data and photographs from the University of Leeds website. 

See also the British channel 4 news report on the study (2012) at: 

"2012 Record Low Artic Ice Sheet". The Arctic ice cap is melting at a rapid rate and may shrink to its lowest-ever level within weeks as temperatures continue to rise. Al Jazeera's Nick Clark joined an expedition travelling deep into the Arctic Circle to Qaanaaq, in Greenland. Three minute report on the melting of the Arctic ice caps. Well worth watching.

• Very interesting report on the 'carbon bubble' on the Guardian website. Highlights which stock exchange listed companies have the greatest carbon assets and the financial risks that they face if these assets become unburnable due to the introduction of more effective environmental policies addressing the causes of climate change. This also indicates just how powerfully motivated these companies are to lobby governments to prevent them introducting more effective environmental policies to counter global warming. 

• Really interesting article in The Guardian: "The climate crisis of the 21st century has been caused largely by just 90 companies, which between them produced nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions generated since the dawning of the industrial age, new research suggests."

• John Bellamy Foster gives lecture on capitalism and climate change. 

The Sixth (Ardern) Labour Government, 2017-

The Global Financial Crisis: Is A Repeat Looming?
It is interesting that economists right, left and centre all agree that another crash is coming. It is not if, it is when. The important questions are not to do with whether it will happen, but how severe the downturn will be, what capacity governments and central banks will have to manage it, and whether the world's poor and middling folks will be prepared to tolerate another bank bailout that they know that they, as opposed to the rich, will have to pay for. /news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12126427 

Useful links for information on NZ Politics:

Mainstream and alternative media:

Fairfax newspapers:

The NZ Herald: :

The National Business Review:

Indymedia (Aotearoa):

Indymedia (New York):

Socialist Review of New Zealand/Aotearoa:

Scoop (alternative NZ news source):

Political parties:

ACT New Zealand

Mana Party

New Zealand First

Government websites:

Agriculture and Forestry (Ministry of ) -

Cabinet (New Zealand) —

Central and local government services (Link to NZ) -

Commerce Commission -

Conservation (Department of ) -

Defence (Ministry of ) -

Education (Ministry of ) -

Electoral Commission (New Zealand) —

Environment (Ministry for the) -

Fisheries (Ministry of) -

Foreign Affairs and Trade (Ministry of ) –

Foreign Affairs and Trade (Ministry of ) – Speeches --

Government online (New Zealand) -

Government databases (New Zealand) -

Government directory on line -

Health (Ministry of ) -

Housing (Ministry of ) -

Internal Affairs (Department of) -

Justice (Ministry of) -

Labour (Department of) -

Local government—

Maori Development (Ministry of ) - Te Puni Kokiri -

Members of Parliament (New Zealand) -

New Zealand legislation (full text) -

Pacific Island Affairs (Ministry of) -

Parliament (New Zealand) —

Parliamentary Counsel Office (publishes Acts & Statutes) -

Prime Minister (Department of) -

Public Service (New Zealand) and other government organisations—

Research, Science and Technology (Ministry of) -

Reserve Bank -

Social Development (Ministry of) -

State Services Commission -

Statistics New Zealand -

Women’s Affairs (Ministry of ) -

Youth Affairs (Ministry of )-

Trade Unions:

Aotearoa NZ Council of Trade Unions -

Amalgamated Workers Union (Central) (AWUNZ) -

Amalgamated Workers Union (Northern) (AWUNZ) -

Amalgamated Workers Union (Southern) (AWUNZ) -

Te Hau Takitini O Aotearoa Association of Staff in Tertiary Education (ASTE) -

Airline Pilots Association (New Zealand) -

Association of Salaried Medical Specialists -

Association of University Staff (AUS) -

Aviation & Marine Engineers Association -

Building Trades Union (NZBTU) -\

Corrections Association of New Zealand (CANZ) -

Dairy Workers Union (DWU) -

Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (New Zealand) -

Finsec: the finance and information union -

Independent Schools Teachers Association (ISTANZ) -

Maritime Union of NZ -

Meat and Related Trade Workers Union of Aotearoa -

Merchant Service Guild (New Zealand) -

National Distribution Union (NDU) -

New Zealand Education Institute - Te Rui Roa -

New Zealand Meat Workers and Related Trades Union -

New Zealand Merchant Service Guild Industrial Union of Workers (NZMSG) -

New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) -

New Zealand Seafarers’ Union —

New Zealand University Students Association -

Post Primary Teachers’ Association -

Public Service Association -

Rail and Maritime Transport Union (New Zealand) -

Service & Food Workers Union (SFWU) -

United Fire Brigades Association of New Zealand -

University Staff (Association of) -

Business Interest Groups:

Business NZ

Centre for Independent Studies -

Chambers of Commerce (New Zealand) -

New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development

New Zealand Business Roundtable

New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

New Zealand Federated Farmers

New Zealand Retailers Association -

• Princess Chelsea - Too Many People
• Bic Runga - Get Some Sleep  
• Crowded House - Four Seasons in One Day 
•The Checks - There is a Field
• Dimmer - Power Cord
• The Shifting Sounds - Let's Go Down
•Tiki Taane -Faded
 •Toy Love - Swimming Pool
 • Concord Dawn - Morning Light

 • Dave Dobbyn - Language
• Darcy Clay - Jesus I Was Evil
• Tiki Taane and Pdigsss -Dub Soldier
• Courtney Barnett - History Eraser
• Yumi Zouma -The Brae 
• Shapeshifter - Monarch
• The Veils - The Letter (Live) 
• The Brunettes - Small Town Crew 
• Die Die Die - Sideways Here We Come
 • The Pheonix Foundation - Bob Lennon, John Dylan
• The D4 - Party! 
• Shapeshifter - In Colour 
• The Shifting Sands - All the Stars
• Scribe - Dreaming 
• The Adults - Nothing to Lose
• The 3ds - Outer Space  
• Straightjacket Fits - She Speeds 
 • Astro Children - The One We Start With

The following NZ music videos have been suggested by students doing the paper in the past.  
• Trinity Roots - Little Things 
• Ladi 6 - Like Water 
• Fat Freddy's Drop - Wandering Eye 
• Gin Wigmore - Oh My 
• Shunkan - Dust in Your Eyes
• Lorde - Flume Remix
• Fly My Pretties - Let's Roll
• The Chills - Kaleidoscope World 
• Don McGlashan - Miracle Sun 
• Chris Knox - Not Given Lightly 
• Yumi Zouma - Catastrophe  
• Fly My Pretties - Garden 
• Garageland - Finger Pops 
• Princess Chelsea - Ice Reign
• Kane Strang - Winded

• Strangely Arousing - Kupenga 

• New Gum Sarn - Money Talks
• Death and the Maiden – Dear ______
• The Veils - The Pearl - Live at Abbey Road
• The Veils - Turn From the Rain - Live at Abbey Road 




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