Posted on 00:34, August 21st, 2008 by admin
The kiwipolitico collective
We share environmentalist, and centre-left/left-of-centre perspectives and values as well as an abiding interest in public policy and the political process. Within this broad frame, we are very diverse. Some of us are more green than red, and some more red than green. Some have party allegiances, and some don’t. Regardless, we are committed to providing an independent, critical commentary on political issues in New Zealand and overseas.
You can contact us all at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anita lives in Wellington (yeah, I know) and spends way too much time keeping the chooks out of the veges in her garden. She’s worked in both the public and private sector, and is now balancing a private sector consultancy job with a little study.
Over the years she’s been involved in issues around peace, disability advocacy, feminism and an ever increasing list of others. If given only one issue to work on it would be participation – how do we rebuild a society where people can have their say and make a difference?
Raised in Latin America by expat American parents and attracted to anti-authoritarian politics beginning in his early teens, he combined a career in academia with episodic forays into the US security and defence apparatus before emigrating to New Zealand in 1997. After ten years in New Zealand academia followed by three in Singapore, he is now engaged in political risk consulting with an emphasis on Australasian-global relations. After arriving in New Zealand he developed an interest in small state analysis and the security politics of peripheral democracies (Chile, Greece, New Zealand and Portugal in particular). His policy interests are in comparative labour politics, labour market dynamics, comparative regime change, comparative democracy, comparative foreign policy, international relations, strategic thought, intelligence analysis, threat (net) assessment and unconventional warfare.
Lew lives in an exurb north of Wellington, but was born in Taranaki. As a small kid he was brought up on confiscated land which his parents and others ceded back to the descendants of those from whom it was confiscated. He studied film and political science, then worked in a bunch of unrelated jobs before going to live and work in Asia for a spell and coming back to study some more. He works as a media analyst, with a focus on NZ and Australian government issues. Main academic interests include symbolic politics, propaganda, political discourse and communication, political use of the media/media use of politics and identity politics, especially to do with Māori issues. A MA on the māori party’s influence on NZ political discourse is indefinitely postponed due to family commitments.
Speaking normatively rather than descriptively, he calls himself a sensible moderate — but not in the same way as Peter Dunne. In no particular order, he believes in democracy but not in populism; in doctrine but not in dogma; in the rule of law but not in its iron fist; in peace but not in passivity; in liberty but not in libertarianism; in community but not in communism; in markets but not in free-marketeers; in feminism but not because of guilt; he is green but for pragmatic rather than ideological reasons; is an indigenist but not a separatist; is agnostic but not aggressively so; and reckons that if most people were entirely faithful to their own internal moral and ethical standards (whatever they are), then generally they’d treat each other a great deal better than they do.
You can follow him on Twitter @LewSOS.