My son is on bail with a special condition that he remains at his place of residence between the hours of 8pm to 7am. Because he has not been sentenced as yet he does not have an electronic monitoring device fitted so the police have to visit his residence to check he is complying.
This is all too common. They certainly don't have check every few hours, but they can and do often do this. They'll usually slow down a little as time goes on, but not always. I will note that you can be electronically monitored before being sentenced (this is called e-bail), so that can be worth looking into, although it would be odd to ask. Depending on the nature of the charge(s) your son is facing, it may be possible to ask to have the curfew condition cancelled or modified after a few weeks of complying with it.
I guess at nine one wouldn’t be too fussed about one consequence of that, which would be that NZers would no longer be able to drive overseas.
A lot of adults aren't too fussed either.
If it’s the younger people who are less likely to vote, won’t lowering the voting age just decrease voter turnout (overall) anyway?
It will decrease turnout as a percentage of enrolled voters, and will decrease turnout as a percentage of people of voting age. It will however increase turnout, and increase turnout as a percentage of New Zealand residents.
Where is our life-long investment in civic understanding?
I'm not saying we shouldn't have this. In fact we should have this. But the lack of this should not be used to deny a class of people the vote.
There are groups of young people who have always wanted the vote. Been to a liberal secondary school lately? Perhaps you are just not looking in the right places. Go along to the handing over of the clean water petition to parliament today at 1 pm. I'm sure there will be teenagers there keen to vote.
Well, this was a question. I'm sure there are kids who want to vote, but there don't seem to be anyone actually asking for it. There isn't really even a Facebook group. And if kids don't use Facebook any more, please let me know what they are using :-)
In the teapot case, was Key sued for defamation as a Member of Parliament?
Key was sued. He was a member of Parliament at the time.
What’s the point of difference, given that they both trace back to Party campaigning?
Mostly, because it's the National Party is being sued, not John Key or any other Member of Parliament.
The Taxpayer…. of course…
Not for that one. Seriously, if you've evidence that's the plan, then release it. That would be outrageous.
Dunne's done, I think. I can't see that 750 majority increasing and the manner in which Labour, NZF and others coordinated in 2014 could be repeated.
Whom is Labour running against him? Does this factor into your conclusion at all?
Will the Maori Party be able to continue its role as everyone’s coalition partner if they lose any more seats?
This one’s easy: no.
The Māori Party only has one electorate. If they lose that, they’re not in Parliament.
Also, the Māori Party cannot *continue* a role as everyone’s coalition partner.They have only ever been a coalition/confidence&supply partner of National. Maybe they could start, though?