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Nathan Argent

Nathan Argent is the Policy Advisor for Greenpeace New Zealand based in Wellington and is a long time Greenpeace campaigner with an interest in clean technology solutions.

  • Your backyard is no longer your business

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - August 30, 2013 at 8:48

    A while back, the respected political expert Bryce Edwards wrote a piece in the Herald under the title: “Democracy under attack, again”. It was written amidst the controversy surrounding the law reforms to allow spying on people like you and me. And he’s not been a lone voice in this.

    Many other high-profile, well-respected experts such as Dame Anne Salmond, former PM Sir Geoffrey Palmer and the Law Commission have come forward to express their concerns that the relationship between the John Key government and the people of New Zealand has broken down.

    From spying on Kim Dotcom and defence journalist John Stephenson to accessing Andrea Vance’s emails and phone records, we have seen a blatant disregard for both the rule of law and our privacy. And if John Key doesn’t like the law, then h... Read more >

  • The other day we stumbled across a youtube video by the New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, starring Prime Minister John Key.

    In its own way, it’s pretty incredible. We considered mucking about with it, discussed how we might spoof it, critique it or counter it but then decided it was pretty much un-spoofable.

    So in the end we just stuck it up on Facebook, to see what people made of it.

    You can see what people had to say here on Facebook.

    Sit back, and behold New Zealand’s Prime Minister, as he wants you and the world to see him... it’s now the most viewed of all of John’s videos on Youtube.

      Read more >

  • It's Simple, Simon.

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - July 17, 2013 at 11:23

    Simon Bridges pants on Fire Billboard

    Minister of Energy Simon Bridges was just the other day branded the “Justin Bieber of the cabinet”. One can only guess that’s either because of his crooning at the Parliamentary karaoke nights, or that he wants to see his “name up in lights in the big city”.

    It seems it was the latter and Simon, your dream has come true.

    Yesterday we plastered ‘Simon Bridges Pants on Fire’ on a central Wellington billboard, measuring almost 300 square metres and seen by tens of thousands of people every day. It is a direct challenge to him to clear his name by releasing full details of a meeting he had with Shell oil executives. Simon has so far denied, in Parliament, having contact with oil companies about a controversial Crown Minerals Bill amendment, concerning protests at sea.

    So far he has failed... Read more >

  • Today, the Herald trotted out a piece based on some polling they’ve done, about the recent crackdown on protesting at sea. We’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions about the responses people were offered, and the actual question. But it’s fair to say that the responses were hugely different to independent polling we commissioned.

    This new law was introduced on Easter Sunday. A good day, some might say, to announce something which you thought might draw some criticism, or be unpopular. This new law was also introduced without parliamentary scrutiny, and had to be rammed through Parliament without public consultation. It doesn’t really look like Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges thought it would be well received. That’s probably because it breaches international law, human righ... Read more >

  • Oil slick politics

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - June 7, 2013 at 10:54

    Last week, documents released to the Labour Party revealed that Government Ministers Steven Joyce and Simon Bridges had met with oil giant Shell to thrash out a back-room deal to criminalise protesting at sea.

    There’s nothing new here – it’s called crony capitalism and it’s something that the John Key Government does well. It’s his bread and butter. You take a company – in this case New Zealand Inc – and you use it to line the pockets of your mates. 

    Yet, it seems that in a desperate attempt to show that the Government is wagging its own tail, Simon Bridges has been caught out misleading Parliament. Originally telling Parliament that he had had no contact with oil companies about the controversial law changes, it has emerged that he had met with Shell just weeks before making his draconia... Read more >

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