Rob, the only example you give of a "centrist" NDP policy is lowering business taxes. The government supporting innovation is a left policy, not a centrist one, as you claim. The government helping to get more manufacturing jobs is favouring the working class, not the "middle class", as you claim. The left is not against "slick messaging", as you claim. By the way, Corbyn's policy to raise the corporate tax rate in Britain would still put in below that in National's centre-right New Zealand.
Graeme, is it possible, now the special votes are in, for you to process the statistics for us and come up with seat distribution in the following scenarios:
1. If Hone had won his seat.
2. If the Maori Party had won its previous seats, Tamaki Makaurau and Te Hauauru.
3. If Hone had won his eat and the Maori Party had won its two previous seats.
4. Peter Dunne had lost his seat to Labour.
5. If Hone had won his seat, the Maori Party had won its two previous seats and Peter Dunne had lost his seat to Labour.
Not sure I entirely agree with your legal points, Graeme.
For example, according to the Terrorism Suppression Act fighting in a war, by itself, is specifically excluded from being a a terrorist act. 5 (4) of the TS Act says "an act does not fall with subsection (2) [subsection (2) being a clause which defines a terrorist act] if it occurs in a situation of armed conflict and is, at the time and in the place it occurs, in accordance with rules of international law applicable to the conflict."
Participating in a terrorist group does contravene the TS Act, but before that participation begins a New Zealander has not contravened the law - which is why John Key has been acting illegally in taking passports of people before they leave New Zealand.
There is no other "national security" provision in the law relating to terrorism, other than by reference to the TS Act, that would enable the Prime Minister to take away the passports of people the government thinks intend to go and fight in Syria or Iraq.