Archives for April 2024 | Josie Pagani



Complacency is the surest path to a new world war

Europe feels more pre-war than post-war. Euro states are increasing their war spending and mothers worry that their sons will be conscripted. This must be how 1913 and 1938 felt.

Catastrophe needs complacency, good people doing nothing.

The choice for the West is not between war and peace. It is between tough prevention now and a passive, handwringing slide into global war.

Josie argues that failure to defeat Russia now could spiral into confrontation with Nato, and inevitably, a third world war.

ANZAC Day, dog walkers and Gen Z's table manners

Josie joined Andrew Dickens and Tim Wilson to wrap the week on Newstalk ZB.
They discussed the importance of ANZAC Day, the dog walkers protesting against Auckland Council’s removal of public bins, and Gen Z’s table manners.

Wellington's mega tunnel, Tory Whanau rejoins the Greens, police pay and the Stuff/Newshub deal


Josie joined Nick Mills and Mark Sainsbury on Friday Faceoff to discuss Wellington's mega tunnel, Tory Whanau rejoins the Greens, police pay and the Stuff/Newshub deal - and what's hot and what's not.

Huddle: Fast Track consenting and media

Josie joined Ben Thomas and Heather du Plessis-Allan on The Huddle, to discuss Shane Jones's plans to scrap 'red tape' to make coal mining easier and the Warner Brothers Discovery' deal with Stuff to produce and provide a daily 6pm bulletin.

The Treaty case for Maori wards

Some supporters of Māori wards believe their opponents are racists who don’t want to share control with Māori. While there are always some racists and they can be vocal, it’s doubtful our community that is happy to return to Māori control over their land, fisheries and forests becomes anti-Māori when it comes to having a say about what happens to “my community”, or “my water“. It’s understandable, not racist, to ask why representatives who are not accountable to me should have a say in services for me.

The case for Māori wards comes directly from our constitutional obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.

If the Government forces councils to hold referenda, then the question cannot be “Māori wards – yes or no?” It has to be a choice: “Māori ward, or the alternative which satisfies our obligation to Māori to have a say in the administration of their possessions.” Tell us what the alternative to Māori wards is.

Josie makes the case that power-sharing will only gain support when it engages with the reasonable concerns of the critics, who are Treaty partners too.

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