Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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    Cam Slater


    As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats. Cam has previously voted National, Act and NZ First, he never was ever tempted to vote Labour or Green, but once contemplated voting for the Maori party.

    Olivia Pierson


    I value the principles which became the hallmarks of Western democracy, made possible by the Age of Reason; religious tolerance (a wall between religion and state), a commitment to scientific inquiry, the emancipation of women and children, a free and un-coerced media, and individual rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These core ideas are the beating heart of our civilisation and what make it a place worth thriving in - and dying for, as so many of our recent forefathers took it upon themselves to do.

    John Black


    One of the only right-wing people in Education (we hold our meetings in a broom closet). I spend my nights drinking and working on the great New Zealand novel. I’m white, male and straight - so it’s all my fault. All of it.



    He has worked for a lot of NZ papers and magazines and has had the occasional cartoon in Aussie papers. Regarded as too iconoclastic, right-wing even, by the lefties in media, he has managed to terrify a few editors. He considers himself to be more eclectic than anything.



    I grew up in an era of 'BIG' and 'GOOD'... Back then news stories, music, rockstars, football matches and movies were big! Talent was big! Humour was big! "Big'' stood out from the crowds and the best then, still stands out today.



    Ex-pat from the north of England, living in NZ since the 1980s, I consider myself a Kiwi through and through, but sometimes, particularly at the moment with Brexit, I hear the call from home. I believe the only way ahead in life is through education and hard work. Political affiliations: National and ACT.

    Dieuwe de Boer


    Christian. Conservative. Nationalist. Traditionalist. Card-carrying member of the patriarchy. Part of a rising tide of young family men fighting against left-wing regressives for the dawn of a new conservative age. Either that or I'm making a heroic last stand for freedom as the sun sets on Christian civilisation. Founder and editor of Right Minds NZ. Political affiliation: New Conservative.

    Juana Atkins


    Editor of The BFD: Juana doesn't want readers to agree with her opinions or the opinions of her team of writers. Her goal and theirs is to challenge readers to question the status quo, look between the lines and do their own research. Juana has previously given her party vote to both National and ACT.

    Chris Trotter


    Chris Trotter is a weekly political columnist and commentator. On occasion he's also been known to sing.

    Lushington D. Brady


    Punk rock philosopher. Liberalist contrarian. Grumpy old bastard. I grew up in a generational-Labor-voting family. I kept the faith long after the political left had abandoned it. In last decade or two, I've voted at times for just about all of the major parties and quite a few of the minor ones. My vote may have changed, but those basic working-class values I grew up with never have.

    Stephen Berry


    Stephen Berry has been an Act candidate three times since 2014 and an elected board member since 2018. A libertarian pragmatist, self-taught economist and Senior Manager in an Auckland supermarket. In 2013 he was the third-placed candidate for Mayor of Auckland, publishing the popular Absolutely Biased Guide to Voting in Auckland’s Election in 2019.



    Suze is an avid reader and writer after a career in accounting starting in the farming industry and ending after 10 years in the NZ mining industry, maintaining interest in unlocking oil and mineral resource potential whilst protecting the environment. Suze expects equal treatment for all regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, personal values or beliefs and previously voted for one of the major political parties, usually National.



    I've worked in media and business for many years and share my views here to generate discussion and debate. I once leaned towards National politically and actually served on an electorate committee once, but the party lost its way and is still lost in the wilderness. Nearly voted Labour once when Roger Douglas was Minister of Finance. I could never see my way clear to voting for NZ First for many reasons but I'm far from committed to one party or one set of views. Years ago I supported Bob Jones and the New Zealand Party and a quest for change and I have voted for Act more than once. Today, politically I don't have a natural home - so I have an open mind.