Asher Emanuel

Asher Emanuel is a Wellington-based writer and former editor of Salient magazine.

Politics
Feb 22, 2018

Conflict of interest concerns over lobbyist turned chief of Jacinda Ardern's staff

When GJ Thompson took leave from his lobbying firm to act as the prime minister's chief of staff, he remained a director of the firm and his profile stayed in prime position on its website. How serious is the appearance of a conflict of interest?

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Politics
Feb 12, 2018

Selling influence: meet the lobbyists shaping New Zealand politics for a fee

Neale Jones and Jenna Raeburn are partisan lobbyists, doing their clients' bidding at opposing ends of the political divide. But they have a surprising amount in common.

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Politics
Apr 10, 2017

Watching the Hagaman-Little defamation trial, it felt like everybody lost

A week-long case has come to an end with a mixed bag of a verdict from the jury. Observing in the Wellington High Court, Asher Emanuel was left wondering why it was happening at all

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Politics
Nov 7, 2016

Robert Muldoon rises from the grave to join the Brexit debate in London

A 1976 judgment from New Zealand involving PM Muldoon and a public servant has a cameo role in the English High Court ruling that the prime minister, Theresa May, cannot bypass parliament in triggering the UK exit from the EU.

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