Danyl Mclauchlan

Danyl Mclauchlan is a Wellington based writer and the author of two novels.

Books
Apr 14, 2021
Blue sky, a plane leaving white vapour trails

Systems control: Introducing a new way of thinking about the climate crisis

What if the apocalypse never comes – or if it comes, but nothing really changes?

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Politics
Mar 23, 2021

Becoming a republic is not the solution to New Zealand's problems

In 2021, the extra level of stability a constitutional monarchy brings no longer seems superfluous.

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Politics
Mar 16, 2021

The Wellington syndrome

What's gone wrong for the capital city? How much time do you have?

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Books
Mar 7, 2021

Jordan Peterson is back with 12 more rules – and a thing for Harry Potter

Home from Serbia after a wild bout with benzos, anxiety, a movement disorder, and Covid, the doctor bashes out a sequel.

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Politics
Feb 24, 2021

Government launches $950 million fund to help Brent get haircut

Revealed: the 12-family Progressive Home Ownership Scheme is not the government's only hyper-focused new support plan

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Books
Feb 8, 2021

The Prebble adventure: Reading I’ve Been Thinking, a quarter century on

The great promise of neoliberalism: free markets solving problems centrally planned governments could not, bringing better economic results. The great failure of neoliberalism: it didn’t work.

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Books
Jan 19, 2021
Politics
Jan 9, 2021

Ardern pledges to care 9% more by 2030

Some observers are questioning whether there are sufficient Facebook livestreams to support the goal.

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Politics
Dec 8, 2020

Farewell to Astoria, caffeinated Shangri-la of Wellington’s political establishment

After 24 years in business the storied, parliament-adjacent Astoria cafe is to close. Danyl Mclauchlan pays tribute to a hotbed of political intrigue that was ultimately too beautiful for this world.

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Books
Nov 26, 2020

Promises, promises: Barack Obama’s new memoir, reviewed

It's not exactly blue-sky thinking – but it is candid, and completely fascinating.

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Politics
Nov 24, 2020

Ardern pledges to care 9% more by 2030

Some observers are questioning whether there are sufficient Facebook livestreams to support the goal.

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Politics
Oct 18, 2020

Jacinda Ardern and the plan

Last night Jacinda Ardern and the Labour Party won a historic victory, changing the shape of NZ politics.

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Politics
Oct 10, 2020

Labour has taken the centre. Is it a trap?

Labour's winning strategy is built on rhetoric that seems to promise real change but never quite delivers. Perhaps soon it can give itself permission to actually do something transformational.

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Politics
Oct 4, 2020

The boxer and the towel: a short history of Winston Peters, politician

The life and times of one of the most compelling and extraordinary characters in New Zealand political history.

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Politics
Aug 14, 2020

The ruthless electoral politics behind National’s Covid conspiracy-baiting

The public hated National’s politicisation of the coronavirus crisis the first time around. So why is the party doubling down on it now?

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Politics
Jul 14, 2020

With National in disarray, who will hold Labour to account?

After Todd Muller's shock resignation, a crushing electoral defeat for National looks all but assured. But is a historically weak opposition really something for the left to celebrate?.

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Politics
Jul 7, 2020

In defence of adversarial politics

Politics shouldn’t be toxic, or misogynistic, or cruel, for the system to be work, nor should it be nice.

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Politics
Jul 2, 2020

The Winston Peters paradox

Unfortunately for NZ First, the evidence suggests the approach isn't working: they’re undermining their own government for no gain.

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Society
Jun 24, 2020

Six minutes of sunshine

It's a grim time of year in Wellington, but not only the bleak weather is to blame, writes Danyl Mclauchlan. 

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Books
May 24, 2020

Harry Potter for political nerds: The Mirror & the Light, reviewed

The acclaimed Thomas Cromwell trilogy winds up with a blinder.

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Politics
May 23, 2020

National voters were ready to fall in love. But they couldn’t love Simon Bridges

Charismatic leadership has historically been less important to voters on the right. But when the country was thrown into crisis the old rules suddenly no longer applied.

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Society
May 12, 2020

A modest defence of the coronavirus contrarians

Yes they're annoying and mostly wrong, but don't be so quick to completely dismiss the Covid sceptics.

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Society
Apr 26, 2020

Good news, bad omens: Thinking about New Zealand identity in strange times

Will the pandemic – and this nation's remarkable success addressing it – change how we feel about being a New Zealander?

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Books
Apr 18, 2020

Are you ready for radical change? Really?

Capital and Ideology is a challenge – a call for radical change – from one of the world's foremost economists.

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Society
Mar 29, 2020

Home life during the cosy catastrophe

On the strange energy of preparing for level four, and the narrow new life which has emerged in the shadow of Covid-19. 

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Politics
Mar 23, 2020

Covid-19: The doctor behind the petition to move to alert level four

Kevin Ward, an urgent primary care physician, is behind a petition urging the government to shift to the highest alert level.

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