Michael Appleton

Michael Appleton is a Unit Manager in MFAT’s Pacific Regional Division. The views expressed here are his own and do not represent official New Zealand government policy.

Politics
Nov 5, 2018

Why the drought in New Zealand opinion polling matters

New Zealand has a severe lack of political polls and, without polling, political coverage relies on the opinions of a few Wellington-based journalists. Michael Appleton explains why that's a bad thing.

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Sports
Oct 31, 2018

The Black Caps begin their march to World Cup triumph, definitely, maybe

Assessing the chances of cricketing glory as the side begins its season in the United Arab Emirates.

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Politics
Oct 28, 2018

An eye, an ear, a voice: 75 years of New Zealand in the world

As NZ marks a major anniversary for what is now called the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Michael Appleton explains what it is that he and his fellow diplomats actually do

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