Wayne Mapp

Wayne Mapp was a National Party MP from 1996 to 2011, and minister of defence from 2008 to 2011

Politics
Nov 8, 2018

Labour had a bold vision for rail revival. But does it have a plan?

In campaigning, Ardern’s party proffered a range of bold railway intentions. Now we’re waiting for the bold coalition blueprint.

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Politics
Aug 16, 2018

Ardern says she wants radical transformation. Time to start believing she means it

The countless working groups are a kind of stalking horse for a big change, and voters will get to decide come 2020

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Politics
Jul 4, 2018

National has signed up on zero emissions, but not the map to get there

Former National cabinet minister Wayne Mapp asks what the party’s green policy might look like

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Politics
Jun 12, 2018

How will Winston Peters act as PM? Just look at the last few days

Wayne Mapp, a government MP the first time Winston Peters was deputy PM, says we should expect him to use every opportunity to ensure his party’s survival

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Auckland
May 10, 2018

Why we should be wary about jumping aboard the light rail bandwagon

Are trams really the answer to the city's transport challenges, asks former National Party cabinet minister Wayne Mapp

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Politics
Apr 9, 2018

Ardern and Twyford are betting their futures on voters backing their zealotry

On Transport and housing, Labour is moving into the dangerous territory of telling people how they should live, writes Wayne Mapp

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Politics
Mar 2, 2018

How Simon Bridges can scrap his way to becoming PM in 2020

When he was in his early 20s, I used to joke with him about the Bridges administration, circa 2020, writes former National Party cabinet minister Wayne Mapp.

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Politics
Feb 13, 2018

Bill English’s greatest legacy is clear: guiding NZ through global economic crisis

A former cabinet colleague on the departing National leader's legacy, and what to look for in his replacement

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Politics
Jan 15, 2018

Jacinda Ardern is no radical, but the 21st-century face of Blair’s Third Way

Enemies of neo-liberalism looking for a socialist savior will be disappointed – Ardern’s government essentially promises a continuation with existing policy, argues Wayne Mapp.

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Politics
Dec 16, 2017

National’s best chance now? The eradication of NZ First

How serious is talk of a new conservative party springing up, asks former cabinet minister Wayne Mapp.

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Politics
Nov 15, 2017

On the world stage, Ardern is showing NZ just what kind of PM she is likely to be

Jacinda Ardern has described herself as a 'pragmatic idealist'. In her early forays abroad, the new PM has started to indicate what form that might take – and those hoping to see a new radicalism in NZ politics are likely to be disappointed.

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Politics
Oct 28, 2017

National faces a crucial decision: what kind of opposition will it be?

Will Bill English’s new caucus adopt a scorched earth, US-style approach, or a more traditional style of opposition, asks former National Party minister Wayne Mapp

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Politics
Oct 20, 2017

Today, whatever your politics, there’s good reason to be excited about Jacinda

With Jacinda Ardern as prime minister, New Zealand has a chance to rebrand itself as a dynamic country where interesting things happen, says Wayne Mapp, the former National government minister of defence.

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Politics
Oct 9, 2017

How coalitions are made (and destroyed)

 Wayne Mapp was there at the first MMP coalition negotiations in 1996, and watched from both government and opposition as subsequent deals were assembled. The former National cabinet minister writes about those years, and what the key dynamics will be in the coming days.

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Politics
Oct 5, 2017

Is there room for two Green parties in parliament?

The speculation about a Greens-National coalition is futile given the tribalism of New Zealand politics, writes former National cabinet minister Wayne Mapp. Instead, he wonders if a revitalised TOP can become a second, centrist Greens.

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Politics
Sep 25, 2017

Four reasons why Labour could be better off in opposition

Their supporters may not like it, but the smart choice for Labour might be to bow out of coalition negotiations and resign themselves to three more years in opposition. Former National cabinet minister Wayne Mapp explains why.

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Politics
Sep 21, 2017

The three factors driving the swing back to National

Last night's poll suggests the election might be slipping away from Labour. Former National cabinet minister Wayne Mapp gives his perspective on the slide.

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Politics
Sep 2, 2017

NZ’s choice now: energy over experience or track record over excitement

Labour’s surge makes a change of government a very serious possibility. History offers some interesting lessons, writes former National cabinet minister Wayne Mapp

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Politics
Aug 18, 2017

Amid all this political turmoil, where are the policy faultlines?

I've never seen such tumult in NZ politics, writes National Party cabinet minister Wayne Mapp, but what matters most remains policy - how are the alternative governments likely to proceed in five key areas?

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Politics
Aug 3, 2017

Ardern’s rise confirms three runners for PM. Will it be Bill, Winston or Jacinda?

Against a new challenger, Bill English will need to lift his game, while Winston Peters as PM becomes a real proposition, writes former National Party cabinet minister Wayne Mapp.

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Politics
Jul 29, 2017

Winston Peters is persuading New Zealand to party like it’s 1969

Will the appeal to regional New Zealand and a pitch centred on reviving the economically interventionist state bear fruit for NZ First, asks former National Party cabinet minister Wayne Mapp.

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Politics
Jul 13, 2017

To offer a real alternative, Labour and the Greens may yet tear up their fiscal pledge

If they want to move the dial and mobilise young people, Labour and the Greens could yet jettison the budget rules they signed up to, writes former National Party cabinet minister Wayne Mapp.

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