Anne-Elise Smithson: THE CRICKET WAS AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE NATION’S MIND DURING THE WORLD CUP FINAL. WAS THERE ANY OTHER BIG NEWS YOU FEEL WE FORGOT ABOUT?

Have to admit, I’m not the biggest fan of cricket (although I love rugby!) but of course I was supporting the Black Caps to win. My approach to the tournament was essentially asking my cricket-mad housemate for quick updates – ‘have we won yet?’ Despite the loss, it was great to have the World Cup back in New Zealand.

Big news that didn’t get as much of a mention? Perhaps the government being embarrassed that it won’t achieve its long-promised Budget surplus this year. We’re on track to equal the longest string of consecutive deficits (under National 1966-72).

In other news, a study was released called ‘Fault lines: Human Rights in New Zealand’ showing that we’re falling behind on human rights issues when measured against six international treaties that we’ve signed up to; Metiria Turei’s Feed the Kids bill was voted down in Parliament by the slimmest of margins (61 votes to 59); on a positive note the government is proposing a law change that will ban testing for the cosmetics industry on animals, and overseas, the Guardian Media group announced they are divesting from fossil fuels – these were the main pieces of news that I was following.

– Anne-Elise Smithson, The Green Party.of Aotearoa New Zealand

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