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Jordan McCluskey (Ed.)
Jordan completed a BA (Hons) degree in History in 2014 at Victoria University of Wellington. While at VUW, he wrote on politics for the student newspaper Salient for two years, was Treasurer-Secretary of VUWSA, the student union, and heavily involved in the youth wing of the National Party. Jordan also wrote on parliamentary affairs for the influential political blog Kiwiblog, then worked as a researcher for the NZ Taxpayers Union on passport pricing and local government rates. He is preparing to begin his Masters on an aspect of New Zealand political history. His politics are best described in a quote from Benjamin Disraeli ‘I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad’.
(Ngāpuhi, Ngati Tautahi, Ngati Rehia) Previously wrote at Ellipsister. If she’s not trawling Twitter she’s probably talking nonsense to her cats. She has a Masters of Law (Hons) and specialised in International Law and Politics. Politically aligned to Te Paati Māori and describes her politics as kaupapa Māori complemented by mutualist anarchism and Georgist economics. Tries to live by the whakatauki: Na te whakarongo me te titiro ka puta mai te korero (through looking and listening we gain wisdom).
Andrew is a statistics and politics nerd who wants to find the best solutions, regardless of ideology. If the solution involves internet cats or chips, even better. In his spare time, he pursues a PhD in Computer Systems Engineering and teaches digital design and programming at the University of Auckland.
(B.A. Hons and LLB, Canterbury) Lamia recently completed Masters in Public Administration at the LBJ School of Public Affairs (University of Texas at Austin), focusing on election law, empirical & financial analysis of public policy, campaigns and corporate government relations. She has presented at the Congressional Research Service in Washington D.C. on Congressional committees’ use of social media and previously worked in Wellington at the NZ Parliament for the Labour Leader’s Office and at the Office of Treaty Settlements. She currently works in Austin as a communications consultant and runs Corner Politics, a blog focusing on political and social issues.
Chuan-Zheng grew up in Auckland, worked for a couple of years in Wellington and is now studying towards a PhD in electrical engineering at Stanford University, with interests in communications, networking and technology policy. On occasion, he takes part in university debating and writes in his blog, Trying to Reason. Politically unaligned, he often muses about miscellaneous issues but especially geeks out about voting systems. His friends think he talks too fast. They’re probably right.
After previous lives in business and teaching, Nicola now combines work in the NGO sector with motherhood, while writing a Masters thesis in Political Science. She has also just managed to join the landed gentry, so her next project will require learning how to gib.
Joshua (Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Pākehā) is a former lawyer turned business consultant with a professional career focusing on enhancing Māori development. A member of the Māori Party, his political views represent a mixture of Māori nationalism and Libertarianism which makes him completely unpalatable to both the left and the right of New Zealand politics. Joshua is also a regular economic contributor to Mana Magazine, and a sporadic contributor to his own site, Ka Tonuitanga.
Nicholas Ross Smith
Nicholas is a Lecturer at AUT and an International Relations academic. He has written extensively in his field, has presented at symposiums and has appeared on television as an expert in his discipline