8 Tribes: The Hidden Classes of New Zealand (by Jill Caldwell & Christopher Brown) is a thought provoking little book about New Zealand society. It certainly has some significant gaps and omissions – lumping most Maori, Polynesian and other large-family non-European immigrant New Zealanders into the ‘Otara’ tribe is one of them, and silence about Asian New Zealanders is another. But it doesn’t pretend to be a scientific analysis, rather it presents the 8 ‘tribes’ as sharp caricatures of recognisable segments of contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand society. And those caricatures certainly provide some food for thought, from the perspective of green politics and the green movement.
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Between a rock and a hard place? What the structure of New Zealand society means for greens & the Greens.
One reaction I’ve been hearing from Greens in post-election analysis is: “I’d hoped we would have done better – some of the polls had us higher than that”
There are a number of explanations for the (apparent) discrepancy between the polls and the final result, and it is worth looking at them more closely, because they have different implications for Green Party tactics and strategy in future elections.