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Michael Bassett - The Prime Minister

Ngā Pātaka Kōrero - Auckland Libraries

Dr. Michael Bassett looks at the role of Prime Minister and those who in his opinion have best utilised the office of this prized but pressured political position.Co hosted by Seonaid Lewis on behalf of Auckland Libraries and Michelle Patient who appears courtesy of Ancestry ProGenealogists.Originally presented as a webinar and recorded on June 25 2020

37mins

16 Aug 2020

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Michael Bassett remembers fellow 'fish and chip brigade' member Mike Moore (1)

The Weekend Collective

Former New Zealand prime minister Mike Moore passed away early this morning aged 71.Moore was at his home in Auckland when he died, his wife Yvonne said.Moore, who was the country's 34th prime minister, suffered a stroke in 2015 when he was New Zealand's ambassador in Washington DC and had been in declining health in recent years.He became the prime minister for 59 days before the October 1990 general election.Following Labour's defeat in that election, Moore served as Leader of the Opposition until the 1993 election, after which Helen Clark successfully challenged him for the Labour Party leadership.Mike Moore was a member of the "fish and chip brigade" made famous in a photograph by Herald photographer Geoff Dale of Labour plotters Roger Douglas, Mike Moore, Michael Bassett and David Lange, who brought down leader Bill Rowling in 1983.Bassett joined The Weekend Collective to reflect on their time working together as MPs and Ministers, and what Moore's legacy will be.

4mins

9 Feb 2020

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Michael Bassett remembers fellow 'fish and chip brigade' member Mike Moore (1)

Politics Central

Former New Zealand prime minister Mike Moore passed away early this morning aged 71.Moore was at his home in Auckland when he died, his wife Yvonne said.Moore, who was the country's 34th prime minister, suffered a stroke in 2015 when he was New Zealand's ambassador in Washington DC and had been in declining health in recent years.He became the prime minister for 59 days before the October 1990 general election.Following Labour's defeat in that election, Moore served as Leader of the Opposition until the 1993 election, after which Helen Clark successfully challenged him for the Labour Party leadership.Mike Moore was a member of the "fish and chip brigade" made famous in a photograph by Herald photographer Geoff Dale of Labour plotters Roger Douglas, Mike Moore, Michael Bassett and David Lange, who brought down leader Bill Rowling in 1983.Bassett joined The Weekend Collective to reflect on their time working together as MPs and Ministers, and what Moore's legacy will be.

4mins

2 Feb 2020

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Michael Bassett remembers fellow 'fish and chip brigade' member Mike Moore

The Weekend Collective

Former New Zealand prime minister Mike Moore passed away early this morning aged 71.Moore was at his home in Auckland when he died, his wife Yvonne said.Moore, who was the country's 34th prime minister, suffered a stroke in 2015 when he was New Zealand's ambassador in Washington DC and had been in declining health in recent years.He became the prime minister for 59 days before the October 1990 general election.Following Labour's defeat in that election, Moore served as Leader of the Opposition until the 1993 election, after which Helen Clark successfully challenged him for the Labour Party leadership.Mike Moore was a member of the "fish and chip brigade" made famous in a photograph by Herald photographer Geoff Dale of Labour plotters Roger Douglas, Mike Moore, Michael Bassett and David Lange, who brought down leader Bill Rowling in 1983.Bassett joined The Weekend Collective to reflect on their time working together as MPs and Ministers, and what Moore's legacy will be.

4mins

2 Feb 2020

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Dr Michael Bassett: Horowhenua mayor pitches party of mayors to contest seats in Parliament

The Weekend Collective

A small-town mayor is calling for the creation of a mayoral political party to contest parliamentary elections because of his difficulty getting a hearing in Wellington.Embattled Horowhenua Mayor Michael Feyen has pitched the idea to the mayors and chairs of New Zealand's 78 territorial and regional councils ahead of the Local Government NZ conference that starts in Wellington on Sunday."My concerns are that members of Parliament are out of touch with local government and communities in New Zealand ...," Feyen says in a letter sent today to the mayors and chairs and obtained by the Herald on Sunday."Personally I have had no opportunity to get appointments with MPs on any matter," Feyen says in the letter.He believes chief executives and the bureaucracy hold the power at councils and that Local Government NZ - the councils' association and lobby group - prevents direct access to central government decision-makers.Feyen, who is seeking re-election as mayor, says he is prepared to stand against Otaki MP Nathan Guy for his seat in Parliament.Horowhenua Mayor Michael Feyen is promoting the idea of mayors standing for Parliament. Photo / Horowhenua ChronicleHe wants his proposed mayoral party to contest electorates and to campaign for the party vote.The idea has been dismissed as unfeasible by a political historian.Dr Michael Bassett told the Weekend Collective they are two distinct jobs and you can't do both."I mean, what's he going to be doing? Is he going to be going to Wellington on Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays if he was elected? What happens to the people of Horowhenua?"He does not think that this proposal would affect turnout for local body elections.Mayoral responses to his pitch were mixed."It sounds a bit bonkers," said Wellington Mayor Justin Lester. "I strongly doubt it will happen any time soon - through lack of support from mayors and most importantly the public."Lester said it would be impossible to do both jobs effectively.Feyen describes himself as a "minority mayor" and has failed to get his way on council issues including his pick for deputy mayor and his opposition to selling pensioner housing.He has said he has "hit brick walls with literally everything that I've wanted to do".He told the Herald on Sunday that if he was both mayor and MP he would take only the MP's salary. He would want to have two mayoral deputies and for the mayor's and deputy's salaries to be shared between the two deputies.Invercargill Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt said Feyen's idea was "well worth looking at", but he wouldn't join the proposed mayoral party. He believed local government could have more influence by keeping out of national party politics."Because we are in battles all the time with Parliament - the latest one is over amalgamating all the polytechs and technical institutes into one organisation, we are very opposed to that - but I think we can be more effective by not belonging to a political party."Dr Bassett says that support does not change a lot, as Shadbolt has "always rowed the boat slightly differently from everybody else".Lester said Local Government NZ was a very effective organisation and added that mayors had a responsibility to build relationships with government decision-makers. "We've managed to do that effectively in Wellington."Local government historian Dr Graham Bush pointed to two mayors who had simultaneously been MPs: Christine Fletcher and Sir Robert Macfarlane.Fletcher, a current member of the Auckland Council, was elected mayor of the old Auckland City in 1998 and remained a National MP until the 1999 general election.She said last night she hadn't wanted to risk causing a general election by leaving Parliament early. It was "taxing" doing the two jobs but "very productive" in getting the Government to engage in Auckland issues such as redeveloping hospitals.Macfarlane was a Labour MP from 1939 to 1969, and Speaker from 1958 to 1960. He was mayor of Christchurch from 1938 to...

4mins

7 Jul 2019

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Dr Michael Bassett: Horowhenua mayor pitches party of mayors to contest seats in Parliament

Politics Central

A small-town mayor is calling for the creation of a mayoral political party to contest parliamentary elections because of his difficulty getting a hearing in Wellington.Embattled Horowhenua Mayor Michael Feyen has pitched the idea to the mayors and chairs of New Zealand's 78 territorial and regional councils ahead of the Local Government NZ conference that starts in Wellington on Sunday."My concerns are that members of Parliament are out of touch with local government and communities in New Zealand ...," Feyen says in a letter sent today to the mayors and chairs and obtained by the Herald on Sunday."Personally I have had no opportunity to get appointments with MPs on any matter," Feyen says in the letter.He believes chief executives and the bureaucracy hold the power at councils and that Local Government NZ - the councils' association and lobby group - prevents direct access to central government decision-makers.Feyen, who is seeking re-election as mayor, says he is prepared to stand against Otaki MP Nathan Guy for his seat in Parliament.Horowhenua Mayor Michael Feyen is promoting the idea of mayors standing for Parliament. Photo / Horowhenua ChronicleHe wants his proposed mayoral party to contest electorates and to campaign for the party vote.The idea has been dismissed as unfeasible by a political historian.Dr Michael Bassett told the Weekend Collective they are two distinct jobs and you can't do both."I mean, what's he going to be doing? Is he going to be going to Wellington on Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays if he was elected? What happens to the people of Horowhenua?"He does not think that this proposal would affect turnout for local body elections.Mayoral responses to his pitch were mixed."It sounds a bit bonkers," said Wellington Mayor Justin Lester. "I strongly doubt it will happen any time soon - through lack of support from mayors and most importantly the public."Lester said it would be impossible to do both jobs effectively.Feyen describes himself as a "minority mayor" and has failed to get his way on council issues including his pick for deputy mayor and his opposition to selling pensioner housing.He has said he has "hit brick walls with literally everything that I've wanted to do".He told the Herald on Sunday that if he was both mayor and MP he would take only the MP's salary. He would want to have two mayoral deputies and for the mayor's and deputy's salaries to be shared between the two deputies.Invercargill Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt said Feyen's idea was "well worth looking at", but he wouldn't join the proposed mayoral party. He believed local government could have more influence by keeping out of national party politics."Because we are in battles all the time with Parliament - the latest one is over amalgamating all the polytechs and technical institutes into one organisation, we are very opposed to that - but I think we can be more effective by not belonging to a political party."Dr Bassett says that support does not change a lot, as Shadbolt has "always rowed the boat slightly differently from everybody else".Lester said Local Government NZ was a very effective organisation and added that mayors had a responsibility to build relationships with government decision-makers. "We've managed to do that effectively in Wellington."Local government historian Dr Graham Bush pointed to two mayors who had simultaneously been MPs: Christine Fletcher and Sir Robert Macfarlane.Fletcher, a current member of the Auckland Council, was elected mayor of the old Auckland City in 1998 and remained a National MP until the 1999 general election.She said last night she hadn't wanted to risk causing a general election by leaving Parliament early. It was "taxing" doing the two jobs but "very productive" in getting the Government to engage in Auckland issues such as redeveloping hospitals.Macfarlane was a Labour MP from 1939 to 1969, and Speaker from 1958 to 1960. He was mayor of Christchurch from 1938 to...

4mins

7 Jul 2019

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Dr Michael Bassett: Horowhenua mayor pitches party of mayors to contest seats in Parliament

The Weekend Collective

A small-town mayor is calling for the creation of a mayoral political party to contest parliamentary elections because of his difficulty getting a hearing in Wellington.Embattled Horowhenua Mayor Michael Feyen has pitched the idea to the mayors and chairs of New Zealand's 78 territorial and regional councils ahead of the Local Government NZ conference that starts in Wellington on Sunday."My concerns are that members of Parliament are out of touch with local government and communities in New Zealand ...," Feyen says in a letter sent today to the mayors and chairs and obtained by the Herald on Sunday."Personally I have had no opportunity to get appointments with MPs on any matter," Feyen says in the letter.He believes chief executives and the bureaucracy hold the power at councils and that Local Government NZ - the councils' association and lobby group - prevents direct access to central government decision-makers.Feyen, who is seeking re-election as mayor, says he is prepared to stand against Otaki MP Nathan Guy for his seat in Parliament.Horowhenua Mayor Michael Feyen is promoting the idea of mayors standing for Parliament. Photo / Horowhenua ChronicleHe wants his proposed mayoral party to contest electorates and to campaign for the party vote.The idea has been dismissed as unfeasible by a political historian.Dr Michael Bassett told the Weekend Collective they are two distinct jobs and you can't do both."I mean, what's he going to be doing? Is he going to be going to Wellington on Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays if he was elected? What happens to the people of Horowhenua?"He does not think that this proposal would affect turnout for local body elections.Mayoral responses to his pitch were mixed."It sounds a bit bonkers," said Wellington Mayor Justin Lester. "I strongly doubt it will happen any time soon - through lack of support from mayors and most importantly the public."Lester said it would be impossible to do both jobs effectively.Feyen describes himself as a "minority mayor" and has failed to get his way on council issues including his pick for deputy mayor and his opposition to selling pensioner housing.He has said he has "hit brick walls with literally everything that I've wanted to do".He told the Herald on Sunday that if he was both mayor and MP he would take only the MP's salary. He would want to have two mayoral deputies and for the mayor's and deputy's salaries to be shared between the two deputies.Invercargill Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt said Feyen's idea was "well worth looking at", but he wouldn't join the proposed mayoral party. He believed local government could have more influence by keeping out of national party politics."Because we are in battles all the time with Parliament - the latest one is over amalgamating all the polytechs and technical institutes into one organisation, we are very opposed to that - but I think we can be more effective by not belonging to a political party."Dr Bassett says that support does not change a lot, as Shadbolt has "always rowed the boat slightly differently from everybody else".Lester said Local Government NZ was a very effective organisation and added that mayors had a responsibility to build relationships with government decision-makers. "We've managed to do that effectively in Wellington."Local government historian Dr Graham Bush pointed to two mayors who had simultaneously been MPs: Christine Fletcher and Sir Robert Macfarlane.Fletcher, a current member of the Auckland Council, was elected mayor of the old Auckland City in 1998 and remained a National MP until the 1999 general election.She said last night she hadn't wanted to risk causing a general election by leaving Parliament early. It was "taxing" doing the two jobs but "very productive" in getting the Government to engage in Auckland issues such as redeveloping hospitals.Macfarlane was a Labour MP from 1939 to 1969, and Speaker from 1958 to 1960. He was mayor of Christchurch from 1938 to...

4mins

7 Jul 2019

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2018-02-04 Interview: Hon Dr Michael Bassett

Real Life with John Cowan

John Cowan interviews former MP and political historian the Honourable Dr Michael Bassett.

25mins

4 Feb 2018

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S1E6 - The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane (Robert E. Howard) - Solomon Kane (Michael Bassett)

No Deodorant In Outer Space (books turned into movies - Science Fiction, Fantasy and related genres)

S1E6* (Show Notes) Book: “The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane” by Robert E. Howard Movie:  “Solomon Kane” by Michael Bassett (James Purefoy) Hosted by: Ryan Sean O'Reilly David Wilkinson a/k/a "Wilk" Rick Website: www.nodeodorant.com Related links: Video Special: Culver Indiana and Vonnegut: a documentary Special Note: Rick broadcast this episode from the Clemens Vonnegut, Jr House. * DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

53mins

2 Aug 2014