New Zealand has just had elections. We are an MMP country (parties are represented in parliament in close proportion to the votes of the people). The Green Party received 11.06% of the votes, giving it 14 seats in the 121-seat parliament (cf. the 2008 elections 6.72% of the votes and nine seats). Six of the Green MPs are new, including Mojo Mathers, who is the nation’s first-ever deaf MP creating incentives for the parliament to be accessible in new ways. Co-leader Dr Russel Norman gave the Address in Reply Speech in Parliament on 21 December. He is clear he is an atheist, but his speech understands and proclaims the gospel strongly:

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H/t Anglican Down Under

ps. This year’s Christmas message from the Queen also appeared to have a stronger insight into Christmas than usual.

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