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The speech he should have given on the campaign trail

Winston Peters speech to his party conference at the weekend was the speech he should have given on the campaign trail. It was Peters at his populist best ripping into both the Government and the Opposition. And there was the "Winnie" element, railing against the growing use of Te Reo. This...

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So now the economy is booming when can we open the border?

Yesterday’s boom GDP figures appear to have caught much of official Wellington by surprise. Only hours before the 1.6 per cent for the March quarter figure appeared, the Ministry of Primary Industries was assuring Field Day farmers that economic growth...

Woods’ big plan to restructure the Crown Research Institutes

The Government is planning a major shakeup of the research sector in New Zealand, which is likely to impact Crown Research Institutes and Universities. Science Minister Megan Woods has begun a review of the sector. She announced it at a Select...

EV scheme hits potholes

The Government’s new fee-bate scheme to encourage electric car uptake yesterday started to hit some potholes. Toyota, the company that sells the largest number of cars here, said the Prime Minister was wrong in her claim that electric utes would...

$1795 to meet a Labour Cabinet Minister

The Labour Party is charging businesspeople $1795  to have “policy” sessions with some of the top Cabinet Ministers. In a move reminiscent of National's "Cabinet Club", the party is offering access to the Ministers in return for what, in effect,...

How Nick Smith leaves a gap

Nick Smith’s departure from Parliament yesterday marks the end of an era for National. He is the last MP to have served in the 1990 – 99 Bolger Government, and he leaves behind only one MP --- Trevor Mallard ---...

Our nuclear free moment will depend on electric cars — if...

New Zealand's nuclear-free moment, getting to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, will depend on electric cars. And the cars are going to depend on there being enough electricity to power them. But as the Climate Change Commission's final set of...

Maori lead protests against Shaw’s new environmental protection regulations

Faced with an unprecedented Maori backlash, Far North District Councillors and Government Ministers are having to call taihoa on a key Labour-Greens environmental initiative. Northland Maori are planning to march in a hikoi to the far District Council offices on...

Due diligence and leaked reports; the challenges of managing politicians

Two separate events yesterday  --- both involving the National Party – revealed that our political culture is not up to managing potential scandals. On the one hand, National's leader Judith Collins admitted she had not seen a draft report on...

How Judith Collins forced Nick Smith to resign

National Party leader Judith Collins warned her caucus early last month that media were about to break a scandal involving one of the party’s MPs. POLITIK has been told she did not name Nick Smith, who on Monday resigned from...

Together – only slightly apart

There is now only a subtle and very small difference between Australia and New Zealand over whether they support President Biden’s call for an investigation into the Wuhan origins of Covid. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday specifically named Biden...

Scott drops by to see Jacinda – but Biden is in...

Australia is supporting the call for an investigation into whether Covid escaped from a virology lab in Wuhan. So far, both the New Zealand Prime Minister and Foreign Minister have said nothing. But how long they can maintain that silence is...

Finding a way to let Scott Morrison in to New Zealand

Officials were working last night on drafting a Health Order which would allow Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison into the country on Sunday for a summit with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Otherwise, under a notice issued yesterday by the Director-General...

The cooling of relations with China: Why two MPs retired last...

National and Labour quietly agreed last year that two Chinese MPs would retire at the same time because of growing security concerns about their relationship with the Chinese Government. National MP Jian Yang announced his retirement on July 10 and...

National dials the Treaty campaign back and returns to basics

Judith Collins got two standing ovations after her speech to National’s Central North Island conference in Tauranga yesterday. She had read the conference mood perfectly. She dialled back the rhetoric about Maori separatism of the previous three regional conferences and even...

A Labour of love

The Budget yesterday was unashamedly political. In many ways it was a Labour of love; certainly for the party's own faithful. The invocation of Ruth Richardson and her 1991 Budget was designed to play well among them. And just maybe, the...

Bringing home the bacon

This, as former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating might have said, was a budget that brought home the bacon. It was a relentlessly political document with its emphasis on beneficiaries and Maori paying off core elements of Labour’s support base.` The...

New Zealand at centre of British trade row

New Zealand lamb is at the centre of a growing political crisis in Britain as farmers mount a last-ditch attempt to limit meat exports from Australia and New Zealand. Though their prime target is Australian beef, lamb exports are also...

Government too busy to let Robertson do much

The Government has run out of bureaucratic capacity to undertake any more substantial reforms. Finance Minister Grant Robertson conceded this yesterday and suggested it would influence the Budget on Thursday. In other words, the Budget is unlikely to contain any new...

Major immigration speech falls flat

The Government’s promised “setting the scene” speech on immigration last night offered little that was new. Despite that, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi’s office had invited a wide range of business and sector group lobbyists and representatives to the Beehive for...

National caucus to meet today in wake of bad poll

National will go into an all-day caucus today at a Wellington hotel with news last night showing that its leader's popularity has plummeted to a new low for main parties in recent years. Critics of Judith Collins will argue that...