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Luxon gets caught out

NewstalkZB host Mike Hosking, who can usually be relied on to give Prime Minister Christopher Luxon an easy run, did not do so yesterday when he interviewed him about the HealthNZ deficit. Luxon is trying to use a deficit reported last year by HealthNZ as yet another example of the...

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HealthNZ and Luxon at cross purposes over budget blowout

Health NZ warned the Government at the end of March that it was running over Budget. But the reasons it gave were very different to...

The politics of managed retreat

Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will...

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The second crisis; assumption was the mother

Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim...

40 years ago, Inside the first crisis

It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to...

Farmers’ revenge meets Green resistance

If there was one issue that united farmers in opposition to the Labour Government, it was the battle of the waterways between farmers and Environment Minister David Parker. Parker won the first round with his 2020 National Policy Standard on...

Breaking up is so hard to do

The fundamental weakness of the waka jumping legislation is once again on display, as the Greens seem reluctant to trigger it to remove Darleen Tana from Parliament altogether. Tana has been suspended from the Greens Caucus while it had barrister...

How the team of 5 million lost the game

A study of the 2020 election has found that though the swing to Labour was the biggest vote shift in New Zealand for more than a century, it was not structural. Indeed, the fundamental electoral forces that drove the result...

Goldsmith’s media move; “unprincipled” “sop”

In a move of breathtaking audacity, the Government agreed yesterday to have a Cabinet Minister preside over a media subsidy scheme. The Minister will decide which media entities will be eligible to receive the proceeds of a levy the Government...

Outwitting the rural climate change deniers

The Government may have attracted criticism from Greenpeace over its inquiry into farm methane emissions, but its proposal may have outwitted the Groundswell farmer protest movement. The inquiry panel includes some of the more high-profile critics of the blanket reduction...

The real reasons why Councils opposed Three Waters

The anti Three Waters campaign which seemed so simple during the election campaign is now bogged down in a Select Committee as submitter after submitter raises issues with the replacement legislation. The so-called “Local Water Done Well” has now morphed...

KiwiRail aground while Government obfuscates

The problems at KiwiRail go further and deeper than the maintenance issue, which caused the inter-island ferry Aratere to run aground on Saturday. The company is also the subject of a damning report published last week about the way it...

The new Beehive approach to the environment

A persistent theme has been weaving between the Committee rooms at Parliament all this so-called "Scrutiny" week as MPs have probed Ministers and agencies about their work and plans. The question has been simply what the environmental price might be...

Where the power really resides in Wellington

The new Chief Executive of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) yesterday gave a Select Committee a brutally frank outline of the department’s role as the agency right at the centre of power in Wellington. Ben King, formerly...

The end for the Air Force 757s

The Air Force 757 that broke down with the Prime Minister on board in Port Moresby on Sunday is considered so unreliable that it...

Scrutiny week off to rocky start

Parliament's new "Scrutiny" process, which is supposed to allow Select Committees to interrogate Ministers and officials in much more depth, has got off to...

What China wants from NZ business

One simple statistic said it all: China Premier Li Qiang asked Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell what percentage of the company's overall sales were made...

Friendly but frank talks with China Premier

It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and...
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The China puzzle

Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the...

The methane waka sinks

In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for...

Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration

A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts...

National breaks another health promise

National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than...

The next cuts will be the deepest

A slowing economy and, consequently, a lower tax take means we are looking at three years of economic austerity from the Government. That austerity will...

Can Willis beat the bank?

The success – or otherwise --- of today's Budget will depend as much as anything else on the views of one man, Reserve Bank...