Saturday, January 25, 2020

What Ardern is really all about

It was a dizzying international year for Jacinda Ardern last year. Propelled even further onto the global centre stage by the Christchurch massacre she had private meetings with President Xi Jinping and Donald Trump and her voice was sought by, and heard in, almost every...

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Bridges’ election year dichotomy

There is no more thankless role in New Zealand politics than being Leader of the Opposition. While (theoretically) you are the Prime Minister in waiting...

Countering populism in the provinces with a look back to 1935

The political year has not even begun. But already Shane Jones is making headlines for a possible conflict of interest over his meeting with...

Facing up to the rise of populism

It’s at the heart of the political paradox that is David Parker that today he leaves for that most capitalist of institutions, the annual...

Jones answers the “rednecks”

Forestry Minister Shane Jones is working on major changes to the one billion trees programme. This comes after a vocal farmer protest movement set up...

Climate change’s odd couple almost agree

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has thrown down the gauntlet to politicians by yesterday announcing the members of the Climate Change Commission. All six of...

Bishop and Collins; a contrast in political styles

National MP Judith Collin yesterday s moved her party’s approach resource management firmly to the right. Her proposal that the party scrap the Resource Management...

How Brexit could damage NZ

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s  (MFAT) top trade negotiator yesterday warned of the dangers that Brexit posed to the New Zealand economy. At...

Robertson will need more migrants

Even Grant Robertson doesn’t sound like he believes he can pull off his $8 billion infrastructure boost without maintaining high levels of immigration. He certainly...

The politics of electoral law reform

A Parliamentary Committee has come down hard on former National Government Minister Todd McClay effectively accusing him of being a party to allowing foreign...

Can shifting Auckland’s port save NZ First?

The decision yesterday by the Cabinet to confirm that Auckland’s port would have to go was as much about politics as economics. Prime Minister Jacinda...

Beehive relieved at Reserve Bank pull back

The Reserve Bank pulled back from the brink of a full-on confrontation with the trading banks yesterday and moderated the requirements for them to...