Thursday, June 4, 2020

Government under fire over entry exemptions

Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford was under fire last night for preferring “glamour industries” like film making when granting Covid-19 entry exemptions for workers. Twyford...

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Trumping the US; China could join the CPTPP

As political and trade tensions with the United States rise, and its image as a global leader is tarnished by...

Swimming together; the coalition agrees on freshwater reforms

As expected Environment Minister David Parker unveiled the Government’s almost-final freshwater reforms yesterday with a backdown...

NZ First forces Parker backdown

Intense lobbying by agriculture groups and the opposition of NZ First has forced Environment Minister David Parker to back off some of his tough...

Shaking up the Nats (and their policies)

With really just 12 weeks before the election campaign begins, National's new leader is promising a total rewrite of the party's policies. Todd Muller yesterday...

Adams’ return signals what really lay behind Muller’s campaign

One of National’s leading liberals, Amy Adams, is planning to rescind her retirement decision and return to Parliament on National’s list to help Todd...

D-day for Bridges

Todd Muller appeared last night to have the numbers to become the new leader of the National Party when National's caucus meets at mid-day.. Bridges...

How Bridges flushed out Muller

National Leader Simon Bridges was last night phoning caucus members trying to win enough votes to stave off a vote of no confidence this...

Holding up the recovery

Environment Minister David Parker has yet to seal the deal to get the numbers to pass his fast track RMA changes through Parliament. Any delays...

Can Bridges survive?

Simon Bridges now has to survive the next two or possibly three weeks with his Caucus, and he may then stagger on as National...

Dr Bloomfield to the rescue

New Zealand appears to have moved to reduce tension in the China-New Zealand relationship by calling on its Covid-19 hero, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, to...

Robertson’s “Labour” budget; borrowing the future

Nasty, brutish --- but possibly short. Or maybe shortish. That is what yesterday's Budget is picking the depression to be. It was an unashamedly Labour document....

It’s budget day and the election campaign begins

The Prime Minister all but launched her-re-election campaign yesterday. In a speech in the Beehive Theatrette, she said that  In the coming month the Government...

NZ getting squeezed over Taiwan

New Zealand faces potential retaliation for its stance on Taiwan and the World Health Organisation whichever way it turns. The problem is that New Zealand...

ACT is back with more members, more money and a bold...

What is increasingly looking a hard-fought contest between National and ACT for the centre-right vote took another turn last night with ACT releasing a...

Ministry says no to Chinese students because they could mean extra...

There was no overwhelming health reason why students from China could not have come to New Zealand universities this year. Instead, the Ministry of Health...

Peters risks China’s ire with pro-US, pro-Taiwan policy

New Zealand has agreed to co-sign a United States letter calling for the admission of Taiwan to the World Health Organisation’s World Health Assembly...

Do we stay or do we go?

The Prime Minister and Cabinet now face the big question; do we stay at Level Three or do we go to Level Two. If we...

The odd couple open up the Tasman

Air New Zealand could be flying the Tasman again in time for the July school holidays which start on July 1. Tourism industry sources believe...

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