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Clearing up confusion (or trying to)

Foreign Minister Winston Peters is understood to be planning a major speech within the next fortnight to clear up the confusion over whether or not New Zealand might join the AUKUS submarine project. So far, there have been conflicting signals from the Government. RNZ reported the Prime Minister yesterday in Bangkok...

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Fighting poverty on the holiday highway

Turning what Labour called the “holiday highway” into a four-lane expressway from Auckland to Whangarei could bring an economic benefit of nearly two...

Who is running New Zealand’s foreign policy?

While commentators, including former Prime Minister Helen Clark, are noting a subtle shift in New Zealand's foreign policy, which now places more emphasis on...

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A government department that can’t cut

As the public sector redundancies rolled on, with the Department of Conservation saying yesterday it was cutting 130 positions, a Select Committee got an...

Why Rod Carr is optimistic farmers can beat climate change

The future of farming went on the line yesterday when the Climate Change Commission presented its first review of New Zealand’s target of net...

Mr Peters goes to Washington

Foreign Minister Winston Peters is now going to Washington next week for talks with US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken. He is currently in Brussels at a NATO summit. The visit, with programmes in New York and Washington D.C., will focus...

Beehive bloat

While the new Government repeatedly vows to cut waste from within the Government, it has created seven new ministries and abolished only two left over from the Labour Government. A new study says that the more Ministers a government has, the...

Willis’s tax cuts dilemma

Treasury's first report on the economy since the change of government presents a damning indictment of Labour's economic management. The problem for National is that it is so damning that logically,  coupled with a rapidly slowing economy,  Finance Minister Nicola...

Willis is not for turning

Faced with a barrage of criticism over the promised tax cuts from usually supportive commentators, Finance Minister Nicola Willis yesterday reaffirmed her intention to include them in this year’s Budget. The Government is up against it over the cuts just...

The Beehive Budget battle

Winston Peters’ headline-making actions over the past week look like having been a show of political power intended to strengthen his hand in Budget negotiations. It was no accident that his State of the Nation speech was as it was. He...

Robertson’s parting shot endorses the IMF

Last night, the retiring former Finance Minister, Grant Robertson, finally endorsed a capital gains or wealth tax. But he chose his last speech as an MP, his Valedictory Statement, to make his announcement. In office, Labour refused to even consider one. “New...

Behind closed doors; what Winston really said to the Chinese

There is only one phrase to describe New Zealand's relationship with China and the Foreign Minister: "strategic ambiguity". On the one hand, both the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister have been publicly claiming that the visit of the Chinese Foreign...

Bitter and angry; Winston First

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters's state-of-the-nation speech on Sunday was really a state-of-Winston-First speech. He barely mentioned any of the Government’s key policies and could not even wholly endorse its signature income tax cuts. Instead, he rehearsed all of his...

Labour’s policy gap

It was not so much the Labour Party but really the Chris Hipkins party yesterday at Labour’s caucus retreat in Martinborough. The former Prime Minister was more or less consistent on wealth tax, which he was at best equivocal about,...

Luxon’s brave climate change promise

The Government now faces the prospect of having to watch another tax raise the price of petrol when, only six days ago, it abolished...

The great Parliamentarian who was not so good at politics

Jonathan Hunt, who died aged 85 last week, was a Parliamentary institution. Few MPs have embraced its traditions and processes with as much devotion...

The big Beehive power grab

The Government's new fast-track planning legislation unveiled yesterday is even more draconian than Sir Robert Muldoon's 1979 legislation, which attempted to do the same...

Why Willis is talking the economy down

Finance Minister Nicola Willis seemed anxious to talk down the economy during Parliament’s Question Time yesterday. Things have gone downhill since December 20. It is now...
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On the road again

The Government’s redraft of the Government Policy Statement on transport brings back funding for roads and cuts funding to public transport, rail, coastal shipping...

Health’s fiscal time bomb

Health New Zealand which incorporates all the 20 old District Health Boards is overwhelmingly the biggest branch of government. Now, nearly two years old, it...

Tough choices on climate change for new government

Slowly but inexorably, the country is getting to the point where it is going to have to make some tough choices about actually lowering...

Albo gives Luxon a big invite

Prime Minister Christopher Luxon gets his first big foreign affairs opportunity next week when he travels to Melbourne for the 50th Anniversary of Australia’s...

Shane Jones’ fast track is not what the Nats’ base wants...

If anybody stole the show at National's Blue Greens Forum at the weekend at Waitangi, it was Environment Minister Penny Simmonds. When she said she...

You can’t always get what you want

Grant Robertson is leaving Parliament for two new careers, having been frustrated and blocked from achieving some of his biggest political ambitions. So, he is...