Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Covid’s back and causes campaign chaos. But who knew what — and when?

The election campaign has been thrown into uncertainty with the announcement last night of Auckland returning to Lockdown Level Three. All campaigns have been suspended...

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“Merv” upsets Nats’ Auckland Central selection

The controversial National Party candidate for the party's Auckland Central nomination, Nuwi Samarakone, last night missed out on the selection,...

Labour heads for landslide

More polling released over the weekend showed Labour heading for its first landslide election victory since 1987. At the same time,...

The South China Sea — why doesn’t China abide by the UN Law of the Sea

The Chinese Ambassador in Wellington, Wu Xi, invited questions from POLITIK on the current situation in the South China Sea. This is a transcript...

Serious Fraud Office investigation hangs over NZ First election campaign

There are concerns within New Zealand First that the Serious Fraud Office could derail the party's election campaign. In April the SFO’s Director, Julie Read,...

Questions about Jones’ “fund within a fund”

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has come out swinging against a report from the Auditor-General raising a series of questions about the Provincial...

Subtle (but radical) changes to Parliament proposed

Parliament is going to extend its sitting hours in a bid to broaden the range of debates within the Chamber. The proposal is one of...

Nats’ President breaks party rules

The National Party’s General Manager has admitted the party has broken its own rules over selecting a new candidate for the Auckland Central electorate. Consequently,...

A bad day and a bad poll — but National could...

If ever there was an awkward day for the National party it must have been yesterday. If it could go wrong, it did. It farewelled two...

The new RMA: fewer plans and consents, more Government direction and...

The Randerson report on the Resource Management Act yesterday splits the Act in two and subtly moves power in the planning system towards the...

Hong Kong decision puts beef exports at risk

The Government decision to end the extradition treaty with Hong Kong places at risk the possibility of New Zealand increasing its beef sales to...

Labour’s rethink; now it wants international students

Labour appears to have had a rethink about international students coming here and is now saying the sector has a vital role to play...

National’s polling points to wrangle over list

The Newshub Reid Research poll last night will set National up for an internal party brawl over its list which it will decide in...

Why the shovels aren’t ready

The election campaign and coalition politics along with bureaucracy appears to have got in the way of the Government's plan to announce a whole...

Safe seat, not much experience required

The safe Parliamentary seat must take some of the blame for the problems that seem to be afflicting National’s backbench MPs. Hamish Walker and Andrew...

China whispers a warning to NZ

Both the Prime Minister and the Chinese Ambassador appeared yesterday to very subtly put some distance into the relationship between New Zealand and China. Comments...

NZ First’s problem; it is part of the Government

New Zealand First Leader, Winston Peters, yesterday launched his party's election campaign trying desperately to put some distance between himself and Jacinda Ardern's Labour-led...

A little bit the Muldoon way

National's new leader Judith Collins plans to bypass the Resource Management Act for all of the upper North Island infrastructure projects announced last Friday. The...

Collins browns National

National’s caucus reshuffle yesterday was a slap in the face for the way both Simon Bridges and Todd Muller had structured their caucus lineups. It...

Speculation that Nikki Kaye may quit

There were questions late last night about the political future of Auckland Central MP, and former National Party deputy leader, Nikki Kaye. Multiple usually reliable...

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