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Robertson brings the state back

Sir Michael Cullen had a habit of asking his beloved Labour Party awkward questions. In 2016, just before the party’s annual conference, he told a Fabian Society meeting that the party needed to build a model of social democracy which was relevant for New Zealand for the 21st-century. “I don’t think...

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Delta’s big victim; Jacinda Ardern and her Government

The potent Covid Delta variant has left the Government not quite in intensive care but certainly in need of some political nursing. POLITIK has obtained...

Sunshine superman

Treasury yesterday pulled out of its forecasting hat one of the country’s most dramatic fiscal turnarounds in recent years. It has left Finance Minister Grant...

Water wars; Three Waters and the Treaty

Twenty-three Mayors come to Parliament today to protest the Government’s Three Waters proposals. At the same time, another group has filed a claim in the...

Ardern hints at quarantine free border back-off

The Prime Minister appears to be backing away from the recommendations made by Professor Sir David Skegg about how to open the border. It would...

United – in confusion

The Government has confirmed that it has sought accreditation for some of its Beijing-based diplomats to go to the Winter Olympics, which open in...

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The threat is from the Pacific

The Ministry of Defence's first formal "Defence Assessment" for seven years was made public yesterday, and it represents a dramatic turn away from the...

Ardern’s very long phone call

On November 5, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued a three hundred word “readout” on a phone call between the Prime Minister...

National’s new rising star

National’s caucus reshuffle yesterday abandoned political niceties as loyalties in the recent leadership contest were all but ignored. Most notable was the promotion of Erica Stanford, the immigration spokesperson, from position 26 in the 33 person caucus to eight and...

Bridges says Orr should go

Now that Simon Bridges is National’s finance spokesperson, the future of Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr will be an issue. Orr’s contract as Governor expires in March 2023, outside the three months prior to an election when Governments normally defer...

Luxon builds Bridges

National’s new leader Christopher Luxon yesterday delivered his part of the deal with Simon Bridges, which saw Bridges withdraw from Tuesday's party leadership contest. He will now be ranked at three and finance and infrastructure spokesperson. However, a planned "unity" photo...

Government maintains tough clamp on migration

The Government’s move to relax international border restrictions from early next year will not mean a relaxation of immigration requirements. Covid Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced last Wednesday that fully vaccinated Kiwis and other eligible travellers could travel to NZ...

What’s the Luxon-Bridges deal?

National’s new leader, Christopher Luxon, wouldn’t confirm it, but sources close to Simon Bridges were late yesterday claiming he would be the party’s new finance spokesperson and would be ranked at three in the Caucus. The implication was that was...

National split down the middle

National’s leadership contest today looks to be going down to the wire. The Caucus is split down the middle. The two contenders, Christopher Luxon and Simon Bridges, were said last night to be separated by only three votes, with Luxon in...

Key and Collins push Luxon ahead

Simon Bridges and Christopher Luxon are said to be neck and neck in the contest for the National Party leadership. It appears that Judith Collins and four of her supporters will vote for Luxon, and they are enough to give...

National trying to avoid leadership ballot

The National Party leadership crisis took new twists last night with suggestions the party may try and avoid a leadership ballot while at the same time there are more questions about the role played in the crisis by the...

Collins burns Bridges

In what is being seen from within the National Party as a desperate attempt to save her leadership National Leader Judith Collins last night “demoted” Simon Bridges over an alleged “incident” with a caucus colleague “a number of years...

Forget Groundswell; now farmers are in a real fight

Forget the tractors and the angry groundswell signs; the real battle between farmers and the Government kicked off yesterday when farmers got the formal proposal to price methane and nitrous oxide emissions from their farms. The stakes, both political and...

PM still cautious about opening international border

Air New Zealand's decision to cancel its December flights to and from Australia has been a probability for several weeks. POLITIK was told by an Air New Zealand source two weeks ago that it was likely the flights would be...

Suburban angst; the opposition to the bipartisan housing proposal

If National is looking for reasons why it is stuck in the polls and why ACT is surging, it might look no further than its support for the Government proposal to effectively abolish planning restrictions on urban housing. Last night’s...

Another climate change target in doubt

New Zealand’s climate change mitigation intentions appear to be hitting another wall. Already the Government has had to concede that two-thirds of the Nationally Determined Contribution target to reduce greenhouse gases by 2030 will be met by means other than...

Maori Party rips into “arrogant and out of touch” Government

Though the Government has unveiled its summer-holiday liberation for Aucklanders, it may have sparked a war with Maori. Tai Tokerau Border Patrol leader Hone Harawira yesterday said the decision to open Auckland’s borders could have  "devastating consequences" for the people...

What Helen, Jim and Winston learned from 1996

The country’s three most senior former political leaders last night joined together to reject any idea of lowering Parliament’s five per cent threshold before parties can claim a seat under MMP. Their rejection cane during a special webinar to mark...

Collins faces a new contender

Despite all the noise that has come from anti-vaxers, last night’s One News Colmar Brunton poll shows the National Party has been unable to capture any significant chunks of the anti-government vote. Even ACT appears to have plateaued, and while...

Why Jacinda Ardern was up all night on Friday

In the early hours of Saturday morning, New Zealand took APEC back to its economic roots. The silly shirts and the group hand waving photo opportunity were confined to a virtual appearance, as was the post-meeting media conference. Instead, big headline-making...

What’s wrong at the Ministry of Health

Two Cabinet Ministers and then the Auditor-General yesterday in strongly worded public statements damned how the Ministry of Health operates. It was an unprecedented gang up on a Ministry whose Director-General Dr Ashley Bloomfield has become something of a national...