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Why the Nats wanted Goodfellow out

National Party President Peter Goodfellow's announcement on Thursday that he would resign from the presidency but remain on the party board has done nothing to subdue the widespread criticism within the party over his role as President. It has been clear for some time that Leader Christopher Luxon was unimpressed...

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Maori health advocate to head global body

A Māori public health advocate and researcher has become the first indigenous woman appointed to...

Iwi want exclusion from beach by-law

Tangata whenua exercising their customary right should be exempt from a vehicle ban on Marlborough’s...

Emissions plan won’t work for regions

More "one size fits all" legislation.Ashburton Mayor Neil Brown says the government’s emissions reduction plan...

Council posts $17 million surplus

The West Coast Regional Council has posted "an unexpectedly large" surplus of $16.6 million in...

Investment in GPs training needed

The Māori Electoral Option is a “barrier to participation”, tangata whenua say. In response, Carterton District...

The lone tax crusader

It’s an open secret among those close to Labour that Revenue Minister David Parker would prefer the Government focussed on old-time Labour values like...

The survey that could spell doom for the Government

A key opinion measure announced yesterday suggests the Government is in danger of heading for defeat at next year’s General Election. A fall in Westpac’s...

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The real winner in Tauranga

National’s Sam Uffindell romped home in the Tauranga by-election with a result that will reinforce National's belief they can now win the next general...

Mates once more

The China dragon appears to have not even been in the room when Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong met her New Zealand counterpart yesterday. That,...

The fight on the right in Tauranga

The Tauranga by-election is turning into a test of the centre-right (and far right) of New Zealand politics. National and ACT are engaging in an arm wrestle designed to determine who has momentum on the centre-right. At the same time, Brian...

The big losers in the Cabinet reshuffle

Pasifika were the big losers out of yesterday’s Cabinet reshuffle. Three years ago, there were three Pasifika Cabinet Ministers; Carmel Sepuloni, Jenny Salesa and Kris Faafoi. And there were two outside Cabinet; Poto Williams and Aupito William Sio. Now there are only...

Nats shut media out of He Puapua debate

National is taking no chances as it believes it is getting closer to power next year. Leader, Christopher Luxon, reflects that confidence and prefaced comments at his northern regional party conference at the weekend by talking about “my Government.” But the...

Reality check; why China matters

Nothing has changed in over 100 years. The economy still depends on farming. And farming depends now not on Britain but on China. The annual Ministry of Primary Industries’ Situation and Outlook report out yesterday reports that food and fibre...

Ag leaders warn Groundswell — continue protesting and you’ll put us...

He Waka Eke Noa, agriculture's proposal to manage its own Greenhouse Gas Emissions, which was unveiled yesterday, is a political tangle. On one side, the Greens have left Climate Change Minister and their co-leader, James Shaw, in an almost impossible...

Helen Clark warns Ardern not to blindly follow others on foreign...

In what looked like a warning China’s Ambassador to New Zealand has said China’s relations with New Zealand were not established as a “matter of convenience.” His comments come as it becomes clear New Zealand is moving to align itself...

Discrediting the Commerce Commission’s supermarket competition report

That the  Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, David Clark, yesterday chose his words carefully when he commented on the attempts to bring more competition to the supermarket sector says a lot. Clark told POLITIK that the supermarkets were reacting...

Stan Rodger; inside the Lange Government

When Labour Party executive member Stan Rodger engineered the selection of David Lange as the party candidate in the Mangere by-election in 1977, he wasn't to know that fate would bind his own political career to him. Rodger would enter...

“Sideline” Stan Rodger; Labour’s modest reformer

It was always the chuckle that seemed to define Stan Rodger, a beaming greeting to anyone who met him or even ran into him in a Parliamentary corridor. Seemingly always calm, always organised; with his spectacles, bald head and a...

China’s wakeup call to Mahuta

New Zealand is preparing to step up its diplomatic engagement with Pacific countries in response to China’s proposal for a regional security pact. But only to a limited extent. Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta will visit the Solomon Islands shortly, where...

Re-election just got harder for Ardern

The Reserve Bank yesterday redefined election year.  The Bank raised the Official Cash Rate to two per cent but is forecasting more rises to peak in June 2023 at 3.9 per cent. But what will make Labour’s election campaign team nervous...

Looking to the west

"There is a feeling I get when I look to the west" - Led Zepplin, 'Stairway to Heaven" In the hours before she flew out to the United States and possibly a meeting with President Biden, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern...

What the Aussie election might mean

There will be little fundamental change in the trans-Tasman relationship as a consequence of Saturday’s Australian election. The new Australian Labor Government is unlikely to make any substantial changes to its policy of deporting released prisoners with New Zealand citizenship. And...

“Prudent” but was it political enough?

Finance Minister Grant Robertson loves cricket; his Budget yesterday was that of an opening batsman. It was defensive, clearly intended to cut off National's initiatives before they got any real political oxygen. Only occasionally did it show any signs of flash. The...

Robertson’s big one

Today’s Budget will be the big one for Grant Robertson. In part, that will be because Labour always promised that after Covid, it would build back better. Expectations, particularly from within Labour's core constituency, will be high that this will be...

O’Connor faces Russian challenge at meeting

Trade Minister Damien O’Connor is flying this weekend to an APEC trade ministers’ meeting in Bangkok which will be the first major international meeting since the Ukraine invasion scheduled to include Ministers from the United States, China and...

The Government’s big dairy surprise

The Government never told Dairy NZ in advance that it would spend $339 million over the next four years on research to reduce dairy cow greenhouse gas emissions. Nor, as far as Dairy NZ CEO Tim Mackle can tell, is...

The Nats start to get serious

Buoyed by recent polls showing they could form the next Government, a National Party conference spent yesterday getting down to the nuts and bolts of what the party might do in power. Around 100 delegates at the party’s Lower North...