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It could have been worse

Jacinda Ardern and Grant Robertson were able to breathe a massive sigh of relief yesterday. The figure for the...

Has National’s moment come?

The election campaign will now turn to the economy with Treasury yesterday publishing forecasts showing that the economic hangover from Covid-19 could...

Parker hints at Tiwai Point survival

Environment Minister David Parker is now hinting that the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter may be able to survive. New...

National tries to cheat the debt target

National’s proposal yesterday for an infrastructure bank will have the effect of cheating the Government accounting system to make it look like...

Covid “here for some time” say Ardern and Collins

In a rare mood of consensus both the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, and the Opposition Leader, Judith Collins, yesterday both warned that...

Health Ministry refuses Covid exemption for potato crisp and biscuit workers

The Ministry of Health is moving to counter criticism that it is using its powers to exempt trucks and workers moving in and out...

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...

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...

Auckland votes close smelter

Auckland voters decided the fate of the Tiwai Point smelter. Opposition from the city, and particularly its business community, to proposals, put up in 2016...

Wage subsidy might extend to the election

New Treasury figures show that the bounceback after leaving Level Two has been greater than forecast, but there are warnings that the worst is...

Ardern shuns Greens’ wealth tax; Nats mount scare campaign

The Greens proposal for a wealth tax seems to be more or less dead on arrival. Labour leader Jacinda Ardern yesterday signalled that her party...

NZ ready to get heavy with the UK

New Zealand now stands between the United Kingdom and its hopes of entering the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement  (CPTPP). POLITIK understands...

Visa uncertainty threatens farm crisis

The Government is considering extending temporary work visas due to expire over the next few months so that essential businesses do not lose semi-skilled...

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...

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....

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