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Mahuta has to defend her Five Eyes comments

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne arrived in Wellington on Wednesday night, followed by curses and threats from Beijing after she ended Victoria’s  Belt and...

Why the Government rejected Simpson’s advice

Heather Simpson declined an interview with POLITIK yesterday at the conclusion of the Beehive Banquet Hall presentation of the Government response to her report...

DHBs to go in radical health restructure

The Government is to scrap District Health Boards as part of its response to Heather Simpson’s “Health and Disability System Review”. In other key moves,...

Riding the border under the threat of xenophobia

Today is bubble day when it becomes possible for travellers from Australia to enter New Zealand without having to go into managed isolation. But polling...

So Grant, what’s next?

One of the country’s leading economics consultancies, Infometrics, has published a report today saying there is no evidence that the Government is ready to...

Government calling National’s bluff

The Government last night looked set to call National’s bluff and deny its request for a time extension on submissions on the Climate Change...

Government to take knife to DHBs

Speculation is mounting that the Government is planning a radical overhaul of District Health Boards, which is likely to see big changes in how...

Whatever happened to Darren Hughes

Ten years ago, it looked like Labour MP, Darren Hughes political career was over. He had resigned from Parliament after Police began to investigate a...

The SIS; its other friends overseas and its problems at home

The Security Intelligence Service Director General, Rebecca Kitteridge, has revealed that the agency has partnerships with other overseas intelligence agencies beyond its Five Eyes...

The big health overhaul picks up pace

Health Minister Andrew Little has set out the bottom lines for what is looking like the most far-reaching shakeup of the country’s health sector...

The tricky politics of the bubble

New Zealanders may as well leave for a vacation in Australia now. POLITIK understands that earlier leaked proposals to start the trans-Tasman bubble after the...

Parker cops green backlash

The Government is copping a green backlash over its decision to delay implementing controls on cows grazing in mud. Environmentalists say the move weakens the...

Trans-Tasman travel bubble still on

A behind closed doors debate involving bureaucrats and politicians seems to have temporarily derailed the Australian travel bubble. But the delay appears to be only...

National’s review: Don’t blame me, says Bridges

National’s review of its election defeat is blaming the leadership both at the Caucus and party levels for what happened. The party unveiled its Review...

National’s review is political dynamite

National Party members are about to get an expurgated version of their party’s review of what went wrong during the election campaign. Ironically the invitations...