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National breathes a sigh of relief

When more than 700 National Party delegates left their two-day annual conference in Christchurch yesterday afternoon, you could almost hear their sighs of relief. After...

The mysterious missing $689,000 public servant

Slowly, as more facts emerge, it appears that the mega polytech, Te Pukenga, is one of the Government’s big delivery embarrassments. A Select Committee...

National goes to conference on back foot

National heads towards this weekend’s annual party conference on the back foot with a poll published yesterday showing a dramatic fall in its support. The...

Ardern backs off White House China statement

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Chinese Ambassador Wang Xiaolong appeared to have restored some sense of order to our relationship with China yesterday when...

How the Greens are changing and why Shaw may be losing support

The Greens' new constitution, which has just been filed with the Electoral Commission, offers a revealing insight into how the Party is changing and,...

Just when you thought the next election might be straightforward

A series of events that began last Friday has redrawn the map that leads to next year's election. On Friday, a High Court judge found...

There are still clouds over the Tasman

The Australian Prime Minister's announcement on Friday that he would look at the way New Zealand migrants were treated marks a big thaw in...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Ag leaders warn Groundswell — continue protesting and you’ll put us in the ETS

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...

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...