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What our spies really do

In a rare public speech, Security Agencies Minister Andrew Little last night came close to revealing some of the country's most sensitive state secrets....

Hipkins “detached from reality”

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has managed to get a whole pile of egg on the Government’s face with his suggestion last night that...

Farmers blame Government for mental health issues

Dairyfarmers say they are fed up with Government regulations. They say the overload of regulation is causing mental issues among farmers. And they are calling for...

Government loses second Covid court case; “another rung on our ladder of Maori liberation”

The Government has lost a second major court case relating to its management of Covid. It is the second time in five days that...

Shaw to buy his way out of the climate crisis

New Zealand is lagging so far behind and starting so late to reduce its Greenhouse Gas Emissions that most of the reductions it will...

Opening soon

Covid Response Minister Chris Hipkins is expected today to announce new Managed Isolation and Quarantine requirements. Newshub reported last night that MIQ stays would be...

“No jab no job” option coming for employers

The Government is considering allowing all businesses to implement  “no jab no job” policies. More details are expected from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today. Covid Response...

When we went where Britain went – our long (and heroic) battle to retain...

This was first published on 27/06/2016 after the British voted in their referendum to leave the EU and is republished to mark the agreement...

MIQ: help is on its way

The Government is on the brink of bringing forward some elements of the “Reconnecting New Zealand” plan it announced in August. Covid Response Minister Chris...

Vaccine mandates by another name

The Government may not be prepared to go as far as "no jab, no job" mandatory vaccinations, but it is preparing to introduce the...

Can the complicated rooster crow again?

There is a revealing anecdote in Simon Bridges’ book, “National Identity”, about his time at the University of Auckland Law School. The school has been...

No MIQ space for expected Covid surge

The Government yesterday stopped even pretending that it could stamp Covid out. The Prime Minister had almost conceded as much on Monday when she said...

Covid strategy flakes as reality bites

The Government's Covid management strategy yesterday began its re-entry into reality, and bits seemed to flake off in the process. The Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency,...

How white middle-class bureaucrats are holding up Maori vaccinations

The Covid story is rapidly becoming a Maori story as Maori dominate new cases, and vaccination rates among Maori lag well behind the overall...

Ardern supporters turn on her

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was under fire from her own supporters last night after what they argued was a backdown over Covid restrictions in...