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Ardern tries to calm farmers

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is starting to sound conciliatory as farmers gear up for a 50-town protest this Friday. The protest started as opposition to...

The politics of Covid and how the Government is winning

The Government's release of its Covid-19 survey on Friday offers a remarkable insight into how much market research impacts policy formation. It is widely known...

Challenge to health reforms

A damning report about Pasifika health is raising questions about the thinking behind the Government’s health reforms. The report, Bula Sautu, by the Health Quality...

A nice problem to have – for some

New Zealand's longest-serving economics think tank says the current labour shortage is the worst it has ever observed. The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research...

Labour’s Covid honeymoon ends

A poll published yesterday shows support for Labour has slumped. The Roy Morgan New Zealand poll of 951 New Zealanders interviewed during June shows support...

Getting Council planners out of the way with the new RMA

Environment Minister David Parker’s sweeping reforms of the Resource Management Act unveiled yesterday will move significant aspects of the planning process from Councils to...

PM confused (or confusing)

The Prime Minister yesterday added more confusion to what was contained within the Government’s discussion document on hate speech. It quite clearly proposes that inciting...

Unholy alliance opposes hate speech proposals

An unholy alliance from the left and the right is already attacking the Government’s hate speech proposals unveiled last Friday. Under the proposals, the current...

What Muller’s “retirement” means for National

Judith Collins appears to be now crushing her opposition within the National Party. First she forced Nick Smith to resign and now she has done...

The speech he should have given on the campaign trail

Winston Peters speech to his party conference at the weekend was the speech he should have given on the campaign trail. It was Peters at...

So now the economy is booming when can we open the border?

Yesterday’s boom GDP figures appear to have caught much of official Wellington by surprise. Only hours before the 1.6 per cent for the March quarter...

$1795 to meet a Labour Cabinet Minister

The Labour Party is charging businesspeople $1795  to have “policy” sessions with some of the top Cabinet Ministers. In a move reminiscent of National's "Cabinet...

How Nick Smith leaves a gap

Nick Smith’s departure from Parliament yesterday marks the end of an era for National. He is the last MP to have served in the 1990...

Our nuclear free moment will depend on electric cars — if we can power...

New Zealand's nuclear-free moment, getting to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, will depend on electric cars. And the cars are going to depend on...

Due diligence and leaked reports; the challenges of managing politicians

Two separate events yesterday  --- both involving the National Party – revealed that our political culture is not up to managing potential scandals. On the...