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Splits and threats at Camp Freedom

There were mixed messages coming out of “Camp Freedom” at Parliament last night about whether to negotiate with the Police. A number of groups, led...

The hippies take over

It seemed that by last night the Police had abandoned any intention of immediately moving Parliament’s protest, “Camp Freedom”, on. Perhaps as evidence of that,...

Why the Government can’t end the protest

The big question that hangs over the protest at Parliament is why it has been allowed to continue. Despite heavy hints from the Deputy Prime...

The political cynicism of Judith Collins

CLARIFICATION: POLITIK accepts that former National Leader Judith Collins did not make a “captain’s call” to cast a party vote against the Gay Conversion...

Sorry Jacinda, Winston won’t rate you (now)

In what appears to be a move to distance NZ First from the current Government and on the eve of a comeback-campaign leader Winston...

Our home grown right-wing extremists

A study commissioned by the Government has found that New Zealand has one of the highest rates per head of population of right-wing extremist...

Robertson breaks Labour’s “no new taxes” pledge while Luxon breaks with business

Grant Robertson realised his political dream yesterday with the unveiling of proposals for a Social Unemployment Insurance programme. It is the most significant social reform...

Luxon snubs his party board

National Leader Christopher Luxon didn’t invite his party’s board to its caucus retreat in Queenstown. This broke a longstanding habit that has seen the board...

Inflation rate could deflate the government

The Government might feel that the walls are closing in on them after yesterday’s run of bad news. StatisticsNZ reported that inflation for the 2021...

Guns and knitting needles; Nicole McKee’s remarkable political journey

At first glance, Nicole McKee doesn't quite fit with ACT. The Maori netball player and top-flight competition shooter who lived on the DPB for...

Revealed; the Government’s three phase Omicron plan

The Government is planning for  Omicron to peak in either late March or April, and to cope with what is expected to be a...

Robertson brings the state back

Sir Michael Cullen had a habit of asking his beloved Labour Party awkward questions. In 2016, just before the party’s annual conference, he told a...

Delta’s big victim; Jacinda Ardern and her Government

The potent Covid Delta variant has left the Government not quite in intensive care but certainly in need of some political nursing. POLITIK has obtained...

Ardern hints at quarantine free border back-off

The Prime Minister appears to be backing away from the recommendations made by Professor Sir David Skegg about how to open the border. It would...

National’s new rising star

National’s caucus reshuffle yesterday abandoned political niceties as loyalties in the recent leadership contest were all but ignored. Most notable was the promotion of Erica...