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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...

Sorting out the Government’s Covid response

Once again, the Government has turned to its ubiquitous go-to man, Sir Brian Roche, to report, this time, on its Covid response. And his appointment...

An end to the Covid lockdowns in sight

Government officials say they are still currently committed to an “eradication” strategy to see the end of Covid in New Zealand. But the Prime Minister...

Hipkins talks up trans-Tasman bubble

There were more hints from the Government yesterday that a travel bubble with Australia is getting closer. However the statement from Covid-19 response Minister, Chris...

Business leaders ask the HealthMinistry to open up

A group of the country’s most respected business leaders are now looking through the current Auckland lockdown and asking what comes next. They want the...

Ardern’s new tough talk

There was a measure yesterday of just how frustrated  the Government must be over Covid rule breakers. The Prime Minister began her press conference yesterday...

Luxon clashes with transport chief over harbour bridge

Former Air New Zealand CEO and new National MP Christopher Luxon drew a prickly response from the Government's "Mr Fixit", Sir Brian Roche, yesterday...

Trans Tasman bubble gets closer

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared yesterday to open the door a nudge on the trans-Tasman bubble. The bubble had been semi-promised for the first quarter...

A bluer shade of green

In her most revealing speech as National Party leader, Judith Collins, appears to be setting the party against a whole list of current Government...

Living with covid

By keeping Auckland at Alert Level Two till at least Monday the Government has enabled Auckland businesses to claim subsidies if their incomes are...

Covid debate becoming ideological

There is a growing divide between the Opposition parties and the Government over management of the border. That divide is now starting to be defined...