The War for Auckland

Summer reissue: Winners, losers, big losers, and gigantic losers from the Auckland election

Hayden Donnell identified the people who did well, and the ones who got massively owned, in the Auckland local elections.

Summer reissue: John Key suggested we Google TradeMe for homes under $500,000. So we did, and here they are

Early in June the then prime minister told reporters there were plenty of (relatively) affordable Auckland homes on TradeMe. Madeleine Chapman searched the site to see if he was right.

Summer reissue: Mark Thomas, the most tragic man in NZ politics, just became more tragic

The most upbeat runner in the Auckland mayoral race enacted a weird half-withdrawal late in the contest. And it wasn't for the first time, wrote a weeping Toby Manhire

Auckland's new mayor Phil Goff speaks to supporters and media at the Sweat Shop Brew Bar on October 8. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

Meet the new boss, definitely not the same as the old boss – on Phil Goff’s first days as mayor

New Auckland mayor Phil Goff wants everyone to know he’s in charge. He’s been laying down the law for council officers, getting offside with some of the councillors, turning himself into the star of his own show. But someone had to sort this shit. This week, as the new mayor and his council meet for the last time this year, Simon Wilson looks at what Goff and Co are getting right and what they’re screwing up.