Winston Peters has ideas about what should happen to the Auckland port, but this week the Auckland Council took matters into its own hands. Simon Wilson was there and reports â€¦
Auckland's newly refurbished Freyberg Place is a wonderful new public space, says Simon Wilson. Except for those times when it isn't.
All eyes are on Winston, but still there's a clamour for a National/Greens coalition. Simon Wilson looks at why the idea has such appeal and what it might mean for politics in this country.
Labour has the policies and it’s closer now to having the numbers – but close enough? What will Winston do, and what will National do?
A year into the job, Mayor Phil Goff is having big problems with his budget. And with water, transport, housing, the America's Cup, the rest of council and the whole of government. But, says Simon Wilson, he gives every impression of being a surprisingly happy man.
What is art and what is it good for? Artweek, starting this weekend and running to the end of next, turns the central city into a showcase with a thousand answers: events, exhibitions, gallery tours, talks, open spectacles, hidden surprises and untold delights.
Are Winston Peters and the big party negotiators going to do a smart deal on the future of the Auckland port, or will they succumb to reckless nonsense? Simon Wilson explains the biggest issue for Auckland in the talks to form a government.
Everybody wants to rule the world, but who else, asks Simon Wilson in this "partner content" feature, sets out to do it with as much wham-bam glam as the 80s dancefloor revivalist musical Pleasuredome?
Election Night 2017: The Spinoff is at tonight's National, Labour and Greens parties in central Auckland. Simon Wilson sets the scene.
Which electorates to watch? In some of them, the spread of the party vote will tell you heaps about how the whole night is going. In others, high-profile local candidates will confound the big trends.
It was another cold night in another cold community hall in Panmure and Chloe Swarbrick was still grinning. Simon Wilson reports on Maungakiekie, the electorate that will show whether Labour knows how to win.
Who’s going to be an MP in a few days’ time? Simon Wilson has been studying the electorates, counting down the lists and poring through the chicken entrails.
Transport minister Simon Bridges says no instruction was given to transport officials to hide the business case for the proposed new highway from Auckland to Whangarei. Simon Wilson reviews the paper trail.
Farmers rallied against Labour and the Greens in Jacinda Ardern's hometown Morrinsville yesterday. Simon Wilson went along to see what they had to say for themselves.
Why did Bill English raise the prospect of slaughtering the dairy herd yesterday? As farmers prepare to protest in Jacinda Ardern's hometown Morrinsville, Simon Wilson wants to know why we are suddenly being asked to believe there is a deep urban/rural divide.
Your indispensable guide to counting the numbers on election night. Simon Wilson explains the official way to do it and offers a cheat’s alternative.
If bullshit and bluster could make the trains run, Northland would be full of railroads. Still, when politicians gathered in Whangarei on Monday night, they did have some good things to say, writes Simon Wilson, who was up on the stage alongside them.
What would you do if your political allies were about to form a government but your party was in danger of not being part of it? Simon Wilson goes to Sunday's Green rally, where the sole remaining co-leader launched the battle that will determine the party's future, and may also define the shape of the next government.
What was Steven Joyce really up to when he said Labour’s budget plan was missing almost $12 billion? Simon Wilson considers the possibilities.