Dawn of the age of Simon Bridges, king of the National Party

The GBLT quartet chew over all the leadership changes.

Is Simon Bridges our first Māori prime minister?

On some scores, the National Party is streets ahead on Māori representation. But, asks Morgan Godfery, is it progress?

Kiwis of Snapchat: Simon Bridges celebrates his win

In our video series Kiwis of Snapchat, comedian Tom Sainsbury sources exclusive Snapchat footage of Kiwi citizens and luminaries making the news. Today, new National Party leader Simon Bridges takes a victory lap.

Question Time Blues: confessions of a recovering MP

Ahead of her debut at the Auckland Fringe on Thursday night, former Green MP Catherine Delahunty writes on the good, the bad and the toxic of nine years in parliament – and what needs fixing.

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Who the hell is new National leader Simon Bridges?

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, the new leader of the National party, Simon Bridges. Who? Simon Joseph Bridges, former …

The Spinoff’s official inquiry into all the new government’s reviews and inquiries

Has the government been too keen to go for working groups, panels and inquiries, over actual action? Alex Braae counts the announcements. 

New poll on National leadership gives late boost to outsiders

With the crucial caucus meeting only hours away, Judith Collins and Steven Joyce top preferred leader numbers – but it’s a different story in assessing leadership chops

Conflict of interest concerns over lobbyist turned chief of Jacinda Ardern’s staff

When GJ Thompson took leave from his lobbying firm to act as the prime minister's chief of staff, he remained a director of the firm and his profile stayed in prime position on its website. How serious is the appearance of a conflict of interest?

Exclusive: Poll gives Judith Collins slim lead as preferred National leader

UMR Research survey conducted mostly before the National leadership contest began puts the polarising MP in the lead – but only slightly.

Why aspiring National leader Mark Mitchell’s war-for-profit past matters

As founder of a multi-million-dollar private military and security company that operated in Iraq, Mark Mitchell needs to tells us where he stands on war-for-profit, argues Daniel Couch. Mark Mitchell’s announcement …

Five go to Wellington: the National battle boat fills up

Mark Mitchell and Steven Joyce have added their names to the ballot for the contest to succeed Bill English as party leader. With a week till MPs make their decision, here are five observations on the race

Simon Bridges has a strong New Zealand accent. Got a problem with that?

The National MP's leadership bid has put his broad Kiwi accent back in the spotlight. Henderson-Massey local board chair and 'proud Westie' Shane Henderson thinks we should all lay off the jokes.

The National leader race will put the party’s famed stability to the test

As the contest unfolds, expect deals, departures and a determination to keep ructions away from public sight, writes former National government adviser Zach Castles.

Toby & Toby: The rival pitches for the National leadership, digested

Manhire and Morris condense the National Party rivals' messages

A step-by-step guide to writing a Jacinda Ardern profile

With each passing week, a new international profile of Jacinda Ardern is published. Having studied them all, Madeleine Chapman presents a simple DIY guide.

Super screwed: How the pay gap wrecks women’s retirements

The causes of the gender pay gap can be subtle, but their effects can be dramatic and long-lasting – to retirement and beyond.