Hell yes it’s time for more pictures of New Zealand politicians’ dogs

Inspired by Winston Peters' dog and muse, Beau, a range of other dogs have urged their politician owners to get them in the Spinoff gallery. Drool away.

Outdoors Party reckons it can ride an anti-1080 wave to parliament in 2020

A fringe political party is hoping for better returns in 2020 after adding a high profile independent lawyer to the leadership team.

Iran fires ‘revenge’ missiles at US bases in Iraq: What we know so far

In a developing situation, Iran has fired ballistic missiles at two US military bases in Iraq. 

New Zealand’s response to the Soleimani assassination is shamefully timid

Winston Peters' weak statement on the US assassination of a Iranian military commander is a craven display of fealty to Donald Trump, argues former Green MP Keith Locke.

Politics Archive

When will the New Zealand 2020 election be held?

A very possibly foolish attempt to whittle down the dates to the likeliest polling day, based on All Blacks, Trump, school holidays and the vibe.

Cheat sheet: Are we heading for a US-Iran war? And what does it mean for NZ?

Tensions between the US and Iran, and across the wider Middle East, are reaching a boiling point after the assassination of a senior Iranian military leader by an American airstrike.

NZ politics in 2020: The big issues on which this year’s election will hinge

Our political sleuths nominate the issues that could make the difference in this year's general election.

Jacinda Ardern, after Christchurch

Eighteen months into her first term as prime minister, Jacinda Ardern faced a formidable task: communicate what happened on March 15, embrace a ruptured community, and force through real reform.

What you see when it’s your job to open a woman MP’s Facebook messages

I’ve worked at parliament for three different MPs over five years. For the first time, I'm now working for a woman MP, and the kind of messages sent to her online are shocking.

12 wild predictions for the political year 2020 AD

Our gallant politics-watchers plunge headlong into the crystal ball.

The furious world of New Zealand’s far right nationalists

Summer reissue: Are we missing the rise of the far-right? What would the symptoms of such a movement be and how could the media better cover them?

Climate change and the rural way of life

The government's environmental policy is creating major tensions in farming communities. Alex Braae went to a meeting in Taumarunui to see it play out. 

‘Girlfriend, you are so on’: the curious Jacinda Ardern fixation in the US Democratic race

Summer reissue: The candidates to tackle Donald Trump are very keen on the New Zealand prime minister.

‘I’m completely squeaky clean’: an interview with Matthew Hooton

Toby Manhire meets one of the most fascinating – and polarising – characters in NZ politics

Politics in 2019: How to describe the year in one sentence?

We asked our punditry pantheon: Give us 2019 in a sentence.

‘Worst nightmare’: Labour staffer complainants respond to Dew report

The allegations, including sexual assault, were 'not established', found the QC, while evidence presented by a key complainant was found to be unreliable.