PSA: How to vote in our local government elections even if you are an idiot

Participating in some of NZ's local elections can be a challenge, thanks to the unusual voting methodologies. We're here to help.

Meet the Kiwi who rubbed shoulders with Lange and Boris at the Oxford Union

Question: What do Boris Johnson, the 1981 Springboks tour, the 1985 nuclear weapons debate, and the Emperor of Japan have in common? Answer: Jeya Wilson.

Watch: Metiria Turei opens up on a life in politics, art and activism in Two Sketches

The former Greens co-leader opens up on watching politics after leaving parliament, that controversial speech, and her life in art.

On euthanasia, National is out of step with its own voters

Fervent euthanasia opponent Maggie Barry is giving her party a headache that may last right up to next year’s election.

Politics Archive

Cheat sheet: What the draft Abortion Law Reform Bill means for abortion rights

The government announced its intention to remove abortion from the Crimes Act.

Cheat sheet: New cancer treatment for regions announced

Jacinda Ardern has announced the first part of a cancer plan for the regions, hot on the heels of National's cancer agency pledge. Here's what you need to know.

Politics podcast: Simon Bridges, you, and the Ihumātao groundswell

The Gone By Lunchtime team feast on the political morsels of the month. including the National conference and a challenge over Ihumātao. Plus: a new jingle.

Cheat Sheet: David Seymour’s big push to get the numbers for euthanasia

The ACT leader has put up what he's hoping will be the finishing touches on the euthanasia law.

Spot price vs fixed rate: how transparency is changing the electricity market

Flick’s Nikki Cockburn explains the difference between fixed rates and spot prices.

National’s path to victory in 2020

The just completed party conference confirmed a widespread unity under Bridges, while Ardern is under more pressure than ever

NZ’s resurgent New Conservatives: riding the culture wars to the 2020 election

Of all the would-bes stuck in minor party hell, the New Conservatives may be the horse that bolts on the back of opportunistic campaigning and culture wars.

Meet the minister in charge of a media teetering towards end times

Kris Faafoi sits down with The Spinoff's managing editor to discuss all that bedevils a rowdy sector with big problems and high expectations.

Cheat sheet: Bold plans to remake the much-loathed RMA revealed

It's a hideously complicated piece of legislation that gets a bad rap for all sorts of reasons, and now the government is wading into reform.

Piketty’s Capital comes to the big screen, urging us to make the world less terrible

A new NZ documentary takes Thomas Piketty's blockbuster Capital in the 21st Century from the page to the screen.

12 eye-watering facts about the new British prime minister, Boris Johnson

Funny, charismatic, erudite – what could possibly go wrong?

As the oceans rise, the Pacific refuses to be left behind

To give the Pacific a fighting chance Australia and NZ need to take a stand, writes a Fijian litigator and activist.