Politics Archive

How startups are leading the business community’s response to climate change

When 60 CEOs signed up to the Climate Leaders Coalition in July 2018 CEOs much was made of the presence of the big players. But a number of nimble smaller companies are leading from the back.

Politics Pod: After Christchurch

Following the terrorist assault on two Christchurch mosques on March 15, the Gone by Lunchtime team discuss what happened, and its political implications.

Gareth Morgan gone for good: How TOP plans to rebuild

The Opportunities Party is in the midst of a sweeping transformation, with founder Gareth Morgan stepping away and a new group around Geoff Simmons taking over the leadership.

Why mass surveillance is not the answer to the atrocity of Christchurch

We should think very carefully before making changes to laws that will affect civil liberties, writes Thomas Beagle

How to avoid another health system review that goes nowhere

Dr David Galler offers seven lessons from past reviews of the NZ health system that should inform the thinking currently under way.

The cop who shot David Gray calls for end to NZ’s ‘uncontrolled’ gun culture

Tim Ashton was one of the police officers who shot and killed Aramoana gunman David Gray. Christchurch has hardened his resolve to effect meaningful gun control reform.

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.

Helen Clark: ‘Facebook has become a monster’

The former NZ PM says the global policy boss for the online behemoth has contacted her saying he wants to visit NZ following the livestream of a mass terrorist murder at a Christchurch mosque

Define firearms ban carefully to defeat gun lobby, expert warns

The government's language so far is imprecise and it must word its ban carefully to stand up against a ferocious lobby from pro-gun groups.

The case for ‘green’ hydrogen

To mark the launch of the Helen Clark Foundation's first report, its founding executive director Katherine Errington writes about New Zealand's potential to become a 'green' hydrogen exporter.

10 years of public spy documents and no mention of white supremacist threats

In 10 years of public documents from both the SIS and the GCSB, there are zero mentions of right wing extremism, writes Jane Patterson for RNZ.

Gun City owner defends sale of suspected murder weapons as Ardern pledges reforms

As New Zealand grapples with the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shooting anger is growing over the 'gaps, omissions and errors' in our gun laws.

What we don’t know about the Serious Fraud Office probe of National donations

The Police have referred their investigation into $100,000 in donations to the National Party to the Serious Fraud Office. It's plainly a very bad look but can we deduce much else?

Sorry but Shane Jones is Chris Finch from The Office

This man is full of himself, makes vulgar jokes and often blunders over the line of acceptable professional decorum. For all his awfulness, however, Finch never seems to get in trouble

How to talk like you have the foggiest idea what’s going on with Brexit

As the United Kingdom wakes in yet another pool of fevered Brexit sweat, here are the essential things to know – and a glossary for bluffing your way through a conversation about it all

Shaney Bill Williams plays offside in attack on journalist

Shane Jones has compared himself to one of NZ's top sportsmen and launched a bizarre 'bunny boiler' slur on a journalist

Nightmare scenario for Simon Bridges as Jami-Lee Ross complaint referred to SFO

After happily attacking the government on capital gains tax for the past few weeks, Simon Bridges finds himself again on the back foot

Great news! NZ’s best political drama of 2018 has been renewed

Catch up again with beloved household names like Jami-Lee Ross and Simon Bridges.

Why I’m not striking

It may be a noble ambition, but this is a misguided, misdirected effort, and has the potential to block the path to a healthier planet

Why we’re striking

This Friday's climate strike is our way of showing that we can change the world, we can face down those who disregard and ignore us

Strike! Why industrial action is up under Labour

There were more strikes last year than in any of the previous 10 years. RNZ political reporter Gia Garrick looks at why and whether Labour's historic relationship with the unions could lose the party its public support.

Amy Adams: Labour cannot outsource its tax advocacy to Cullen

New Zealand’s tax debate is not helped by Government hiring Cullen as CGT booster, writes National’s finance spokesperson Amy Adams.

All the reasons students wag school that aren’t climate activism

In the lead up to the student-led climate strikes, the Spinoff asked its readers for their own reasons for skipping school.

Politics podcast: Good-time tax chats with your pals

Annabelle Lee, Ben Thomas and Toby Manhire send their lifeboats into the great capital gains tax minestrone ocean.