Politics Archive

Mental health and addiction inquiry: the government responds

Which recommendations will actually see immediate action?

Budget hacking scandal: About time Treasury told us what actually happened

A brief technical explanation about what the 'hack' amounted to would be a lot more useful than all the bluster and nebulous waffle we’ve heard so far

Budget hacking scandal: what the hell just happened?

As Treasury says it’s registered thousands of attempts to hack its secure site and Simon Bridges accuses Grant Robertson of maliciously lying, the wellbeing budget is about to become the hell-fleeing budget for someone

A short history of New Zealand’s racist refugee policy

PM Jacinda Ardern will soon have the chance to reverse policy that prioritises Asia-Pacific immigrants over refugees from Africa and the Middle East. But how did that policy get made …

The National Party needs a new Big Bad

With a capital gains tax off the political agenda, the opposition needs to find the government's achilles heel

The fascinating case of Hannah Tamaki vs the Māori Women’s Welfare League

Last week Hannah Tamaki was announced as the leader of new Christian political party Coalition NZ. Otago University law lecturer Simon Connell remembers another equally controversial leadership bid.

‘We’re striking because we’re terrified’: a student on the second climate strikes

Zoe Mills is a 17 year old high school student and one of thousands who joined the global climate strikes. She explains why her generation feel this moment so acutely.

Life in the long shadow of Pharmac

Guyon Espiner reveals how lung cancer patients are buying cut-price drugs from India, as other New Zealanders fundraise, petition and apply for clinical trials to access medications Pharmac won't fund.

Our domain: how to troll a political party for less than $100

Yesterday, Destiny Church rebranded their political arm as The Coalition Party, and Tim Batt bought their domains before anybody else could. He writes on the value of online trolling as political protest.

Podcast: Reliving the 2017 election with Jacinda Ardern

In this bonus edition of Gone By Lunchtime, the prime minister talks to Toby Manhire at the Auckland Writers Festival

Attention, sensible youths, ‘Milkshaking’ is not the way to counter hate speech

‘Milkshaking’ is on the rise in Brexit-divided Britain. But is throwing milky treats the best form of political protest? Hayden Donnell investigates.

A survivor’s guide to detoxifying the New Zealand parliament

If there's to be culture change, writes former MP Catherine Delahunty, perhaps it should be driven by those with meaningful experience

Why we’re striking again

We are the future and you cannot ignore us.

We love you, Brian Tamaki

The launch of a party fronted by Destiny Church leaders was a media event to remember.

Golriz Ghahraman on dealing with the ‘scared, panicked, angry mob’

The Green MP has been given extra security following threats of violence. She tells the Spinoff about the ‘barrage of hate’ she confronts.

This really hurts: An Australian on the devastating election result

On Saturday, Australia defied the pollsters and re-elected its widely despised right wing government. Is it any wonder that Sydney resident Nick Snelling is feeling pretty devvo right now?

Take it from a Christian conservative: a Ngaro splinter party is a terrible idea

The last thing we need is for the place of Christianity in the public square to become ghettoised and weird.

There are lessons for NZ from the Aussie election miracle, and they’re mostly bleak

What happened with the polls, and what does the shock Coalition victory tell us about attitudes to climate change and the power of vested interests?

Report finds bullying and sexual harassment rife in parliament

A report into bullying and harassment has exposed allegations of sexual assault and huge problems with parliament’s culture and reporting systems.

Labor’s loss reveals its trouble convincing Australians it can improve their lives

The Australian left will need to do a far better job of connecting with voters – and what they really care about – if they're ever going to regain power, writes Australian political historian Geoffrey Robinson.

Hopes dim for Manus and Nauru refugees after Scott Morrison’s re-election

The Coalition win in Australia has dealt a blow to the hopes of more than 800 refugees stuck on Pacific Islands, writes RNZ's Johnny Blades.

Will MPs let voters make the call on euthanasia?

If David Seymour’s assisted dying bill gets knocked out in Parliament, hopes of a referendum at the 2020 election die with it, writes Graham Adams.  

Scott Morrison hails ‘miracle’ as Coalition snatches shock victory in Australia

All the polls pointed to a Labor win in Australia yesterday. That's not what happened at all, writes Michelle Grattan.

The breakaway Christian party: a gamble, gambit or godsend?

For the National opposition, a breakaway Christian party is a Hail Mary of the highest order.