Politics Archive

Trade deals are a handbrake on New Zealand’s post-Covid recovery

The ‘spend local’ mantra should apply to our biggest infrastructure projects, too.

How to export your way out of a financial crisis: A 10-point plan for New Zealand

The hugely successful coronavirus response means New Zealand is well-placed for an export-led recovery.

Simon Bridges’ leadership hangs by a thread after ‘mind-blowing’ poll

At under 5% in the preferred PM stakes, the National leader's response to the Covid crisis will be the talk of his caucus.

The Covid-19 crisis is an opportunity to reform our prisons

Covid-19 has demonstrated what resolute government leadership can achieve to address a serious problem. Now let's do the same to improve our justice system, writes former Parole Board member Rhonda …

A year on, the Christchurch Call must go beyond ‘don’t livestream mass murder’

Regulation of online content has received little attention amid a global health crisis. But violent extremist activity has not stopped.

A ‘tsunami of debt’: Parliament debates the Covid budget

Simon Bridges led the critiques, while Winston Peters got personal.

Budget 2020: The great Spinoff hot-take roundtable

Today's budget was heralded as potentially the most momentous in a generation. So what did the experts think?

Andrew Geddis: The level two law is necessary – and full of flaws

The shortcomings seem to reflect a broader problem with how Māori have been overlooked in the plans to move to level two.

Covid-19 live updates, May 13: Alert level two law passes; changes to rules for funerals and tangi

The latest on the Covid-19 crisis in New Zealand and around the world, updated throughout the day.

The wellbeing approach is more important than ever in a crisis like Covid-19

A willingness to see health and economy as interwoven, as part of something larger, is at the core of thinking around wellbeing, and it is strikingly absent in the White House.

The clock is ticking: Parliament’s mad dash to pass a level two law, explained

The legislation soon to be signed into law allows the government to keep doing what it's done so far – while also giving it controversial new powers.

What you can and can’t do in Covid-19 alert level two: 60 questions, answered

Our bumper collection of the restrictions that will apply when we jump down from alert level three.

The minor parties on how they would have responded to the Covid-19 crisis

We've heard what Jacinda and Simon have to say, so what about these folks?

‘We are ready to move into level two’: Jacinda Ardern’s speech in full

The prime minister has announced a staged, and adjusted, shift from alert level three. Here is what she said.

New Zealand will move to alert level two on Thursday May 14. But not fully

Bubbles can be broken, but there is one major condition.

Where we are now on the lockdown and the law

As the question of whether the lockdown notices were lawful continues to fester, Andrew Geddis takes a deep dive into the issues at play.

The epic story of NZ’s communications-led fight against Covid-19

How an extraordinary communications effort stepped up to help a country judged chronically ill-prepared for a pandemic.

How to start a new job, in a new country, in the middle of a pandemic

Our new politics editor writes from mandatory isolation in Auckland.

Decision day: When will New Zealand move to alert level two?

Jacinda Ardern will announce today if and when we go down the ladder to alert level two, and it is unlikely to be as simple as last time.

Geoffrey Palmer: Hallelujah! New Zealand government works

The public policy response to the Covid-19 crisis has been a huge success, and Jacinda Ardern has proven herself a class above all predecessors as a communicator.

Young Act members accused of ‘pack behaviour’ amid sexual harassment claims

The vice-president resigned in protest, citing a culture where harassment and slut-shaming are the norm. Where to now for Young Act?

Covid-19 live updates, May 8: Two new confirmed cases; massive government document dump

The latest on the Covid-19 crisis in New Zealand and around the world, updated throughout the day.

NZ is winning global kudos for our Covid-19 response. How do we use it?

With New Zealand in headlines for what promises to be a successful elimination strategy, we have an opportunity to use that influence in international relations.