The Labour PM has her work cut out for her with a pair of senior cabinet ministers hardly given to toeing the line, writes Toby Manhire.
The New Zealand government is planning to create the world’s first humanitarian visa for climate refugees, allowing 100 Pacific Islanders to be granted access to New Zealand. But what considerations should be made when developing humanitarian climate policies?
A startling story that appears to contradict John Key's 2014 account around the abandonment of a surveillance scheme is a bombshell – and a depressing object lesson in delay tactics and attention spans.
A new Green MP is under fire over her past work as a legal intern in a team defending men accused of war crimes in Rwanda. Do the criticisms hold water?
NZ Art Parallels is the Twitter account which reveals the previously hidden connections between world art history and New Zealand politics and media. Now NZ Art Parallels has joined The Spinoff for a monthly column, collecting the best parallels from Twitter and exclusive Spinoff-only content.
A brute force barrage of questions on a new and under-staffed coalition is 'not uniquely awful', argues Ben Thomas, 'but nor is it defensible'.
As Christchurch approaches the seventh anniversary of the big quake, the challenge confronting the incoming minister is daunting, argues James Dann.
The New Zealand PM has dismissed reports that the American president had confused her with the Canadian prime minister's spouse.
Peter Dunne was bloody good at parliamentary business. But building a sustainable political party is about building a political movement, writes Alex Braae
In a passionate parliamentary debut, the new National MP says concern for the environment must not be seen as the preserve of the left, and hails the impact of generational change
In her first parliamentary address, the new Green MP reveals her personal history of anxiety and depression, and her overriding ambitions for NZ.
Jacinda Ardern has described herself as a 'pragmatic idealist'. In her early forays abroad, the new PM has started to indicate what form that might take – and those hoping to see a new radicalism in NZ politics are likely to be disappointed.
As the government announces an end to new extraction on conversation land, Sefton Darby – whose position on the debate has shifted over the years – says the crucial issue is how we decide at all
Radical populism arises on the left, the right and in the middle. In this essay, from the newly published Journal of Urgent Writing, Simon Wilson proposes a New Zealand option.
Set by the previous government, a one-size-fits-all proficiency target simplifies a complex picture of school success. Martine Udahemuka of market-oriented think tank the New Zealand Initiative explains how the new education minister can improve on the current system.
The Spinoff has obtained the email which prompted TOP leader Gareth Morgan to tell one of his candidates to resign for being a 'pain in the arse'. Don Rowe looks back on another chaotic week for TOP.
Branko Marcetic asks around to see if the new government can keep both its trade promises and its climate change commitments. Jacinda Ardern melted the anthropogenically warming hearts of many an â€¦
Holly Walker, former Green MP and author of a memoir of being a mother in parliament, says this week's images of babies in the debating chamber indicate a new attitude to working mothers in politics. But there's still a long way to go.
New Zealand has been living a lie. The Washington Post today revealed that Jacinda Ardern's Labour-led government is in fact a facade for the "far right agenda" of Winston Peters. Duncan Greive details the shocking revelations – and the legislative programme of this terrifying coalition.