Politics Archive

Has Simon Bridges trickled to the right of David Seymour and Jordan Williams?

Given he's regarded as a leader from the pragmatic centrist side of the National Party, it was puzzling to hear Simon Bridges this morning apparently endorse trickle-down theory.

Politics podcast: waka jumping, fuel taxing and rumour mongering

Back once again with the renegade bluster, the Gone By Lunchtime team climb many flights of stairs in the cause of NZ political discourse. 

But where was the roar? Watching the Hillary Clinton show in Auckland

There was no sign of the promise she'd 'let her guard down', and flashes of Sarcastic Wine Mom aside, Hillary Clinton offered little more than platitudes at Spark Arena.

Government’s health budget must look to the future of care

The health sector needs significant investment, but where is that money going to come from? Grant Thornton’s Pam Newlove says the government needs to look to the private sector.

Seven ways of looking at the Clarke Gayford rumours

National-aligned smear campaign? Idiot Aucklanders? How to explain the way the story exploded ...

The waka-jumping bill: a bad solution to a non-existent problem

From Green leader Jeanette Fitzsimons urges MPs to chuck the legislation on the fire

What the shit is going on with those Clarke Gayford rumours?

The Herald has reported that untrue things are being said about Jacinda Ardern’s partner. Here’s what we know so far.

Judith Collins is right: Jacinda Arden is an inveterate virtue-signaller

The country is changing. And in contrasting herself from her predecessor and advocating for this change, the PM is wielding her awesome and terrible powers of virtue-signalling.

Koreans around the world see through the cartoonish takes from western media

Hyper-sensalitionism clouds the true gravity of the moves towards reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula, write two Korean New Zealanders.

New poll reveals the post-election political battleground

UMR survey shows National largely resistant to the Labour surge, though Jacinda Ardern's party has made inroads among centre voters, writes Stephen Mills Between June 2017 and February 2018 Jacinda Ardern …

Pull the other one. Of course NZ must launch an inquiry into banking

We must follow the Australians' lead and scrutinise our industry, writes the head of a KiwiSaver provider

Could one handshake herald peace at last for Korea?

Last night North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean president Moon Jae-in pledged a new era of friendship between the two countries. Is peace finally about to come for the people of Korea?

Why have Thompson & Clark been allowed to keep spying on us, in your name?

The list of state agencies using these private investigators to spy on lawful protesters continues to grow, and it is an assault on democracy, writes Frances Mountier.

Defying the sceptics, the three-way coalition is holding up well – for now

Despite National’s attempts to paint it as a coalition of uneasy bedfellows, the Labour, Greens and NZ First alliance has held up rather well so far, writes Jason Walls for interest.co.nz.

Are public private partnerships the answer to our transport network woes?

Why the government is looking into public private partnerships to build infrastructure – and what the other political parties think.

The Germans can’t stop talking about Jacinda Ardern’s pregnancy either

The prime minister's whistlestop tour of Europe saw her meet the German chancellor in Berlin yesterday. And the local press were gushing

Why the ban on foreign homebuyers is so very dumb

On Tuesday, economist Eric Crampton argued prohibiting foreign buyers will do nothing to alleviate the housing crisis. Today, he lays out all the other reasons why the ban makes no sense.

Guyon Espiner: What is Winston Peters’ foreign policy, anyway?

To outsiders New Zealand foreign policy must look like a riddle wrapped in a mystery, perhaps clear only to the enigmatic deputy prime minister and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.

The foreign buyer ban is an abomination. Bad in principle, worse in practice

The prohibition on foreign property buyers is the worst kind of populist, fear-based policy-making, argues economist Eric Crampton.

Live blog: Barry Soper in human rights row after being BANNED from US stopover

Stay tuned for updates as top Kiwi broadcaster lashes back at Donald Trump.

The truly killer app literally kills, and NZ has a role to play in fighting it

NZ needs to join those countries that have called for an international prohibition on autonomous weapons and to work with them to make it happen, writes Thomas Nash.

Bombing Syria will never bring peace. NZ must stand up against ad hoc violence

This campaign breaches international law, and bring further, irrevocable suffering to an already traumatised people.

All the things National MPs think are virtue signalling

Revealed: National MPs think about virtue signalling a lot

Where’s the evidence that the government has thought through the exploration ban?

The fact that the ban on new offshore oil and gas exploration permits was announced so quickly – and with seemingly so little research – should worry us all, writes Jenée Tibshraeny.