Politics Archive

NZ right-wingers caught up in global purge of Twitter accounts

Some of the NZ-based accounts cheered on the riots at the US Capitol last week. Then Twitter cracked down.

Gone By Luncthime: Mervmania hits the 2020 election campaign

Summer reissue: Merv Manhire, Merv Lee-Mather and Merv Thomas on Auckland Central, the Labour launch, the plight of NZ First, and Merv.

The next six months are make or break for Labour

The government must hit the ground running.

NZ politics in 2021: The big issues on which the year will hinge

Our political sleuths nominate the issues that will loom large.

Youth Wings: The election year debate we’ve been waiting for is here

Summer reissue: The stars of Youth Wings brought the banter, and the party slogans, to the Auckland Town Hall earlier this year for a very special election year debate.

Ardern pledges to care 9% more by 2030

Some observers are questioning whether there are sufficient Facebook livestreams to support the goal.

The disgraceful end of a disgraceful president

NZ needs to be intellectually curious about what has taken place in the US under Donald Trump and what it may mean for our country, writes Sir Geoffrey Palmer.

New Zealand tightens border as Covid-19 wildfires burn out of control in 2021

While NZ has been on holiday, Covid-19 has gotten much worse beyond our borders. What we can expect in the year to come?

Youth Wings: Finding a second family in the Young Nats

Summer reissue: The chair of the Northern Young Nats says her party feels like a family, and they’re sticking together despite the political turmoil of 2020.

What is the 25th Amendment, and can it be used to remove Donald Trump after the Capitol attack?

A constitutional crisis could result if it is invoked to remove an unfit president who is unwilling to give up power.

Do no harm: Dr Shane Reti on leading National’s changed Covid-19 response

Summer reissue: Shane Reti has emerged in recent weeks as the opposition's most capable communicator in the age of Covid-19. Justin Giovannetti speaks with 'Dr Shane' about the changes he's …

The insider: Three decades of amazing Michelle Boag headlines

Michelle Boag has been one of the country’s most infamous right-wing political insiders. Here’s a brief rundown of her headlines over the past thirty years.

QAnon and the storm of the US Capitol: How an online conspiracy theory birthed a violent real-world mob

While conspiracy theorists are often dismissed as a bunch of social media cranks, QAnon adherents were at the front line of the insurrection at the home of US democracy.

Young Act isn’t like other youth wings

Young Act's president loves the freedom his party’s youth wing has to speak out and advocate for radical policy ideas. But are there certain lines that need to be drawn within the youth wing itself?

Youth Wings: The Young Greens holding space at the table

Summer reissue: Right from day one, the Green Party has been a party led by co-leaders. That philosophy extends to the party’s youth wing, where two co-convenors represent the party's next generation.

Youth Wings: The Young Labour leader keeping it real, and realistic

Summer reissue: While other youth wings propose radical policies and push for change, Young Labour’s Princes Street chairperson is taking a more pragmatic approach. 

‘The fuck-ups were all my own’: Simon Bridges on the toughest job in politics

Summer reissue: In May, Simon Bridges was rolled as the leader of the opposition. Two months later he opened up about his tenure, the state of politics in New Zealand and, of course, the baby yaks.

A frame-by-frame analysis of Tova O’Brien’s hall-of-fame National shambles story

Last night New Zealand witnessed one of the most exhilarating, confronting political stories to air on national television.

Youth Wings: The moment that made a teenager decide to join NZ First

Summer reissue: The Young NZ First chairman always dreamed of meeting Winston Peters. Then one day on the main street of Dargaville, his dream came true.

In it to win it: Chlöe Swarbrick’s run for Auckland Central

In the 2020 election, first term MP Chlöe Swarbrick will be one of just two Greens explicitly running to win an electorate.

Bloomfield of dreams: watching Saint Ashley on the rugby field

He want hard and he went early. Watching the director general dot down in Wainuiomata.

12 wild predictions for the political year 2021 AD

Last year, there was a lot of swearing deployed to sum up the year. And then came 2020.

‘The fuck-ups were all my own’: Simon Bridges on being opposition leader

Just over two months ago, Simon Bridges was rolled as the leader of the opposition. This week he opened up about his tenure, the state of politics in New Zealand and, of course, the baby yaks.

Gone By Lunchtime: The National Party after Todd Muller

Summer reissue: Relive the 53-day reign of Todd Muller as National Party leader.