Politics Archive

Kiwis of Snapchat: Julie Anne Genter, Green Party MP

What's the US-born MP got planned for Winston's announcement?

30 ways campaigners changed Aotearoa for the better, despite nine years of National

As we wait for the government announcement today, let's reflect on the power of the individual to effect change, whatever the political party in power, writes peace activist Jessie Anne Dennis.

Enough with the MMP catastrophising. The system is working just fine

It might feel like we’re waiting forever, says Simon Wilson, but MMP is operating effectively right now.

O, We Wait! (A very short roundup of the state of negotiations)

Just a collection of concluding sentences in recent political commentary.

Four big reasons why National should not lead the next government. And four why it should

As we await the puffs of white smoke from the Beehive, Simon Wilson argues that National is unfit for office – although he’s not so sure about Labour, either.

Third parties under MMP: A comprehensive retrospective

2017 produced the fewest parties in Parliament since the start of MMP. So what does history say it takes to get in? Stephen Beban crunches the numbers.

Kiwis of Snapchat: Fletcher Tabuteau, NZ First MP

In our video series Kiwis of Snapchat, comedian Tom Sainsbury sources exclusive Snapchat footage of Kiwi citizens and luminaries making the news. Today: a report from inside the coalition talks.

What will New Zealand do if Trump attacks North Korea?

Donald Trump's increasingly bellicose threats against North Korea's Kim Jong-Un are raising fears of all-out war. But if the worst happens, which way will New Zealand jump? Victoria University professor Robert Ayson considers the options.

What NZ First voters really want and four other blinding insights from the Policy data

The election campaign saw more 120,000 visits to Policy, our tool for comparing parties’ positions, leaving behind an incredible trove of user data. So what can it tell us about the big coalition questions? The Policy team get out their calculators.

We’re looking at a Greens-National deal from the wrong direction

All eyes are on Winston, but still there's a clamour for a National/Greens coalition. Simon Wilson looks at why the idea has such appeal and what it might mean for politics in this country.

How coalitions are made (and destroyed)

 Wayne Mapp was there at the first MMP coalition negotiations in 1996, and watched from both government and opposition as subsequent deals were assembled. The former National cabinet minister writes about those years, and what the key dynamics will be in the coming days.

2017 was both a change election and a vote for the status quo

Yesterday Massey University's Claire Robinson argued against this being a change election with reference to prior results. Here the University of Otago's Andrew Geddis suggests that these endless circular arguments are simply in the eye of the beholder.

Election 2017: a vote for the status quo

Two extra seats felt like a win to many on the left. But Massey University's Claire Robinson says that historical analysis of prior MMP results suggests this was far from a change election.

After specials, it’s closer than ever – but what do Winston’s voters want?

Pollwatch: what happens if you factor in NZ First voters’ preferences, asks Toby Manhire.

The special votes swing left – here’s the final result and what it might mean

Labour has the policies and it’s closer now to having the numbers – but close enough? What will Winston do, and what will National do?

Could a NZ capital gains tax ever become a reality?

Any political party wanting a fairer, more productive New Zealand needs to address the issue of the taxation of capital, argues Terry Baucher.

Winston Peters is the hot girl on campus: a sexy guide to MMP relationships

If the Beehive were a college campus, Winston Peters would be the It Girl with multiple suitors. Madeleine Chapman presents a guided tour through Peters' relationship options as the Hot Girl on Campus.

Through the eras: assessing the diversity of our parliamentary cabinets

If parliament is a house of representatives, how representative has its most powerful members been? Lawyer Faisal Halabi crunches the numbers.

The room where it happened: a former NZ First MP remembers the 1996 coalition talks

As the parties commence talks to form a coalition government, former NZ First MP Deborah Morris-Travers looks back at the 1996 coalition talks and the lessons today's players can learn from NZ's first MMP coalition agreement.

Is there room for two Green parties in parliament?

The speculation about a Greens-National coalition is futile given the tribalism of New Zealand politics, writes former National cabinet minister Wayne Mapp. Instead, he wonders if a revitalised TOP can become a second, centrist Greens.

Screw parliament: how you can create political change right now

A lot of us are feeling disillusioned with parliamentary politics at the moment – and in another three years, we’ll go through this whole drawn out, messy, process again. So what do we do in the meantime? Brodie Fraser has some suggestions.

Group think: Which way will Winston leap?

As a nation awaits NZ First leader Winston Peters' decision on which major party to support in government, we asked a gang of political experts and insiders for their predictions.

The many styles of sexism in Election 2017: a retrospective

It finished over a week ago, yet we still all feel a bit gross. Madeleine Holden has compiled a handy list of the worst sexism of Election 2017.

Nandor Tanczos: the Greens need to figure out a way to talk to National

Former Green MP Nandor Tanczos writes that while it would be unconscionable to go with National now, the Greens need to prepare for a future where that's on the table.