Tag: Election 2017

Summer Reissue: A visual history of the New Zealand parliament

Chris McDowall explains the origins of this epic graph view into our political history.

Summer reissue: My advice for Jacinda and Bill after playing politics simulator Democracy 3

Just how hard is it to win an election and successfully lead a government? Seems easy enough, but there’s only one way to find out for sure: simulate it in a computer game.

Summer Reissue: Nothing is different, everything is different: Clarke Gayford on his first days as first gent

When you watch your cat attempt to derail your partner's phone call with Donald Trump, it's hard to avoid the word 'surreal', writes Clarke Gayford.

National’s best chance now? The eradication of NZ First

How serious is talk of a new conservative party springing up, asks former cabinet minister Wayne Mapp.

John Key quit a year ago, and it’s been a bonfire of the leaders ever since

The last National leader buggered off before it was cool.

Nothing is different, everything is different: Clarke Gayford on his first days as first gent

When you watch your cat attempt to derail your partner's phone call with Donald Trump, it's hard to avoid the word 'surreal', writes Clarke Gayford.

The tick-splitters: how New Zealanders used their two votes, a visualisation

More than a quarter of those who voted gave their electorate vote to someone from a different party than the one they backed for their party vote. Chris McDowall breaks it down.

Tamati won Waiariki with hard work, nous, and a little help from the Māori Party

One of the biggest surprises of the 2017 election was Tamati Coffey’s win in the electorate of Waiariki – unseating Te Ururoa Flavell and ushering the Māori Party out of parliament. Campaign manager Haydn Marriner takes us inside Team Tamati’s strategy.

That Labour-NZ First coalition deal, in 150 words

Jacinda Ardern and Winston Peters yesterday signed an agreement establishing a governing coalition. In the service of democracy and brevity, we’ve chiseled it, roughly, to its core.

That Labour-Green deal, in 150 words

The confidence and supply deal that Jacinda Ardern and James Shaw signed yesterday comes in at seven pages, or an appositely sized PDF of 4.20 MB (not kidding).

A brief journey through the bad Australian takes on the NZ election

Another gold medal for the green-and-gold, in the contest for the worst media opinions on New Zealand's electoral outcome. Toby Manhire reads them so you don't have to.

‘It’s about quantity and clarity’: an ex-governor-general on making MMP governments

Is it OK for the second biggest party to take the reins of power? Former governor-general Sir Jerry Mateparae answers this and other questions about post-election government-making.

Why Māori need an apology from the new Labour government

As Treaty commentator Joshua Hitchcock prepares to return home from London, he is optimistic for the new Labour government, but argues that reflecting on past mistakes will help them regain Māori trust.

We did it, now let’s actually do it – Kiri Allan on delight for Labour (and two other labours)

I’d forced myself not to think about it, but now the incredible has happened, writes Spinoff candidate diarist and new star of the Labour caucus

(WATCH) A whole bunch of men talking over women the night Jacinda won

Trigger warning: boorish dudes jabbering away

Politics podcast: A whole new government edition

The Gone By Lunchtime team chews over the new government, what it means for Labour, NZ First, the Greens and the , and how we got there. Guest starring an exciting new podcasting talent.

Kiwis of Snapchat new government poetry slam (WATCH)

What is everyone thinking after Winston Peters' announcement last night? The stars of Election 2017 tell us – in rhyme.

A government absent the biggest party marks MMP’s coming of age

Andrew Geddis assesses the shape and viability of the new Jacinda Ardern led government. And sings the praises of two individuals, one from the Greens, the other National.

Jacinda Ardern and the left look boldly to the future

Simon Wilson does a little dreaming, because why not?

Change is here. But is it the kind you hoped for?

In retrospect, it seems obvious that New Zealand First would never have chosen National. Now forward-looking Labour and Greens will need to learn to work with a party that would love to turn the clock back 40 years.

David Seymour: What I learned this election

ACT's party vote dropped to a record low of 0.5% this election, and leader David Seymour will again be ACT's sole representative in parliament. So is there still a place for a right-wing, classically liberal party in New Zealand? Somewhat unsurprisingly, Seymour argues there is.

No to elections: maybe we should only have them every four years?

We are all over it, aren't we, this election that won't quit. But is it also bad for business? Kirk Hope of BusinessNZ asks whether a longer cycle between voting would be better for all of us.

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.

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.

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.