Minister gets inadequate advice from departmental officials, gets caught out. That’s embarrassing, but hardly of lasting impact…
As many observers have noted, New Zealand has a very conservative abortion law in place that has always been interpreted liberally in practice…
Kicking the problematic cases upstairs for the Minister to operate as some kind of ‘last chance saloon’ is to turn the deportation decision into a lottery.
Of all the major outposts of Empire, New Zealand has always been the very last to shed its fascination with the British royals.
Of all the crimes committed by the Saudi regime, it has been this revenge killing ordered by the Saudi Crown Prince that has finally brought universal condemnation.
Clearly, Jami-Lee Ross is not waging a normal form of political warfare, with agreed rules of combat and rational cost/benefit calculations.
Secretly taping your political leader and threatening to release the contents in public is not a good way to win clemency, or gain support from your team
In March of this year, the French economist Thomas Piketty published a paper tracing the political journey that the university-educated have taken across the political spectrum…
When it comes down to protecting the most vulnerable, Parliament can sometimes move at glacial pace, and do the bare minimum.
Over the course of National’s entire term of office… it had the great good fortune that high global oil prices rarely coincided with a low Kiwi dollar…
Free speech controversies rarely have to do with the opinions of those lacking a public platform.
From now on it seems, firms will only need to re-invest a paltry $50,000 in research and development – half the previous amount – to qualify for a sizeable tax break.
These days, strike action is essentially a game of three dimensional chess, and the industrial stoppages coming our way in education are a case in point.
Signing a compulsory pledge to respect an arbitrary list of “values” is nothing other than neo-colonial bullying.
Over the past six weeks, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren has emerged from the pack as Trump’s likely Democratic rival in 2020.
The striking thing about the issues that have political coverage over the past few months is the almost total lack of policy content to any of them.
Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.
On suffrage day – reportedly – we celebrate women winning a political voice, and ensuring that their voices are heard, respected, and acted upon, despite attempts to ignore and silence then.
Yesterday, PM Jacinda Ardern committed this country to an extension of our military deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, pending a review early next year…
The intolerance being shown for coalition disagreements betrays our depressing appetite for a tidily totalitarian style of government where everyone is expected to march in lockstep.
Most of the scenarios envisage global oil prices going up – maybe even way up – starting about now.
The review shows the cost of electricity has been shifted off business and onto consumers
Dutifully, the Pacific Islands Forum meeting is described each year as the region’s most important gathering of leaders…
The National Party has played fast and loose with the facts during its campaign to deny an entry visa to the American LGBTQ activist Chelsea Manning.
Hawai’i scares itself sick, over a no-show storm
So National wants the government to deny Chelsea Manning a visa for her two speaking engagements in mid September…
Surely, the public would not be left in the dark forever about the identity of the person who had tried to make political capital out of this privileged information? Unfortunately, yes.
We’ve always had a dominant form of identity politics in this country, and it is one that’s based almost entirely on the ingrained beliefs of white men of means.