Presumably, if there is to be a ministerial inquiry (at the very least) into the Whakaari/White Island disaster, it will need to be a joint ministerial inquiry.
If New Zealand has a pressing need to stimulate its flagging economy, it seems very weird to meet this need with a $12 billion package of infrastructure spending…
New Zealand itself is at risk of being seen as a tourism destination where commercial factors determine the boundary line of acceptable risk
In the fortnight since the Internet got switched back on in Iran, the ferocity of the crackdown on the recent demonstrations has become evident.
It was always going to be hard to have a rational debate on cannabis reform. Far easier for politicians to win votes by stoking alarm.
The same argument that Robertson has made for these projects apply equally to why the government should borrow the money to build them itself
Be it the scandals he has uncovered (eg the Winebox) or the scandals he has featured in… Winston Peters is, as they say, good copy.
Even before the local body election results came in from Hong Kong, China had been having a p.r. nightmare this week.
One one front, the government has now done the right thing, and has partially restored the right of prisoners to vote
Reportedly, there have been 17 civilian deaths and injuries (seven of the dead were children) caused by ordnance left behind on the firing range of our Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Bamiyan province.
Labour has been steadily improving its gender balance… yet just as steadily losing the generational battle to the Greens
The narrative that our farmers are ‘doing it tough’ plays into a number of wellworn stereotypes…
Asking whether this new, environmentally focussed party can make the 5% MMP threshold may be the wrong question…
Clearly, the National Party hierarchy is very, very excited about Christopher Luxon
Police pursuits have a track record that makes them more dangerous than the original risk. Armed police units belong in the same category. The more insidious examples have to do with terrorism.
Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage has allowed a Japanese-owned forestry company called Pan Pac Forest Products to bypass the Overseas Investment Office, and buy thousands of hectares of New Zealand land, without prior vetting and (apparently) without conditions attached.
Yesterday in Canada… was a bad, bad election outcome for the fossil fuels industry.
Having failed all year at being a credible alternative Prime Minister, National leader Simon Bridges has lowered his aspirational target this week to something more within his range.
Oaktree has come under pressure to shed and/or streamline underperforming assets. So TV3 and Bravo are being peeled off from MediaWorks and put on the block.
The Americans have now thrown the Kurds under the bus and created the ideal conditions for an IS comeback – all done so that Donald Trump can brag he brought the US troops home.
The real value of Dyer’s book lies in how thoroughly he has unpicked all the various factors that came together to turn this entirely preventable disaster into an inevitability.
In the 1990s, the awesome powers of central bankers would cause markets to tremble… Nowadays, central bankers can hack away at interest rates and nothing will happen.
Two experts cited at length by the NZ Herald seem to agree that our courts couldn’t reach a decision like the UK Supreme Court’s here, because our laws would expressly rule it out
On October 2nd last year, the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by a hit squad of assassins acting on the orders of the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman.