DHBs are under intense pressure to reduce deficits within a climate of chronic underfunding.
In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms.
One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “ Now, what?”
A farewell to welfare faring well.
Evidently, the National government is similarly desperate for anything that might discredit or derail the Ardern juggernaut, even if that means throwing Peter Dunne under a bus.
So the political career of Metiria Turei is, in effect, now over. It goes to show the double standard in politics is alive and well.
Ever since George Washington confessed to chopping down the cherry tree, his example has been taken to heart by every politician following in his wake.
Early days yet, but the National Party seems to be having trouble in finding a credible line of attack on Jacinda Ardern.
Exploring the moral and legal aspects of assisted dying
A lot more than a change of leader is required, longer term. That will have to wait until next year, and beyond.
To realistically hope to form a government, Labour needs to be punching around 30% at least, yet that figure looks like a truly distant hope.
National has just endorsed Act leader David Seymour in Epsom, it being that time on the electoral calendar for the ceremonial anointing to take place once again.
The most troubling thing about the current emphasis of government policy is that “success” seems to be judged entirely on whether people are being moved off benefits…
As candidate and President alike, Trump has been a bad salesman for the policies he espouses.
Cutting jobs on the scale being flagged at IRD doesn’t make much sense, given that tax law and IRD investigations are set to become increasingly complex…
The Greens here are currently being criticized by the commentariat for not making the same kind of pragmatic choices that sunk the Australian Democrats.
It made for an unusual Venn diagram, but Greens co-leader Metiria Turei and Finance Minister Steven Joyce were briefly sharing some common elements this week…
Too bad that poverty can bring out the worst in people. Especially at times, among politicians…
Traditionally Peters and his party are good finishers in election campaigns and yet this year they’re already enjoying a strong 11% showing.
If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict.
Since Shane Jones has never really existed, the media felt it necessary to invent him.
No-one in government seems to have done due diligence on Thiel’s business values to see if he would be a good fit for our corporate environment.
For much of this year, almost all the diversity in politics has been down at the retail end, where apparent differences reside in the tone, and in details.
EU competition watchdogs, who have just levied a $3.3 billion fine on Google, with anti-competitive practices at the heart of a court battle that’s been seven years in the making.
The fact NZ now reigns supreme once again in the most sophisticated contest in the world’s most elite sport can’t help but reflect the trajectory the country has been on since the 1980s.
New Zealand scores well on many international rankings of openness… those surveys have also pinpointed major weaknesses.
Anyone feeling that the watchdog roles of the media and Parliament have seen justice done to the scoundrel behind the taping scandal… well, maybe they should think again.