At this point, New Zealand First needs to more than double its current poll numbers to survive beyond Election Day, 2020… but that’s what Winston Peters is so very good at doing.
An extraordinary level of profit-taking still being extracted by the Australian Banking Gang from ordinary New Zealanders.
David Hisco’s nine years as CEO of ANZ (while his expense claims went by unbothered by board oversight) has been a weird echo of the nine years of social neglect by the previous National government.
One fascinating aspect of this withdrawal decision is that it is not a case of victory over ISIS having being declared and everyone else going home at the same time, too.
No doubt the Police will carry out their investigation of the Treasury Budget hack with more courtesy and nuance than their pursuit of the Dirty Politicssource.
Long ago, politics was defined as a blood sport, and many MPs feel pretty chuffed about their take-no-prisoners approach…
For better and worse, this is a small country, and the business community in Northland is smaller still…
Mark Taylor, the Kiwi recruit to ISIS, ultimately put himself in the hands of the Kurdish forces in northern Syria. That was smart of him, and/or lucky.
Across the Tasman a Royal Commission has been barking very loudly indeed about the activities of the Australian banks that own the main NZ banks.
In its attitudes to tax, New Zealand has been the last colonial outpost of Thatcherism. Change, however, may be in the air.
Simon Bridges has unveiled a heavenly vision of a “Not Tax But Still Spend” government.
Every year around about this time, National floats its own distinct vision of a different sort of Green Party…
’Tis the season of goodwill towards all humankind… except it would seem, towards the Speaker of Parliament.
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.
Voters on the centre-right of politics need to pray that Simon Bridges is not the only winner from the National leadership contest.
Essentially, English ran a great FPP campaign last year, and if the political system hadn’t changed 25 years ago you’d count that performance as a success…
So how is journalism faring in its role of (a) speaking truth to power, and (b) keeping its independent distance from those it seeks to monitor?
There’s a precedent for the fall of Mugabe…
Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them.
How the backroom strategists might be concocting National’s battle plan…
As NZ has woken from its nine-year slumber to confront National’s dire legacy of social and economic neglect, the changes are going to be extensive.
We’re now entering the Agatha Christie phase of coalition negotiations, given all the main characters have been summoned to the drawing room today by M. Hercule Peters.
How relevant will Peters treat his own partry policy to his final decision?
Can National succeed in lying its way into a fourth term of office? Given its entirely fictitious claims of a $11.7 billion hole in Labour’s alternative budget, it won’t be for lack of trying.
Hard to treat the Greens’ belated decision to stand a candidate in Ohariu as being anything other than a desperation move
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?”
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.