‘Let’s do this’ in a holding pattern
Jacinda Ardern sings a sweet tune about improving wellbeing and winning back business confidence. But her self-administered debt shackles are blocking real action on both fronts, writes Bernard Hickey.
Invest to close the wellbeing deficits
Today’s Crown accounts presented the Government with the opportunity of its lifetime, but it’s a window that may close before it has the confidence to jump through it.
National chooses ‘Team Westie’
The National Party has elected its first Maori leader and put in place a ‘Team Westie’ leadership that Simon Bridges hopes will have a broader appeal.
A free trader critiques the CPTPP
Pro-free-trade economist Michael Reddell argues the new version of the TPP is full of fishhooks and there’s little evidence it will benefit New Zealanders.
Paying for an uncongested Auckland
Phil Twyford tells Bernard Hickey the Government has big plans to change the way Auckland’s big new light rail projects will be paid for.
Politics pushes RNZ to an all-time high
Thanks partially to the election campaign, nearly 700,000 people are now tuning into RNZ in an average week – the highest in its history.
Eight key things the public told politicians
The incoming government should start by taking a look at insights into public opinion revealed by interactive voting tool Vote Compass.