‘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.
Bernard Hickey calls out our politicians for being soft on China and its attempts to influence our politics. He argues for inquiries into electoral finance rules and China’s activities here.
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.
Grant Robertson is refusing to relax the 20% debt limit he signed up to before the election.
Bryce Edwards argues Labour has become so immersed in electoral calculations it has lost touch with the shift away from orthodox economics.
The Government just made its politically riskiest move, Bernard Hickey writes. It announced a surprise tax hike that will make provincial drivers help pay for new rail lines in Auckland.
Jonathan Coleman is the latest minister to switch from politics to business. Bryce Edwards argues we have a revolving door risk that needs managing.
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Labour is about to launch an inquiry into migrant and international student abuse.
Jacinda Ardern hopes to quietly resolve a looming clash with iwi and her own Māori MPs over charter schools. But the two sides are miles apart.
The US stock market slumps 4.6 percent on fears of rising inflation and interest rates, but few see it as the start of a new Global Financial Crisis. Bernard Hickey reports.
Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Govt did better than expected in its first 100 days. Bernard Hickey looks to the future.
Parliament is about to debate two types of cannabis reform. Thomas Coughlan explains where they both sit on the reform spectrum and details the pros and cons.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has launched a plan to create a multi-decade and bi-partisan system for measuring the reduction of child poverty.
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.
UPDATED: Government unveils a hardline defence of its housing policies - then junior minister retracts, apologises.
Labour is well ahead of National — particularly among women and those aged under 55 — in a new online poll conducted for Newsroom by international survey firm SSI.
Tim Murphy ploughs through all Winston Peters’ public speeches since June to find out what he really thinks of his potential governing partners.