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Climate science does not distinguish between urban and rural, cocky and townie. It will take both to bring NZ safely through the dangerous 21st century
22nd Nov 21, 8:58am
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Climate science does not distinguish between urban and rural, cocky and townie. It will take both to bring NZ safely through the dangerous 21st century
Chris Trotter argues that National cannot regain power by simply hoping for the worst
26th Jul 21, 9:47am
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Chris Trotter argues that National cannot regain power by simply hoping for the worst
Chris Trotter ponders whether Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party has found the same electoral sweet-spot that kept John Key’s National Party in the mid-to-high 40s for the best part of a decade
28th Jun 21, 9:44am
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Chris Trotter ponders whether Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party has found the same electoral sweet-spot that kept John Key’s National Party in the mid-to-high 40s for the best part of a decade
David Hargreaves doesn't see anything to be too fearful of in the moves by Finance Minister Grant Robertson to get more hands-on with the Reserve Bank's lending restrictions
29th Apr 21, 8:08am
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David Hargreaves doesn't see anything to be too fearful of in the moves by Finance Minister Grant Robertson to get more hands-on with the Reserve Bank's lending restrictions
If National is to make it back to power, then it will have to re-learn how to organise and inspire the public’s political imagination, says Chris Trotter
26th Oct 20, 9:00am
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If National is to make it back to power, then it will have to re-learn how to organise and inspire the public’s political imagination, says Chris Trotter
Peter Dunne says the National Party has to confront some unpleasant realities
22nd Oct 20, 9:14am
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Peter Dunne says the National Party has to confront some unpleasant realities
Hayden Wilson and Linda Clark of Dentons Kensington Swan assess what the weekend's election result means from a range of perspectives, and for the key protagonists
19th Oct 20, 2:26pm
by Guest
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Hayden Wilson and Linda Clark of Dentons Kensington Swan assess what the weekend's election result means from a range of perspectives, and for the key protagonists
Chris Trotter hears Jacinda Ardern calling the result a 'mandate to accelerate' but he wonders where to and what that means given her essentially conservative instincts that won over so many National voters
18th Oct 20, 10:14am
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Chris Trotter hears Jacinda Ardern calling the result a 'mandate to accelerate' but he wonders where to and what that means given her essentially conservative instincts that won over so many National voters
Chris Trotter looks at Labour's history with the Greens, and suggests in Auckland Central Jacinda Ardern should free her party’s supporters to shift their electorate vote to the Greens’ Chloe Swarbrick
12th Oct 20, 9:11am
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Chris Trotter looks at Labour's history with the Greens, and suggests in Auckland Central Jacinda Ardern should free her party’s supporters to shift their electorate vote to the Greens’ Chloe Swarbrick
More than 40 years after he arrived in parliament, Winston Peters is facing, barring a miracle, the end of the line. Danyl Mclauchlan traces the life & times of one of the most compelling and enduring characters in NZ political history
11th Oct 20, 6:02am
by Guest
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More than 40 years after he arrived in parliament, Winston Peters is facing, barring a miracle, the end of the line. Danyl Mclauchlan traces the life & times of one of the most compelling and enduring characters in NZ political history
Peter Dunne is underwhelmed and undecided little more than a week out from the election
8th Oct 20, 10:06am
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Peter Dunne is underwhelmed and undecided little more than a week out from the election
Peter Dunne says the main questions in this campaign surround the future of the Greens, while it's all plain sailing for ACT
24th Sep 20, 8:36am
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Peter Dunne says the main questions in this campaign surround the future of the Greens, while it's all plain sailing for ACT
With Auckland Central apparently set to tumble back into Labour’s arms, Chris Trotter asks whether the Greens can reach the 5% MMP threshold
21st Sep 20, 7:22am
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With Auckland Central apparently set to tumble back into Labour’s arms, Chris Trotter asks whether the Greens can reach the 5% MMP threshold
Peter Dunne says there's still time for what has been a pretty boring and pedestrian campaign to date to show some life, but it would not be wise to count on that
10th Sep 20, 9:49am
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Peter Dunne says there's still time for what has been a pretty boring and pedestrian campaign to date to show some life, but it would not be wise to count on that
Chris Trotter says once in government the distance between party leaders and party supporters can widen dangerously as demonstrated by Greens co-leader James Shaw
31st Aug 20, 7:36am
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Chris Trotter says once in government the distance between party leaders and party supporters can widen dangerously as demonstrated by Greens co-leader James Shaw
Peter Dunne says we must address the new outbreak thoroughly, calmly and rationally, without letting either petty points-scoring or excessive emotionalism get in the way  
13th Aug 20, 9:58am
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Peter Dunne says we must address the new outbreak thoroughly, calmly and rationally, without letting either petty points-scoring or excessive emotionalism get in the way  
Peter Dunne says while Covid-19 has proved to be an unexpected boon for a previously struggling Labour Party, fresh unforeseen events could yet disrupt the electoral cycle in a more unpredictable way
6th Aug 20, 9:20am
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Peter Dunne says while Covid-19 has proved to be an unexpected boon for a previously struggling Labour Party, fresh unforeseen events could yet disrupt the electoral cycle in a more unpredictable way
Chris Trotter argues Richard Prebble made Act competitive electorally by turning it into a right-wing populist party, and asks whether David Seymour is doing the same
3rd Aug 20, 8:31am
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Chris Trotter argues Richard Prebble made Act competitive electorally by turning it into a right-wing populist party, and asks whether David Seymour is doing the same
Chris Trotter looks at Winston Peters' handbrake pitch as the NZ First leader presents himself as the indispensable 'Wise Counsellor' to either 'Queen'
20th Jul 20, 8:00am
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Chris Trotter looks at Winston Peters' handbrake pitch as the NZ First leader presents himself as the indispensable 'Wise Counsellor' to either 'Queen'
Chris Trotter assesses the problems and options the Labour Party and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern have with the SFO probing the NZ First Foundation
17th Feb 20, 8:17am
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Chris Trotter assesses the problems and options the Labour Party and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern have with the SFO probing the NZ First Foundation
Peter Dunne says while Labour talks big about transparency and accountability it quickly retreats into its shell whenever challenged to match the rhetoric with action
13th Feb 20, 8:48am
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Peter Dunne says while Labour talks big about transparency and accountability it quickly retreats into its shell whenever challenged to match the rhetoric with action
Peter Dunne says the chance of having transparent election campaign funding is close to zero because the politicians who call for it really don't want it, and neither do 'smug career officials'
6th Feb 20, 11:45am
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Peter Dunne says the chance of having transparent election campaign funding is close to zero because the politicians who call for it really don't want it, and neither do 'smug career officials'
How National ruling out a relationship with NZ First pressures NZ First to further position itself as a 'handbrake' on the left without going so far as to making the Coalition Government unelectable
3rd Feb 20, 2:42pm
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How National ruling out a relationship with NZ First pressures NZ First to further position itself as a 'handbrake' on the left without going so far as to making the Coalition Government unelectable
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces 2020 general election will be held on September 19; Says Labour's plan is to give NZers a contest that's 'positive, factual and robust'
28th Jan 20, 3:19pm
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces 2020 general election will be held on September 19; Says Labour's plan is to give NZers a contest that's 'positive, factual and robust'
Peter Dunne says the controversy over NZ First's funding is already raising questions about how the reputation of the current Government may be affected
21st Nov 19, 9:07am
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Peter Dunne says the controversy over NZ First's funding is already raising questions about how the reputation of the current Government may be affected