Xi Jinping’s reappointment as Chinese president with no term limits has raised a number of questions. What’s driven the move, should we be afraid, and what are the obstacles in the way of the newly-anointed “People’s Leader”? Sam Sachdeva reports.

National MP and former Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced he will step down from politics. His resignation is significant because unlike colleagues Bill English and Steven Joyce who have also stepped down this year, Coleman is an electorate MP meaning his resignation will trigger a by-election.

Chairman John Wilson and CEO Theo Spierings have been the double act governing Fonterra since 2012. Following Spierings' resignation, Bernard Hickey assesses their legacy as no great success, but also no great failure. It could have been worse, or so much better.

Shane Jones has been rebuked for his attacks on Air New Zealand’s board of directors, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying calling for their resignations was “a step too far”.

A proliferation of reviews, inquiries, and independent panels have been launched by the new government. Victoria University’s Dr Bryce Edwards argues this government is in danger of being struck down by “review-itis”, and this isn’t good for democracy.

The Government will raise EQC coverage by 50 percent, but has yet to top up the National Disaster fund. Taxpayers will be footing the bill if there is another disaster within the next decade. Thomas Coughlan reports.


The first real-world tests of 5G mobile technology in New Zealand have begun on the streets of Wellington. However, there are still a number of hurdles - both technological and bureaucratic - to overcome before consumer access becomes a reality.