The last week has seen the Labour-led Government confirm it is not going to deviate far from National’s fiscal policies, and will continue to fund public services at similar levels. How do we explain this insistence on fiscal conservatism in the face of clear and urgent need, and growing calls for change? Victoria University’s Dr Bryce Edwards argues that the Finance Minister and his colleagues have become so immersed in pragmatic electoral calculations they’ve lost touch with the shift away from orthodox economics.



The battle over employment law changes has made its way to Parliament, with two opposing sides telling politicians they will either be a boon or a bust for the country. Shane Cowlishaw reports.

Air New Zealand's surprise split from Virgin Australia shows yet again why culture eats strategy for lunch. Nikki Mandow details the five factors behind the split.


Businesses continue to be pessimistic about the New Zealand economy according to NZIER’s latest Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion. Businesses reported that their own activity was faring well, in spite of the gloomy outlook wider economy. Thomas Coughlan reports.

Bernard Hickey argues Labour should respond to Auckland's man-made infrastructure disaster the same way National responded to Christchurch's natural disaster: by using its strong balance sheet to borrow and build.


New Green co-leader Marama Davidson will have to compromise and rebuild the party ahead of the 2020 election for it to survive in Government, say Jeanette Fitzsimons and Sue Bradford. Thomas Coughlan reports.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has issued a stark warning ahead of the May 17 Budget, saying the Government had discovered the budget situations in Health and Education were much worse than she expected when in Opposition.

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The Government wants less “combat and conflict” in industrial relations. That could lead it to helping fund an innovative approach being championed by some of New Zealand’s biggest companies. Shane Cowlishaw reports.