At the end of a long week in politics, the position of the two major parties on the left has almost flipped. With Metiria Turei ruling out a Cabinet position and Jacinda Ardern relaunching Labour’s campaign, a U-turn in the polls may be on the way. Sam Sachdeva reports.

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Newsroom is thrilled to welcome Rod Oram as a new columnist. In his first column, he sets out a kind of manifesto on the things that matter and how he'll cover them in his weekly columns to be published on Newsroom Pro every Friday morning and on Newsroom on a Sunday morning.



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In the last set of jobs figures before the election, Statistics New Zealand has reported surprisingly weak jobs growth and still-subdued wage growth in the June quarter.


New Labour leader Jacinda Ardern says she’ll spend 72 hours taking stock on the party’s policies and plans for the September 23 election. What will be top of her mind, and what changes could we see in the coming weeks? Sam Sachdeva and Shane Cowlishaw report.

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In a potential circuit breaker less than eight weeks before the election, Labour Leader Andrew Little has stepped down after poor poll results and his parliamentary colleagues have elected his deputy Jacinda Ardern to replace him in an uncontested vote.


A panel discussing low levels of turnout among young voters has argued more fundamental changes to New Zealand’s democratic system are needed to reverse the trend. Sam Sachdeva reports.