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.
In today's email we welcome Rod Oram to the Newsroom team.
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.
Campaigners used big data sets and Facebook to hyper-target voters in the Brexit and US presidential elections to surprising effect. Could the same techniques tip the balance in New Zealand’s election? Bernard Hickey reports.
For the benefit of subscribers, here's a few longer reads on economic, political and social matters for the weekend.
Auditor-General Martin Matthews has fallen on his sword over allegations he could have done more to stop a major fraudster while at the Ministry of Transport.
In today's email we find out what prompted Metiria Turei's benefit fraud revelation, look into what is happening with wages, and peek into a potentially signficant drinks cabinet.
Wellington Central candidates from five parties were all agreed on one thing when they addressed Victoria University students: more people are tuning out from politics, leaving our democracy in need of strengthening. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
Jacinda Ardern’s new job has thrust her into uncharted territory, re-igniting interest in the looming election. Shane Cowlishaw sits down with the new leader of the opposition.
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.
In today's email we look at what yesterday's shock shift in New Zealand politics might mean going into the election.
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.
The Greens are doubling down on their high polling with a policy announcement reminding the public that they are, well, still green.
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.
1. Little's leadership in the balance
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.
In an unsurprising move, the Government has announced plans to abolish New Zealand's school decile rating system.
In today's email, we ask what the latest poll result might mean for Labour.