A treasure trove of documents used during coalition talks have been made public, providing a fascinating insight into the formation of the new government.
In today's email we dig into which of Winston Peters' big and small ticket items the coalition negotiations might hinge on.
Jacinda Ardern's 'captain's call' to consider introducing a Capital Gains Tax in her first term was the strategic error that may have cost her the Prime Minister's job for at least three years. Bernard Hickey analyses that near-fatal decision and why it was so dangerous to even touch the hair trigger of the most explosive issue in New Zealand's political economy.
In today's email we find Bill English confident of an election win even though the polls say it could go either way.
Just eight days before the election, Labour has moved to neutralise National's claims about its tax plans by pledging not to introduce any changes in its first term that are recommended by its Tax Working Group. National promises to carve Landcorp up into tiny pieces for young farmers to win in balloted lease-to-buy schemes. Meanwhile, Labour maintains its four percentage point lead in the latest Colmar Brunton poll. Bernard Hickey reports from the campaign trail.
In this email we wrap up yet another surprising day in Parliament.
In today's email we catch up on a busy weekend in politics.
In today's email we look at how the youth vote very nearly won the UK election for Labour, and ask if the same could happen here.
The Government scrambled yesterday to try to respond to the Auckland housing crisis, effectively giving the Reserve Bank the green light to crack down on rental property investor lending. It also implored the Reserve Bank to ignore the currency's rise to avoid further substantial interest rate cuts that would pour even more fuel on the fire.
The Budget for 2016 is due to be published at 2pm on Thursday and is squarely in everyone's sights this week. Bill English will do the traditional Finance Minister's big tease photo opportunity later this morning when he shows off the front page of the Budget as it rolls off the printing presses in Wellington.