Tim Murphy attended Simon Bridges' debut party conference as National leader and finds the blue team getting over the grief of losing power.
Jacinda Ardern is in labour so Winston Peters is now Acting Prime Minister.
State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has announced a raft of senior appointments in New Zealand's public service all at once, with five CEOs bouncing into other ministries.
The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has released a letter to Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters outlining her expectations for the period in which she takes her maternity leave.
Political and public administration academics Chris Eichbaum and Richard Shaw researched the free-ness and frank-ness of New Zealand’s public servants in 2005 and 2017. They found officials became more guarded in and around an increasingly politicized Beehive and suggest a few remedies for the new Government to consider.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent earlier on Thursday, including Graeme Wheeler's comments on NIMBYs and Auckland's over-valued housing market.