Fresh research suggests the public is becoming more trusting of Government and politicians again. Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University highlights new studies on trust, and says that “Jacindamania” still appears to be having a positive impact on society’s view of politics.
An embarrassing back down has made the Government’s planned justice reforms even more difficult and illustrated just how politically sensitive the issue can be. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
Justice Minister Andrew Little's plans to repeal the controversial Three Strikes law have been scuppered after coalition partner New Zealand First said it would not give its support.
The Government has announced it will create a standalone housing ministry, as it seeks to deliver on its big promises to address the housing crisis.
Former MP (and Minister) Peter Dunne argues in his column this week for Newsroom that the Government’s sidelining of officials is a risky approach that could rebound painfully
Political-watchers are either appalled or saluting the government’s pragmatism in appointing Jim Bolger to head their industrial relations law rewrite. But Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University says Bolger’s appointment is entirely appropriate, as the former National prime minister is probably to the left of many MPs in the new government.
State Services Minister Chris Hipkins says public servants should provide more candid advice to the Government, encouraging ministers to “embrace disagreement” in the name of better policy.
Plans to restrict the pay of Crown entity chief executives could put New Zealand’s superannuation fund at risk of political interference, the board’s chairwoman has warned MPs.
For the first time in decades a Government has started moving away from the delivery of public services specifically designed for Maori. Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University explains what’s behind this development.
The Government promised a boring Budget, and it largely delivered - albeit with a bit of culinary flair and political insult-trading around the fringes, as Sam Sachdeva writes.