National MPs will now have two votes - one for a new leader and one for a deputy. It comes as Steven Joyce enters the fray and Labour hits a 15-year high in the polls. Bernard Hickey and Shane Cowlishaw report.
The three main contenders for Bill English’s throne have revealed themselves - but who made the best impression? Sam Sachdeva reports on a day of frenzied activity at Parliament.
Amy Adams has capped off a trio of announcements in the battle to become National’s next leader, touting her blend of urban and rural values and experience as a minister.
National leader Bill English says his decision to leave Parliament is a “purely personal decision”, tearing up as he mentioned the impact of his long political career on his family.
Comment: Tucking himself into bed on Tuesday night, Bill English would have been looking forward to discussing a topic dear to his heart - numbers, in all their manifest glory,
Bill English has warned the Government his party will closely watch whether it lives up to its bold promises, saying New Zealand’s future “isn’t written in good intentions”.
National leader Bill English has brushed off suggestions his job may be in peril, saying he has more support than ever and dismissing speculation about his and deputy Paula Bennett's positions as "a bit of gossip".
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.
Bill English's Ministry was sworn in yesterday and held its first cabinet meeting, but public activity in the capital is now clearly winding down ahead of the Christmas break.
Good morning all on the day after Bill English named his first ministry.