National MP and former Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced he will step down from politics. His resignation is significant because unlike colleagues Bill English and Steven Joyce who have also stepped down this year, Coleman is an electorate MP meaning his resignation will trigger a by-election.
In this morning's email we cover the careful reshuffling of the National caucus, a combination of bomb defusal and lolly scramble.
The CPTPP was signed in Santiago, Chile overnight.
In today's email we covered the selection of two Westies as leader and deputy leader of the National Party, and asked whether Simon Bridges might defy the conventional wisdom that predicts he will end up as electoral roadkill.
Simon Bridges was wearing one of his favourite ties as he strode confidently out of the caucus room after being crowned the new leader of the opposition.
In this morning's email we caught up with the latest news from in and around Parliament.
The identity of the next National leader still feels very much up in the air - but they can be almost certain of a nigh-impossible task in dethroning Jacinda Ardern and her coalition government, as Sam Sachdeva writes.
In this morning's email we checked out the state of play in the National leadership contest, and detailed further complaints about sexual conduct between staff and law students at Russell McVeagh.
With just 24 hours to go until the National caucus votes on its next leader, party firebrand Judith Collins is feeling confident and fronting the media. Sam Sachdeva and Shane Cowlishaw report.
The Government has released the full text of the controversial CPTPP trade deal, along with a national interest analysis touting its importance in fighting growing protectionism around the world.