Articles tagged politics

New Zealanders are increasingly aware of the huge social, economic and environmental problems facing this country, yet the new Labour-led government seems unwilling to respond with the type of big, bold actions required. Victoria University political scientist Bryce Edwards says Labour has welded itself to a policy of fiscal conservatism, preventing it from making the necessary investments.

If we don’t have robust conversations about China in New Zealand, we risk sleep-walking into a relationship with a nation we don’t fully understand or ruining one of our most important international relationships, Pip McLachlan writes.

Steven Joyce, National’s “Mr Fix-It”, bids farewell to Parliament after almost a decade in politics. His valedictory speech covers his career highlights, viral fame, and the personal toll of the job. Sam Sachdeva reports.

New Zealand appears unlikely to follow Western allies in expelling any Russian diplomats over the poisoning of a former spy, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying our intelligence officials are unaware of any Russian spies operating here.

Over-fishing is a growing problem in the Pacific, as nations try to stop their stocks from being depleted beyond repair. Sam Sachdeva visited Suva to learn about Fiji’s efforts to stop illegal fishing in its tracks and how New Zealand is lending a helping hand.

When some Fijians think of New Zealand, they think of big white flying boats soaring overhead – a common sight between 1941 and 1967 when the RNZAF had a base in Laucala Bay. Sam Sachdeva was in Suva for the unveiling of a sculpture to commemorate New Zealand’s flying boat veterans.

When some Fijians think of New Zealand, they think of big white flying boats soaring overhead – a common sight between 1941 and 1967 when the RNZAF had a base in Laucala Bay. Sam Sachdeva was in Suva for the unveiling of a sculpture to commemorate New Zealand’s flying boat veterans.

Xi Jinping’s reappointment as Chinese president with no term limits has raised a number of questions. What’s driven the move, should we be afraid, and what are the obstacles in the way of the newly-anointed “People’s Leader”? Sam Sachdeva reports.

Shane Jones has been rebuked for his attacks on Air New Zealand’s board of directors, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying calling for their resignations was “a step too far”.