One of the biggest contemporary fault lines in New Zealand politics runs right through the current coalition Government: what to do about the dying economic models that our regions are based on? Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University suggests that ultimately the coalition Government, and future ones, are going to have to position themselves on the “future side” of the regional economy fault line, and that means a great leap forward into new technologies like renewable energy and plant-based alternatives to both meat and milk.
Fletcher Tabuteau was once mistaken for Winston Peters’ security detail - now, he’s filling in for him on the world stage. Tabuteau spoke to Sam Sachdeva about racking up the miles as an undersecretary, working in the shadow of Peters and Shane Jones, and his aspirations for higher office.
The news that matters this morning
A New Zealand First MP has been accused of threatening to withhold government funding from a regional project unless the Opposition agreed not to ask questions about it in Parliament.
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”.
We’re still waiting to find out who will form our next government - but whether it’s National or Labour, they and their coalition partners will face some pressing questions within days of taking power. Here’s a taster of the big issues that may be on their minds.
In today's email we ask whether, despite the final poll showing National poised to win a fourth term in government, a 'youthquake' of people enrolling as they vote could yet upend the result.
In today's email, we look at how the penultimate poll showed National's concerted attacks on Labour's plans for 'seven new taxes' bearing fruit, wrestling momentum away from Labour and blunting the 'Jacinda Effect'.
Water dominates today's email: we look at the probable fate of the Ruataniwha Dam scheme and dig into the water levies debate.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent earlier on Thursday.