Former MP and minister Peter Dunne looks underneath Simon Bridges' apparent change of tack on climate change and National's history of embracing change after the fact.
Donald Trump launched US$50 billion of new tariffs against technology imports from China. Beijing retaliated immediately with tariffs on US$50 billion worth of US beef and poultry imports. Simon Bridges announced he wanted a bi-partisan approach on climate change, but did not commit to a carbon neutral target and said he would not accept "extreme" policies that increased household costs unnecessarily or damaged the economy.
Former MP Peter Dunne analyses how National might handle soon-to-be-Prime Minister Winston Peters, and why the former governing party is still struggling for relevance.
Jacinda Ardern is not yet on maternity leave, but her departure from Wellington means Winston Peters’ tenure as acting Prime Minister has effectively begun when it comes to question time.
While National continues to ride high in the polls, the jury is still out on new leader Simon Bridges. Sam Sachdeva was at one of Bridges’ community events as he spoke about National’s lack of friends and how it will bring “some sizzle with the sausage” come 2020.
The National Party essentially has “no mates” at the moment – a lack of obvious coalition partners, which contributed to its loss of power in 2017. Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University examines National’s potential coalition options for 2020.
Newsroom's Shane Cowlishaw has another life besides being our National Affairs Editor and the father of infant twin boys. He is a beer podcaster.
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.
National was almost as quick off the mark as journalists when the Budget embargo lifted, claiming the Government was borrowing more, taxing more, and spending more.
The Government is proposing to close a loophole that allows large offshore internet firms to avoid collecting GST on goods sold to New Zealanders.