New Zealand and World Politics

Senior UN economist discredits McClay’s claims of economic gains from TPPA-11

Senior UN economist discredits McClay’s claims of economic gains from TPPA-11

Last month, trade minister Todd McClay claimed the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement minus the US (TPPA-11) could still ‘add $2.5 billion annually to our economy and eliminate costly tariffs – savin... »

The debate’s top five moments – MSN

The debate’s top five moments – MSN

or Mike Hosking delivered when the real talk was needed. On poverty Ardern: “You discovered poverty last week.” English: “No we did not, you discovered we had a better target than yo... »

David Seymour says National have ‘failed’ on vision and housing – MSN

David Seymour says National have ‘failed’ on vision and housing – MSN

ACT leader David Seymour says the National party have failed when it comes to vision and the housing crisis. “The average house in my electorate is 10 times what I earn, no one can afford a hous... »

Is Trump about to repeat George W Bush’s worst mistake? – MSN

Is Trump about to repeat George W Bush’s worst mistake? – MSN

In 2003, the United States initiated perhaps the greatest strategic disaster in US history by diverting attention from a necessary war in Afghanistan to an unnecessary war in Iraq. The Iraq war result... »

New Zealand election could put an obstacle in path to nailing TPP deal – MSN

New Zealand election could put an obstacle in path to nailing TPP deal – MSN

If New Zealanders vote this weekend to change who governs them, that could create an obstacle to plans by members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to finalise a trade deal in November. After Pre... »

Leaders continue campaigning as early votes flood in – MSN

Leaders continue campaigning as early votes flood in – MSN

Some public servants around the country may have been grounded to save aviation fuel, but election campaigning is continuing unabated. National’s Bill English was down in true blue country in th... »

Decision 17: Record-breaking early votes cast – MSN

Decision 17: Record-breaking early votes cast – MSN

There’s been a massive increase in early voters this election, compared to this stage last election. Around 551,482 people have voted so far, with three more days still to come before Election D... »

Steven Joyce still backing Labour’s alleged $11.7b fiscal hole – MSN

Steven Joyce still backing Labour’s alleged $11.7b fiscal hole – MSN

Steven Joyce is still backing his claim of a gaping fiscal hole in Labour’s budget, despite numerous economists saying his $11.7 billion calculation is wrong. The National finance spokesman told... »

The Best Health Care System in the World: Which One Would You Pick? – NY Times

The Best Health Care System in the World: Which One Would You Pick? – NY Times

To better understand one of the most heated U.S. policy debates, we created a tournament to judge which of these nations has the best health system: Canada, Britain, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, F... »

Comment: National guilty of biggest campaign lie – MSN

Comment: National guilty of biggest campaign lie – MSN

My verdict is in: National is guilty of the biggest campaign lie. It has been deliberately spreading misinformation that “Labour is raising income tax”. This is not true. But that hasnR... »

Poll: Clear majority for Kelvin Davis in Te Tai Tokerau – MSN

Poll: Clear majority for Kelvin Davis in Te Tai Tokerau – MSN

The final and most-anticipated Māori electorate poll has been released – Te Tai Tokerau, Aotearoa’s northernmost seat. It’s the electorate that could either see Hone Harawira return ... »

Govt taking fuel crisis seriously: PM – MSN

Govt taking fuel crisis seriously: PM – MSN

Prime Minister Bill English says the government is providing any support that’s required to help overcome the fuel crisis caused by Northland’s ruptured jet fuel pipeline. “We’... »

UBS has a playbook for New Zealand’s knife-edge election – MSN

UBS has a playbook for New Zealand’s knife-edge election – MSN

Saturday’s general election in New Zealand could see a change of rule for the first time in ten years. The main opposition Labour Party was struggling in the polls and showed no sign of challeng... »

Labour may consider company tax review – MSN

Labour may consider company tax review – MSN

Labour won’t put up corporate tax rates but leader Jacinda Ardern has admired Australia’s system of lower rates for small businesses. While she says it’s not something she’s ca... »

Inside Winston Peters’ brain with Paddy Gower – MSN

Inside Winston Peters’ brain with Paddy Gower – MSN

Newshub’s Patrick Gower has attempted to get inside Winston Peters’ brain and figure out what shapes his political views, while on board the ‘straight talk express’. He asked t... »

Labour candidate’s dramatic gatecrashing of English’s campaign – Newshub

Labour candidate’s dramatic gatecrashing of English’s campaign – Newshub

Bill English’s diplomatic protection squad kicked into gear at a Blenheim cafe on Tuesday morning when Labour’s local candidate arrived unannounced and paced towards him. Janette Walker, w... »

Airport fuel crisis make or break for National Party – NZ Herald

Airport fuel crisis make or break for National Party – NZ Herald

The aviation fuel crisis caused by a ruptured pipeline has suddenly become a central issue in a tight election contest, forcing the National Government to scramble in a bid to limit impact to the trav... »

Shame on those that let housing crisis happen – Garner – MSN

Shame on those that let housing crisis happen – Garner – MSN

The AM Show host Duncan Garner delivered an impassioned speech on Monday morning in response to the housing crisis – and said to own a home now in Auckland was a “complete luxury for the v... »

Ardern laughs off ‘pretty communist’ protest sign – MSN

Ardern laughs off ‘pretty communist’ protest sign – MSN

A farmer at the Morrinsville protest against Labour’s water tax is being slammed for his sign calling Ms Ardern a “pretty communist.” When asked what she thought of the sign, Ms Arde... »

Greens release their fiscal plan – MSN

Greens release their fiscal plan – MSN

The Greens say they can meet all their policy promises and still run budget surpluses. They’ve put all their election policies together in a single document and it’s been checked out by In... »

Bill English trying to pull in support for Tukituki candidate – MSN

Bill English trying to pull in support for Tukituki candidate – MSN

While water pollution is an issue nationwide for voters, it could play a crucial role in the Hawke’s Bay electorate of Tukituki. National has held the seat since 2005, but its new candidate, Law... »

A day on the campaign with Jacinda Ardern – MSN

A day on the campaign with Jacinda Ardern – MSN

Jacinda Ardern took her seat in the front row of the Air Chathams plane, destined for Whanganui. It just so happens to be the seat right in front of me. “Don’t worry guys,” she turns... »