New Zealand and World Politics

Five big challenges for the next government – Newsroom

Five big challenges for the next government – Newsroom

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... »

ComCom failed to consider online media – lawyer – MSN

ComCom failed to consider online media – lawyer – MSN

The competition watchdog failed to realise how much existing media was under attack from online media when it blocked a merger, the High Court has been told. NZME – publisher of the New Zealand ... »

NZ First’s D-Day meeting enters second day – MSN

NZ First’s D-Day meeting enters second day – MSN

NZ First’s coalition negotiations with National and Labour don’t appear to have been as clear cut as party leader Winston Peters indicated when talks ended on Friday. The party’s cau... »

Governing deal talks live: ‘Hold your horses’ – Newsroom

Governing deal talks live: ‘Hold your horses’ – Newsroom

Those expecting any sort of deal to form a Government today should hold their horses, Bernard Hickey writes. Winston Peters hasn’t even started talking with Bill English about ministerial positi... »

Mike Hosking: This is just the way Winston wanted it – NZ Herald

Mike Hosking: This is just the way Winston wanted it – NZ Herald

So today’s the day. Well, it could be tomorrow. But the general expectation is that the meeting is held sometime this week some sort of decision is made, and we will all be put out of our misery... »

Barry Soper: Winston Peters is a product of electoral system – NZ Herald

Barry Soper: Winston Peters is a product of electoral system – NZ Herald

When you’ve been around in politics for as long as Winston Peters you’re bound to make many enemies, not just among the great unwashed but within the political beltway itself. After his fi... »

Bill English says talks with Winston Peters to continue – Stuff

Bill English says talks with Winston Peters to continue – Stuff

Negotiations to form a Government “are certainly still ongoing” with NZ First, National leader Bill English says. National and NZ First had exchanged letters over the weekend, English told... »

‘Open your eyes to create a climate legacy’ – Newsroom

‘Open your eyes to create a climate legacy’ – Newsroom

Rod Oram notes a growing mood among New Zealand business leaders for any new Government to create a climate commission. Those calling for change include Air New Zealand’s Christopher Luxon and S... »

Watchdog group takes back high Auckland rates claim – MSN

Watchdog group takes back high Auckland rates claim – MSN

A ratepayer watchdog group in Auckland admits it was wrong to say the city has the second highest rates in the country. The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance claimed the council tried to deliberatel... »

MPI ordered to release insurance details – MSN

MPI ordered to release insurance details – MSN

The Ministry for Primary Industries has been ordered to release details of insurance arrangements it holds for a legal claim against it by a group of kiwifruit growers over the Psa outbreak which deva... »

No Government, No Problem for This Nation’s Markets – The Wall Street Journal

No Government, No Problem for This Nation’s Markets – The Wall Street Journal

A handful of companies have driven a record hot streak for New Zealand shares, with the country’s benchmark index rising for a record nine-straight sessions—all of them new closing highs—despite last ... »

Busy weekend for NZ First MPs – MSN

Busy weekend for NZ First MPs – MSN

NZ First leader Winston Peters and his MPs have a busy weekend ahead preparing for Monday’s meeting which will decide whether National or Labour leads the next government. The caucus is working ... »

Magnitude 2.9 earthquake is detected near North Korean test site – NZ Herald

Magnitude 2.9 earthquake is detected near North Korean test site – NZ Herald

A small earthquake has been detected in North Korea in the same part of the country where previous nuclear tests were conducted. The United States Geological Survey said the 2.9 magnitude earthquake w... »

NZ First MPs meet to decide which party to join for next government – NZ Herald

NZ First MPs meet to decide which party to join for next government – NZ Herald

New Zealand First MPs are arriving at Parliament for an all-day caucus meeting to help decide the next government. The meeting comes as both National and Labour’s deputy leaders defend Winston P... »

Donald Trump says ‘I hate everyone in the White House’ and he’s ‘unravelling’, say staff – NZ Herald

Donald Trump says ‘I hate everyone in the White House’ and he’s ‘unravelling’, say staff – NZ Herald

Donald Trump yelled in the White House that he hates everyone there, and his former chief strategist Steve Bannon has told people the president has just a 30 per cent chance of finishing his four-year... »

Wellington lobbies Government for special powers – Newsroom

Wellington lobbies Government for special powers – Newsroom

A “City Deal” could see Wellington given wide-ranging powers by central Government in a first-of-its-kind arrangement for New Zealand. Shane Cowlishaw reports. Wellington’s council is lobbying the Gov... »

Crunch time: Negotiations for Government contenders close today – NZ Herald

Crunch time: Negotiations for Government contenders close today – NZ Herald

It is the last day of negotiations for New Zealand First and National and Labour and NZ First leader Winston Peters has ramped up pressure on both sides, saying what happens in the talks today could d... »

Coalition talks: NZ First, National ‘making huge progress’ – NZ Herald

Coalition talks: NZ First, National ‘making huge progress’ – NZ Herald

Negotiations to form the next government are reaching a crucial stage with two days left for talks between NZ First and the main parties. NZ First leader Winston Peters has wrapped a morning meeting w... »

Two days to go: Fresh urgency for coalition talks – NZ Herald

Two days to go: Fresh urgency for coalition talks – NZ Herald

Negotiations to form the next government are reaching a crucial stage with two days left for talks between NZ First and the main parties. Winston Peters has left his office ahead of another round of m... »

North Korea: A Donald Trump pre-emptive attack would be ‘a big mistake’ – NZ Herald

North Korea: A Donald Trump pre-emptive attack would be ‘a big mistake’ – NZ Herald

Launching pre-emptive action against North Korea would be a “big mistake” that has the potential to spark World War III, a former Pentagon chief has warned. Robert Gates, a former US defen... »

Donald Trump is the most dangerous President in US history, says Hillary Clinton – MSN

Donald Trump is the most dangerous President in US history, says Hillary Clinton – MSN

Hillary Clinton had said “the whole world should be concerned” about Donald Trump’s leadership, and agreed he is the most dangerous President in US history. The remarks, which she ma... »

E.P.A. Announces Repeal of Major Obama-Era Carbon Emissions Rule – NY Times

E.P.A. Announces Repeal of Major Obama-Era Carbon Emissions Rule – NY Times

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday that Scott Pruitt, the chief of the agency, had signed a measure to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature policy to curb greenhouse gas emi... »