Justin Giovannetti

Justin Giovannetti is The Spinoff's political editor. He's Canadian, speaks some French and is writing a book about poutine. He'd love your news tips. Email him at justin@thespinoff.co.nz

Politics
Nov 27, 2020

Get set, go: Labour plans big sprint of new laws before Christmas

A climate change emergency is only the start, as changes to the tax code and Reserve Bank are also awaited.

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Politics
Nov 24, 2020

Grant Robertson today moved to 'reset the clock' on housing. Can it work?

Today, the first signs of a fresh crack in the wall between the government and the Reserve Bank appeared.

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Politics
Nov 18, 2020
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New Zealanders could be asked to pay for a Covid-19 vaccine

Donald Trump has promised it'll be free. So has Justin Trudeau. But the NZ government hasn't yet decided.

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Money
Nov 18, 2020

Price check: Government investigates high food prices at supermarkets

It seems even Jacinda Ardern knows that grocery prices are too high

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Politics
Nov 14, 2020

Why has mandatory mask wearing taken so long?

The masks are coming. New Zealand's hard and early response to Covid-19 is finally adopting widespread mask use outside of lockdown. Justin Giovannetti writes about what changed in the halls …

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Politics
Nov 13, 2020

Five reasons the cannabis referendum ‘yes’ campaign floundered

Chlöe Swarbrick claimed victory in Auckland Central. But, despite her passion and dedication, cannabis remains illegal. What happened?

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Politics
Nov 12, 2020
Politics
Nov 9, 2020

Bloomfield says no failure as Covid-19 community cases from the border spread

Community cases of Covid-19 linked to quarantine facilities have been reported in New Zealand’s three largest cities over the past week.

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Politics
Nov 6, 2020

The special votes are in and it’s bad news for the cannabis referendum, and National

National's Matt King and Denise Lee are out of parliament, and the Māori Party's Debbie Ngarewa-Packer is in.

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Politics
Nov 5, 2020

‘Democracy is vibrant’: Election night with Trump’s man in Wellington

About two-thirds of New Zealanders he’s met are supportive of president Donald Trump and his policies, says the US ambassador.

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Politics
Nov 2, 2020

The Covid election is over. Here comes the Covid cabinet

Jacinda Ardern has unveiled a cabinet line-up with plenty of surprises, and a fair bit of history-making.

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Politics
Oct 31, 2020

What the Labour-Greens deal means for the next three years

It’ll be a difficult juggling act if the future government runs afoul of the Green base. 

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Politics
Oct 30, 2020

When, and how, will we learn about the Labour-Green government deal?

With the Greens or without them, Labour is forming a new government next week

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Politics
Oct 29, 2020

The campaign promises Labour didn’t talk about

Two promises that didn't get any public announcement? Reopening the door to refugees and a review of how political parties can raise money.

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Politics
Oct 21, 2020

The only two words at parliament this week: no comment

Welcome to parliament, post-election, where everyone is zipping it, sweetie.

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Politics
Oct 18, 2020

Labour goes to town on a record breaking night

There was delight to be found at Labour's election night function, but not too much. As in the campaign as a whole, caution trumped exuberance.

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Politics
Oct 18, 2020

Jacinda Ardern and Labour secure historic landslide win in NZ election

Ardern has led her party to a resounding, unprecedented victory in what she dubbed the 'Covid election', leaving Judith Collins and National facing crisis.

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Politics
Oct 17, 2020

Election 2020: Where the parties are going to party tonight

The focus is Auckland as the party faithful gather to celebrate or drown their sorrows.

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Politics
Oct 15, 2020

Election 2020: The Covid-19 responses in two minutes

Our very quick guide to what's on offer to battle Covid-19.

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Politics
Oct 13, 2020

With four days to go, Labour taps Jacindamania while National stumbles again

The parties are diverging as the campaign grinds into its final days. Labour hosted a massive rally in Wellington today while National told a small room about a big new road and blamed the obese for being obese.

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Politics
Oct 13, 2020

The battle for central Auckland is splitting the left

As the race tightens in this key seat, neither of the rival candidates on the left are backing down.

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Politics
Oct 6, 2020

A raucous night in Christchurch as Collins takes on Ardern – and the hecklers

In a chaotic 90-minute contest, the crowd made itself heard, writes Justin Giovannetti from Christchurch.

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Politics
Oct 6, 2020

A pitch for Jacinda-plus: The Spinoff meets the Green co-leaders

Justin Giovannetti sits down with the party's co-leaders to talk campaigning, 'bottom lines' and Winston Peters.

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Politics
Oct 1, 2020

The election’s message to women losing their jobs to Covid-19: pick up a hammer

The parties are offering little to help the half of the population most likely to suffer the worst of what Covid-19 is throwing at us.

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Politics
Sep 30, 2020

Fuming Labour pushes back after Brownlee makes ‘dodgy push poll’ claims

The country's two main parties are trading shots after a poll was leaked showing Labour ahead in the East Coast. National's deputy leader called it a push poll only for …

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Politics
Sep 20, 2020

The launch that fell down a four-billion-dollar fiscal hole

Judith Collins had nine tries at the question of the $4bn error. At one point she said Jacinda Ardern should apologise.

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