Politics Archive

Our experts pick 12 things to go in the Spinoff Aotearoa 2020 time capsule

Our experts nominate entries for our mechanism to literally encapsulate (and bury) the year 2020.

Jacinda Ardern on 2020, what pundits get wrong, and the great Fruju debate

Coffee habits. Waiheke ferries. Hair straighteners. The scoops were served up faster than a midsummer beachside dairy.

Politics in 2020: How to describe the year in one sentence?

Last year, there was a lot of swearing deployed to sum up the year. And then came 2020.

The story behind the fight to save Ihumātao

The woman who started it all on how they defied the odds and the doubters. 

Best of 2020: Youth Wings meets the chairman of Young NZ First

All this week we're looking back on some of the best videos published on The Spinoff in 2020. Today, Youth Wings introduces Jay McLaren-Harris, chairman of Young NZ First.

NZ politics in 2020: we pick the champs and the flops

A pantheon of politics watchers appraise the 12 months past and cast a gaze ahead at the year to come.

Gone By Lunchtime: The Golden Handbrake Awards 2020

Fresh from the Press Gallery Christmas Party, Annabelle Lee-Mather, Toby Manhire and Ben Thomas convene to recap the year in NZ politics.

Five years after Paris, young people are putting the world’s adults to shame

Many young people feel increasingly anxious about the future yet the world expects them to do the work of pressuring governments to act. That isn’t sustainable or fair. 

Agent of chaos: The inside story of the Labour/NZ First coalition government

The NZ Herald's Claire Trevett talks to politicians and staff about the clashes and controversies that characterised the coalition government.

Why is the ‘urgent’ Covid-19 border testing review still under wraps?

In August it came to light that most border workers weren't being tested, and an urgent review was ordered. So where is it?

‘We must recognise an Australian terrorist committed these atrocities – radicalised on our soil’

The shadow minister for multicultural affairs has made a statement to the Australian parliament calling for reflection and action.

Farewell to Astoria, caffeinated Shangri-la of Wellington’s political establishment

After 24 years in business the storied, parliament-adjacent Astoria cafe is to close. Danyl Mclauchlan pays tribute to a hotbed of political intrigue that was ultimately too beautiful for this world.

There is already a tax that targets people seeking capital gain on land. Why not apply it?

And it's not the only existing provision the Inland Revenue could look at enforcing in the face of runaway house prices and wealth inequality.

The cannabis vote was a disgrace. And the court case to overturn it is doomed

Sorry, but you can’t go in front of a court after an election (or referendum) and simply say, 'I don’t like how things were done – so let’s have another go'.

A visual history of the New Zealand parliament – 2020 edition

Three years after its debut, Chris McDowall releases an updated version of his epic graph view of our national political history.

Mass vaccination is beginning around the world, but NZ will wait for a Covid jab

The Queen is expected to receive her Covid jab in the coming weeks, but New Zealand is giving medical regulators time to study the vaccines

A stake in the ground

The declaration of a climate emergency tells the people of New Zealand, and the international community, that this is who we are and this is where we are going.

The meaning behind Dame Whina Cooper, the boring machine breaking ground in Auckland

'Just as this project is taking New Zealand to a better place, Dame Whina did that too.'

Diabetes treatment has an exciting breakthrough. Now the government needs to get on board

Why does our progressive government treat its type 1 diabetics so much worse than the uncaring socially conservative regimes of Australia and the UK?

I finally solved the housing crisis. Ask me how

Experts have made the case for tax and interest rate adjustments to address the housing crisis in recent times. Hayden Donnell makes another, highly technical suggestion.

Jacinda Ardern: NZ’s declaration of a climate emergency

A notice of motion declaring a climate emergency and a series of other steps including 'becoming a carbon-neutral government by 2025'.