New Zealand will spend NZ$12.1 billion – or 4% of its GDP – to support businesses, increase benefits for seniors and low-income families, pay people in self-isolation, and boost health care capacity.
Yes, Jacinda Ardern is an intelligent, compassionate prime minister, but governing is difficult – and problems have inevitably arisen, or never gone away.
The New Zealand First party, a government coalition partner, has received tens of thousands of dollars from a foundation whose trustees include the party’s lawyer and an ex-MP.
The arguments in favour or against euthanasia have a long history, going back to the Hippocratic oath that doctors still swear today.
The idea that a small payment could motivate more people to vote resurfaces regularly, but this ignores evidence that monetary incentives to induce pro-social behaviour can be counterproductive.
New Zealand's coalition government has to balance strong martial and pacifist traditions. But ageing equipment and climate change will require taxpayers to fund expensive upgrades for the military.
A few weeks before New Zealand's 2017 elections, Metiria Turei's welfare reform speech triggered a sequence of events that led to her resignation and questions about the conduct of journalists.
New Zealand's decision to block Huawei from its 5G cellular networks due to security concerns is likely to be just the first of many that challenge Wellington's relationship with Beijing.
In the aftermath of a controversy surrounding New Zealand's opposition party, discussions now focus on reform of party donations to avoid the potential of political influence.
An evolving controversy brewing in New Zealand's opposition National Party has raised questions about political party donations and foreign influence on New Zealand’s democratic system.
One year since Jacinda Ardern became prime minister, New Zealanders are refamiliarising themselves with the idea that the state can be a force for good.
New Zealand's coalition government in its first budget has treated public policies as investments, with the goal of improving social and environmental outcomes.
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Jacinda Ardern on the toughness of Australian politics, her ambitious policy plans, and the demands of being a young high-profile female leader that everyone wants to know about.
As the leaders of New Zealand's two major parties enter coalition talks with minor parties, a reluctance to cross ideological boundaries could limit their options.
New Zealanders have given the centre-right National Party a fourth consecutive term in office, despite a strong showing from Labour's Jacinda Ardern.
As New Zealanders go to the polls, they may look back on the election campaign as a turning point in the country's politics, regardless of the outcome.
Having won three straight elections, John Key is a hard act for anyone to follow as leader. That is now Bill English's task.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is leaving as a leader, and not in defeat.
Was new Senator Derryn Hinch right to say on Q&A that voting is only compulsory in Australia and Belgium, and that 90% of New Zealanders vote even though it's voluntary?
Reconciliation efforts were established in New Zealand 30 years ago to tackle grievances stemming from government initiatives that have seen Māori lose both resources and power.