Critics say only links to real or threatened violence should justify the proposed criminalisation of hate speech. But New Zealand law already regulates all kinds of non-violent speech.
Contrary to some claims, He Puapua is not a 'plan' and it doesn't advocate for 'separatism'. Rather, it invites us to imagine more inclusive political and constitutional arrangements.
Donald Trump may be on the way out, but 'Trumpism' will remain a political force. Could it ever take hold in New Zealand?
Jacinda Ardern and Labour are returned to power in a landslide, making New Zealand political history in the process.
With more votes cast before election day than on it, late strategic voting could make all the difference.
It was a campaign like no other, and while there were missed opportunities and lapses of judgement, the fact New Zealanders are voting in a safe and fair election is reason enough to celebrate.
As they prepare for the final TV leaders' debate, Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins share the same challenge: overcoming voter perceptions based on masculine definitions of leadership.
The politics of reassurance have made her one of the most popular prime ministers in NZ history. Can Jacinda Ardern turn that into meaningful change?
For Judith Collins, centrism is an excuse to do nothing and stand for nothing. This election is the greatest challenge yet for her brand of politics.
COVID-19 has all but wiped foreign policy from the election debate, but a world still in crisis awaits the winner of the general election.
Climbing in the polls and less inclined to be National's political lapdog, is the ACT Party more or less than the sum of its parts?
As the parliamentary record shows, the Greens have been the only party to consistently challenge orthodox ideas about economic growth and prosperity.
His populist style made Winston Peters the kingmaker in New Zealand politics, but a new kind of populism may dethrone him in 2020.
ew Zealand’s Helen Clark on the pandemic inquiry and avoiding election ‘cat fights’
Michelle Grattan talks with former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark about the global pandemic, and the New Zealand federal election
From policy to performance, a panel of five political experts analyses the first televised leaders' debate of the 2020 New Zealand election campaign.
Policy and promises matter, but the way politicians articulate them can be just as important — especially on live television.
With a month to until polling day on October 17, the 2020 general election defies conventional analysis.
The woeful record of populist governments in dealing with COVID-19 is unlikely to convince voters New Zealand should emulate them.
Politicians argue conventional campaigning is still important ahead of NZ's rescheduled 17 October election. But voter behaviour has moved on since the days of door-knocking and kissing babies.
Being 'Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition" during a pandemic is challenging, and the risks of getting it wrong are very high.