The pandemic delivered a political year like no other. The risk now is that the country returns to a 'normal' that wasn't working to start with.
From policy to performance, a panel of five political experts analyses the first televised leaders' debate of the 2020 New Zealand election campaign.
Changing the voting age from 18 would allow more young citizens to make voting a habit before they lose interest in politics.
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.
This morning the National Party's new leader of just 53 days, Todd Muller, shocked everyone by resigning his position – ten weeks before facing off against Jacinda Ardern in the NZ election.
Jacinda Ardern is at stratospheric support levels due to her government's management of the COVID-19 crisis. That lead will inevitably narrow by the election – but by how much?
If perception is everything in politics, what does it say when a leader poses with a Trump MAGA hat?
New Zealand's 2020 budget must not only provide economic hope, it must balance the very different ideologies and aspirations of two earlier historic budgets.
Previous shocks show that smart spending and building public confidence are crucial to the speed and shape of economic recovery.
To understand how Australia's political uncertainty is being seen elsewhere, we reconvened our panel of experts from the UK, US, Indonesia and NZ to respond to the election results.