Leaders need to focus on minimizing the COVID-19 harm to both lives and livelihoods if they're to win support from the electorate.
New Zealanders have, in principle, access to free healthcare. But inequality is a major issue, affecting Māori and Pasifika communities and New Zealanders living with disabilities or in poverty.
Massive borrowing to fund NZ's economic recovery due to COVID-19 cannot be written off without the risk of worsening the crisis it was designed to meet.
If the pattern on election night holds, 2020 will be the most dramatic election in 100 years in terms of votes shifting between major parties.
The people have spoken, and MMP has delivered the right result — even if it means Labour governs alone.
In politics, what lifts you up can drag you down. To avoid that, Jacinda Ardern's Labour government will have to examine its political soul.
Labour's landslide election win means it could govern alone, without support from any of the other parties.
Jacinda Ardern and Labour are returned to power in a landslide, making New Zealand political history in the process.
You can still enjoy some of the fun of Halloween celebrations this year, and stay safe. It helps to look back at the origins of some of the spooky traditions.
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?
The coronavirus pandemic caused the UN's annual climate conference to be postponed by a year, but it was also responsible for a drop in carbon emissions. Is it enough and will it last?
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.
New Zealand has entered several international agreements to access COVID-19 vaccines, but it should also amend domestic patent law and regulatory processes to prevent delays and costly negotiations.
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.
Emergency welfare relief during the pandemic shows 'transformational' child poverty action is politically and economically possible.
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?
Motorways were once seen as a way of reducing congestion in our towns and cities. But the more we build, the more they fill with drivers.