Ties do many things. Though they express identity, they can just as readily act as a 'uniform' for their wearers. And they give power to some, while taking it from others.
Fears of looming totalitarianism are unfounded, despite some valid concerns about new COVID-19 laws.
The coronavirus crisis has given experts and specialists worldwide a lot of power. As countries like New Zealand begin to recover, we need to question that power more than ever.
The 2020 "Rebuilding Together" budget rightly targets a looming unemployment crisis, but just how bad that will be remains uncertain.
NZ$4.3 billion will go some way to patch up long-standing cracks in New Zealand's health system. But COVID-19 has shown NZ's regional approach to health isn't good enough against a nationwide threat.
Jacinda Ardern has won global admiration for her personal style. But how will Kiwis judge her government at the ballot-box in September this year – just as unemployment is expected to peak?
New Zealanders and struggling media companies are paying the price for an unwillingness to tax the tech giants' local profits.
New Zealand's 2020 "pandemic budget" should shift spending priorities towards a flexible and targeted approach to economic recovery.
Legal challenges to New Zealand's strict early lockdown rules will test how far a government can go in a public health emergency.
Previous shocks show that smart spending and building public confidence are crucial to the speed and shape of economic recovery.
New Zealand's COVID-19 elimination strategy has been a collective success, involving 'ordinary' Kiwis and unity across political divides. Ending lockdown and a looming election will test that unity.
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.