Politics

Barclay says hearing himself “say things” was the “final straw.”

Todd Barclay made decision to resign after listening to himself on dictaphone

Embattled National MP Todd Barclay resigned yesterday over allegations that he had maliciously recorded one of his staffers, Glenys Dickson. The scandal also landed the Prime Minister, Bill English, in hot water, over conflicting statements he gave about his recollection of the incident, and his failure to do anything about […]

What’s this bird? Who knows? What did it ever do for you?

National will offer family tax breaks to native birds at risk of extinction

The National Government has swiftly announced a plan to tackle the desperate situation of New Zealand’s native birds, after a scathing report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment found that 80% of such species were in trouble, with many headed for extinction. The native moa was famously hunted to […]

National election ad where Bill English defeats Andrew Little in climactic rap battle ‘just a massive coincidence’

National election ad where Bill English defeats Andrew Little in climactic rap battle ‘just a massive coincidence’

A National Party web advertisement that depicts Prime Minister Bill English as he grows up in a caravan with his single mother and eventually defeats Labour leader Andrew Little in a climactic rap battle that puts him on the path to fame is being defended as “merely a coincidence” by […]

English said he wasn’t suggesting people actively kill themselves, but perhaps “smoke” and “drink” more.

Government to shorten superannuation period by encouraging New Zealanders to live two years less long

In the latest of a steady flow of election year announcements, Prime Minister Bill English has confirmed today what had long been suspected; that his government will seek to shorten the superannuation period by two years, not by increasing the age, but by encouraging New Zealanders to die a little […]

The rope used to tie Jacinda Ardern to the political career of Andrew Little is reportedly “incredibly thick”, and if she begins to have second thoughts, conventional tools like scissors and garden shears “simply won’t work.”

Talented rising star finally presented with career-ending noose she always wanted

A young and talented rising star of the Labour Party has finally achieved her dreams today, being formally presented with the thankless burden of an institutional noose that will gradually tighten and surely end her career permanently. Jacinda Ardern was officially handed the noose by Labour leader Andrew Little earlier […]

Environment Minister Nick Smith says the country’s rivers will “almost universally” be swimmable by 2040, but urges New Zealander’s not to drink from them.

Government vows that by 2040, 90% of New Zealand’s rivers will be ‘vaguely liquid in nature’

The National Government has fronted up with a bold election year commitment today, with Environment Minister Nick Smith saying that new targets will see 90% of New Zealand’s rivers attain a vaguely liquid consistency by the year 2040, down from the current 95%. At a West Auckland press conference, Smith […]