Nick Smith

It would be an extraordinary achievement for Bill English to return to a senior ministerial role in 2020. (Photo: Jerry Yelich-O'Connor)

National’s old guard on borrowed time

Fri 15 Dec 20

Opinion: If National’s has-beens won’t drink hemlock, the caucus will need to opt for the firing squad.

The result of a rise in toxic political tribalism is politics playing out as tantrums.

The perils of 'tantrum politics'

Thu 30 Nov 5

Opinion: New Zealand's main parties have a responsibility to avoid fuelling a bitter hyper-partisanship happening in the rest of the world.

Former Crown prosecutor Simon Bridges is not everyone's cup of tea

Bridges takes early lead in race to replace English

Fri 10 Nov 20

Weekly Hit: Although disappointing in government, the MP for Tauranga has adjusted immediately and brilliantly to opposition.

National leader Bill English will release the details later this week (photo: Jerry Yelich-O'Connor)

English unveils 'strong' Opposition team

Thu 2 Nov 12

UPDATED: Some key changes in National's line-up.

Centreport to demolish Stats House after quake damage

Tue 10 Oct

The future use of the land is still unclear.

If Jacinda Ardern become prime minister, she'll find there's more to governing than good intentions (photo: Jerry Yelich-O'Connor)

Leadership matters

Thu 21 Sep 6

Order Paper: Whichever leader – Bill English or Jacinda Ardern – becomes prime minister after Saturday, it will be a particularly personal triumph.


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