Steven Joyce

At 72, Winston Peters is not going to change (photo: Jerry Yelich-O'Connor)

Lessons from the coalition talks

Fri 20 Oct 6

Weekly Hit: Government should be about making value judgements, not ministers rolling out press releases for their bureaucrats.

Our readers favoured giving NZ Super Fund chief executive a pay rise

Did Adrian Orr deserve more?

Thu 19 Oct

The vote is in on whether the State Services Commission or Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation was right about his remuneration.

NZIER principal economist Peter Wilson says 18 other OECD countries have some sort of independent budget agency that assesses political parties' spending plans

‘Keep the bastards honest’ – calls for a commission to cost political promises

Wed 11 Oct 6

Australia has set up a similar system, so why not have it here? An economist argues.

Finance Minister Steven Joyce says the TPP-11 will do "a heck of a lot that’s positive for Asia Pacific cooperation" (photo: Jerry Yelich-O'Connor)

Labour's TPP plans would unsettle an already precarious agreement, Joyce

Thu 21 Sep 4

Signing the TPP-11 is far from certain, but extra uncertainty helps no one, says the finance minister.

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.

 NZ Institute of Economic Research chief economist Christina Leung says the outlook for business investment is on the up from next year

GDP data will provide economic backdrop to polling day

Mon 18 Sep

There are pre-election business nerves but they will probably affect next quarter's GDP figures, not the data being released t week. 

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