Politics

Election 2020 results: Bryce Edwards – Leftwing euphoria meets reality in political roundup

ANALYSIS: The political left has been euphoric since Saturday night’s historic landslide victory for Labour. But political commentators from across the spectrum are united in warning that the new Government isn’t about to be transformative. Instead, we will see more of a status quo administration grappling with a crisis, with very little in the way […]

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Election 2020: What went wrong for National and why their Greens wealth tax attacks were a mistake

Just about everything went wrong with the National Party’s campaign from rolling Simon Bridges, insulting fat people and the a full-blown assault on the Greens’ wealth tax, says an experienced campaigner. Former Labour Party president Mike Williams said the campaign was a disaster. “I have never seen a worse campaign run by a political party […]

Business

Election result 2020: Why business is in the driver’s seat

In our third-generation sheep and beef farming family, the fear of a Labour Government being elected in 1984 was palpable. We were in Ashhurst, a small farming community in the Manawatu for election night. As the triumphant red tide of Labour under the young, hugely popular David Lange swept through traditional National seats, the party […]

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Election 2020: Landslide for Jacinda Ardern’s Labour, catastrophe for National Party

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has been rewarded by voters with a landslide win – delivering her power in her own right, and an absolute drubbing to the National Party. Labour was on track to get almost 50 per cent of the vote – the most any party has achieved under MMP and easily enough to […]

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Election 2020: Our experts’ verdict: Who will win the election – and with what %?

OPINION: After last night’s debate, our political experts pick their winner – and then an overall prediction for the election result. Audrey Young Winner: Jacinda Ardern There wasn’t much between Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins in terms of both performance and policy. Collins had a bigger challenge. She needed to do enough to win back […]

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Election 2020: Auckland man’s powerful response to Judith Collins’ obesity comments

An Auckland man has issued a powerful response to National leader Judith Collins over her controversial obesity comments. Isoa Kavakimotu, who grew up in Otahuhu and Mt Roskill, took to social media to address Collins’ claims that obesity is a “personal choice”. She told Newstalk ZB that “people need to start taking some personal responsibility […]

World News

EU to sanction Lukashenko, citing worsening Belarus violence

FILE PHOTO: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko speaks at an event in Minsk, Belarus, September 17, 2020. Tut.By via REUTERS/File PhotoLUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to sanction Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and other senior officials over an Aug. 9 election the West says was rigged, citing worsening police violence against protesters. […]

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Belarus opposition leader sees inspiration in fallen Berlin wall

Slideshow ( 3 images )BERLIN (Reuters) – Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya visited a fragment of the Berlin Wall ahead of a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday, saying she saw in it a symbol of the transformation she wanted to bring about in her own country. Tsikhanouskaya, who says she won Belarus’s presidential […]

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Citing new book, Biden accuses Trump of betraying Americans on coronavirus

WARREN, Mich. (Reuters) – Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden accused President Donald Trump on Wednesday of betraying the American people, saying he knowingly lied about the deadliness of the novel coronavirus in what amounted to a “dereliction” of his duty. According to newly released recordings of interviews done in February for a book by journalist […]

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Book shows Trump betrayed Americans by downplaying virus: Biden says

WARREN, Mich. (Reuters) – Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden accused President Donald Trump of betraying the American people on Wednesday, saying he knowingly lied about the deadliness of the novel coronavirus in what amounted to a “dereliction” of his duty. According to newly released recordings of interviews done in February for a book by journalist […]