Topic archives: john key

Farewell to John Key, the Kiwi prime minister with a ‘thing’ for ponytails

December 6, 2016 4

A short history of the prime minister of New Zealand pulling women's hair.

Business bites: naughty banks … in the UK, spanked … let’s be frank …

April 12, 2016 2

New Zealand is going to launch an inquiry into foreign trust disclosure after all. Plus other business tidbits of the day.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

February 22, 2016 2

Watch out for Muir ... Trump card ... Malcolm and John hold each other's kayaks ...

Isentia index: ‘Bieber fever’ is real and it’s here

Isentia index: ‘Bieber fever’ is real and it’s here

September 30, 2015

Along with the Biebs, Malcolm Turnbull's women cabinet ministers also made a splash.

Business bites: time to buy gold? … John Key gets bold … less milk sold …

Business bites: time to buy gold? … John Key gets bold … less milk sold …

July 21, 2015

Gold has got surprisingly cheap since the start of the year. Plus other business tidbits of the day.

Coalition contradictions become too many to count

Coalition contradictions become too many to count

February 25, 2015 15

As the Prime Minister tries to dogwhistle his way out of his leadership malaise, the incessant contradictions of the government become too many to track.

How John Key could become New Zealand’s Richard Nixon

How John Key could become New Zealand’s Richard Nixon

September 22, 2014 6

John Key's National Party has regained power in New Zealand, despite being plagued by accusations of misdeeds. But it might not be long before the scandals catch up with Key, writes NZ-based writer Giovanni Tiso.

Poll Bludger: sorry, teens, no one wants to let you vote

Poll Bludger: sorry, teens, no one wants to let you vote

September 22, 2014 2

Would lowering the voting age and installing indigenous-only Senate seats re-engage people disillusioned with Australia's political process? Perhaps, but a conservative government would never allow it.

Key likely to hold on, but it hasn’t been an easy road

Key likely to hold on, but it hasn’t been an easy road

September 19, 2014

New Zealand goes to the polls tomorrow, and it is likely to return the Key government. But there are some wildcards.

Death threats, leaks, Snowden and Eminem: NZ’s weird election campaign

Death threats, leaks, Snowden and Eminem: NZ’s weird election campaign

September 19, 2014 7

Eminem, Julian Assange and spying allegations are just some of the curious elements in the campaign for New Zealand's general elections, writes New Zealand-based Italian writer Giovanni Tiso.

Hacked emails send ‘Teflon John’ Key scrambling

Hacked emails send ‘Teflon John’ Key scrambling

August 25, 2014 1

Think politics are much more above board across the Tasman? Think again, writes New Zealand-born freelance journalist Rachel Williamson.

Poll Bludger: Kiwi election campaign ramps up, with pirates lurking

Poll Bludger: Kiwi election campaign ramps up, with pirates lurking

August 14, 2014 2

New Zealanders will go to the polls in September, and another minority government is likely. But an Internet Party joint ticket could prove an interesting spanner in the works.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

May 12, 2014 4

Is ACT Young Labor a blokey affair? ... murmurs about newspapers merging / folding ... the small world of Tassie politics ...

Gillard was right to name date, but did it wrong

Gillard was right to name date, but did it wrong

February 12, 2013 13

Julia Gillard's decision to name the election date in advance was regarded as "unprecedented" by a hostile press gallery. But Harold Holt -- and NZ's John Key -- both announced the date months out.

Come in Spinner: living on another planet

May 22, 2012 2

The modern science-fiction genre has moved on from bug-eyed monsters and spaceships and is now more likely to explore alternative worlds and realities -- often interacting or existing simultaneously.

New Zealanders get what they voted for

December 12, 2011 4

New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key has announced his new ministry, after final results from the NZ electoral commission confirmed his re-election for a second term.

New Zealand sticks with National

November 28, 2011 2

As expected, John Key's National Party was relatively untroubled in Saturday's New Zealand election. But a strong performance from NZ First surprised some pundits.

Productivity needs a shot in the arm — why not a GST boost?

Productivity needs a shot in the arm — why not a GST boost?

October 18, 2011 53

Iin a political climate where people are craving leadership, and Australia’s productivity needs a desperate shot in the arm, advocating a tax swap should be opportune, writes Adam Creighton, a research fellow at The Centre For Independent Studies.

NZ oil spill a two-way disaster — for the environment and the PM

October 14, 2011 3

A rich local marine environment -- and the immediate political fortunes of New Zealand’s government -- hinge on the fate of the crippled cargo ship Rena, writes freelancer David Ritter.

Little joy on the housing front

Little joy on the housing front

September 28, 2011

A big increase in sales of new houses in Queensland in August was not enough to bring much joy to the market overall.