Although under MMP it is, generally, really only the party vote that matters, that does not mean that parties do not want to win electorate seats.
Queenstown is right in the middle of one of the safest National electorates in the country, and few political leaders find their way there during campaign season.
The law governing elections is absolutely riven with inconsistencies, implausibilities and impracticalities, as anyone who has had to grapple with the Electoral Act 1993 can tell you.
Back in the first-past-the-post era, campaigning politicians could have been forgiven for bypassing the southern seats — for several of those electorates it was literally a one-in-100 year event if...
Speaking, as we were last week, of southerners wanting to see a speedy resolution to the many issues surrounding the future of the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter, the town of Mataura has the most...
As a rule, Labour finance ministers do not receive the warmest of welcomes from employers’ associations.
Dunedin North MP David Clark is far too magnanimous a man to indulge in schadenfreude, but the former Health Minister could be forgiven for cracking a wry smile after his successor's troubling week.
Even if this were a normal election University of Otago constitutional law specialist Andrew Geddis’ book Electoral Law in New Zealand: Practice and Policy would have been well-thumbed by politicians already.
Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran has gone from Parliament and, as anticipated, she did not go quietly.
For the Green Party, the political ground zero this election might just be the corner of King Edward St and Hillside Rd.
Tekapo and protest march are not words which often go together, but the backblocks of the Mackenzie Country saw a significant outpouring of anger last Sunday.
The political merry go round continued to speed out of control this week, flinging another southern MP to the side in the process.
Another week, another southern MP steps down.
Thursday was meant to be a good day for David Clark.
The worst-kept secret in politics was finally confirmed this week, with the announcement that Mark Patterson will stand for New Zealand First in Taieri this election.
Politicians are often likened to sharks, but on Wednesday the actual animals had their time in the spotlight in Parliament as Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie’s member’s Bill to permit shark cage diving...
The law of unintended consequences is a given in most of life’s endeavours, but never more so than in politics.
"This is a happy occasion," Dunedin North MP David Clark trilled to the House, as the Health Minister steered the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its committee stages.
One of the sad truths of politics is that it is incredibly punishing on the families of MPs.
It's Parliament Jim, but not as we know it.