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Matthew Hooton: Luxon faces 3 risks as coalition of chaos looms
OPINION: And why Labour was right to stick with Chris Hipkins.
Matthew Hooton: Luxon’s best choice - focus on coalition relationships, not details
OPINION: And breaking down where the special votes might fall.
Matthew Hooton: Why I think Peters is unfit for office
OPINION: NZ First leader’s latest tweets mark a point of no return.
Matthew Hooton: Outline of coalition deal becoming clear
OPINION: Three parties agree on defence and crime — not so tax and the Treaty.
Why Luxon could lead NZ’s first genuine change government in a generation
OPINION: Never before have New Zealanders so decisively demanded a radical new direction.
Matthew Hooton: Brace yourself, National set to outdo Labour’s tragicomedy
OPINION: Captain Luxon's two bad calls.
Matthew Hooton: Businesses need to run their own show, ignore Wellington circus
OPINION: Businesspeople should spend less time waiting for help from Wellington.
Matthew Hooton: National plus the Greens? A teal deal is a real possibility
OPINION: Green Party strategists would be wise to plan their response when Luxon calls.
Matthew Hooton: Why National’s tax fantasy is dead
OPINION: National has no one to blame for its tax-policy fiasco but itself.
Matthew Hooton: Tax cuts? It’s spending cuts we need
OPINION: National will have to move fast and slash spending to head off a fiscal crisis.
Matthew Hooton: Minor parties gain as purple power fades
OPINION: Labour and National are sinking, so how about Seymour or Shaw for PM?
Matthew Hooton: National’s tax plan is a cynical con job
OPINION: Savings must be used to repay our growing debt, not to buy off voters.
Matthew Hooton: National would be insane to offer tax cuts in the next year
OPINION: Nicola Willis’ credibility is on the line as she finalises National’s tax policy.
Matthew Hooton: It's back to the past for Luxon and National - and how Peters helps
OPINION: Luxon's no John Key 2.0, but his campaign wins much better marks for nostalgia.
Matthew Hooton: Will Luxon rule out dealing with Peters?
OPINION: The polls show Winston Peters is back — and closer to power.
Matthew Hooton: Act will demand meaty roles, not morsels, in a coalition with National
OPINION: Act expects meaty portfolios for its senior ministers, rather than rats and mice.
Matthew Hooton: Hipkins must be kicking himself for not calling a snap election back in April
OPINION: And why a snap election back in February could have been Labour's best bet.
Matthew Hooton: Van Velden on track to make it two seats for Act in Auckland
OPINION: Act’s private polling in the Tāmaki electorate suggests a neck-and-neck race.
Matthew Hooton: Forget about election bribes - this Govt has spent all the money
OPINION: In cash terms, the picture is horrifying, or even Muldoonist.
Matthew Hooton: Why this arrogant Government doesn’t deserve Hipkins
OPINION: Chris Hipkins has hardly put a foot wrong. The same can't be said of his MPs.
Matthew Hooton: Is David Seymour’s red tape ministry sheer genius? Yes, Minister
OPINION: Act leader knew he risked some ribbing for his proposed Ministry of Regulation.
Matthew Hooton: Labour's electorally lethal arrogance laid bare as scandals mount
OPINION: Government is displaying the arrogance that normally comes with a third term.
Matthew Hooton: Chris Hipkins’ image is fraying at the seams
OPINION: Could Labour's ECE call be worse than KiwiBuild?
Matthew Hooton: Labour's constitutional conundrum working with Te Pāti Māori
OPINION: Labour may need Te Pāti Māori, but at what cost to both sides?
Matthew Hooton: Robertson's Budget hits median voter sweet spot
Labour will borrow $21 billion more than it said before Christmas.
Matthew Hooton: Robertson gets one last roll of the dice with Budget
OPINION: Finance Minister knows next week’s Budget could decide the election.
Matthew Hooton: Blame MMP for delivering mediocrity, giving minor parties too much power
OPINION: It's time to blow the whistle on a failed quarter-century experiment.
Matthew Hooton: Why some Nats are backing Winston Peters
OPINION: With Luxon failing to fire, NZ First may be key to a National election victory.
Matthew Hooton: Greens’ ‘mean girl’ obsession a distraction from the real issues
OPINION: Party needs to shrug and move on from Dr Elizabeth Kerekere's comments.
Matthew Hooton: Polls tell happier story for Labour
Minor parties must find the best way to exert their leverage after October.
Matthew Hooton: Luxon delivers a lesson for Labour on education
National’s education policy shows it has worked out how to combat Chris Hipkins.
Matthew Hooton: Political puffery or disinformation? Hipkins' credibility dented in policy bonfire
Maybe those battling false narratives should try looking at some Government claims.
Matthew Hooton: Polls point in wrong direction for National, Luxon
OPINION: Voters refuse to buy the argument that Chris Hipkins is as bad as Jacinda Ardern.
Matthew Hooton: Chris Hipkins' apology offers a welcome taste of integrity
Apology to Hawke's Bay and Rob Campbell sacking are promising signs.
Matthew Hooton: It’s too late to avoid climate change - now we have to adapt
How should we pay for things like better infrastructure - higher taxes or more debt?
Matthew Hooton: Why an early election is Labour’s winning bet
National isn't ready, and an early vote would let Labour deliver tax changes this year.
Matthew Hooton: Hipkins takes Labour from inevitable defeat to dead heat
Neither Chris Hipkins nor Christopher Luxon will make voters love them - and that's fine.
Matthew Hooton: Labour's masterful transition, the Cabinet ministers who won't survive reshuffle
OPINION: A masterful transition carefully planned before Xmas by Ardern and her allies.
Matthew Hooton: Ardern's resignation puts Labour back in election race
OPINION: A strong national leader, but extraordinary failure as a policy implementer.
Matthew Hooton: Govt’s inability to deliver is now a national joke
Either policy advice is wrong or ignored, or implementation is being botched.
Matthew Hooton: Why aren't politicians taking frightening challenges seriously?
Labour and National fiddle as fire approaches.
Matthew Hooton: Jacinda Ardern's path to victory in 2023
OPINION: Less global star, more practical Kiwi just might be PM's winning formula.
Matthew Hooton: Resurrecting Winston - NZ First ready to be born again (again)
OPINION: Winston Peters is confident ahead of this weekend's party conference.
Matthew Hooton: Grant Robertson's choices: Bad — and worse
Finance Minister must now promise to spend more, without actually doing so.
Matthew Hooton: Robertson, Orr have caused economic calamity - but National tax cuts would make it worse
OPINION: Dangerous tax cut plan, nasty attack on a Māori MP — both need to be called out.
Matthew Hooton: NZ a republic? I'd back Ardern for President
OPINION: She may have failed utterly as chief policy-maker but could be a head of state.
Matthew Hooton: Beck's shambolic campaign ends, mayoral race was already Brown vs Collins
OPINION: Only businessman can stop councillor becoming next Auckland mayor.
Matthew Hooton: Luxon is letting his side down as Labour drops the ball
Opposition ought to be making more of Government's mistakes.
Matthew Hooton: Time's up for most inept Government ever
OPINION: The Ardern regime has proven incompetent even at handing out free cash.
Matthew Hooton: Brian Tamaki's movement is all brand, no substance
The major parties' rhetoric is almost entirely detached from any reality.
Matthew Hooton: Not easy being Green - what Labour, Nats can learn from Shaw battle
OPINION: Greens have a re-energised membership after co-leader kerfuffle.
Matthew Hooton: National's 'numpties' - Luxon's crisis management fit for PM duties
OPINION: Luxon has no choice for the next year but to be as hands-on as he was this week.
Matthew Hooton: Danger on the left, monstrosity on the right of NZ politics
OPINION: Extremist groups are on the rise — at both ends of the political spectrum.
Matthew Hooton: The method in Labour's migration makeover
OPINION: Government believes it has discovered an easier pathway to high-wage heaven.
Matthew Hooton: PM's foreign policy lacks coherent message
New focus on foreign policy is welcome — even if that policy remains ambiguous.
Matthew Hooton: Why health reforms could lead to smaller hospital closures
OPINION: Centralisation is inevitable to help save costs — if the Government allows it.
Matthew Hooton: Project fear is Labour's best weapon
Luxon's abortion mis-steps show how Government could scare voters away from National.
Matthew Hooton: Chris Hipkins' Bellis apology rings hollow
At one time, a Cabinet Minister's head would have rolled over MIQ debacle.
Matthew Hooton: Is the Tauranga byelection bad for everyone?
The vote isn't just about winning - it's about getting the numbers to stay credible.
Matthew Hooton: Labour's best bet for 2023? Dump Ardern
If Labour's polling drops much more, it's time to replace Ardern.
Matthew Hooton: Ardern decisively positions NZ with the US in a new Cold War
OPINION: The Great Game between the US and China has well and truly begun.
Matthew Hooton: Knives out for James Shaw among party faithful
OPINION: Knives are out for minister among some party faithful
Matthew Hooton: Ardern faces the great unravelling
For too many voters, the polarising PM has overstayed her welcome.
Matthew Hooton: Luxon is the best National's got, but he's no John Key
National's leader is the best the party has, but there's little sign of substance.
Matthew Hooton: PM emulates Savage with military response to Ukraine
OPINION: Once again, a Labour prime minister is sending New Zealand troops into Europe.
Matthew Hooton: Boomer tax? Why they must share youth's Covid burden
Today's under 30s may end up paying for their own Covid recovery with higher taxes.
Matthew Hooton: A new normal beckons - what it will look like
Case numbers will stay high — but we'll get used to that too.
Matthew Hooton: Prime Minister Luxon? Don't bet against it
Defeat looms for Jacinda Ardern as National takes the lead on many key issues.
Matthew Hooton: Did health officials mislead PM and public on testing capability?
OPINION: The PCR testing system has quickly fallen over.
Matthew Hooton: One last chance left for Ardern to deliver
PM's ambition is huge, but so is the challenge of making good on her rhetoric.
Hooton: Luxon is even-stevens to become PM - could he mend divided NZ?
National leader should aim to heal a nation polarised as never before.
Matthew Hooton: Wheels come off Govt's spin machine
OPINION: Govt laziness and negligence mean NZ now faces an Omicron crisis.