Jacinda Ardern has had a successful and very public visit to the UK and Europe. Columnist Dene Mackenzie looks at issues she faces when she gets home.
Finance Minister Grant Robertson was clearly pleased with the latest figures from Treasury related to the five months to November 30 last year.
The new Government has aroused a lot of comment about its committees and inquiries it has formed, and the market analysts are wanting to see what will come from some of these initiatives.
This has been an entertaining year for political journalists in New Zealand and our commentator Dene Mackenzie considered the one least caught up in the mire was Justice Minister Andrew Little.
Finance Minister Grant Robertson talked of compelling numbers in the December update for the Budget.
Since becoming Government, the Labour Party has been bedevilled by strike moves and wage claims but it has just avoided a public stain through an Air New Zealand strike being avoided.
A discussion paper on the vexing initiative of the Ardern Government to ban any mining on conservation land should be available early in the New Year.
There are kinks in the armour of the Coalition Government as it moves into the festive season and more questions are being raised about the cost of constant inquiries and new committees.
In recent times the Government’s worst enemies have been its ministers and Dene Mackenzie looks at the political carnage.
The minister responsible for housing has a blueprint that may irk the major city mayors, who are also from the same political spectrum.