John Armstrong

Military style semi-automatics and assault rifles will be banned in New Zealand under stronger new gun laws announced today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

John Armstrong's opinion: Christchurch terror attack both a wake-up call and a national disgrace

What was on display in Christchurch was terrorism taken to another level, says our columnist.

Jacinda Ardern would not announce the changes however, as "some detail" were needed to be worked through.

John Armstrong's opinion: Ardern's handling of crisis impressive, but she musn't back away from gun ban

The lack of detail on a ban on semi-automatic guns was a concern, says our columnist.

AUCKLAND - OCT 15 2018: Lime electric scooters in Auckland, New Zealand. The scooters have a 48km maximum range. Users find, unlock and pay for them using an app and leave them at their destination.

John Armstrong's opinion: Silence from the Beehive astonishing over Lime Scooter's rocky start on NZ streets

It amounts to an abdication of responsibility by ministers whose portfolios focus on transport matters, writes our columnist.

The Prime Minister says she’s ‘not ruling anything in or out,’ including implementing a capital gains tax.

John Armstrong's opinion: Jacinda Ardern struck by a bad case of the political heebie-jeebies over Tax Working Group recommendations

Ardern and Grant Robertson have created a vacuum — one which Simon Bridges has been most pleased to fill.

The Prime Minister says she’s ‘not ruling anything in or out,’ including implementing a capital gains tax.

John Armstrong's opinion: Failure to deliver capital gains tax would see Ardern reduced to a laughing stock

It's the right thing to do, but it's long been thought the fastest means of committing political suicide, our columnist says.

The National MP ranked higher than him on a recent poll, but doesn’t have her eye on the “toughest job” in politics, she says.

John Armstrong's opinion: Media script requires Bridges to end up as dog tucker

The National Leader is under unrelenting attack from the media pack, says our columnist.

A group looking at our tax system has put two options on the table.

John Armstrong's opinion: Labour's capital gains tax push is political Russian roulette

Before worrying about public opinion, Grant Robertson must first worry about convincing Winston Peters, our columnist says.

"I think we can all sort of have a guess what my lowlight is," he told Breakfast today while reflecting on the year.

John Armstrong's opinion: Jami-Lee Ross may have inadvertently done Simon Bridges a big favour

In so disastrously closing the door on his own career, Ross has opened it wider for the National Party leader, writes our columnist.

She was also asked how she would vote on the cannabis legalisation referendum, saying, “I’m not a prude, I’m a Westie and I’m a realist”.

John Armstrong's opinion: Cannabis referendum National's opportunity to open fresh front against Labour

Simon Bridges' appointment of Paula Bennett as National's spokesperson on drug reform is more significant than it might look.

Justice Minister Andrew Little told TVNZ’s Q+A programme it makes sense to hold the three referendums together.

John Armstrong: Small parties' back road route to Parliament must close

Andrew Little is right to signal a referendum on MMP changes, says our columnist.

“It’s not Government policy,” the PM told Breakfast today. “It’s not something the Labour Party would support.”

John Armstrong's opinion: Ardern's fear of Labour losing its base support makes party look like a soft touch

The symbolism in the PM fronting impromptu at two public gatherings was vivid and telling, writes our columnist.

It’s been a long time coming not only for the families but for the people of Greymouth.

John Armstrong's opinion: Pike River decision was about 'shabby posturing', not truth and justice

Andrew Little should "terminate this excursion into lunacy", our columnist suggests.

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said he wants a report back in three weeks or less.

John Armstrong's opinion: Iain Lees-Galloway's days as Immigration Minister are numbered due to his 'ineptitude'

In Lees-Galloway’s case, the issue is competence - or rather his increasingly evident lack of it, writes our columnist.

The Prime Minister is due to give birth and start maternity leave in just one week.

John Armstrong’s opinion: Rating the ministers in the Labour-NZ First Cabinet

See how the PM does according to our columnist, and who gets hit with a 2/10 rating.

It is just over a year ago that Winston Peters made the announcement to go with the Labour Party.

John Armstrong’s opinion: Arden and Peters’ one-year anniversary pictures a stroke of genius

The images contrasted well with the bloodbath in the National Party, says our columnist.

Simon Bridges.

John Armstrong opinion: The sad truth for Simon Bridges is that the vast proportion of the public simply don't like him

No matter that Simon Bridges is far more victim than villain in the current meltdown. He has become an ever-increasing deadweight on National.

The Botany MP has quit Parliament and accuses Simon Bridges of electoral fraud.

John Armstrong's opinion: Jami-Lee Ross delivered one of parliament's most 'brutal, spiteful and disloyal diatribes'

The pair are now engaged in a battle as bitter as any in the history of New Zealand’s Parliament.

When  the PM was asked if she thought the pricing moves were “fair”, she said “certainly motorists won't look upon it as fair”.

John Armstrong's opinion: Jacinda Ardern can’t afford to look complacent as petrol prices verge on crisis-level

It's taken some time for the PM to realise the price hikes have serious economic implications, our columnist writes.

National’s Simon Bridges says NZ currently has the right number, however, Jacinda Ardern wants to see it increase.

John Armstrong's opinion: Jacinda Ardern must stop the rot in 'drunken sailor' Government

After returning from New York, the PM needs to address the "epidemic of embarrassment", our columnist says.

The Prime Minister gave details of the Government plan during a speech in Auckland.

John Armstrong: As Labour fast loses the plot, Sunday's moment of coalition unity was priceless

The carefully stage-managed display by Jacinda Ardern and her deputy was not so much a case of fake news as one of fabricated news, writes our columnist.

The issue of refugees is dominating the Prime Minister’s visit.

John Armstrong's opinion: Jacinda Ardern's excursion to Nauru a PR disaster

The lesson from the brouhaha is simple, but one Ardern appears to be having trouble taking on board in full.

Mr Bridges said if the leaker is not a National MP or staffer, they may not be found.

John Armstrong's opinion: National Party lacks leadership options if Simon Bridges is rolled

Mark Mitchell may now head the pack of credible replacements for Mr Bridges, writes our columnist.

A composite image of Peter Dutton and Jacinda Ardern.

John Armstrong's opinion: If Peter Dutton becomes Australia's PM it means bad news for NZ in general, Jacinda Ardern in particular

A bigger step backwards not just for Australia, but for already worsening trans-Tasman relations to boot would be hard to find, writes our columnist.

The National Party leader is calling for an independent investigation into how the information got into the public arena

John Armstrong's opinion: Simon Bridges' travel spending 'was state funding of a political party in drag'

It is easy to poke fun at National’s still newish, leader in the wake of the leaking of the mega-sized blowout of his spending on travel, writes 1 NEWS' columnist.

The Prime Minister believes New Zealand is well placed among its global counterparts in terms of the economy.

John Armstrong's opinion: Jacinda Ardern's handling of potential economic downturn has been ordinary

The slump in economic optimism is now a crisis bigger than all the problems combined which have confronted them in recent months, and the PM and her colleagues should be very afraid.

John Armstrong's opinion: Lashing of Winston Peters by 'no mates National' is stupid

National now finds itself in the most peculiar of circumstances. It is currently the most popular party, but is arguably light years away from governing again soon.

Greens co-leader Marama Davidson says party leaders should not be given power to expel MPs who cross the floor.

John Armstrong: Greens 'swallowing a dead rat' to vote for waka jumping law no great surprise

Our columnist says it fell on the Greens to determine whether waka jumpers should be booted out of Parliament for good.

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