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.
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.
Our columnist says it fell on the Greens to determine whether waka jumpers should be booted out of Parliament for good.
Last Wednesday marked 25 years since the official launch of NZ First back in 1993.
Those voicing the views of business are few and far between in the Labour caucus, writes out columnist.
Jacinda Ardern is the very embodiment of how a modern society seeks to unshackle women in order to harvest their potential contribution, our columnist writes.
With the Prime Minister about to leave the building for the next six weeks or so, you might have thought her Cabinet colleagues would have started exercising caution in the extreme, our columnist writes.
"For Labour to be embarrassed by the result, National will not only have to win. It will have to win big," our columnist writes.
Grant Robertson needed to give health a cash injection while avoiding getting into huge debt, says our columnist.
What on Earth does Shane Jones think he is doing in declaring that Cabinet ministers should be the ones choosing who will run government departments, writes John Armstrong.
"To shut National out of the debate, Labour needs to turn the whole issue of deteriorating social services into a question of trust."
Our political columnist says Labour's former leader unwittingly auditioned for such a role this week after the "shambolic announcement" to ban future NZ oil exploration.
It's hard to see how a hike in excise duty can be defined as a new tax especially when National increased the amount several times during its nine-year reign.
It is a complete mystery as to what is driving Peters to continue to refuse to condemn Russia, writes John Armstrong.
In politics, however, things can change in an instant. And change they have, writes John Armstrong.
Marama Davidson's (Genter's rival for the position) push on poverty would drive the party even further down a dead end street, writes John Armstrong.
Someone was missing from the podium during Simon Bridges' first media conference as National's new leader. That person was Amy Adams.
Collins is prone to serious lapses of judgment. For someone of such intelligence, this character failing is inexplicable, writes John Armstrong.
When it comes to leadership aspirants, National doesn't lack for quantity, it lacks for quality, writes John Armstrong.
For now, few voters are interested in what National has to say, writes John Armstrong.
Jim Anderton, who died on January 7, was a good politician and a good man, writes John Armstrong.