Election

Fight to lower voting age to 16 will head to Supreme Court

A date is yet to be set but Make It 16 will be heading to the Supreme Court.

Court dismisses case about lowering the voting age to 16 in NZ

Teenagers under the age of 18 can join the army, work, drive, pay taxes and leave home - so why can’t they vote? 

That’s a question being…

Māori voters can only switch electoral rolls once every 5 years. Is it time for a change?

“It restricts Māori ability to have an impact in these elections.”

Every five or six years, Māori voters have the choice to swap between the general electoral…

2020 in 2 minutes

A 2020 wrap-up to end all 2020 wrap-ups. Here’s 2020 summed up in two minutes.

Euthanasia still a yes, cannabis still a no, and Labour keeps majority with special votes

The special votes have been counted and the final results of the referendums and New Zealand’s 2020 general election have been released.

It’s still a no for…

Meet your new Māori MPs

Plus words of advice from Kiri Allan who was in their position three years ago.

NZ votes yes for euthanasia, no for recreational cannabis

65% of NZers voted yes in the euthanasia referendum. 53% voted no in the cannabis referendum.

First-time voter Church on how politics isn’t as distant as he once thought

What it’s like being 19 and interviewing some of the country’s most powerful people.

Talanoa with Pacific MPs from the left and the right

National Party candidate Agnes Loheni and Labour Party candidate Hon Aupito William Sio join Torisse Laulu for a conversation ahead of the 2020 Election.

Brooke Van Velden on why she switched from Greens to ACT | Church and State

19-year-old musician and first-time voter Church talks to ACT's deputy leader, Brooke Van Velden.

Jacinda Ardern on the song that’s getting her through 2020 | Church and State

19-year-old musician and first-time voter Church meets leader of the Labour Party Jacinda Ardern.

Marama Davidson on being told she’s a “good Māori” | Church and State

19-year-old musician and first-time voter Church meets the co-leader of the Green Party.

Winston Peters on how fish heads are the secret to youthful skin | Church and State

19-year-old musician and first-time voter Church, from Church & AP, speaks to Winston Peters.

Judith Collins on white privilege and politics | Church and State

19-year-old musician and first-time voter Church talks to National leader Judith Collins.

I don't know anything about politics: what's up with the polls?

Here's how political polls really work.

We asked a graphic designer to rate election billboards

Wellington graphic designer Matt does deep analysis of the colours, grammar and symbols of election billboards in the Ōhāriu electorate.

Stoners tell us why they smoke and how legalising might impact them

Stoners are hidden everywhere. From business executives to teachers, people from all walks of life love to toke every now and then.

The idea of Kiwis being…

I don't know anything about politics: how did the election just get moved?

Just how exactly was the election day moved, and what does "dissolution of Parliament" even mean?

I don’t know anything about politics: where do parties get all their money from?

Zoe Madden-Smith looks into the different ways parties fund themselves, and the flaws in the system.

I don't know anything about politics: what’s the deal with minor parties?

New Zealand has 14 registered political parties, can you name them all? I couldn’t.

I don’t know anything about politics: what do the parties stand for?

My feed's been spammed by so many political scandals I don’t know what each party stands for anymore

Explainer: here's what you need to know about new National leader Judith Collins

We’ve all seen the gun photo and heard the phrase “Crusher Collins”, but what does she stand for?

A gender-neutral option has finally been added to NZ voting papers

The gender-neutral title Mx. is an option on the electoral roll for the first time. Kiwis tell us what this means for them.

You can enrol to…

Explainer: the euthanasia referendum

The referendum that could make it legal for some terminally ill patients to choose their deaths.

A majority of NZers say they will vote to keep weed illegal

A new poll says majority of NZers would vote against legalising weed.

Who the heck is the new National Party leader Todd Muller

Today Simon Bridges was toppled from the leadership of the National Party.

He’s been replaced by Todd Muller, a man who many voters don’t even recognise.

Here’s the…

Weed Vote 2020: the justice minister on the law he designed to legalise cannabis

At this year's election, you will be asked, "Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill?" Justice Minister Andrew Little gives his perspective on…

Explainer: the cannabis referendum that could make weed legal in New Zealand

At this year’s election, as well as voting on who we want to be in government, we will also be asked this question: Do you support the…

The 23 year old politician boosting voter turnout

At age 20, Sarah Colcord was elected to the Manurewa Local Board, making her one of the youngest politicians in New Zealand. Three years later, Sarah…