It's all bag

The dog as accessory.

Opinion: It was a dog day afternoon for Jane Bowron.

The Ohariu charade

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne.

Opinion: This year, both Tory and Green supporters could be holding their nose as they cast their vote in Ohariu.

Hatred and the law

Police Commissioner Mike Bush

The call for hate-crimes legislation is understandable and even laudable. In an age of mounting xenophobia, those who preach hatred of other races or religions no longer seem a minor or fringe element. Some of the worst xenophobes now hold power in countries which used to preach tolerance and diversity.

Friends but no deals

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets with NZ PM Bill English in Queenstown.

The trans-Tasman leaders' meeting was a disappointment. The two prime ministers traded bromides about the Anzac spirit and announced small beer news about scientific co-operation.


Some deals don't work

Labour Ohariu candidate Greg O'Connor

Ohariu is one of the most fascinating battlegrounds of this year's general election. The odds are mounting against the sitting MP, Peter Dunne, and Labour and the Greens have done a deal in a bid to finally see him off.

The state and the children

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley

Governments don't like launching inquiries unless they have to. The decades-long scandal over abuse of children in state care is not something the National-led Government wants to investigate.

Justice for gay men

Justice Minister Amy Adams

The Government has finally moved to do something about gay men who have been persecuted by the law. Gays  convicted of specific offences involving sex with those over 16 can now apply to have the convictions expunged. This is the least the Government could do.

Good time to reform Reserve Bank

Finance Minister Steven Joyce has announced there will be a caretaker governor for the Reserve Bank, after Graeme ...

OPINION: Graeme Wheeler's departure offers an opportunity to make some overdue changes to an important institution.


No place like home

Bill English the puppet at the Backbenchers pub.

Opinion: American visitors get a taste of what makes New Zealand special and distinctive.

Stop shaming 'granny panties'

The Daily Mail Australia has apologised to Australian TV presenter Samantha Armytage for publishing a story that mocked ...

OPINION: Let's be honest - they're the heroes of the underwear world.

Trump beggars belief

Donald Trump specialises in bullying, lying and boasting, says Joe Bennett.

OPINION: Donald Trump has undercut the belief on which Western democracy is based - that the world can be made better.

Just what Wellington needs

A congested Ruahine St, in Hataitai.

Opinion: A day in the life of a car commuter.

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