It is said all political careers end in failure, but John Key's didn't, and in that he is unlike perhaps any other New Zealand prime minister.
Opinion: Accommodation levies for tourists are fairly standard in Europe and the US; does NZ need one too?
Labour was odds-on to win the Mt Roskill by-election. Now that it's happened, there is a sense of anti-climax.
OPINION: In pre-texting days when friends regularly popped round unannounced you didn't immediately jump to the conclusion that an unsolicited knock might herald a religious nutter.
Labour can't hope to form a government without the Greens. That is a brute fact of arithmetic: Labour polls at about 30 per cent, and there are no signs it could win enough votes to govern on its own. Hence Labour's "memorandum of understanding" with the smaller party.
Politicians wanting to spend $100m on new buildings at Parliament can't expect the voters to applaud. The public expects a double standard: one rule for MPs, and a tougher one for everyone else.
The Government's quake relief fund for Wellington is welcome. Businesses trapped inside the cordons in the capital are as much victims of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake as the tourist operators in Kaikoura. Both are cut off from their customers by a natural disaster outside their control.
Prime Minister John Key says National is the underdog in the Mt Roskill by-election. This remark allows him to pave the way for defeat while also galvanising the faithful to turn out and vote.
Opinion: The fire's gone out of the belly of Labour under Andrew Little.
Opinion: The last thing anyone true to a rebel cause wants is to become ordinary.
Opinion: Make no bones about it, a chest freezer frees you from being dependent on the seasons.
Opinion: The recent stop in Wellington by a flotilla of foreign navy ships was a PR exercise but also raises questions around our defence partnerships