Justice and Paula Rebstock

Paula Rebstock  was named as a Dame in the the 2015 New Year's Honours. 
She is pictured at the family home in ...

Paula Rebstock's inquiry into leaks from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade turned into a disaster and a farce. Now, finally, justice is being done to two senior Foreign Affairs staffers unjustly treated by her inquiry.

The bureaucratic urge to control

The number of alcohol-affected drivers involved in fatal crashes  increased in the 12 months after the new legal ...

OPINION: Road deaths involving alcohol have gone up since the blood-alcohol limit was lowered. What's going on?

Justice - at long last

Peter Hughes: principled approach.

Opinion:State sector employees will be reassured by the principled approach taken by new SSC boss Peter Hughes to a flawed report on two diplomats.

Uncertainty around building safety rules

Asteron Centre tenant Inland Revenue commissioned its own report on the building in the wake of the November 14 ...

Opinion: The rules and requirements for assessing the safety of a quake-hit building are confused and unclear.


John Key's giant shoes

Westie Paula Bennett might make a popular prime minister.

John Key leaves a jagged hole at the top of the National Party. None of his possible successors can fill that gap. None have his skills or his odd, blokey charisma.

Master politician

John Key smiles after winning the general election in Auckland 
November 8, 2008.

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.

Labour after Mt Roskill

Labour leader Andrew Little

Labour was odds-on to win the Mt Roskill by-election. Now that it's happened, there is a sense of anti-climax.

State care shame lingers

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has rejected calls for an independent body to resolve historic claims of abuse ...

OPINION: The state abandoned children put into its care – and now it must do what it can to put that negligence right.


Good poems don't date

William Shakespeare: aware of the passage of time, as are many poets.

OPINION:  The poetry of the ancients and the comparatively moderns muses on many of the same feelings and themes.

Time for a tourist levy?

Wellington's Cable Car - a tourist drawcard.

Opinion: Accommodation levies for tourists are fairly standard in Europe and the US; does NZ need one too?

Inanities the new normal

Labour's Michael Wood defeated and National's Parmjeet Parmar in the Mt Roskill by-election.

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.

By-election key to Little's future

Andrew Little, right, and Wellington central MP Grant Robertson.

Opinion: The fire's gone out of the belly of Labour under Andrew Little.

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