OPINION: Many books will be written about the Pike River mining disaster. Few of them are likely to be as poignant or as gripping as the royal commission of inquiry into the event.
OPINION: Peace has broken out all over. That was the message from the weekend's Labour Party conference.
OPINION: Political folklore has it that governments are rarely voted out when the economy is on the rise.
OPINION: The toxic fallout from the Brown/Chuang affair is enveloping everyone within its radius.
OPINION: David Shearer may have done more for Labour by standing down than he was ever able to achieve as leader.
OPINION: Day one of the Labour leadership race and we already know this about the three contenders.
OPINION: The long-term legacy of the Fonterra crisis is far too alarming for anyone to start looking for silver linings.
OPINION: Labour leader David Shearer claims the Government is donkey deep in the widening Henry inquiry fiasco.
OPINION: Some people witness misfortune and remind themselves that there but for the grace of God go I. It's fair to say few are politicians.
As the Government tries to extend the GCSB's powers, the public gallery ripples as Dotcom enters the room.
OPINION: Pita Sharples was bowing to the inevitable when he finally announced his resignation, even if he was the last one to realise it.
OPINION: Peter Dunne has described the maelstrom of his last few weeks as one of the ugliest periods he can recall in politics.
OPINION: Does the Speaker's ruling over UnitedFuture signal the beginning of the end for Peter Dunne?
OPINION: Being Australian, Green Party co-leader Russel Norman has a bigger cross to bear than most of our politicians.
OPINION: There has been a noticeable change in the temperature in Parliament and select committees in recent months.
OPINION: Trust us - we know what we are doing. No phrase is more likely to elicit a belly laugh about the public service after two reports exposing widespread incompetence in its management of big IT projects.
OPINION: The Opposition should be careful what it wishes for after it claimed Peter Dunne's scalp in the long-running spy saga.
OPINION: A US State official tells a story about taking the night train through New Zealand and getting off at stops along the way to chat to the locals.
OPINION: The "new normal" is how people are describing the US-NZ relationship around the traps in Washington these days.
OPINION: There are two things about a Bill English speech that listeners could set their watch by.