OPINION: It speaks volumes about David Cunliffe's bad week that on the day John Key delivered his pre-Budget speech, it was the Labour leader who copped it on the street over the Government's failure to make a big dent in unemployment.
OPINION: Labour's economic counter so far under Cunliffe has been low-key and delivered largely from the regions.
OPINION: Social media, smear campaigns and now Kim Dotcom ... our election will be frantic and chaotic, says Tracy Watkins.
How long before Prime Minister John Key decides Hekia Parata is a liability in Cabinet?
OPINION: Sorry is the hardest word when your name is Judith Collins.
OPINION: Whether it's a silver fern or a koru, a debate over the design of the flag always had potential to be divisive.
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OPINION: There are some things you shouldn't have to state on the campaign trail.
OPINION: It doesn't get much bluer than the blood that runs through the veins of former National Cabinet minister Philip Burdon.
OPINION: Labour MP Shane Jones wielded the barbecue tongs at Waitangi Day this year.
OPINION: Since his reinvention during the Labour leadership race, Shane Jones has had a new lease of life.
OPINION: Given our relative sizes, a game of one-upmanship with Australia would be difficult to win.
The political year was launched with such hectic pace this week you could almost smell the burning rubber.
OPINION: You know it is an election year when politicians start the year by clearing the decks of things they don't want to spend the rest of the year talking about.
OPINION: John Key's new willingness to work with NZ First says more about National than it does about Winston Peters.
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.