OPINION: Wellington is now halfway into the detailed legwork needed to justify an airport runway extension.
OPINION: That the Government is now projected to post a modest deficit instead of a modest surplus this financial year is materially not very important.
OPINION: Exactly what happened in the Sydney hostage tragedy will take some time to emerge.
OPINION: The annual report on public sector chiefs' pay is out, months late for some unclear reason.
OPINION: Work has begun on a single prepaid card that will let people travel across all public transport within the Wellington region.
OPINION: The United States' embrace of torture in the years after 9/11 has leaked out in patchy stories over several years.
OPINION: The tremors are still being felt from the bombshell resignation of Canterbury earthquake recovery tsar Roger Sutton last month.
OPINION: Housing in New Zealand is not only scarce and expensive; for too many people, it is also downright unhealthy.
OPINION: New Zealand taxpayers should not be expected to prop up another America's Cup campaign.
On balance, it's a good call for Wellington to get the super-city treatment.
OPINION: Wellington's wishlist for new transport spending is a mix of the expensive and the relatively cheap.
OPINION: US President Barack Obama took his two daughters along to one of the more bizarre rituals of his office last week.
OPINION: New Labour leader Andrew Little's first big speech was on familiar turf for him - "work" and how it is changing in New Zealand.
OPINION: We are among the fattest nations in the world - and no one seems to care.
OPINION: The world of cricket rightly stands aghast, but there's no need for a hasty decision on "bouncers".
The Government is ramming through a sweeping anti-terrorism law at great speed with almost no public consultation.
OPINION: The public summary of the report into escaped paedophile Phillip Smith is more a litany of botches than an explanation of how they could have happened.
Once again the country's spies are the object of a damning official report.
OPINION: There is nothing bold about the appointment of Annette King as the new Labour deputy leader.
OPINION: So Netflix is coming, and many hope for a digital revolution as a result.
OPINION: It would be odd if bank tellers were fined whenever someone managed to rob the bank.
Roger Sutton made it sound as though he got into trouble for calling people sweetie and being too prone to hugs.
OPINION: New Zealand has much to thank China for. We need China. So Prime Minister John Key is now giving a warm welcome to President Xi Jinping.
OPINION: So Labour picks another leader and hopes that this time they've got it right. Andrew Little's tiny majority shows how hard the choice was, and how feeble his mandate is. There was no clear winner.
OPINION: So Labour picks another leader and hopes that this time they've got it right.
OPINION: The "free trade agreement" with South Korea is of course not a free trade agreement. It is what the Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz calls a managed trade agreement.
OPINION: Arguments about the Treaty are about our identity, and that's why they are so heated.
OPINION: Education Minister Hekia Parata wants to revamp the way poor schools receive extra funding.
OPINION: There is a joke doing the rounds in the Labour Party as it prepares to name a new leader next week.
OPINION: China and the United States have surprised everyone with an ambitious pact on climate change that looks like a watershed moment in the response to one of the world's most pressing problems.