Politics

Fire-fighting fit on all fronts

OPINION: The unified Fire and Emergency Management service will be flexible enough to cope with the risks and needs of different communities.

A wider outlook on war

5:00am OPINION: Anzac Day serves as a day to acknowledge our fallen, but perhaps we should also acknowledge some other imperatives.

Waikato gains in reshuffle

It is the first time Hamilton has had two ministers for the city, at any time, serving in the government.

Brownlee recalibrates for role

Brownlee switches from combative to diplomatic as he prepares for new role.

Brownlee's promotion the easy call

OPINION: The tougher and more "political" call in Monday's reshuffle was Nick Smith's demotion.

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Where do you stand on political coat-tail riding?

If it gets marginalised voices into Parliament, I'm for it.

I'm against it - if you don't get the votes, you shouldn't be there.

It's just part of the political game.

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