A Roman circus with captive panda bears

Jonathan Milne holds baby panda Shu Xiang at Chengdu Research Base of Panda Breeding, Sichuan, China.

OPINION: Our free trade deal with China seems to be about trading pandas for kiwis to distract the masses from weightier issues. Will the TPPA be any better?

Anzac 'special bond' means little

Maribyrnong detention centre in Australia, where a number of assaults are alleged.

OPINION: Australia is having a laugh when it talks about a special bond between the big country and New Zealand.

Navigating the United Nations

United Nations Development Programme Admistrator and former Prime Minister Helen Clark

OPINION: Posturing and bureaucracy have stymied necessary change at the UN.

Has the Education Minister gone a bit rogue?

Education Minister Hekia Parata appears to be at odds with her ministry over a new school funding model.

OPINION: Has the Education Minister sidelined her ministry over plans for a new school funding model?

Fair suck of the sav Aussies

Australia is keeping many New Zealanders (by name only) in detention centres.

OPINION: Mean. Hostile. Unforgiving. Harsh. A breach of the most basic of human rights. But legal all at the same time.

Anne Tolley: 'We need to talk NZ'

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says "enough is enough". "Children's voices have to be heard. We need significant and lasting change which puts these children at the centre of everything CYF does."

OPINION: Social Development Minister Anne Tolley takes aim at 'incorrect claims' in child abuse debate.

'Shame on you, Jan Logie' stuff nation

National MP Judith Collins at a press conference after being cleared of allegations she was involved in a smear campaign against former Serious Fraud Office (SFO) chief executive Adam Feeley.

OPINION: Judith Collins responds to a 'vicious and hurtful personal attack' over her stand on Chris Brown.

New Zealand could be in for the long haul

New Zealand soldiers in Iraq to train local forces in the fight against  Islamic State

John Key is adamant New Zealand soldiers won't still be in Iraq in two years time.

'Judith Collins can't talk' stuff nation

National MP Judith Collins at a press conference after being cleared of allegations she was involved in a smear campaign against former Serious Fraud Office (SFO) chief executive Adam Feeley.

OPINION: Judith Collins needs to apologise for her own mistakes before she can scold Chris Brown.

Jeremy Corbyn, consistently barmy, but full of conviction

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18:  British Labour Party leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn addresses over a thousand supporters during a tea-time meeting as part of a nationwide leadership campaign at the Town Hall on August 18, 2015 in Middlesbrough, England. The Labour party leadership election was triggered by the resignation earlier in the year of Ed Miliband following the party's defeat at the general election. Four candidates were successfully nominated to stand, Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Jeremy Corbyn and Liz Kendall. The result of the campaign will be announced on Saturday 12 September 2015.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

OPINION: Jeremy Corbyn, the recently elected leader of the British Labour Party, has been described as a throwback to 1970s-style socialism.

Editorial: Drop cheap talk of a baby ban

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley initially appeared to leave open the door to preventing some families from having children.

OPINION: The state has absolutely no place banning people from having children.

A Green offer National couldn't refuse

Greens Party co-leaders Metiria Turei and James Shaw

OPINION: There are people in the Labour Party who take an almost forensic interest in the Greens. They can discourse at length on the "fundi/realo split"; "Deep Green" versus "Red Green"; and whether the electorally perilous potential of "Blue Green" will ever be realised.

PM to join UN diplomatic crush

John Key talking about his uni experiences that he may not want to come out in the wake of David Cameron's pig gate.

John Key will this week join a star-studded cast at the United Nations in New York.

The inkblot test of nationhood

Jenny-May Coffin.

OPINION: Like many of us, I feel like I'm going cross-eyed, starting to see Red Peak everywhere . . .

Red Peak is the worst

The Red Peak flag, designed by Aaron Dustin. "Ugh..." says Stacey Kirk.

OPINION: If New Zealand wanted to pick the most boring flag then it would choose Red Peak.

Dithering comes back to bite Labour

The Red Peak flag, designed by Aaron Dustin.

OPINION: Did Andrew Little miss his "smacking" moment?

Pandas would change our zoo - and not for the better

Giant Panda Mei Xiang snacks on bamboo at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington.

OPINION: The zoo is already popular with the ordinary people of this city. What would a couple of pandas do to the current reasonable admission price?

Below the beltway

Panda mother Ju Xiao plays with her triplet cubs in the Chimelong Wildlife Park in Guangzhou in south China's Guangdong province.

OPINION: It's been a big week in Parliament. Don't worry, we've got your back.

Failing vulnerable children not an option

Children's commissioner Dr Russell Wills says CYF is not the only agency that should be putting children at the centre of their service. Until they all do, CYF kids face a tough future.

OPINION: Child Youth and Family is a mess. Nothing less than a complete overhaul will fix it.

Govt stumbles, but do voters care?

Duncan Garner was "inadvertently caught up" in the Ashley Madison scandal, TV3 reported on Tuesday.

OPINION: National has done everything possible this year to set itself up for the opposition benches.

Key's Red Peak u-turn

Prime Minister John Key states Climate change refugee is an overstayer

OPINION: What's cute, cuddly, vegetarian and suddenly popular with Prime Minister John Key?

Harden up like a good bloke - unless you're a tiger

Victoria University law students Sophie Wynn and Olive Wilson were shocked to hear ACT leader David Seymour apparently claim people with anxiety and depression should ''harden up''.

OPINION: I grow increasingly uncomfortable with how we save specimens and keep them in cages while destroying the places they really belong in.

Mangled flag process has lost the public

The governments Flag Consideration panel have chosen four from the 10,292 alternative designs. The four flags have been selected to be ranked by the New Zealand public in the first binding referendum this year.

OPINION: Growing public opposition to a flag change is a condemnation of the way the process has been handled.

National loves the Right, not the Centre

Prime Minister John Key inspects new banknote designs at the Reserve Bank.

OPINION: John Key is proud of his government's performance. Twelve months on from the 2014 General Election his message to the people of New Zealand is characteristically upbeat, writes Chris Trotter.

Centre-Left needs a new vision

Jeremy Corbyn shortly after his election as leader of the British Labour Party.

Confusion and defeat characterise Labour parties around the world at the moment, writes Steve Maharey.

Time to referendum on the flag referendum process

Is the current flag insufficiently hipster?

There will now be, in addition to the two flag referendums, a third pre-referendums referendum in order to establish the form and wording of the two subsequent referendums.

Editorial: Government right to stop sale of Lochinver

The Government's decision to refuse the sale of a famous farm, Lochinver Station near Taupo, was the right one.

OPINION: Foreign investment is not always a blessing.

Andrew Little's Labour rebuilds

Labour leader Andrew Little. Something to smile about.

OPINION: As its ministers fall back on hubris and lazy rhetoric, Labour's arrows are starting to penetrate.

Below the Beltway

No sign of the flag debate flagging yet

OPINION: Red Peak. The French and their Coq's. Who's up and who's down after another political week.

Making Auckland an asset for New Zealand

Auckland's growth is a national issue.

OPINION: Auckland grew in size last year by more than the growth rate in the rest of New Zealand put together. 

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