Opinion

What by-election win means

Labour's Michael Wood almost matched Phil Goff's electorate vote.

OPINION: By-elections are notoriously unreliable harbingers for coming electoral fortune.

Time for a tourist levy?

Wellington's Cable Car - a tourist drawcard.

Opinion: Accommodation levies for tourists are fairly standard in Europe and the US; does NZ need one too?

Inanities the new normal

Labour's Michael Wood defeated and National's Parmjeet Parmar in the Mt Roskill by-election.

OPINION: In pre-texting days when friends regularly popped round unannounced you didn't immediately jump to the conclusion that an unsolicited knock might herald a religious nutter.

A political horse is a horse, of course?

Are pundits looking for horse-trading where it doesn't exist?

Are pundits looking for horse-trading where it doesn't exist?

Little wins from Mt Roskill slam dunk

Andrew Little the big winner in Mt Roskill

Andrew Little needed a slam dunk from Michael Wood in the Mt Roskill by-election - and he got one.

Banning seclusion rooms looks too simplistic

Should seclusion rooms be banned?

OPINION: Education Minister Hekia Parata, who plans to outlaw seclusion rooms, says she understands managing challenging behaviour can be very difficult.

Little chance of emulating Trump

Andrew Little's two-year anniversary in the Labour leadership rolled around in November and the lack of fanfare is a ...

OPINION: Upheaval is sweeping the world but Andrew Little refuses to speak the language of revolution.

Below the beltway

Is the press gallery's new home at Parliament haunted?

Below the beltway

Final words for Fidel Castro

 SATIRE: "For goodness sake Bill, I might as well throw on a Che Guevera T-shirt and nationalise Kiri Te Kanawa."

State care shame lingers

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has rejected calls for an independent body to resolve historic claims of abuse ...

OPINION: The state abandoned children put into its care – and now it must do what it can to put that negligence right.

By-election key to Little's future

Andrew Little, right, and Wellington central MP Grant Robertson.

Opinion: The fire's gone out of the belly of Labour under Andrew Little.

Mt Roskill nerves for Labour video

Labour leader Andrew Little will be hoping bad luck doesn't come in threes.

OPINION: A win in Mt Roskill for Labour this weekend won't cause many ripples - but what happens if Labour loses?

McCoskrie: Euthanasia not the answer

Bob McCoskrie from Family First New Zealand.

OPINION: Opposing euthanasia does not mean that a person opposes compassion.

Flotilla visit throws up questions

Some of the five New Zealand and foreign navy ships anchored in Wellington Harbour this month.

Opinion: The recent stop in Wellington by a flotilla of foreign navy ships was a PR exercise but also raises questions around our defence partnerships

Obama can bring hope at Standing Rock

'This is the Avatar situation in real life' - Kiwi who stood on front line at Standing Rock protest

It's wonderful when you see our people supporting indigenous people around the world.

Working class vote for their chains

Modern workers have the right to vote and form trade unions, but willingly enter their masters' cages voluntarily.

OPINION: Modern workers have the right to vote and form trade unions, but willingly enter their masters' cages voluntarily.

Three strikes - and manifest injustice

ACT leader David Seymour says the three-strikes law is working well.

OPINION: What sort of law needs constant resort to a "safety valve" to prevent gross injustice from occurring?

The good, the bad and the ugly of NZ politics

Trade Minister dropped the Prime Minister in it how many times? Yeesh - that could cost him.

Tail wagging the dog? That's the mark of an MP out of their depth.

'BREAKING! This is real news' gallery

It started with the "fake news" reports that actor Jeff Goldblum had fallen 60 metres to his death at Kauri Cliffs.

OPINION: This year, truth is stranger than the fake news. So can you tell the difference? Try our quiz.

Plastic bag tax for the bad environmentalist

A turtle encounters a plastic bag.

What would it take for you stop using plastic bags?

Gender pay gap may finally be gone

Wellington rest home worker Kristine Bartlett's court case led to political action on gender pay equality

New Zealand has finally got serious on ending gender pay inequality by tackling the trickiest part.

Are we ready for 'the big one'?

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says he believes "a number of businesses would qualify for support".

OPINION: Those who think Wellington is OK should know Christchurch was declared 95% fine before disaster struck.

Restrict immigration to boost employment

The number of young people going straight onto the dole from the youth benefit has trebled.

OPINION: The Government must take the axe to the volume of work visas being granted.

Ugly speech the fault of one

Mohammad Anwar Sahib speaks at the At-Taqwa mosque in south Auckland, in an image from the video posted online.

OPINION: A senior Muslim cleric's comments are anti-Semitic and outrageous, but they do not reflect on the tens of thousands of New Zealand Muslims who reject such views.

Lessons from the TPPA

Marchers protest against the TPPA, which was signed by the New Zealand Government but rejected by the US ...

Opinion: Trade agreements have too often become deals at any cost.

Politics of trade have changed

Donald Trump says he will get rid of the TPP pact on "day one" of his presidency.

OPINION: Trump's victory is not just about the end of one pact, but a political consensus that held for decades.

Disasters and defence capabilities

Military helicopters transport supplies from the HMNZS Canterbury into Kaikoura.

 Opinion: Our naval fleet limitations are glaringly exposed in a disaster.

The TPP is dead - what now?

Will the return of a US warship to New Zealand improve our prospects for a free trade deal?

OPINION: Even before Trump ditched the TPP, we weren't important enough for the US to care about us.

Disasters happen at all hours

Acting Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee.

The earthquake has raised a host of hard questions and has put Acting Minister of Civil Defence Gerry Brownlee in a bad mood. The mood will soon pass, but the questions won't.

Treading carefully around Trump

Rudy Giuliani wants to be America's next secretary of state.

Opinion: Trump's presidency has thrown into question the future shape of US-NZ relations.

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