OPINION: It's Christmas and police should have better access to guns to fight the inevitable surge in domestic violence.
OPINION: 2014 brought out the worst, rather than the best in our politicians. So, instead, here are seven individuals that shaped politics from outside the Beehive.
OPINION: Is there a better time for political opportunism than in the wake of a "terror" attack? For Prime Minister John Key it seems not.
OPINION: The countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill prescribes extended search and surveillance powers to the SIS including being able to conduct surveillance without a warrant in an emergency.
OPINION: As we all look forward to the season of peace and goodwill, remember not all are so fortunate.
OPINION: Lucky John. Teflon John. Call him what you will, 2014 was the year of John Key.
News that Judith Collins would be our columnist generated excited comment across media. Now, we have another new columnist.
OPINION: Some MPs will stop at nothing to raise their chances of getting on the TV news.
OPINION: It's a truth universally acknowledged that your average OECD report can be used by either major party to justify its plans.
OPINION: Did he but know it, Sam Lotu-Iiga got a masterclass from Hekia Parata in how to talk piffle in Parliament and get away with it.
OPINION: I've known Phil Smith for more than a decade. He's been a builder for 53 years, having started as an apprentice at 16 years of age. Those were the days when woodwork was taught in schools and being a carpenter meant knowing and working in wood. Over those years a few things have changed.
OPINION: In life after politics, John Key could earn a tidy sum as an after-dinner speaker.
OPINION: Political leaders are agreed that the 2014 campaign would be remembered as one of the most bruising - if not the weirdest - campaigns in history.
OPINION: It was probably inevitable that Labour would face cries of "sellouts" and "mugs" after it agreed to back the foreign fighters law.
OPINION: New Conservation Minister Maggie Barry explains her stance on the use of 1080 poison.
OPINION: There's getting to be a dimension of adolescent one-upmanship about the prime minister's phone number saga.
OPINION: Labour supporters have yet another reason to be disappointed after MPs supported the Govt’s new anti-terror laws.
OPINION: Andrew Little's call for Labour to redefine what it means by working people shows he is not solely a creature of his union backers and background.
OPINION: No tubs thumped, no visions conjured and only one sacred Labour cow wounded.
OPINION: I can't recall. Translation: prove it. The limits of our politicians' memories are stretched often. Either that or their credibility.
OPINION: The Government looked cocky, arrogant and ill-discplined this week.
OPINION: John Key and Cameron Slater. How is the Prime Minister going to explain those text messages?
OPINION: When we catch a minister breaking the law, they don't resign. They ask their pollster if the scandal is resonating with voters.
OPINION: State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie ought to take a long, hard look at a worrying erosion of political neutrality, writes Vernon Small.
OPINION: As he hits the books in coming weeks, Labour's finance spokesman Grant Robertson will be building on thinking that's been percolating for months.
OPINION: To say the Opposition was busting a gut yesterday would not be underselling the proposition.
OPINION: John Key took aim squarely at his own foot and fired at will.
OPINION: Prime Minister John Key has interpreted two reports as showing he was above 'dirty politics'. They do not.
OPINION: In the wake of the reaction to the Roger Sutton case, what victim of sexual bullying in the workplace will come forward now?
A bunch of faceless union hacks chose Andrew Little to lead the Labour Party this week.