'Power couple' Key and McCullum

Prime Minister John Key and former Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum have been travelling in India together.

OPINION: The myth that sport and politics don't mix has been busted in India.

Not the taxpayer's fight

Joseph Parker, right, is a promising boxer, but the Government should not be footing the bill for his fights.

OPINION: A boxing bout, fought on a single night, at a venue indistinguishable from any other around the world, won't do much for New Zealand.

To endure, 100% Pure brand must have integrity

An oil pump jack in operation.

Opinion: Orthodox economics has the attributes of a religion rather than real science.

Cult of Big Brother spreading

Biddy Fraser-Davies, owner of Cwmglyn Cheese company near Eketahuna.

Opinion: The busybody culture is insinuating itself into government

Higher security for Key's visit

Prime Minister John Key and his wife Bronagh are officially welcomed in New Delhi by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

OPINION: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not a fan of swarms of reporters and made it clear there would be no media circus.

Bobby calf abuse must stop

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy.

Opinion: Bobby calves are still being mistreated in New Zealand, despite the scandal created by a sickening secret video last year.

New ideas for PM's travel

A Gulfstream like film-maker Peter Jackson's plane would give John Key long-haul options.

Opinion: After the prime minister's interrupted trip to India, it might be time to revisit the office-holder having their own plane.

Key must bite tongue

Two NZ airforce Boeing 757s at Townsville airbase.

OPINION: PM won't finger point over air force breakdown because he knows where it will end.

Jackson: 'In Huri we trust'

Inspector Huri Dennis was stood down by police in September last year, pending an investigation.

Opinion: I couldn't believe it when it was revealed that the police would be charging Inspector Huri Dennis with kidnapping.

Labouring for a strong union movement

Helen Kelly was a deeply political person who didn't just want to make a point, she wanted to make a difference.

Opinion: Trade unions are key to the fight Helen Kelly so ably led for a fair and just society.

Ngaruawahia P crackdown a warning

Tribal Huk Waikato president, Jamie Pink with the hammer took with him to clear the P houses out of Ngaruawahia

OPINION: Gang action in Ngaruawahia erodes the rule of law.

Bishop: Kiwis 'great friends'

Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop.

Australian foreign minister talks up "special relationship" with NZ, but won't back down on deportation stance.

Grim prospects for suicide

New Zealand's annual provisional suicide statistics, released on Tuesday, showed the country's suicide toll was the ...

OPINION: New Zealand has a serious problem, and talking about it once a year won't change a thing.

Share and share a 'like'

Planet Key - in future how will we know if videos like this are satire or a cleverly hidden party political ad?

OPINION: The selfie election is so 2014. Next year's election will be all about the Facebook campaign.

Garner: Have a heart Bill English

After eight years in power and now boasting a $1.8 billion surplus, this is Bill English's chance to start thinking ...

OPINION: Revealed: The secret memo to Bill English that was never written ... and would never be actioned even if it had been.

Below the beltway

Outgoing Education Minister Hekia Parata.

Here's the rundown on who ended the political week up and who's down

More prisons are not the answer

The Government is on a $1 billion prison-building spree.

The Government is back to talking tough about crime.

Now is the hour for climate response

Emissions from agriculture make up half of New Zealand's greenhouse gases.

OPINION: Environment Commissioner says country needs immediate start to curbing farm greenhouse gas emissions.

John Key's Parata headache video

Hekia Parata had a horror start to the education portfolio but leaves as one of John Key's more effective ministers.

OPINION: Hekia Parata's decision to step down at the next election sent almost as many shock waves through her caucus as it did the media.

More prison beds not the answer

Prisons are expensive breeding grounds for criminality.

Opinion: Let's take a different pathway for dealing with criminals, rather than prisons

We are not animals

Judith Collins said it, but many of us know it to be true: Poverty does not beget crime.

OPINION: Judith Collins was on the mark. Poor people have free will too.

Big Data can really deliver

Accountability and transparency of decision-making should take a leap forward, says Professor Rhema Vaithianathan.

Opinion: Big Data will revolutionise how the public sector works.

Jackson: They always put us in jail

Sir Ngatata Love sentenced to jail

Willie Jackson responds to Sir Ngatata Love's sentence and why Maori seem to get jail time for lesser crimes.

Clinton 'cake-walks to coronation'

Hillary Clinton, seen here with campaign workers in Seattle on Friday, is "cruising into the home straight" of her ...

OPINION: The Greatest Show on Earth has degenerated into Sleaze City, as the race for the White House turns for home.

Fight poverty, not tax rates

Finance Minister Bill English is all smiles as he prepares to deliver the Budget this year.

OPINION: The poor should be organising to fight for a share of the Government surplus, argues Chris Trotter.

Andrew Little's Mt Roskill mission

Andrew Little - Labour's deal with the Greens may not do them any favours in Mt Roskill

OPINION: The ink has barely dried on a date for the by-election, but Andrew Little was already pounding the streets in Mt Roskill at the weekend.

'Just a good, red-blooded bloke?'

Donald Trump with wife Melania and model Heidi Klum. His supporters see him as just a good, red-blooded bloke

OPINION: Those who would tolerate the Chiefs' behaviour and those who condemn it are not talking. Supporters of "red-blooded" Trump and those who abhor his behaviour don't communicate.

Perfect Mike Hosking on luxury items

Perfect Mike Hosking weighs in on the great luxury food debate.

The parodoxical and parodic Perfect Mike Hosking.

Why Helen Kelly's fight will never stop

The union work of Helen Kelly, who died last week of cancer, showed her belief that we're all in this together.

Even terminal cancer couldn't dampen Helen Kelly's life-long battle for justice.

Past their use-by date

Pakuranga MP Maurice Williamson  - coaxed out of his safe seat with a plum job in Los Angeles.

OPINION: MPs are under pressure to know their use-by date. Who'll be next to go off?

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