Opinion

Let the fingerpointing begin

National candidate Mark Osborne concedes by phone to Winston Peters at the Bay of Islands Golf Club in Kerikeri.

OPINION: The post-mortems in National over its crushing defeat in Northland will be long and hard and are already under way.

National's big wake-up

National Party candidate Mark Osborne couldn't get there. NZ First leader Winston Peters takes the Northland seat.

OPINION: Shockwave. That is what will be going through National after the Northland rout.

Crunch time for Northland

Katie Tito chats with Northland by-election candidate Winston Peters  in Dargaville during his whirl wind tour of Northland.

OPINION: The final day of the Northland by-election campaign has come down to one thing. Winston Peters versus John Key.

National has botched this by-election

Prime Minister John Key at Delta Produce Kumara in Dargaville.

OPINION: Winston Peters' lead, according to the latest poll, is so formidable that he is likely to win. John Key himself thinks so.

Reputations riding on Northland outcome

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Tracy Watkins, Fairfax Press Gallery reporter.

OPINION: Did National pick the wrong candidate? Was it a blunder to make too many big spending promises? Did it choose the wrong campaign team?

Review to prove intel networks' value

Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

OPINION: Livelihoods rely on protecting NZ's IT infrastructure, explain Andrew Colarik and Rhys Ball.

Catch-up time for teachers' pay

WAITING GAME: Finance Minister Bill English needs to get real about teacher salaries, says the PPTA.

OPINION: It's time for the Government to pick up the slack around teacher salaries, writes Angela Roberts.

GCSB spying claims 'disturbing'

Tracy Watkins

OPINION: Revelations the GCSB snooped on rival candidates for the job are as disturbing as they are explosive, writes Tracy Watkins.

Health system trapped on waiting list

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Tony Ryall, retiring from politics after next election.

OPINION: Retiring at the election, did former health minister Tony Ryall bail out at just the right time?

Can reptiles derail a new house?

This is a tale of a total abuse of the Resource Management Act and local council planning rules. The council said this must include "subcontracting a lizard specialist to assess whether a lizard management plan would also be needed".

OPINION: Officials needed to know whether lizards or native geckos exist at the property ... and whether their lives are in danger.

Keep MP pay transparent

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John Key was at the University of Waikato mixing with university students. 
Hamilton

OPINION: It's a blood sport anyone can play. Shooting at MPs in their fishy barrel.

Greens risk squandering legacy

Columnist Chris Trotter

OPINION: Russel Norman single-handedly gave the Greens economic credibility and that credibility may depart with him.

'Famous-est person' can afford a sly smile

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 20:  New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters speaks to media and supporters at the Spencer on Byron Hotel in Takapuna on September 20, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.  Voters head to the polls today to elect the 51st Parliament of New Zealand.  (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

OPINION: Are Northland voters about to inflict something of a trial separation from National?

Nats feel the heat in north

WINSTON PETERS: Winning an electorate seat will shore up NZ First's position heading into 2017, even if he retires.

OPINION: National is set on overtaking Winston Peters' Force for the North campaign bus with much on the line in the fight for Northland, writes Andrea Vance.

Political management a mixed bag

FRONTING UP: Prime Minister John Key talks to the media, with Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy.

OPINION: The Government's political management, good, bad and ugly, has been brutally laid bare.

Lessons learned from botulism fiasco

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 10:  New Zealand Prime Minister John Key talks to the media while Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy looks on at Parliament House on March 10, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand. Fonterra and Federated Farmers received anonymous letters in November last year, threatening to contaminate baby formula with 1080 unless New Zealand stopped using the poison for pest control by the end of March.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

OPINION: Parents will be understandably alarmed by the latest baby formula scare.

National in bid to stop Peters'

NORTHLAND CANDIDATE: Winston Peters in front of his big blue bus, the The Force For the North.

OPINION: National is in trouble in the Northland by-election and its answer is as old as the hills - pull out the chequebook.

Who needs the media? Winnie

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters.

OPINION: Andrew Gunn examines New Zealand First's Northland by-election.

Silence on surveillance not healthy

NICKY HAGER: The author was picked as a specialist adviser to artist Simon Denny whose project Secret Power will represent New Zealand at the Venice Biennale.

OPINION: Nicky Hager must wonder why he bothers.

Key burning up political capital

REVELATIONS: Edward Snowden’s latest batch of revelations prompted a terse response from Prime Minister John Key.

OPINION: It's hard not to feel sorry for the nation's spooks after wading through the latest Snowden documents.

I spy with my little eye...

"Oh great, green binary rain again. This is the absolute last time I go to The Matrix for a holiday. 'Terrible weather, lousy service, too many Hugo Weavings. No stars.'"

OPINION: Call me old-fashioned, but I never thought you told people you were spying on them.

We should do more spying

COUP LEADER: Fijian nationalist George Speight, flanked by armed gunmen, removes road blocks around the Parliament Building compound a month after storming it in 2000. New Zealand was caught off-guard by the coup because of a lack of spying.

OPINION: It's not a paradise out there in the South Pacific - dangerous things happen like coups and mutinies.

Peters opens up possibilities

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 20:  New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters speaks to media and supporters at the Spencer on Byron Hotel in Takapuna on September 20, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.  Voters head to the polls today to elect the 51st Parliament of New Zealand.  (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

OPINION: Watching Winston Peters, you can't help being reminded of an old lion on his rock surveying the grassland.

Special privileges for Maori replace doing the right thing

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Don Brash and Gareth Morgan addresses people at the Orewa Rotary Hall about the Treaty of Waitangi.

OPINION: Howie Tamati, sole Maori councillor on the New Plymouth District Council, sees the granting of Maori wards on local councils as a step in the right direction, telling Radio New Zealand it is "not the right answer but a start". He is wrong, very wrong.

There's no reason the Maori Party can't succeed

LAPDOG WITH POTENTIAL: Te Ururoa Flavell has long been considered the halfway viewpoint between Hone Harawira and Pita Sharples. There's no reason he and Marama Fox can't establish that independent Maori voice.

Opinion: Put it to party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell the Maori Party are government lapdogs, he'll likely agree with you. 

Barker dumping not the Kiwi way

STOOD DOWN: Dean Barker deserves an apology.

OPINION: Dean Barker had his shot and came up short, but the way he was dumped is an outrage.

Caesar-like tinge to Abbott visit

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

OPINION: The question on everyone's lips is whether Tony Abbott's first official visit here would also be his last.

Peters' paradoxical call video

NZ First MP Winston Peters has decided to stand for his home electorate of Northland in the by-election.

OPINION: It was classic Winston Peters.

Wins for NZ unlikely from 'toxic' Abbott

Tracy Watkins, Fairfax Press Gallery reporter.

OPINION: With his leadership mortally wounded back home, Tony Abbott will be unlikely to be in the mood to hand John Key many big wins when they meet.

Pumped up over petrol

The wholesale cost of diesel isn't being passed on to consumers in the same away that unleaded fuel is

OPINION: As the oil price plunged, so did petrol prices. But did they plunge enough?

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