OPINION: By-elections are notoriously unreliable harbingers for coming electoral fortune.
Opinion: Accommodation levies for tourists are fairly standard in Europe and the US; does NZ need one too?
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.
Are pundits looking for horse-trading where it doesn't exist?
Andrew Little needed a slam dunk from Michael Wood in the Mt Roskill by-election - and he got one.
OPINION: Education Minister Hekia Parata, who plans to outlaw seclusion rooms, says she understands managing challenging behaviour can be very difficult.
OPINION: Upheaval is sweeping the world but Andrew Little refuses to speak the language of revolution.
Below the beltway
SATIRE: "For goodness sake Bill, I might as well throw on a Che Guevera T-shirt and nationalise Kiri Te Kanawa."
OPINION: The state abandoned children put into its care – and now it must do what it can to put that negligence right.
Opinion: The fire's gone out of the belly of Labour under Andrew Little.
OPINION: A win in Mt Roskill for Labour this weekend won't cause many ripples - but what happens if Labour loses?
OPINION: Opposing euthanasia does not mean that a person opposes compassion.
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
It's wonderful when you see our people supporting indigenous people around the world.
OPINION: Modern workers have the right to vote and form trade unions, but willingly enter their masters' cages voluntarily.
OPINION: What sort of law needs constant resort to a "safety valve" to prevent gross injustice from occurring?
Tail wagging the dog? That's the mark of an MP out of their depth.
OPINION: This year, truth is stranger than the fake news. So can you tell the difference? Try our quiz.
What would it take for you stop using plastic bags?
New Zealand has finally got serious on ending gender pay inequality by tackling the trickiest part.
OPINION: Those who think Wellington is OK should know Christchurch was declared 95% fine before disaster struck.
OPINION: The Government must take the axe to the volume of work visas being granted.
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.
Opinion: Trade agreements have too often become deals at any cost.
OPINION: Trump's victory is not just about the end of one pact, but a political consensus that held for decades.
Opinion: Our naval fleet limitations are glaringly exposed in a disaster.
OPINION: Even before Trump ditched the TPP, we weren't important enough for the US to care about us.
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.
Opinion: Trump's presidency has thrown into question the future shape of US-NZ relations.