Chris Trotter

Protest ain't what it used to be

Chris Trotter

The presence of large numbers of protesters on the streets no longer seems to give governments pause.

Generation gap behind Kohanga Reo scandal

Chris Trotter

OPINION: There is a strong temptation to dismiss the Te Kohanga Reo Trust scandal as something for Maori to sort out.

How will Labour 'get out the vote'?

Ballot box

OPINION: If well-read, politically aware, working-class families no longer exist, then the mission of "getting out the Labour vote" has become a fool's errand.

A lurch not to Left, but to sanity

Matt McCarten and David Cunliffe

OPINION: The out-of-left-field appointment of Matt McCarten as David Cunliffe's new chief of staff caught NZ's political class almost completely off-guard.

A black flag is the colour of death

Silver Fern flag

OPINION: Making black the dominant colour of our national flag would be ill-omened.

Old racist cartoons used clothing

Metiria Turei

OPINION: The idea that there might be some Pakeha politicians who call attention to the way a non-Pakeha person was dressed is troubling.

Whyte's oratory and wit a nice surprise

Jamie Whyte

OPINION: Had I been guided by my first impression of Jamie Whyte, my judgment would have been harsh - and wrong.

Dotcom's Megaparty of serious fun

Kim Dotcom

OPINION: If Dotcom is still here in November there's every chance that Key's Government won't be.

Citizens have a right to protection

Julie Bishop

OPINION: Why is it that politicians, who owe everything to democracy, frequently display so little understanding of its values?

New Zealander of the Year

Key Cunliffe

OPINION: It is fitting that my New Zealander of the Year should be a politician.

NZ mayoral elections 'curious'

Rob Ford

OPINION: Is Auckland about to join Toronto? A city with a mayor some would dearly like to be rid of but cannot sack?

How will history judge Nelson Mandela?

Nelson Mandela

OPINION: Will the ages welcome Nelson Mandela with the same solemnity that they received Abraham Lincoln?

Conservatives a vanity project

Colin Craig

OPINION: This prime-ministerial promotion of Colin Craig raises a number of disturbing questions about the health of New Zealand's democracy.

Scientists fail to draw Conservative respect

Russel Norman

OPINION: Last week's uncouth display by National Party MPs in Parliament revealed as much about its authors as its target, Dr Russel Norman.

Game of Thrones influences boys

Game Of Thrones The 8 bit Game

Encouraged to see themselves as little princesses, little girls grow up expecting their very own Prince Charming. Sadly, their brothers draw inspiration from the murders and rapes depicted in Game of Thrones.

Labour's policy less than it seems

David Cunliffe

Labour's new "Kiwiassure" policy neatly expresses the party's current strengths and weaknesses.

NZ workers once the envy of all the world

Chris Trotter

OPINION: What, if anything, should mothers tell their children about the meaning of Labour Day in 2013?

Old Maori ways open to challenge

Winston Peters

OPINION: If Winston Peters did not exist, Pakeha New Zealand would have to invent him.

Putting voting online would be risky


Though we might be forgiven for thinking otherwise, the conduct of democratic elections is not the stuff of comic-books.

Disquiet grows over doctrine debate

Reserve Bank of New Zealand dollar notes

OPINION: Some are calling it irresponsible meddling; others talk about the need to regain control of our destiny.

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