Opinion

Turei's middle-class hand wringing

Hands up if you are a welfare fraudster.

OPINION: Metiria Turei's benefit fraud disclosure shows lot of middle-class hand-wringing about a social group from which she is completely divorced.

Clear choices are on offer

Labour leader Andrew Little, left, and finance spokesman Grant Robertson unveil the party's fiscal plan in Wellington on ...

OPINION: This election will offer clear choices in economic approach.

Council's snooping must not be tolerated

Horowhenua District Council chief executive David Clapperton, left, with mayor Michael Feyen at the start of his term. ...

OPINION: Nobody from the Horowhenua council has explained why it's necessary to debase democracy.

And then along came Winston ...

NZ First leader Winston Peters is the unknown "cost" in big party election-year budgets

OPINION: You can call Labour's fiscal plan a lot of things. Careful, even unambitious in places. But you can't call it profligate.

Councils gagging dissent

Horowhenua District Council building in Levin.

OPINION: Some local councils are using the mandatory code of conduct to thwart open dialogue by their elected members.

If 7-year-olds could vote video

Our panel of little geniuses discuss education, the environment, politics and the future. In partnership with Matilda, ...

When some politicians are building walls, the Kiwi kids in this delightful video want to tear them down.

Push for Wairarapa poll

Sir Wira Gardiner.

OPINION: Sir Wira Gardiner commends the proposal for a Wairarapa District Council, calls for a poll and says the ultimate decision now lies where it belongs – with the people.

Sir John deserves Aussie gong video

Sir John and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull share a "bromance" moment canoeing on Sydney Harbour

OPINION: Former PM draws ire for accepting Australia's highest honour, but it's their medal and they can give it to whoever they like.

Clapperton's position untenable

David Clapperton's action paid little heed to democracy.

OPINION: Under-fire council chief executive must step aside for public inquiry.

When and where will Labour make ground?

18052017 News photo Monique Ford / FAIRFAX NZ
Labour Leader Andrew Little speaks at a Pre-Budget Breakfast event hosted ...

Opinion: A lot has to go right for Labour, and wrong for National, for a change in Government.

Too little, too late from Government on youth unemployment

Fishing for votes in the heartland: New Zealand First leader Winston Peters' campaign tour has been touring the ...

OPINION: What is being done to stop the vast and growing swathe of young and rudderless Cantabs from rotting their lives away?

The great political swindle

"For 30 years  New Zealand's best and brightest business leaders, academics, journalists, and politicians have been ...

OPINION: NZ's most successful people will be to blame if this year's election becomes messy.

Minor parties' two-ring circus video

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters won't allow the Greens to steal all the headlines - reaching for the ...

The Greens and NZ First are locked in a battle to say the most controversial things.

Turei's bold move video

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei admits she lied to Work and Income NZ so that her benefit would not be cut.

OPINION: A self-confessed benefit fraudster wants your vote. Her admission's a line in the sand that may backfire.

Caution on teacher appraisals

Teacher appraisals are questionable.

Opinion: Teacher appraisals should be treated with a high degree of caution.

MP thinks it's a free lunch video

There was no love lost between Bill English and Todd Barclay.

OPINION: Missing-in-action Todd Barclay is becoming an expensive liability for the Government. So why's the PM protecting him?

Rattling chains of elections past

One thing is true of NZ First leader Winston Peters will keep his options open to the very end, and he has more of them ...

OPINION: Greens and NZ First will jostle for the stronger hand. But the Greens will be careful not cross a line.

Strange goings on in Southland video

Where is Clutha-Southland National MP Todd Barclay ?

OPINION: Where's Todd Barclay? It depends on whom you ask, it seems.

The Greens swipe the warpaint

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei will be firing on all cylinders at the annual conference this weekend.

The Greens are prepping for a bold move and this weekend marks "game-on" for them.

US envoy's 'fair go' cop-out

27062017 News. CAMERON BURNELL/FAIRFAX NZ. US Ambassador Scott Brown

OPINION: He's asked Kiwis to give Trump a fair go, but he'd do well to consider giving those fleeing war the same.

Money will decide marijuana issue

Cannabis plants are grown in an Austrian greenhouse.

OPINION: Time changes lots of things, especially laws. Being drunk in public is no longer an offence, for example.

More the same than different video

Labour leader Andrew Little playing 'the same but different' with National on family policy.

OPINION: Has Labour been too cautious to tap voter discontent?

How to prevent prison violence

Aerial view of Hawke's Bay Prison, at Mangaroa.

OPINION: A scathing report by the ombudsmen shows that almost half the prisoners at Hawkes Bay prison have been assaulted during their sentence.

Toughen up drinking laws

Young women especially have let us down when it comes to binge drinking.

OPINION: We thought young people could be trusted with alcohol. We were wrong.

Damning the dam

Part of the 22 hectares of Ruahine Forest Park that the Department of Conservation had agreed to swap to pave the way ...

Court of Appeal ruling against Ruataniwha project leaves National Govt facing hard choice: uphold the constitution or uphold "The Plan".

Law and order overhaul needed

Norm Withers, pictured in 2004, still believes law and order is a key issue for New Zealand.

OPINION: She was an inspirational 71-year-old pensioner whose despicable beating was the life force behind a thunderous law and order referendum.

The importance of China

ABC political editor Chris Uhlmann described Trump as an "uneasy, awkward, lonely figure" at the G20 summit.

OPINION: NZ diplomats will need to tread carefully if a more isolated US leaves China and Russia to jostle for world leadership.

Playing the blame game

All Black Ngani Laumape dives to score a try during the test match against the British & Irish Lions on Saturday.

OPINION: The referee didn't give the All Blacks butterfingers.

An awkward political menage a trois

Peters could make things very awkward for the Greens.

OPINION: The marriage between Labour and the Greens gets a little awkward with NZ First as an unlikely bedfellow.

Keep the oil barons honest

Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins.

OPINION: We're paying the biggest mark-ups on petrol in the developed world, writes Dave Armstrong.

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