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Brian Rudman: Power cash handout an asset for all of us
Brian Rudman: Power cash handout an asset for all of us

Energy trust would be more loveable if its annual payout wasn't used to benefit individuals ... or to promote re-election…

Political roundup: Jacinda Ardern and the 'pretty little thing' debate

Jacinda Ardern's swift rise in popularity is provoking debate about the political direction of the Labour Party, it's leadership…

Claire Trevett: How to change the flag - let British win the Cup

All we have agreed on in this search for a unifying piece of fabric is that those it is meant to unify can agree on nothing…

Peter Lyons: Nothing but spin coming from our Government

We are living in an age of spin, writes Peter Lyons. The Roman leaders gave their people bread and circuses. Sadly we no…

Fran O'Sullivan: TPP requires major sales effort to gain acceptance
Fran O'Sullivan: TPP requires major sales effort to gain acceptance

The country is not convinced a deal would have plenty of upside, writes Fran O'Sullivan.

Audrey Young: It's life and death ... but politics comes first
Audrey Young: It's life and death ... but politics comes first

Cynical safety move means minister must quit if 'safe farm' death rate doesn't fall, writes Audrey Young.

John Roughan: Alas, we'll never read Gair's inside story
John Roughan: Alas, we'll never read Gair's inside story

Gentlemanly political veteran was privy to momentous decisions which shaped this country, writes John Roughan.

Dita De Boni: Cantabrians not amused by rebuild funny business
Dita De Boni: Cantabrians not amused by rebuild funny business

If you look hard enough, a kind of not strictly illegal, but let's say, fudging, of due process appears, writes Dita De…

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John Roughan: McCully's Saudi deal clumsy

John Roughan: McCully's Saudi deal clumsy

Unconvincing explanations for settling live sheep export grievance should not hurt New Zealand's clean reputation, writes John Roughan.

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Dita De Boni: Let's pledge to ban nuclear bombs

Dita De Boni: Let's pledge to ban nuclear bombs

Seventy years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, New Zealand must take the lead on banning lethal weapons, writes Dita De Boni.

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The making of Amy Adams?

The making of Amy Adams?

Amy Adams fits in with the "compassionate conservatism" tag Prime Minister John Key has used to describe his Administration, writes Claire Trevett.

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Brian Fallow: Hard to assess risks in secret trade talks

Brian Fallow: Hard to assess risks in secret trade talks

Should we be dismayed or relieved at the disarray the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations are in? Sorry, but on the information to hand it is impossible to say.

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Element of absurd around talks

Element of absurd around talks

Trade negotiations by their nature tend to teeter on the brink of failure and TPP at Maui proved to be no exception, says Stephen Jacobi.

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Rodney Hide: Sure beats Friday night bingo

Rodney Hide: Sure beats Friday night bingo

We live in a beautiful, peaceful country. The Prime Minister has us designing a new flag. Labour leader Andrew Little wants a new national anthem. We truly are blessed.

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Fran O'Sullivan: Groser should walk away from TPP if no deal

Fran O'Sullivan: Groser should walk away from TPP if no deal

The TPP has the potential to transform the economies of the 12 Asia-Pacific nations - but the devil, as always, is in the fine print, writes Fran O'Sullivan.

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Claire Trevett: Bottom line a problem for Little in flag and TPP

Claire Trevett: Bottom line a problem for Little in flag and TPP

The Labour leader is walking a tightrope in delivering trade messages, writes Claire Trevett.

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John Roughan: TPP a 'threat' to innovation?

John Roughan: TPP a 'threat' to innovation?

Knowledge should not be a restricted property and its applications shouldn't be patentable, writes John Roughan.

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Bryan Gould: Shift left predicted after privatisation shambles

Bryan Gould: Shift left predicted after privatisation shambles

"Free market" theory has a lot to answer for, writes Bryan Gould. Charter schools? Privately run prisons? What about the wacky idea of selling bonds to finance social services?

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