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Seymour out to show some Hide with perk attacks
Seymour out to show some Hide with perk attacks

But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks? Is it the dawn of a new Rodney Hide, Perkbuster Extraordinaire?

John Key's make-or-break Budget

The two Budget-related announcements risked giving every impression that National is running on empty, reckons John Armstrong…

Junkets in need of urgent overhaul

When it comes to matters of high sensitivity, the annual Speaker's tour is right up there, writes John Armstrong.

Resurgent Peters to rally the regions

Winston Peters' triumph in the Northland byelection signals the most serious challenge he has mounted to National in two…

Claire Trevett: Labour first in line to court King of Northland
Claire Trevett: Labour first in line to court King of Northland

The member of Parliament-elect for Northland, Winston Raymond Peters, returned to the House this week, a Phoenix rising…

John Armstrong: Govt soul-searching over lost strongholds
John Armstrong: Govt soul-searching over lost strongholds

Winston Peters cut a swathe through the wealthier parts of the Northland electorate in Saturday's byelection, securing the…

John Armstrong: If the Salvation Army can't do it, no one can
John Armstrong: If the Salvation Army can't do it, no one can

If the likes of the Salvation Army cannot afford to buy cut-price state houses, it seems improbable that any other social…

John Armstrong: Key magic will struggle to stop Peters juggernaut
John Armstrong: Key magic will struggle to stop Peters juggernaut

Last night's 3News-Reid Research poll has Winston Peters registering a thumping 54 per cent, writes John Armstrong. If replicated…

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John Armstrong: New stats on jobs in Northland

John Armstrong: New stats on jobs in Northland

Nearly 90 per cent of the 7500 new jobs created in the Northland region last year were full-time jobs, according to the office of Employment Minister Steven Joyce.

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Claire Trevett: National on high horse over use of BMW steeds

Claire Trevett: National on high horse over use of BMW steeds

The Northland byelection would be a dream for country and western singers, such has been the focus on roads.

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John Armstrong: Greenness aplenty in Norman's heirs

John Armstrong: Greenness aplenty in Norman's heirs

When Russel Norman announced he was standing down as the Greens' co-leader, his legacy to his party seemed pretty obvious.

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Claire Trevett: Winston Peters panic sees National roll out the (pork) barrel

Claire Trevett: Winston Peters panic sees National roll out the (pork) barrel

Despite John Key's claim that such antics are commonplace in by-elections, they are not, writes Claire Trevett. It is more traditional to emphasise how policies already under way will benefit the electorate in question…

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John Armstrong: Key's silence right way to handle crisis

John Armstrong: Key's silence right way to handle crisis

Should New Zealanders have been kept in the dark about the 1080 threats for nearly four months? The answer, on balance, is yes, writes John Armstrong.

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John Armstrong: National crosses into the cynical side of politics

John Armstrong: National crosses into the cynical side of politics

Yesterday's announcement is classic pork-barrelling, writes John Armstrong. It indicates National is seriously worried that Winston Peters may well carry off a victory.

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John Armstrong: Shock lead adds weight to NZ First campaign

John Armstrong: Shock lead adds weight to NZ First campaign

Taking such an early lead over his National rival in the campaign will give Winston Peters' bandwagon even more momentum, writes John Armstrong. Peters' support registered at 35 per cent in the poll,

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Claire Trevett: Rival old dogs' paws crossed for win-win in North

Claire Trevett: Rival old dogs' paws crossed for win-win in North

The self-appointed Pied Piper of the North, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters, has the words "Follow Me" on the back of his campaign bus.

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Mike Hosking: PM's call brave and honourable

Mike Hosking: PM's call brave and honourable

The enemy is no longer on a singular battlefield, the enemy is in every major town and city on the planet, writes Mike Hosking. So in sending the troops in, the purpose is what?

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Claire Trevett: Key guarding high ground over Iraq 'crusade'

Claire Trevett: Key guarding high ground over Iraq 'crusade'

No sooner was the announcement made that New Zealand was heading to Iraq, the war of words broke out.

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