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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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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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John Armstrong: John Key is not winning the debate

John Armstrong: John Key is not winning the debate

Herald political writer John Armstrong says the PM's decision to bypass the media when announcing his decision shows he is failing.

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John Armstrong: John Key's hair in Dye Hard 2 ... with a vengeance

John Armstrong: John Key's hair in Dye Hard 2 ...  with a vengeance

Winston Peters continues his campaign to get to the roots of could be a real prime ministerial cover-up: that John Key dyes his hair, writes John Armstrong.

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Claire Trevett: Little's political cup runs over

Claire Trevett: Little's political cup runs over

Andrew Little appears to have been blessed by the gods of timing, writes Claire Trevett. Hot on the tails of Mike Sabin's resignation came the revelation SkyCity wanted a bit of taxpayer cash.

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John Armstrong: Govt struggles to sell complex state house plan

John Armstrong: Govt struggles to sell complex state house plan

Try as it might, National has been unable to reframe this particular debate, writes John Armstrong. It's handicapped by the sheer complexity of its housing plan.

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John Armstrong: Little joy looms for Labour in byelection

John Armstrong: Little joy looms for Labour in byelection

Normally, a new leader of the Opposition would relish the chance to boost his or her profile and start making some real waves through the platform offered by a byelection.

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Claire Trevett: The great crusader comes up short

Claire Trevett: The great crusader comes up short

Gareth Morgan looked about as comfortable as the turkey before Christmas as he arrived at Ratana Pa yesterday, writes Claire Trevett.

Fran O'Sullivan: Sloganeering offers little protection for our freedoms and values

'Je suis Aotearoa." It has a certain piquant charm and would get a great deal of public attention if it was chosen as the branding to unite New Zealanders of all hues, nationalities, races and....

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