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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…

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…

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…

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…

John Armstrong on politics

NZ First's appeal to diminishing fan base spells doom for party NZ First's appeal to diminishing fan base spells doom for party

John Armstrong writes: NZ First is marooned in a time…

Nats' policy changes signal Nats' policy changes signal

National's latest bit of tinkering with its immigration…

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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.

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.

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…

Claire Trevett: Peters upstaged but again a power on the rise
Claire Trevett: Peters upstaged but again a power on the rise

Winston Peters clearly got some momentum from the Northland win. The question is whether he's made the most of it, writes…

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Fran O'Sullivan: Forthright English sets us straight on China

Fran O'Sullivan: Forthright English sets us straight on China

The Finance Minister punctures dairy denials but needs an eye on recent boom and bust, writes Fran O'Sullivan.

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John Roughan: Little's pragmatic side coming through

John Roughan: Little's pragmatic side coming through

The Labour leader's comments on 90-day trials could be a sign the party is confronting the reality of taking the reins, writes John Roughan.

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Political roundup: Reforming or wrecking prisons

Political roundup: Reforming or wrecking prisons

$100,000 a year to imprison a person is a lot of money. That's the striking figure at the centre of the current prison scandal and debate.

John Armstrong: Key told to flag $26m project

John Armstrong: Key told to flag $26m project

Having watched John Key's obviously flagging campaign for a new flag, Andrew Little had some advice for the PM in Parliament yesterday.

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Claire Trevett: Key plays it straight as Little lobs on housing

Claire Trevett: Key plays it straight as Little lobs on housing

Those expecting fireworks in John Key and Andrew Little's first encounter since the Chinese-sounding-surname debate broke out were sorely disappointed, writes Claire Trevett.

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Fran O'Sullivan: Labour must dig deeper in foreign buyer data

Fran O'Sullivan: Labour must dig deeper in foreign buyer data

If the party's key researchers are made of stern stuff they will now further test their analysis, writes Fran O'Sullivan.

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John Armstrong: National off-guard over housing

John Armstrong: National off-guard over housing

For all intents and purposes National was done like a dog's dinner by Labour this week, writes John Armstrong.

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John Roughan: Pluto - credible science without politics

John Roughan: Pluto - credible science without politics

We are in awe of the discoveries in outer space but sceptical about climate change - and with good reason, argues John Roughan.

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Dita De Boni: Govt inactive on housing but robust against Hager

Dita De Boni: Govt inactive on housing but robust against Hager

The state was paying unwarranted attention to Nicky Hager when its low-wage citizens needed it more, writes Dita De Boni.

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Claire Trevett: To be like Taylor Swift, Labour has to shake it off

Claire Trevett: To be like Taylor Swift, Labour has to shake it off

Labour could learn a thing or two from the adaptable, influential, and canny businesswoman Taylor Swift, writes Claire Trevett.

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