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Toby Manhire: That's right Sunshine, MPs back at work
Toby Manhire: That's right Sunshine, MPs back at work

The plump green upholstery of the parliamentary debating chamber puckered with terror this week, as the backsides of our…

Claire Trevett: Unlike Key to throw toys over dildo incident

Given a lot of adult novelty items on the market are from the US and Canada, the TPP should at least make commemorating…

Claire Trevett: PM's absence devalues day

Mr Key's decision is understandable. There is only so long a Prime Minister can sit and look as if he is at someone else's…

Fran O'Sullivan: China looms large at TPP

China may not have been in the room for the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations but it loomed large over the trade ministers'…

China being kept in loop with TPP briefings
China being kept in loop with TPP briefings

It would be a big step for powerhouse to accede to TPP agreement, with intellectual protection a thorny issue.

Waitangi guests prepared as usual
Waitangi guests prepared as usual

It has all worked out in the end and tomorrow Key will again walk down that aisle toward Ngapuhi with a chorus of protesters…

Rodney Hide: Greens move to centre of road
Rodney Hide: Greens move to centre of road

The Greens' mad rush for the centre is a huge about-face. It's like Winston Peters welcoming refugees or Peter Dunne declaring…

Jack Tame: Diamonds in the snow
Jack Tame: Diamonds in the snow

The city fell silent and the snow fell thick.

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Claire Trevett: Key pulls trusty lexicon as leaders get in a state

Claire Trevett: Key pulls trusty lexicon as leaders get in a state

One of the perils of being a third-term Prime Minister is that you run out of buzzwords and have to start recycling the old ones, writes Claire Trevett.

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Democratic debate: Continuity vs change

Democratic debate: Continuity vs change

"For anyone who has paid only scant attention to the Democratic nomination contest, it took only a few minutes to grasp the state of the race."

Claire Trevett: Lessons in John Key stunt wash-up

Claire Trevett: Lessons in John Key stunt wash-up

COMMENT: John Key and his advisers, radio jokers and petitioners all need to reflect on their roles, writes Claire Trevett.

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Debate offers no clarity for Republicans

Debate offers no clarity for Republicans

Lack of clear winners echoes uncertainty over who will claim party nomination.

Claire Trevett: Key goes for cringes in extra-curricular pursuits

Claire Trevett: Key goes for cringes in extra-curricular pursuits

Spare a thought for Bill English's family this Christmas, for he has come up with a belter of a way to spend the summer.

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Brian Rudman: Political skill more than mayor formality

Brian Rudman: Political skill more than mayor formality

To attack your rival for being experienced, and to claim your biggest asset is being ignorant of the political process, is perverse, writes Brian Rudman.

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Audrey Young: Three wise men and a childish stunt

Audrey Young: Three wise men and a childish stunt

Three wise men and four idiots featured in Parliament's last question time of the year.

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Claire Trevett: Collins' next move - bring back the Crusher

Claire Trevett: Collins' next move - bring back the Crusher

Judith Collins has put on a good impression of bread dough, which is left to rise once, then has the bejeezus pummelled out of it before being left to rise again.

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Collins not the one to watch - it's Paula

Collins not the one to watch - it's Paula

COMMENT: She doesn't have Tim Groser's intellectual subtlety and flair but Paula Bennett does have a strong opportunistic streak, writes Fran O'Sullivan.

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Judith Collins' return to Cabinet: John Key had no choice but to reinstate 'the Crusher'

Judith Collins' return to Cabinet: John Key had no choice but to reinstate 'the Crusher'

COMMENT: Yes, she has a Machiavellian style, but that hardly disqualifies her for high political office, writes Audrey Young.

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