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John Key's trust problem
John Key's trust problem

COMMENT: This is exactly the sort of personal connection to a scandal that John Key's been trying to avoid, writes Frances…

Claire Trevett: National's five new taxes

Not so long ago, when trying to capitalise on Labour's campaign against housebuyers with Chinese-sounding surnames, John…

Audrey Young: Ex-PM off to solid start, says McCully

COMMENT: Murray McCully believes Helen Clark had the best start possible in the first phase of her bid to become the next…

Barry Soper: MPs tough it out on overseas trip

COMMENT: As a group of MPs heads to South America to strengthen ties with overseas parliaments, Barry Soper looks at how…

Claire Trevett: Little's stunt leaves PM with finger in the dyke
Claire Trevett: Little's stunt leaves PM with finger in the dyke

COMMENT: Labour leader Andrew Little put on a show of going the extra mile by releasing his income tax records and calling…

Barry Soper: Labour in need of consistent message
Barry Soper: Labour in need of consistent message

COMMENT: This year it's gone from bad to worse for Labour, writes Barry Soper. Even though John Key lost the flag debate…

Audrey Young: Report nails what's really important
Audrey Young: Report nails what's really important

COMMENT: New Zealand has no shortage of tea-stained reports about the failures of Child Youth and Family and its hard-working…

Claire Trevett: Sabre-waving Peters skirmishing on all fronts
Claire Trevett: Sabre-waving Peters skirmishing on all fronts

COMMENT: Winston Peters claims SuperGold card concessions are under attack and criticises the Governmennt over its handling…

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Claire Trevett: Is Winston Peters NZ's Donald Trump?

Claire Trevett: Is Winston Peters NZ's Donald Trump?

Calling somebody Trumpesque has become the insult du jour in Parliament, way up there with calling somebody Muldoonist or the offpsring of Margaret Thatcher.

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Claire Trevett: Key faces more colds as farming sneezes

Claire Trevett: Key faces more colds as farming sneezes

It was an ominous sign when Prime Minister John Key wandered into his weekly post-Cabinet press conference and announced, "I've got a bit of a head cold."

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Claire Trevett: Littler Britain still too small to change ensign

Claire Trevett: Littler Britain still too small to change ensign

It has long been a bad habit of New Zealand that just when we have a chance to beat Australia at something, we choke.

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Claire Trevett: Signs are there that the Crusher of old is back

Claire Trevett: Signs are there that the Crusher of old is back

If further evidence of Collins' reincarnation was needed, it came in her response to questions about police being urged to review their pursuit practices, writes Claire Trevett.

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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 elected representatives nestled in after a couple of months away.

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Claire Trevett: Unlike Key to throw toys over dildo incident

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 our national day a bit cheaper, writes Claire Trevett.

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Claire Trevett: PM's absence devalues day

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 beck and call, writes Claire Trevett.

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Fran O'Sullivan: China looms large at TPP

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' thinking. Before the ink was barely dry at today's signing ceremony, US President Barack Obama…

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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.

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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 as guests, writes Claire Trevett.

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