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Fran O'Sullivan: Has Auckland cooked its goose?
Fran O'Sullivan: Has Auckland cooked its goose?

John Key, Bill English, Paula Bennett and Simon Bridges all know Len Brown is a lame duck mayor, writes Fran O'Sullivan.

John Armstrong: Being foolish does not prove you are a fool

Colin Craig has made a nonsense of his enemies' pigeonholing of him as a political neophyte, writes John Armstrong.

Claire Trevett: Anything's possible with a soap opera finale

Like any soap opera the Colin Craig saga is full of shadowy villains, unrequited feelings, vengeance, wrath, and wronged…

John Armstrong: Housing report should be compulsory reading

You hum it; Nathan Guy will sing it. Frank Sinatra may have crooned about there being an awful lot of coffee in Brazil…

Armstrong: Perhaps it's best to lie low
Armstrong: Perhaps it's best to lie low

If the Prime Minister describes your contribution as "outstanding", it might be wise to check on your pension entitlements…

John Armstrong: A telling hesitation
John Armstrong: A telling hesitation

It was the tale of two King Johns; it was a tale of political timing, the first example being exquisite, the second more…

Transtasman relations matter more
Transtasman relations matter more

Key had little choice but to put some distance between himself and Abbott's handling of the asylum-seeker payment row, writes…

John Armstrong: English's bonds lacking universal catch-cry
John Armstrong: English's bonds lacking universal catch-cry

Social impact bonds bear little resemblance to the kind of debt instruments you find in the finance market, writes John…

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Toby Manhire: Minister for dealing with foreign buyers?

Toby Manhire: Minister for dealing with foreign buyers?

Three ministers is not enough, writes Toby Manhire. "To have a hope of slaying the many heads of the housing crisis hydra, there may need to be even more new ministers appointed."

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Brian Rudman: 'Warm homes' rhetoric cold comfort for tenants

Brian Rudman: 'Warm homes' rhetoric cold comfort for tenants

Just over two years ago, Housing Minister Nick Smith announced that "this year" the Government was developing a housing warrant of fitness, writes Brian Rudman.

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Brian Rudman: Servants and masters - which is which?

Brian Rudman: Servants and masters - which is which?

Auckland councillors have agreed to lessons to improve their governance skills - a more urgent need is for them to learn how to be better politicians, writes Brian Rudman.

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Dita De Boni: Bottom line for mental health services

Dita De Boni: Bottom line for mental health services

The most vulnerable are likely to suffer with the introduction of 'social bonds' for the private sector, writes Dita De Boni.

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Cunliffe's ghost stalks review

Cunliffe's ghost stalks review

The internally conducted review of Labour's abysmal performance before and during last year's election campaign is already being widely dismissed.

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Claire Trevett: Trust in shorter supply than $30k for doors

Claire Trevett: Trust in shorter supply than $30k for doors

Until this week there was relative harmony in the corridor where doors are now being closed at a $30,000 cost to taxpayers, writes Claire Trevett.

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Fran O'Sullivan: Saudi deal bribe or facilitation payment?

Fran O'Sullivan: Saudi deal bribe or facilitation payment?

Murray McCully's secret Saudi deal is attracting far too much adverse comment on the international stage to be easily swept under the carpet, writes Fran O'Sullivan.

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John Armstrong: Greens' image newbie's challenge

John Armstrong: Greens' image newbie's challenge

The demise of the Alliance should give the Green Party pause for thought, writes John Armstrong.

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Claire Trevett: Williamson bombshell shows great timing

Claire Trevett: Williamson bombshell shows great timing

Nobody likes a nark but there was great entertainment value in Act leader David Seymour dobbing in National MP Maurice Williamson for an apparent waka jumping plot.

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Why axing kickstart is act of bad faith

Why axing kickstart is act of bad faith

Keeping silent about axing the $1000 kickstart payment for new KiwiSaver members, isn't a broken promise, strictly speaking, writes Audrey Young.

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