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Brian Rudman: Dildo jape distracts from the real issue
Brian Rudman: Dildo jape distracts from the real issue

The annual humiliation of prime ministers at Waitangi's lower marae needs to be knocked on the head for good, writes Brian…

Barry Soper: Leaders trade barbs at Parliament opening

If you were John Key's speech writer for his keynote opener in Parliament's bear pit, you would have been frustrated. You…

Jim Rose: Correct economic stance on TPP is lukewarm opposition

For this lukewarm opponent of regional trade agreements, the TPP is a so-so deal with small net gains, writes Jim Rose.

Dildo thrower: Employer stays mum

The employers of a protester who threw a sex toy at Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce will not say whether she…

Claire Trevett: Pokes and jokes hit and miss but Winston Peters still the master
Claire Trevett: Pokes and jokes hit and miss but Winston Peters still the master

COMMENT: John Key's not renowned for his modesty, but he may have gone too far in crediting the Black Caps' win to the National-led…

Annette King hints at Labour future
Annette King hints at Labour future

Labour veteran confirms she'll stand again in 2017 but possibly only on the list, a step which would open up her Rongotai…

Key, Little face off in Parliament return
Key, Little face off in Parliament return

Both leaders trade verbal blows over the Trans Pacific Partnership.

The $17b economic gap
The $17b economic gap

The Government's sticking to its spending plans despite a slowdown in economic growth.

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NZ considers increasing Zika aid to Tonga
NZ considers increasing Zika aid to Tonga

Australia has pledged $500,000 to help Tonga stop the spread of the virus after they last week declared…

Barry Soper: Trade boost would help Maori

They're waiting with bated breath in Parliament's bear pit this afternoon for the Prime Minister to lay it on the line -…

Gerry Brownlee off to Europe to discuss Isis

Gerry Brownlee is leaving for Europe today for a meeting of countries to discuss the US-led coalition against Isis.

Key: Changes in UK 'disappointing'

There is no plan to reduce the entitlements of British people living in New Zealand in response to Kiwis in the United Kingdom…

Alan Duff: Ngapuhi should show some respect
Alan Duff: Ngapuhi should show some respect

Now, if Maori at Waitangi promise our Prime Minister a hostile welcome, why should he go? Alan Duff…

McCully: 'We cannot allow this'

Foreign Minister condemns long-range rocket launch by North Korea.

Taxpayer money should help buy beach: Labour

Taxpayer money should be put up to help buy an idyllic, privately owned beach at the top of the South Island, Labour says…

Free trade deal with Europe ramping up

New Zealand's efforts to secure a free trade agreement with Europe are ramping up, with Trade Minister Todd McClay flying…

Heather du Plessis-Allan: An infuriating protest

The opposition to the TPP was ugly. Worse than that, it backfired, writes Heather du Plessis-Allan.

Crackdown on Kiwi OE
Crackdown on Kiwi OE

Another British law change has just made it harder for Kiwis to live and work in the United Kingdom.

PM: Sex-toy toss a bad look

His right-hand man was the target of a hurled dildo at Waitangi but Prime Minister John Key says he will consider making…

Rodney Hide: Nothing beats an honest bribe

If I was a greedy, grasping, socialist, I would be totally underwhelmed by Labour leader Andrew Little promising free "post-school"…

Paul Little: Senility and lack of brains no bar

Much fun has been had at the expense of the US Republican Party candidates for the presidential nomination over the fact…

Kerre McIvor: Bums on seats not good enough
Kerre McIvor: Bums on seats not good enough

This time last week, Labour leader Andrew Little announced in his state of the nation speech that come…

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National is in the middle of its third term - a time that many have observed is traditionally characterised by arrogance…

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The good news for the Government is that Hone Harawira and his friends just made its sales job a lot easier, writes Audrey…

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The political world was stunned on Wednesday when David Cunliffe announced me as his chief of staff, writes Matt McCarten…

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