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Ironing out the creases in coat-tail rule
New Zealand

Ironing out the creases in coat-tail rule

COMMENT: It is a curious fact that neither of the two parties that dominated the first byelection of this term of government are taking part at all in the last., writes Toby Manhire.

Toby Manhire: State of the Nation
New Zealand

Toby Manhire: State of the Nation

With September 23 inked into the calendar, Bill English unleashed yesterday his first big State of the Nation address as prime minister, writes Toby Manhire.

Toby Manhire: Trumpugees
New Zealand

Toby Manhire: Trumpugees

You might at first be alarmed by this exhibition of intolerance, fearing that a Trumpesque streak is alive and well even in this distant paradise, writes Toby Manhire.

Leader speeches - the lost scrolls?
Politics

Leader speeches - the lost scrolls?

My hackster informant Lambshank has wetsuited up and plunged into the hard drives of the pretenders, thieving digital files containing draft speeches.

Why Trump will be ok, in one sentence
World

Why Trump will be ok, in one sentence

...he's neck and neck in polling with Hillary Clinton, so it's about time to ask whether he would really be so face-meltingly terrible...

Manhire: Contenders for the Labour
Politics

Manhire: Contenders for the Labour

Precarious, unsettled: few organisations are confronting the realities of the contemporary workplace quite so directly as the NZ Labour Party.