Claire Trevett casts an eye back on the week in which National Party leader doubled-down rather than backed down on his "buffoon-like" assessment of Boris Johnson, the Greens' had a backfire, and Shane Jones had a party.

Monday: Casting shade, diplomatically.

The Silver Ferns' win over Australia in the Netball World Cup provided balm for cricket-battered souls, including New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Don Higgins.

Higgins emailed his Australian counterpart Roderick Brazier after the game.


It read:

"I just wanted to pass on my congratulations to our Australian colleagues after a terrific month of sport for Australia: