It has not been a good week for coalition optics.

The Labour-led Government was faced with a shambolic prelude to the first debate on abortion law reform, courtesy of a New Zealand First ambush of such significance that Winston Peters owes Jacinda Ardern an apology.

And Labour had to grin and bear the continued ridicule of a Green Party minister in Parliament over her own foolishness in dealing with her senior Labour minister.


Associate Transport minister Julie Anne Genter is putting up the fight of her life to prevent the release of an important official letter she signed as