COMMENT

Stunning revelations about the way New Zealand politics is conducted were heard in the Winston Peters trial at the High Court of Auckland.

Many of us have formed a somewhat jaundiced view of political conduct in New Zealand. It's commonly assumed that parliament and its environs is a dark, seething pit of deviousness, back-stabbing, ruthless self-interest, lies, malice, deceit and various other assorted vices.

Imagine, then, the shock felt by all who were in courtroom 13 as Paula Bennett appeared in the witness box to affirm that New Zealand politics is in fact as sunny and glorious as the

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