John Armstrong

Peters may offer National a more predictable option

Several months ago, a copy of a New Zealand First internal memo was leaked to The New Zealand Herald.

Cunliffe's freeze puts Labour's hopes on ice

Cunliffe's freeze puts Labour's hopes on ice

It could have all gone horribly wrong for John Key during the leaders' debate in Christchurch last Tuesday evening.

'Things that matter' give way to 'dirty politics' farrago

'Things that matter' give way to 'dirty politics' farrago

If - as the participants keep insisting - this election is really about ''the things that matter'', then the question of which of the two major parties has the economic agenda with the most foresight would be dominating the campaign.

Opinion: 'Dirty Politics' yet to derail National's campaign

Opinion: 'Dirty Politics' yet to derail National's campaign

One question - and one question only - lingers like flashing neon on a moonless night as the Nicky Hager-instigated political firestorm of the last 10 days finally seems to be burning itself out, if only gradually.

Opinion: National ignores incriminating material

Opinion: National ignores incriminating material

The tirade of insults, invective and scorn directed at Nicky Hager must rank as one of the most sustained efforts by National to destroy an individual's credibility since the party's political witch trials of the Muldoon era.

Winston Peters keeps pulling the rabbits from his hat

Winston Peters keeps pulling the rabbits from his hat

You cannot teach an old dog new tricks, but try telling Winston Peters that.

Opinion: Joyce reveals cruel wit from formidable skills armoury

Opinion: Joyce reveals cruel wit from formidable skills armoury

What next, minister? New Zealand's Got Talent?

Opinion: Time for Dotcom to front up with allegations about Key

Opinion: Time for Dotcom to front up with allegations about Key

The time has come for Kim Dotcom to put up or shut up.

Opinion: Labour putting emphasis on face-to-face canvassing

Opinion: Labour putting emphasis on face-to-face canvassing

Let's get one thing straight: the Labour Party is not shutting journalists out of its conference in Wellington this weekend despite some media and bloggers breathlessly, but inaccurately, claiming it is.

Opinion: Alternative Budget both visionary and responsible

Opinion: Alternative Budget both visionary and responsible

Amid the energy-sapping and morale-draining bouts of bedlam afflicting the New Zealand Labour Party, one senior caucus figure gives every impression of being a veritable rock of calm and stability.