Week in politics

Takes on tax adding topsy-turvy twist to Budget 2016

Takes on tax adding topsy-turvy twist to Budget 2016

It is not often that the big surprise in a Budget is something that will not be in it at all.

Targets run for cover after 'jobs for the boys' jibe

Targets run for cover after 'jobs for the boys' jibe

Last week, Donald J. Trump set out his "America First'' foreign policy.

Taking Labour leader to Iraq 'mission accomplished'

Taking Labour leader to Iraq 'mission accomplished'

At first blush, the Government's invitation to Labour leader Andrew Little to visit the troops in Iraq appeared to be a trick.

Super City specialist: Twyford’s rise in Labour assured

Super City specialist: Twyford’s rise in Labour assured

Foreign buyers, property speculators, banks, real estate agents, mortgage brokers, council rates, baby boomers - they've all had a lift one way or another from the overheated Auckland property market.

Sir Michael back in the limelight and thriving on it

Sir Michael back in the limelight and thriving on it

You can take the man out of politics but Sir Michael Cullen's bravura performance when delivering a briefing on the review of intelligence agencies shows you can't take the politician out of the man.

Time to get over PM’s ‘cake-of-soap’ faux pas

On the case of the Prime Minister and the cake of soap, it may just be time for people to take a sip of chamomile tea.

Pressures on Govt this year less onerous than previously

Pressures on Govt this year less onerous than previously

The international fight against Isis has provided bookends to John Key's political year but it is a year that has proved remarkably mild on the domestic front compared with the turmoil of recent years.

With National, Maori Party defining iwi participation

With National, Maori Party defining iwi participation

Bill English gave an important speech at Parliament this week about Maori, the state and self-determination.

John Key's trust dented and Speaker looks a bit shaky

John Key's trust dented and Speaker looks a bit shaky

Watching John Key's behaviour over this week has been similar to watching him during the Teapot tapes in 2011.

Inspector's questions restore confidence in spy agencies

Inspector's questions restore confidence in spy agencies

Anyone raised on Perry Mason knows there is a golden rule for lawyers - never ask a question in a public courtroom to which you don't already know the answer.

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