Week in politics

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.

Clark and Key best leaders seen in a 30-year career

Clark and Key best leaders seen in a 30-year career

Here is a message to the anonymous Herald reader who was so angry with a column I had written that he offered to drive me to the airport on condition I left the country.

Support partners more important to National

The importance of National's support partners - Act New Zealand, United Future and the Maori Party - has grown immensely from election night a year ago.

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