Week in politics

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.

Stability a small yet vital win for Labour

Stability a small yet vital win for Labour

Next week is an anniversary Labour leader Andrew Little and his predecessors will remember but won't be celebrating.

'State of Care' report timely for the Government

Children's Commissioner Dr Russell Wills has done the Government a huge favour with his report, ''State of Care'', this week, whether he intended to or not.

Flag debate 'conundrum' for Labour, Greens

Flag debate 'conundrum' for Labour, Greens

Being a political animal, I decided the irresistible rugby match during the last Rugby World Cup was Russia v America at Yarrow's Stadium in New Plymouth.

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