Week in politics

'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.

Succession must be carefully planned ahead of time

Succession must be carefully planned ahead of time

To vary an old joke about very old men marrying very young women, the next leader of New Zealand First may not have even been born yet, let alone reached the voting age.

Labour struggling to pin down its bottom lines

Labour struggling to pin down its bottom lines

Was there ever a more contrary bunch of people than New Zealanders?

Voter fatigue may erode National's conference bravado

Voter fatigue may erode National's conference bravado

If this weekend's National Party conference runs true to recent form - and there is no obvious reason why this year's gathering of the clan will depart from that script - it will be so stage-managed that any vitality or vibrancy will have been sucked out of the affair before it has even begun.

National done like a dog's dinner by Labour foray

National done like a dog's dinner by Labour foray

The National Party might have fooled itself into thinking otherwise, but it was done like a dog's dinner by Labour this week.

State house sell-off planholds many a bombshell

State house sell-off  planholds many a bombshell

Bill English sure dropped an almighty bombshell in confirming the possibility that hundreds of the country's state houses could end up in Australian hands.

Big question now is whether Colin Craig's brand still cuts it

Big question now is whether Colin Craig's brand still cuts it

In the public's mind, Colin Craig's confession that aspects of his relationship with his former press secretary, Rachel MacGregor, were ''inappropriate'' begs only one question: just how inappropriate?

Auckland housing breaches National's veneer of control

Auckland housing breaches National's veneer of control

You hum it; Nathan Guy will sing it.

Social service delivery vehicle experiments more radical

Social service delivery vehicle experiments more radical

Bill English's latest experiment in the delivery of social services to those at the bottom of the socio-economic heap is the most radical yet to emerge from his Beehive laboratory.

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