Week in politics

Opinion: Conference a chance for Shearer to make his presence felt

David Lange could certainly do it. He could turn it on and off like a tap.

Opinion: Pike River lessons hard despite Wilkinson's soft exit

Opinion: The 440-page report of the inquiry into the Pike River mine disaster is an exemplary piece of work - thorough, comprehensive, rigorous and surely one of the most hard-hitting produced by a royal commission.

Opinion: Treasury drops a hint it may be open to new ideas

Opinion: Treasury drops a hint it may be open to new ideas

After nigh on three decades of constant and unflinching devotion to free-market economic orthodoxy, the Treasury seems to be opening the door to fresh thinking, albeit only slightly.

Opinion: Asset sales plan continues getting spokes in its wheels

Opinion: Asset sales plan continues getting spokes in its wheels

The $500,000 carrot to keep Doug Heffernan at the helm of Mighty River Power until the company's partial privatisation is done and dusted is a reminder of how the Government's asset sales programme just keeps on throwing up curly questions for National.

Opinion: Peters' Bill focuses attention on role of Reserve Bank

Casting himself as some kind of self- anointed Harbinger of Economic Gloom and Doom, Winston Peters this week warned it was now only a question of time before New Zealand's currency reached dollar-for- dollar parity with its American equivalent.

Opinion: Tough lesson for Prime Minister in Dotcom blunders

Opinion: Tough lesson for Prime Minister  in Dotcom blunders

A hands-off policy might avoid some problems, but it can create others ... and it won't work if a spy agency goes feral. It illustrated how keen John Key was to put plenty of distance between him and the Government Communications Security Bureau.

Opinion: Dotcom voodoo takes shine off Key's halo

Opinion: Dotcom voodoo takes shine off Key's halo

This was the week the emperor found himself with no clothes, new or otherwise; this was the week John Key was revealed to be human after all; this was the week his Government looked distinctly ordinary.

Opinion: Banks' dream of 'Fortress Epsom' now pure fantasy

In hindsight, it was not the smartest thing John Banks has ever said.

Opinion: And don't criticise what you don't understand

Opinion: And don't criticise what you don't understand

Here is a blunt message for a couple of old-school Aro Valley-style socialists: Get off our backs. Stop behaving like a pair of tut-tutting old dowagers gossiping in the salons.

Govt's reputation as competent on line over water claim

Govt's reputation as competent on line over water claim

Whether you think the water claim to the Waitangi Tribunal by the New Zealand Maori Council is an audacious try-on or a legitimate test of legitimate rights, it is an issue that will make or break the reputations of many.

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