I'm visiting Sydney, where I confront the Aussie side of my soul. I grapple with the ways in which it is different, then wonder why I give a toss, writes John Lapsley.
The recent release of two different and starkly contrasting political polls generated a significant amount of news and debate over the past week. It isn't hard to see why.
There are many half-truths and untruths told in politics, the biggest of them all being "I don't pay attention to polls".
The Government has made a revised offer to teachers worth more than $1.4 billion and teacher unions are recommending the offer be accepted.
District health boards are a sector in drift and they're drowning in a sea of red ink, the opposition says.
NZ First Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has been kicked out of the House for challenging the Speaker Trevor Mallard.
National leader Simon Bridges says the political poll that showed his party had gained support was the most similar to National's own polling.
The demise of Simon Bridges as National leader is all but an inevitability according to one political commentator.
A former president of the Labour Party says the market research industry is in tatters and shows different polling techniques need to be implemented.
New Zealand has dethroned GDP as a measure of success, but will Jacinda Ardern's Government be transformational, asks David Hall.
National has risen 4 points in the latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll, while by contrast in the Newshub-Reid Research poll, Labour would be able to govern alone.
Computers and government have been a major issue this past fortnight with the fallout from National accessing Budget data still proving dangerously radioactive to a range of politicians and civil...
The National Party is confident the investigation into Treasury's claim Budget information had been hacked will prove that Treasury "sat on a lie".
The State Services Commissioner has launched an investigation into chief executive and Secretary to the Treasury Gabriel Makhlouf over the Budget breach.
A tax on international tourists to fund conservation and infrastructure has passed in Parliament but without the support of opposition parties.
In Budget week it is really quite an achievement to get anything other than the country's finances on the national political agenda.
Excessive wait times and extreme pressures on emergency services will continue as the Government's budget for District Health Boards falls short by $300 million.
The new Dunedin Hospital took a giant step forward this afternoon, with the Government setting aside the funding for the 10 year, $1 billion plus project as part of the Budget.
Budget 2019 has set aside only $150 million for the Government's buy-back scheme for firearms that were recently made illegal.