Simon Bridges' son Harry, who suffered a serious injury following a schoolground accident, appears to have got his sense of humour back while recovering in hospital.
Act New Zealand brings its campaign bus to town this week, although whether it will transport the public is an as yet unanswered question.
A Southern MP looks likely to be among the first victims when new National Party leader Christopher Luxon unveils his shadow cabinet.
Time is running out for a deal to be brokered between the two contenders for the National Party leadership before MPs elect the new leader at the caucus meeting scheduled for 3pm today.
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean had a busy Wednesday evening, chairing the House of Representatives as it debated Covid-19 taxation legislation.
As National MPs get set to elect a new leader next week, Simon Bridges isn't ruling out a return to the role.
The National Party's new interim leader Dr Shane Reti says he will shepherd the caucus through to a decision on a new leader, due next Tuesday.
Support for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her Labour Party has dropped in the latest poll, while National has made a slight gain.
Justice Minister Kris Faafoi is pushing ahead with moves to repeal the "three strikes" law, saying it is an anomaly in the justice system that has led to "absurd and perverse" outcomes.
Labour has taken a shellacking in the two new polls as the ongoing lockdown in Auckland starts to bite.
The National Party is calling for schools closed because of lockdown to reopen immediately and to be given a funding boost to help them catch up next year.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a boost in Working for Families payments for those on low incomes, and a top-up to the Best Start payment for parents of new babies.
There is indeed a place for everything and Dunedin National Party list MP Michael Woodhouse has been striving, with varying degrees of success, for everything to be put in its place.
A new Ministry for Disabled People will be set up as the government rolls out a different approach to support services and brings in a new law to make Aotearoa more accessible.
Act leader David Seymour has visited Auckland for the first time since the Delta outbreak, saying it has given him a greater appreciation of the struggle those in the city are facing.
National leader Judith Collins has further clarified her party's position on vaccine mandates, saying she backs the Government's decision to mandate that employees of certain businesses be vaccinated.
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has described the decision to force through the Three Waters reforms as "a blatant grab for unbridled political power".
National Party leader Judith Collins has come out firmly against creating a "two-class system" by bringing in vaccine certificates, but she also wants to bring in vaccine certificates.