Twenty years as a union official should be a useful background for a political party with its roots in the labour movement, Glenda Alexander says.
Former OUSA president Grant Robertson has picked up the shadow tertiary education portfolio in the Labour Party reshuffle announced today.
The wowser element in New Zealand society - never far below the surface - will have had much to tut-tut about with the ministerial credit-card details emerging from Parliament.
Labour list MP Shane Jones began yesterday bluffing away the dirty secret he has carried for two years, saying he could not recall if he put porn movies on his ministerial credit card.
The Labour Party seems unable to get over the fact that John Key is wealthy, and it has frequently made attempts to imply or demonstrate that he gained his wealth deviously, and continues to do so.
Metiria Turei has probably long forgotten it. Those who witnessed it still wince at the memory of it.
Many people are starting to believe that the National-led Government is preparing to partially privatise several state-owned enterprises, with Finance Minister Bill English indicating there would be strong demand for Kiwibank shares. Business editor Dene Mackenzie investigates what is on offer.
Tensions and periodic tantrums are built into coalition politics, just as compromise and pragmatism are an essential part of a coalition leader's armoury.
The Government needed to take much more interest in companies axing jobs in New Zealand in favour of lower labour costs offshore, Labour Party communications spokeswoman Clare Curran says.
In 1999, the Labour Party threw into its election campaign mix the policy objective of diminishing the widening gulf between Pakeha New Zealanders and those of Maori or Pacific Island ethnicity - as evidenced in a variety of well-publicised statistics.
Just let us pause for a moment: if the legal status of the foreshore and seabed is to be "public domain", then who owns it, and therefore can claim the rights and benefits of ownership?