The late, great former St Kilda MP Michael Cullen was noted for his wit and oratorical skill, but every so often his rhetoric dropped below his normally impeccably high standards.
Grant Robertson likes a challenge, and few are much harder than the one he is about to face, turning around the University of Otago, an institution seemingly ploughing head-first towards a field of...
It does not get much more local for us at the Otago Daily Times than the business before Parliament’s economic development, science and innovation select committee this week.
A fortnight ago, rather overshadowed by the ruckus surrounding and then resignation of former Green MP Golriz Ghahraman, the final report of the Independent Electoral Review was released.
Tourism and Hospitality Minister Matt Doocey recently threw his weight behind efforts to restore international air travel to Dunedin. But as NZ's first ever Minister of Mental Health, he may leave an even larger imprint.
Even though every political year seems like a long one — and election years doubly so — 2023 in politics seems to have gone on and on forever.
It is Tuesday afternoon and all fans of Parliament are tuning in to watch Question Time.
If you cannot make it into Cabinet, there is always the chance that you might score a portfolio outside of Cabinet, or a parliamentary under-secretary’s role.
Nestled down near the bottom of the ministerial list on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website sits, almost last but certainly not least, Taieri NZ First list MP Mark Patterson.
Parliament is not actually back at work yet, but its constituent parties have now at last worked out where their MPs will be sitting and what jobs they will be doing.
Earlier this week a reader emailed to ask what the enthusiastic proponents of electoral reform in the 1980s and ’90s made of the seemingly interminable delay in restoring politics as normal.
A fortnight ago, before illness laid me low, I suggested that readers had the advantage over me in that a new government might have formed after I had filed that week’s "Southern Say".
Now that the dust has settled a little, what lessons can we in the South learn from Election 2023?
As the election campaign enters the home stretch, the non marginal seats of Dunedin are not a magnet to most political party leaders — on that, more shortly.
There are many reasons why Act has its best asset in the Lake Wānaka Centre in prime time, rather than strutting the stage somewhere more populous.
‘Tis the season for election debates, with podiums and politicians springing up all over the place.
One of the biggest hurdles politicians have to clear is the mysterious, undefinable quality of likeability.
Political debates are a mixed breed.
OPINION: As symbolism goes, the start of Prime Minister Chris Hipkins’ day in Dunedin did not bode well.
If there is one truism about electioneering, it is that politicians will go where the votes are.