While Covid-19 has seen the legislative work of Parliament largely fall by the wayside, select committees have still been hard at work, both via Zoom meetings and through drafting of reports.
The South returned to Covid-19 Alert Level 2 this week, and with it life for our MPs returned to something a little closer to normality.
There is no set formula for deciding which of our local MPs feature in Southern Say each week.
As the saying has it, what goes around comes around.
Back on August 12, 2021 BD (before Delta), when Parliament rose for what was meant to be an uneventful recess week, MPs had just started the second reading debate on the Crown Pastoral Land Reform Bill.
On Tuesday, Parliament’s environment select committee reported back on the petition of Mark Patterson to remove aluminium dross from the Mataura paper mill.
Liz Craig painted misty watercolour memories of the way we were in the House on Wednesday, as she looked back on moments she will never forget from her parliamentary career.
The Green Party constitution requires it to engage in "nonviolent conflict resolution as the process by which ecological wisdom, social responsibility, and appropriate decision making will be...
Last Friday, with whatever fanfare it might have received drowned out by the Howl of a Protest farmers rally, the Government released a new code of practice for the pastoral care of tertiary and...
For something set up as an apolitical organisation, farmer advocacy group Groundswell is having a heck of a political impact.
Fellow citizens, be warned, we are in a time of crisis: New Zealand is suffering a severe shortage of auditors.
If you have ever ventured the opinion that our politicians are taking the piss, Parliament gave you ample opportunity to repeat that claim on Wednesday.
Late on Tuesday evening, just before the country got completely distracted by the rude reappearance of Covid-19 on its radar screen, Parliament took another step towards reimagining how the Reserve...
Green MPs Elizabeth Kerekere and Eugenie Sage are in Dunedin tomorrow hosting a public meeting on housing. They aren't the first representatives to pop down in recent times - and they're not going to be the last, writes Mike Houlahan.
Columnists like to give the impression of being oracles, but it does not take prophetic powers to figure out what is going to happen after this week’s effort rolls off the presses.
There are some Bills which just sit around Parliament for years and years, jammed up in the process but moving no further forward.
This weekend, Queenstown will be the centre of our political universe.
In the past few years, Dunedin woman Corinda Taylor had learned much more about the legal system than she ever wanted to.
Speaker Trevor Mallard has instituted a new policy in recent weeks, where each day one of his assistant Speakers reads the prayer which starts the proceedings of Parliament.
Politically, David Clark and Michael Woodhouse do not have that much in common.