On Wednesday afternoon, while MPs were upstairs making law, downstairs in committee room 3, some of their colleagues were contemplating a profound change to how those laws are made.
Just as circumstances prevented National’s newly-elected MPs from making their maiden speeches when they intended, Southern Say’s plans to look at those orations last week fell by the wayside.
Parliament broke fresh ground with its first "local issues" debate this week, offering MPs the chance to speak but, crucially, they need to focus on a matter of local rather than national importance.
As a member of the parliamentary rugby team, Michael Woodhouse keeps relatively fit, which is just as well given his punishing schedule on Wednesday morning this week.
It did not take long for Covid-19 to make its malign presence felt in the political debate of 2021, as the reappearance of the pandemic disease in the community dominated proceedings this week.
Cynics have been known to scoff that the go-to solution for a politician faced with a problem is to form a committee.
Last Sunday, with much fanfare, the independent Climate Change Commission released its draft advice to the Government about what it — and by extension all New Zealanders — need to do to meet the...
Politics is something that has largely happened elsewhere for the previous five weeks, something for which we should all probably be very grateful.
Back in 2010, to mark its 50th anniversary and to shake up its cast, Coronation Street’s writers scripted an explosion and tram crash which took out two prominent characters.
Over the Christmas break, Wanaka will host the hugely popular Rhythm and Alps music festival.
Privacy Commissioner John Edwards was in our patch this week, briefing institutions and individuals on far-reaching law changes about to take effect in his patch.
Given the rollercoaster ride he has been on this year, it is unlikely Dunedin-based National Party list MP Michael Woodhouse will remember 2020 fondly.
As a doctor of theology, Dunedin MP David Clark will be very familiar with the phrase "to err is human, to forgive is divine".
Labour Dunedin list MP Rachel Brooking is still learning to navigate her way through the myriad corridors of the Parliamentary complex, let alone the tangles of the Parliamentary process.
Tuesday's report in the Otago Daily Times that Act New Zealand was considering setting up a southern base following its record party vote return in the 2020 election was, predictably, greeted with...
SOUTHERN SAY: Tonight TVNZ hosts the final leader’s debate between Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins - a contest of wits in which the participants will have very different agendas.
As Monday dawned, the opening notes of The Final Countdown came to mind.
Judith Collins had one publicly expressed mission on her Dunedin visit this week - to win Taieri for National.
Dunedin has often felt neglected by politicians, but it can't make that complaint this week. In fact, the city is pretty much the centre of the political universe at the minute.
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has been relatively low-key in her housing portfolio — barring an embarrassing slip-up concerning state housing numbers on live TV — but that changed yesterday with the...