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.
In what is likely Michael Woodhouse's last week in Parliament the Dunedin list MP made several thoughtful contributions which should have reminded National of the skills it has so carelessly discarded.
The final weeks of the parliamentary year are always hectic, as governments strive to get law changes through before the end of the final sitting block.
There are many ways you can measure a political career.
The South likes to think it punches above its weight in almost all things, but political representation has not always been one of them.
Things can get a bit hectic as Parliament nears the end of its time.
It has been a big week for Rachel Brooking, who got to steer the government’s legislative ship for several parts of the passage of the Natural and Built Environment Bill.
There are many things that the South is short of in the health sector, but one thing the region has no dearth of is activists prepared to stand up and fight Otago and Southland’s corner.
Many of us will have cringed through a situation where ourselves or someone we know is trying as hard as they can to make things better for somebody but is only succeeding in making things worse.
For some of you this will be a dream come true, for others it will your worst nightmare.