Not every issue politicians debate is a matter of life and death but on Wednesday that was, literally, the topic of the day.
Father Christmas came early this week, in the form of Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and his Santa Sack, otherwise known as the Provincial Growth Fund.
A few years ago, Parliament reviewed the rules concerning member's Bills, partly in the hope of allowing more MPs a chance of getting their proposed law reforms considered.
Gangs and politicians have a symbiotic relationship: as long as we have had gangs, politicians have been pledging to crack down on them.
In a race of any kind a clean get-away is essential, and Invercargill National MP Sarah Dowie has managed just that.
Former National Prime Minister Keith Holyoake's famous advice that first-term backbench MPs should learn to "breathe through their nose" before trying to make their mark on Parliament has echoed...
You could forgive Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean for thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence ... or at least the other side of the Alps.
Politicians often say they want to know what voters are thinking. While the cynical may have their doubts, generally, that is actually the case.
Machiavelli wrote that politics have no relation to morals, but in recent days morality and politics have been at the forefront of southern MPs' minds.
Politics this week offered proof that if at first you do not succeed, you should try, try and try again.
There are many half-truths and untruths told in politics, the biggest of them all being "I don't pay attention to polls".
Computers and government have been a major issue this past fortnight with the fallout from National accessing Budget data still proving dangerously radioactive to a range of politicians and civil...
In Budget week it is really quite an achievement to get anything other than the country's finances on the national political agenda.