One of the more charming aspects of New Zealand's Parliamentary system is how proposed member's Bills get chosen - a random ballot, conducted by drawing numbers out of an old biscuit tin.
Self-proclaimed chief of the provinces Shane Jones went just about as provincial as is possible last week, taking in the sights of Gore.
Dunedin, with its collection of rental properties snapped up annually by students, has long been favoured by investors.
One day there will be a sensible, substantive discussion about drug laws in the New Zealand Parliament.
For New Zealand First, the ongoing rapid rehabilitation of the country's gun laws ought to be easy politics.
One of the hardest things to judge when it comes to national calamities is when it time to return to "normal".
When you are a politician, even something as mundane as choosing a coffee mug can become accidentally significant.
For most people, Parliament is the 10-second snippets they see on television of Jacinda Ardern and Simon Bridges shouting at each other across the debating chamber at Question Time.
Aristotle claimed nature abhorred a vacuum. But in politics, it's the reverse. A vacuum is terrific, as the absence of information allows a politician free rein to fill the void themselves, writes Mike Houlahan.
For an experienced politician, Education Minister Chris Hipkins seems to have given very little thought to the political implications of his proposals to reform the polytechnic sector.
The decline and fall of Dunedin South MP Clare Curran was the southern political story of 2018 - but might her return to grace be a story for 2019?