Politicians are often likened to sharks, but on Wednesday the actual animals had their time in the spotlight in Parliament as Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie’s member’s Bill to permit shark cage diving...
The law of unintended consequences is a given in most of life’s endeavours, but never more so than in politics.
"This is a happy occasion," Dunedin North MP David Clark trilled to the House, as the Health Minister steered the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its committee stages.
One of the sad truths of politics is that it is incredibly punishing on the families of MPs.
It's Parliament Jim, but not as we know it.
On Monday, as a hypothetical exercise, blogger David Farrar imagined who would be in a ‘‘Government of National Unity’’ created to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.
It will not be her grand reveal as National’s conservation spokeswoman, but Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean takes her first major step in her new portfolio this weekend at the party’s Blue Green forum, writes political reporter Mike Houlahan.
OPINION: Normally, times of emergency are non-contentious and non-political; it is not regarded as the done thing to try to score points from a government grappling with potential or actual...
New does not really have political dynasties, but the Tirikatene family comes pretty close to the definition.
Parliament does not open its doors until February 11, but the political year is already well and truly under way.
Where in the world does it make sense that the Clutha district is not in the Clutha electorate, that a decent chunk of Dunedin’s southern suburbs are in Dunedin North, and that the deeply inland...
In December, when the long-awaited report on mental health and addiction services was released, its authors included within its 219 pages a plea to politicians not use the subject as a political...
Not every issue politicians debate is a matter of life and death but on Wednesday that was, literally, the topic of the day.
Fourteen years ago this week, Green Party co-leader Rod Donald suddenly, shockingly died.
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.
Contrary to what some might believe, politicians are actually people.
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.
What if you threw a party and nobody came?