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.
It is a common refrain that politicians never listen to the people.
As anyone who has ever overseen the letters to the editor column of a newspaper could tell you, few things get people more worked up than an issue involving water.
It is fair to say Lumsden seldom registers on the political Richter scale - a search of Hansard shows the northern Southland township has been mentioned a mere 22 times in the House since 2003.
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?
Michael Woodhouse and David Clark have squared off against each other for years, writes ODT's political reporter Mike Houlahan.