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Willis on defence

The price of the foreign affairs "reset" is now becoming apparent, with Defence set to get a funding boost in the Budget. Finance Minister Nicola...

“Feel good” school is out

Education Minister Erica Standford yesterday unveiled a fundamental reform of the way our school pupils are taught. She would not exactly say so, but she...

What did Melissa Lee do?

It is hard to see what Melissa Lee might have done to “save” the media. National went into the election with no public media policy...

Beehive bloat

While the new Government repeatedly vows to cut waste from within the Government, it has created seven new ministries and abolished only two left...

The Beehive Budget battle

Winston Peters’ headline-making actions over the past week look like having been a show of political power intended to strengthen his hand in Budget...

Bitter and angry; Winston First

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters's state-of-the-nation speech on Sunday was really a state-of-Winston-First speech. He barely mentioned any of the Government’s key policies and...

Labour’s policy gap

It was not so much the Labour Party but really the Chris Hipkins party yesterday at Labour’s caucus retreat in Martinborough. The former Prime Minister...

The great Parliamentarian who was not so good at politics

Jonathan Hunt, who died aged 85 last week, was a Parliamentary institution. Few MPs have embraced its traditions and processes with as much devotion...

Health’s fiscal time bomb

Health New Zealand which incorporates all the 20 old District Health Boards is overwhelmingly the biggest branch of government. Now, nearly two years old, it...

You can’t always get what you want

Grant Robertson is leaving Parliament for two new careers, having been frustrated and blocked from achieving some of his biggest political ambitions. So, he is...

He stood up to Muldoon and Lange and the Fiji army

Gerald Hensley, who died aged 88 on Saturday, was the key official who presided over the tumultuous events that followed the election of the...

Reimagining the Treaty

This is the text of an address given to the Waitangi dawn service on February 6 by Dr Alistair Reece. He is a farmer, historian,...

Now for the big Maori sovereignty debate

No one summed up this year's events at Waitangi more presciently than Waitangi National Trust CEO Ben Dalton. He was speaking at the end of...

The Nats’ new liberals

Anyone watching or listening to this week's 12 maiden speeches from new National MPs might wonder what has happened to their party. Among the usual...

Luxon’s carefully worded counter to Seymour

The State of the Nation speech yesterday from ACT leader David Seymour hardened up on his Treaty proposals after a week in which the...