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Treaty to be at centre of education

Education Minister Chris Hipkins yesterday unveiled his rewrite of the country’s education legislation. Hipkins is billing the Education and Training Bill as a fundamental rewrite...

Labour finds its happy space

For over 30 years the Labour Party could have only dreamed of the conference it has just held. Labour has finally found its happy space;...

Too many South Island seats? — all you need to know about next year’s...

The release yesterday of the new provisional electoral boundaries sees the number of list seats in Parliament reduced by one more. What was originally proposed...

How the Treasury leak could have been contained

From what we now know, it is clear that the whole question of the Budget "leak" could have been resolved last Tuesday afternoon. This is...

Why did Labour let Curran go

Clare Curran was at Shane Jones’ annual Waitangi party this year. She drew me aside and in a corner of the garden outlined the opposition...

Western democracy seems to have lost its mojo and is on the retreat.

 In 2016, Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler proposed and published a written, codified constitution for New Zealand. Since then the authors have travelled...

Putting the lipstick back — how TOP can revive

(Sean Plunket, the well known former  broadcasting journalist, ran TOP's Communications during the election campaign.) For a political system that promised greater diversity and more...

In defence of the dam

 Peter Graham is Special Counsel to the Property Group Limited based in Napier and is a staunch supporter of the controversial Ruataniwha water storage...

Why I am standing for the Auckland Council

Bill Ralston is a Listener columnist, public relations consultant and veteran political journalist and media personality.He lives in Ponsonby..Bill Ralston is a veteran political...