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October 15, 2012

As this issue goes to print, National are down to 41.5 per cent in the polls, their lowest level of support since 2008.

October 8, 2012

The Blacks Caps aren’t the only ones who need to lift their game ahead of the 2015 Cricket World Cup—New Zealand does too.We’re co-hosting the event with Australia, but just how prepared are we?

October 1, 2012

King DotCom: Will he bring down the government? He’s the gift that keeps on giving. Kim Dotcom is yet again at the centre of attention, this time over the Government Communications and Security Bureau (GCSB) relying on external agencies to determine his residency status. Failing to understand where Dotcom’s visa category fitted within their own [...]

September 24, 2012

Problems I have: The Children Are Poor And Mitt Romney Exists Child Poverty You probably know the statistics by now. 270,000 New Zealand children are living in poverty. The issue has recently come to the forefront of political attention, following a one-two effort with David Shearer’s school lunches and Jacinda Ardern’s Child Poverty Bill. Only [...]

September 17, 2012

Hard for johnson We’re nearly there. The marathon that is the US Presidential race is entering the most exciting phase of the contest. With the conventions gone and running mates picked, there are only a few debates before the media’s attention turns to the sprint finish of Election Day. The incumbent, President Obama, has been [...]

September 10, 2012

David Shearer must be grinning.The announcement by the Prime Minister last week that the first of the five state assets will be delayed until March next year provides fertile ground for both him and his party.

August 20, 2012
August 13, 2012

Tariana Turia’s quest to achieve something in Parliament has seen her wage war on big tobacco, restricting the display and advertisement of tobacco in shops around the country.

August 6, 2012

Trend-Watch: Members’ Bills They’re all the rage at the moment, aren’t they? Even before the drawing of Louisa Wall’s Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, a number of other members bills have attracted significant media attention. Sue Moroney’s extension to paid parental leave, Holly Walker’s lobbying disclosure bill and Te Ururoa Flavell’s Gambling (Gambling Harm [...]