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Maori Party Believes Hone Better Inside The Tent Than Out

Maori Party Believes Hone Better Inside The Tent Than Out

Today's decision by the Maori Party to allow Hone Harawira to remain within their caucus is a turnaround on the situation a fortnight ago.

Back then, it seemed that Harawira's expulsion from the Maori Party caucas was inevitable. Now the party has had a change of heart.

2025 Taskforce Report Is Retro New Right

2025 Taskforce Report Is Retro New Right

Don Brash's 2025 Taskforce Report is purely retro New Right. I can't see how we are going to catch up to Australia in per capita income terms with the policy mix that Brash and his taskforce allies are suggesting.

The Week That Was: Phil Goff Taking A Gamble In Trying To Be Don Brash

The Week That Was: Phil Goff Taking A Gamble In Trying To Be Don Brash

Phil Goff tried to emulate Don Brash's infamous Orewa speech on race relations this week. While he pitched his comments very carefully, the 'wolf whistle' tone of it could not be mistaken.

Paul Henry's Use Of 'R' Word Shocking

Paul Henry's Use Of 'R' Word Shocking

I have to say that Paul Henry has reached a new low. Last week, he again made another infamous outburst on Breakfast when he used the 'r' word to describe new music sensation Susan Boyle.

Time To Bring Legal Aid Lawyers To Heal

The Legal Aid Review report released today shows that legal aid lawyers need to be brought to heal.

The Legacy Of Erebus - Thirty Years On

The Legacy Of Erebus - Thirty Years On

This Saturday will mark the 30th anniversary of Air New Zealand Flight TE901's crash into Mount Erebus on Antarctica.

Bishop Brian Tamaki's Covenant Defence - Yeah Right!

Bishop Brian Tamaki's Covenant Defence - Yeah Right!

On Sunday, Bishop Brian Tamaki defended his convenant and the practises of his Destiny Church in a Sunday Star Times article.

If John Key Knows Then Everyone Should Know Shamed Muso's Name!

Prime Minister John Key at his post-cabinet press conference yesterday alluded to the fact that he knew the identity of the musician convicted of indecent acts recently.

Auckland's Super City Could Be An Albatross Around Government's Neck

The Local Government Commission released the draft ward and community board structure for the new Auckland Super City last week. What it shows is that the new super structure could eventually become an albatross around the Government's neck.

Health League Tables Another Step To Privatisation

Health League Tables Another Step To Privatisation

Yesterday Health Minister Tony Ryall published the first district health board league tables.