State Services Associate Minister Clare Curran's plans to update the Official Information Act need encouragement.

Curran needs support on OIA reform

Fri 24 Nov 1

Weekly Hit: Unless the Official Information Act is fixed early on, the new government will soon be abusing it at least as badly as its predecessors.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's trip to Asia was a success (photo: Jerry Yelich-O'Connor)

Government now faces the tough stuff

Fri 17 Nov 17

Weekly Hit: The prime minister has passed all her foreign policy tests but her government’s domestic programme represents a much bigger challenge.

Former Crown prosecutor Simon Bridges is not everyone's cup of tea

Bridges takes early lead in race to replace English

Fri 10 Nov 20

Weekly Hit: Although disappointing in government, the MP for Tauranga has adjusted immediately and brilliantly to opposition.

David Parker is a political puritan

Why Ardern needs to manage expectations

Fri 27 Oct 17

Weekly Hit: The prime minister will need to be careful her rhetoric doesn’t outpace her policy programme.

At 72, Winston Peters is not going to change (photo: Jerry Yelich-O'Connor)

Lessons from the coalition talks

Fri 20 Oct 6

Weekly Hit: Government should be about making value judgements, not ministers rolling out press releases for their bureaucrats.

Helen Clark set the TPP into motion (photo: Jerry Yelich-O'Connor)

Parties don’t grasp gravity of TPP withdrawal

Fri 13 Oct 12

Weekly Hit: Withdrawing from the TPP would undermine New Zealand’s ability to conduct foreign policy for at least a generation.