by Liam Hehir

History doesn't always go in one direction, so why rush to abolish the Maori seats?

Barry Soper reckons the Māori seats should be abolished because the "need for them has long passed". According to the long-serving Newstalk ZB Political Editor, the fact that about one-fifth of MPs claim Māori descent is proof of this.

Here's a rule for how you might – and might not – debate politics online. Ask yourself if youd say it in front of someone's children

I've been writing professionally for almost five years now. My general field is New Zealand politics. There is some danger in this. I get abuse from time to time. I have one outstanding police complaint in relation to quite despicable harassment at my place of business.

Don't read this if you have not seen Avengers: Infinity War and/or hate spoilers. Heed this warning because there will be no others... Otherwise, enjoy some pretentious reflections on a bash 'em up blockbuster

When I was still in high school, a religious studies teacher presented a no-win hypothetical to the class. What if, he said, you were travelling on a hijacked bus? The terrorists plan to kill half the passengers but, because they're sadistic, they gave you a gun and ordered you to select and execute the victims.

Rather than embracing tax like a beloved cuddly toy, we should pay it kicking and screaming and we'll be the better for it if we do.

The internet throughout New Zealand seems to be buzzing with the possibility that taxpayers can be persuaded to feel positive about paying tax. Not just positive, downright giddy.