If New Zealand's largest street gangs were to ever think about merging forces, it isn't the police they need to worry about. It's those bad hombres at the Commerce Commission ... .

[Ed's note: In December of 2018, this Stuff article appeared. Due to a mix of technical glitches and summer slackness, we're only just now posting Prof Ahdar's wry and satirical take on it.

The British government, caught off guard and on holdiay, has announced it will meet violent mobs head on with plastic bullets, water cannons and other policing methods required to bring the next Olympic city under control...but for how long? 

Britain has some very deep soul-searching ahead of it as the last few violent nights have shown there is a deeply angry parallel society that has probably developed over the last two generations, but now has tasted power.

The government is to give the Auckland suburb of Tamaki an extreme makeover, but is it all good news for the folks who live there, or band-aid politics?

Amazing what you read in the paper. My neighbourhood is officially a hole, so bad that the government has stepped in to clean it up, or at least the worst pockets of it.

Corrections chief Barry Matthews may have a plan to fix the careless handling of offenders on parole, but now he faces more serious trouble—inside the prison walls.

Paremoremo is the place we put the prisoners that most New Zealanders simply want to forget. Behind its razor wire fences and concrete walls, it is supposed to be security-to-the-max—but recent events have shattered that illusion.

What changes would a centre-right coalition government make? Look for more roads, pieces of privatisation, and tougher prison sentences. Then there's bulk-funding...

If National can hold its vote in the high 40s, it will probably be able to form a right-of-centre coalition government in the coming weeks, joined by ACT and United Future. While the media focus has largely been on potential partners and bottom-lines, there has been little analysis of how such a coalition would govern.