Tariana Turia

John Key loves closing a deal. But when it comes to SkyCity and plain packaging he seems to have lost sight of the fact that how you do things is the mark of a man... and a government

We seem to live in a world these days where the means don't matter so much if you can justify the end - we're driven by outcomes; the result is all that matters. Yet just how much the means means to a person, or a government, can be telling and two big stories this week have been revealing when it comes to making sense of John Key and his second term government.

There's a number of basic rules in politics – don't make mistakes, and don't fight needless fights. Labour needs to heed both.

Phil Goff knows what Graham Henry is feeling. Labour is playing politics the way the All Blacks played the Springboks in Bloemfontein. They are trailing by some margin and getting desperate, forcing the

Tariana Turia this week celebrates one of the great political triumphs in this country's history. However, this debate is far from settled. The trickiest decisions lie ahead

The most fascinating thing about the release of the Foreshore and Seabed Act review is all that has not been said, rather than the words so far used this week.

Cue harmonica: It looks like the more things change in parliament, the more they stay the same.

The first week of our new government has been highly instructive. Given nine years to think about its approach to governing, and given the same period to learn from Labour’s mistakes, National has begun its term in precisely the fashion Labour ended up being reviled for, the brute exercise of power.

John Key’s first 100 days are starting with a hiss and a roar – but a pause for breath and is in order, especially if he wants to avoid ACT building its influence to his right

They called him the Prime Minister-in-waiting. What a misnomer. Key produced a 27 point action plan for his first 100 days before the election. He scrambled his coalition government and his new cabinet together in just eight days – record time for the era of MMP.