At his party's recent conference, ACT leader David Seymour made the case for reducing the size of Parliament. But smaller government doesn't always equal small government, Liam Hehir writes, arguing that doubling the number of MPs could be a better call.
One of Jacinda Ardern's earliest tasks as prime minister was to mend the trans-Tasman relationship. New rumbles have erupted while Ardern has been on maternity leave, but talk of the end of a glorious friendship seems overblown, as Robert Ayson writes for The Interpreter.
Grant Robertson's first budget did exactly what he said it would on the tin, but it was also the biggest missed opportunity in a generation, Bernard Hickey argues.
New Zealand's political history is a graveyard of Finance Ministers. Thomas Coughlan looks among the tombstones in search of advice for Grant Robertson.
Peter Dunne writes in his inaugural column for Newsroom about how the NZ Super Fund's bid to build Auckland light rail lines has finally realised Norman Kirk's vision of pension fund capital building local infrastructure. Now today’s Labour Party should embrace it too, he argues.
Property ownership and voter turnout tend to go in tandem. Thomas Coughlan harks back to a time when renters weren't allowed to vote and wonders why renters are so cavalier about voting now.
With news of a burglary at the home of a New Zealand academic investigating China's influence efforts in the country, Michael Reddell says there is no sign from any politician of the will to tackle growing concerns about foreign interference here.
COMMENT: As far as reshuffles go, it was a little underwhelming.