In today's email we caught up on the latest diplomatic developments, along with some fiery speeches in parliament.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has met notorious Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, with Iran, fish and nuclear bombs among the topics of conversation during a curious opening.
As the Philippines government's drug war continues, one of the country's human rights activists says New Zealand and other countries must speak out more forcefully and demand change. Sam Sachdeva reports.
Chris Tremain announced new financial prudence regulations aimed at ranking councils and avoiding another Kaipara-style debt debacle and John Key postponed his Philippines visit.