With the news a Queen’s Counsel will head the investigation into the leak of MPs’ expenses, the affair has taken on added significance. National appears confident the leaker isn’t one of their own, but a definitive answer may be hard to find, as Sam Sachdeva writes.
As she returns to work as Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern has asked Kiwis to respect the privacy of her newborn daughter Neve - but accepts her child will sometimes be “in the public domain”.
Here are the eight news events that mattered this week in New Zealand's political economy.
Details of a difficult year at the Ombudsman’s office have been revealed, including a botched computer system upgrade, heightened security concerns and a bizarre court case to defend the word “ombudsman”. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
In today's email we discussed the challenges facing Immigration New Zealand, and the aims of new Speaker Trevor Mallard.
Trevor Mallard says he wants to be a hands-off Speaker in Parliament - if MPs are prepared to play ball. Mallard spoke to Sam Sachdeva about which predecessor is his role model and his plans for parliamentary reform.
Speaker Trevor Mallard has put both sides of Parliament on notice in the war over written questions, warning them he expects a higher standard once the House resumes in 2018.
In this morning's email we detailed the challenges facing Jacinda Ardern and her team as they flew to Asia for Apec and the East Asia Summit.