Audrey Young: Why there is an ever-passing parade of ex-politicians

There was once a time when nothing was quite so “ex” as an ex-MP but now they are everywhere. Sometimes they are doing their party a favour and sometimes, whether deliberate or not, they annoy or undermine the party. Sir John Key’s interventions on Covid-19 on Sunday were a bit of both. While taking attention […]


Audrey Young: Pressure on Judith Collins to make recall of Parliament worth it

Opposition leader Judith Collins has taken a big risk in forcing the reopening of Parliament this week in the midst of the lockdown for a Delta case of Covid. Her judgment is on trial – as will be her performance when Parliament resumes at 2pm on Tuesday. That performance needs to be pretty special to […]

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Killer of young Napier girl admits child sex violation after a decade of denial

A man sentenced to more than 16 years in jail for the killing of a young girl in Napier five days before Christmas in 2010 has finally admitted the sexual violation of her that he denied for almost a decade. Kerry Charles Ratana, who turns 35 on Sunday, made the admission while talking to psychological […]


Audrey Young: The best place to judge Ardern’s lockdown is from a rear view mirror

The phrase that Jacinda Ardern and Ashley Bloomfield have drawn on to justify athree-day lockdown for Auckland after three family members tested positive is “an abundance of caution.” The question is: when is an “abundance” and “over-abundance?” When is there too much caution? That judgment can only be made in hindsight. If it turns out […]


Audrey Young: What Kelvin Davis wants for Māori from Jacinda Ardern

OPINION: Not far into the term of the last Government, one of Jacinda Ardern’s press secretaries mistakenly left a wad of paper in the Herald’s press gallery office. It was talking points for Kelvin Davis for a round of media appearances the next morning that Ardern would normally have done but couldn’t. She had delegated […]