While some tensions over China and Australia's deportation of criminals continue to niggle, the bigger picture is the continued strength of the trans-Tasman relationship.
Behind the smiles and the scenic backdrops there are serious issues on the table when Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern meet in Queenstown this weekend.
Investment in the arts is also an investment in economic growth, health and well-being – but arts practitioners won't be holding their breath at budget time.
A successful COVID-19 response gave the impression of social cohesion, but New Zealand's inter-generational fault line is rumbling.
The alleged Islamic State 'terrorist' was deprived of her citizenship under a now-abandoned automatic process, without any Australian official evaluating her case.
We should beware of employing public anger or suspicion as a compliance tool, and let the police and courts do their jobs.
The trans-Tasman diplomatic stand-off is complicated by the fate of two young children. Their rights will be central to resolving the situation.
Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi has won the right not to wear a tie in parliament — his party's legacy can't end there.
Incoming US president Joe Biden can't mend a broken US democracy alone. Other liberal democracies, including NZ, need to get involved.
The pandemic delivered a political year like no other. The risk now is that the country returns to a 'normal' that wasn't working to start with.
Overlooked for decades, the house where the women's suffrage campaign was launched finally becomes a public landmark.
The 800-page report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Christchurch terror attacks ultimately asks New Zealanders to look to themselves to prevent such an atrocity happening again.
Symbolic gesture or assertion of state power? Declaring a climate 'emergency' walks a fine line between hopeful rhetoric and risk to democracy.
In a major essay, senior Australian political correspondent Laura Tingle suggests her country could still learn from the New Zealand 'experiment'.
There is a renewed discussion about the role of News Corp in Australia. But so far, this is ignoring how the Murdoch press is particularly hostile towards female politicians.
Donald Trump may be on the way out, but 'Trumpism' will remain a political force. Could it ever take hold in New Zealand?
Half of Jacinda Ardern's ten most senior ministers are now women, lifting NZ's global gender ranking from 50th to 26th.
The new cabinet may be diverse and inclusive, but Labour also has unprecedented executive and legislative control.
If the pattern on election night holds, 2020 will be the most dramatic election in 100 years in terms of votes shifting between major parties.
The people have spoken, and MMP has delivered the right result — even if it means Labour governs alone.