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Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson has been named Politician of the Year by politics newsletter Trans Tasman.

Its editors say he's a National Party minister who has given away a national park to Māori and no-one seems to mind much.

Labour's Louisa Wall rated highly after getting more debate and air time over any single issue with her marriage equality bill.

NZ First leader Winston Peters was praised for showing Labour how to do opposition politics, but dropped points for not having a succession plan.

Hekia Parata plummeted to 2 out of 10, with judges saying it looks as though she has moved past the point of her competence in the education portfolio, while Paula Bennett picked up points for her beneficiary bashing.



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Hinurewa Poutu | Kua whakaurua ia ki te poari o Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori
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MARTYN BRADBURY OPINION: The magnitude of Winston Peter's shock win on Saturday can not be ignored. To turn a 9000 majority for National into a 4000 majority for NZ First is a like the American Rugby team beating the All Blacks by 30 points.
It looks like Winstonís.
WILLIE JACKSON OPINION: Well it looks like Winston Peters could steal the Northland by-election from the Government.
Privilege in an under privileged country
MARTYN BRADBURY OPINION: The controversy surrounding the case of the two St Bede's College rowing team who were suspended for breaching airport security only to have that suspension reversed by a High Court injunction, refuses to die down.
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