For the profit and pleasure of subscribers, here's a few longer reads on economic, social and political issues for the weekend.





Labour got a morale boost at the least over the weekend when Michael Wood beat Parmjeet Parmar in the Mt Roskill by-election with a majority of 6,518. Phil Goff beat Parmar by 8,091 votes in the 2014 General Election, although candidates from the Green, New Zealand First, Conservative and Mana parties stood candidates that got a combined 3,793 votes.