Jacinda Ardern was prominent on the world stage in Singapore while there was more political stumbling by her colleagues back home.
A rolling strike by school teachers begins today and it may be the first of wage tests for the Government.
Our political commentator has seen this as a week of contrasting fortunes for the main political parties, with both sides of the house scoring wins and losses.
It now appears that the damage caused by a maverick MP may now see a regrowth of party unity to maintain tenure for National Party leader Simon Bridges.
The Labour Party conference in Dunedin saw the Finance Minister do a good job of talking up the economy but the Prime Minister failed to deliver a speech for the masses.
Finance Minister Grant Robertson is happy with the September quarter financial figures and sees it as a good indicator for the next Budget.
If the Jami-Lee Ross meltdown was a thorn for the National opposition then the Immigration Minister may have provided a counterbalance for the Government.
Selecting Dunedin for Labour’s conference may advance the Dunedin Hospital rebuild but there will be other issues for delegates.
Issues now confronting the National Party may have been resolved years ago when the party was in office.
Revelations by maverick National Jamie-Lee Ross may achieve the undoing of the party leader but it creates a stumbling block for the party in the next major political race.