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Editorial: Need growing acute for St James rebuild
Editorial: Need growing acute for St James rebuild

Editorial: Two events have conspired to cloud the St James' future - but any move to save and restore it should be widely…

Drivers face off-ramp toll

Drivers may be tolled at Auckland motorway exit ramps to ease pressure on ratepayers over a $12b transport funding gap.

First charter school to open next year

The first charter school will be open and ready in time for term one next year after controversial legislation was passed…

Bryce Edwards: Food in Schools - victory and defeat

The new food in schools programme can be seen as a significant victory or defeat for both the left and right - depending…

Bryce Edwards: Political round-up: Is the media taking over NZ elections?
Bryce Edwards: Political round-up: Is the media taking over NZ elections?

More and more candidates for Parliament are coming from a media background, leading to the 'celebritisation' of elections…

NZ dollar bounces back from 8-month low
NZ dollar bounces back from 8-month low

The New Zealand dollar rebounded from an eight-month low, after failing to break below 80 US cents, as some traders deemed…

Bryce Edwards: Official reports open up NZ to 'banana republic' allegations
Bryce Edwards: Official reports open up NZ to 'banana republic' allegations

Several official reports out this week raise questions about the integrity of public life in New Zealand, writes Bryce Edwards.…

Bryan Gould: Budget hides bleak economic outlook
Bryan Gould: Budget hides bleak economic outlook

The debt we should really be worried about is the amount we owe to overseas lenders - and that is going up, not down, writes…

Budget 2013

Bryce Edwards: Political round-up: Judith Collins and democracy under threat?
Bryce Edwards: Political round-up: Judith Collins and democracy under threat?

Judith Collins' abandonment of the MMP Review recommendations has provoked severe criticism, claiming…

Caregiver bill advice heavily censored

The Government has been accused of undemocratic law-making after a controversial bill was passed without public input and…

Science experiments leaves expert cold

The National Science Challenges promised to be one of the most exciting experiments ever seen in our science and innovation…

Govt sends message to developers

Property developers who "sit and wait" for land values to increase have been sent a clear signal that the Government will…

Budget will help vulnerable Kiwis
Budget will help vulnerable Kiwis

Finance Minister Bill English says the Budget 2013 will help the most vulnerable people in society "who…

Matt McCarten: My Budget would do the trick

Despite all the political and media posturing over Thursday's Budget, nothing much really happened - again, writes Matt…

Kerre McIvor: Budget leaves police out in cold

Ah. The Budget. A cautious, steady-as-she-goes document with just enough give and take among the different government departments…

Sam Judd: Budget belittles environment

With the release of the budget this week, it is clear that across the board, funding for the protection of natural resources…

Tardy student borrowers owe $427m

The Government's tough new student loan rules are an attempt to claw back more than $427 million of debt in default from…

Opposition slams rush on disability payments
Opposition slams rush on disability payments

A bill which allows people who cared for disabled family members to get paid by the Govt has passed…

Brand new housing deal looks shaky

The Government's "accord" with Auckland Council to prick the region's housing bubble is in danger of unravelling a week…

School breakfasts could be served all week

A school breakfast programme run by Fonterra and Sanitarium may be extended to five days a week with extra Government support…

Charities cleared to join state house market

People who apply for a state house may be directed instead to a charitable housing provider under a bill introduced in the…

John Armstrong: National gives mixed signals with housing

John Armstrong writes: "One of the reasons why Governments slowly decay and die is that the longer they are in office the…

The two sides of the coin
The two sides of the coin

Bill English painted a picture of recovery in the Budget. But stresses remain and the economy is being…

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Best of Political Analysis

John Armstrong John Armstrong
Oravida affair rocks MP's confidence

The reluctance of her fellow National MPs to come… More

Claire Trevett Claire Trevett
Labour casts net for votes, heats pan for Collins

Labour and New Zealand First yesterday mounted a pincer… More

Brian Rudman Brian Rudman
Scramble for civil unions as parties chase mates

The pre-election fumblings behind the bikesheds as… More

Audrey Young Audrey Young
Too many words and not enough Act

Tiny parties are rarely in the spotlight and rarely… More

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