Election 2011

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Survey reveals why Kiwis didn't vote
Survey reveals why Kiwis didn't vote

Nearly half of the people who did not vote in New Zealand's general election last year made their decision not to vote on…

Young, bright and aiming for the top

Tauranga MP Simon Bridges is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with attributes that could take him all the way to…

Lawyer: Ambrose didn't act illegally

Laying charges against cameraman Bradley Ambrose would be a waste of further public money, says his lawyer. Police announced…

PM welcomes 'teapot tape' decision

Police will not lay charges against freelance cameraman Bradley Ambrose over the so-called "teapot tapes" affair…

Politics

PM defends choices for Collins probe PM defends choices for Collins probe

John Key has defended his choice of a Government Inquiry…

UN boss stays mum on NZ bid for seat UN boss stays mum on NZ bid for seat

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has touched down…

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You're nicked! MP takes law into his own hands
You're nicked! MP takes law into his own hands

The long arm of the law also has a very long memory, and Whanganui MP Chester Borrows showed just...

RadioLive in gun, PM ducks censure
RadioLive in gun, PM ducks censure

The National Party is seeking legal advice on whether it has to declare the Prime Minister's hour-long show on RadioLive…

Isaac hits back at appointment criticism
Isaac hits back at appointment criticism

Former Act president and candidate Catherine Isaac has hit back at accusations her appointment to a board overseeing the…

Love hearts fall foul of election watchdog
Love hearts fall foul of election watchdog

Love hearts, speech bubbles, Pacific greetings and the Prime Minister's reference to the Mad Butcher as "my good friend"…

Election 2011

Josie Pagani: Workers lose faith in party with glum message
Josie Pagani: Workers lose faith in party with glum message

A woman in Taumarunui came running after me, clutching the "Vote Labour" leaflet I'd just put in her…

Editorial: Crown should pay its own tea tape bill

On the last working day before Christmas the Crown Law Office filed a claim with the High Court for nearly $14,000 in legal…

Expert slams Govt 'attack' on media

The decision to seek court costs from the cameraman behind the "tea tapes" controversy has been slammed as part of a dangerous…

'Tea tape' newsman's costs 'political vindictiveness'

The Govt's demand for court costs from cameraman Bradley Ambrose can only be seen as "political...

'Tea tape' newsman's $14,000 costs
'Tea tape' newsman's $14,000 costs

The Attorney-General is seeking court costs of almost $14,000 from the cameraman at the centre of the…

Greens confirm no deal with National

The Green Party has confirmed it will not be a formal part of the Government, following discussions with Prime Minister…

MPs sworn in - Harawira squeezes in own oath

MPs today swore their allegiance to the Queen as they were sworn in at Parliament - though Mana leader Hone Harawira managed…

Key considering deal with Greens

Prime Minister John Key is to sound out the Greens about a closer more formal relationship - possibly involving the Greens…

Questions over Waitakere vote

Evidence of dodgy voting has emerged in the battle for Waitakere. A judge has found nine people voted twice and 393 people…

Cabinet to meet after swearing-in
Cabinet to meet after swearing-in

The new Cabinet will meet for the first time this afternoon, after ministers were sworn in at a ceremony…

Election 2011 Archives

Voting Referendum

Flag's time has passed, says PM
Flag's time has passed, says PM

New Zealanders will get a vote on a new national flag regardless of who is in the next government.

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Best of Political Analysis

Claire Trevett: Nothing as good as a baddy in an election duel
Claire Trevett: Nothing as good as a baddy in an election duel

Like any decent Western there are goodies and baddies…

Claire Trevett: Parting shots in the House
Claire Trevett: Parting shots in the House

MPs have headed off on the campaign trail with one…

John Armstrong: Even the enemies are voters
John Armstrong: Even the enemies are voters

It seemed just a slip of the tongue. Or was it, asks…

Audrey Young: Policies and people all part of campaign
Audrey Young: Policies and people all part of campaign

Anything could happen between now and the election…

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John Armstrong on politics

John Armstrong: Crisis calls on Key to use all his skills
John Armstrong: Crisis calls on Key to use all his skills

It is not so much death by a thousand cuts; it is death from being buried by thousands of emails, writes John Armstrong.

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Claire Trevett on politics

Claire Trevett: Young voters could be key to National victory
Claire Trevett: Young voters could be key to National victory

Out on the campaign trail, party leaders are meeting many kinds of voters. Among them are decided voters, swing voters…

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Audrey Young

Audrey Young: Leaders under the spotlight
Audrey Young: Leaders under the spotlight

Audrey Young writes: Sometimes it helps to see your politicians in action in order to judge whether they can be trusted.

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Matt McCarten on politics

Matt McCarten: Now for something similar ...
Matt McCarten: Now for something similar ...

The political world was stunned on Wednesday when David Cunliffe announced me as his chief of staff, writes Matt McCarten…

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