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Vouchers urged for social services
Vouchers urged for social services

A major shift to more voucher-type funding of social services, including health and education, is proposed in a new official…

Why I think ponytailgate is nonsense

I dutifully give my 7-year-old daughter's ponytail the occasional tug, writes Bob Jones. That incestuous confession should…

PM to urge Saudis on trade

John Key will arrive in Saudi Arabia today with the hope of getting high-level commitment from the new King to a free trade…

Cattle alliance beefs up on trade push

Representatives from the Five Nations Beef Alliance are in Maryland this week pushing for beef trade liberalisation through…

Elderly abused by families
Elderly abused by families

Elderly people are having their children move back in and are being threatened with a lack of contact with grandchildren…

'You're the Prime Minister of NZ, not a Real Housewife of New Jersey'
'You're the Prime Minister of NZ, not a Real Housewife of New Jersey'

John Key's hair-pulling has generated headlines around the world, and comedian John Oliver is the latest to take a shot…

McCready prepares Ponytail-gate case
McCready prepares Ponytail-gate case

Serial litigant Graham McCready will this week take the first steps in his bid to haul the Prime Minister before the court…

Green contenders talk on four key issues
Green contenders talk on four key issues

The four Green Party candidates who are in a contest to replace Russel Norman as the party's male co-leader presented their…

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Key says he has lessons to learn
Key says he has lessons to learn

Prime Minister admits he completely misread the situation where he repeatedly pulled the ponytail of…

Why am I under investigation?

"The state apparently has me under covert investigation," writes Rodney Hide, who outlines his attempts at getting an explanation…

Cartoon: Pin the tail

Peter Bromhead's take on the #tailgate incident.

Better #tailgate than other news stories

Heather du Plessis-Allan writes: Maybe being half a world away made the headline all the more unbelievable.

Ponytailgate: Hands off our hair- a lesson for us all
Ponytailgate: Hands off our hair- a lesson for us all

To sheet it home, in case there are other men and women who haven't yet got the message, you don't go…

PM's hair-pulling has opened ugly can of worms

The day is surely not far away when John Key's gift of the gab is unable to talk him out of a political quagmire.

TPP critical for our future trade ... it's a pity the idea hasn't been sold to the public

If the "West" doesn't get to shape the chess board on which Asia-Pacific economies play - China will, writes Fran O'Sullivan…

Speaker's tour ends in Germany

The Speaker's five-country, two-week tour has come to an end in Germany and Poland, including a trip to former Nazi concentration…

Key: Every country should play part in fighting Isis

Every country should play a part in confronting extremism, Prime Minister John Key said at a peace conference in Istanbul…

Political roundup: Anzac fatigue and dissent
Political roundup: Anzac fatigue and dissent

For many Kiwis, Anzac Day has an almost sacred or spiritual quality and, for some, it represents a proxy…

NZ's role in fighting terror threats

Prime Minister John Key reaffirmed New Zealand's role in fighting terror threats in the Middle East at the International…

'I will learn from this' - Key

Prime Minister John Key has talked about the ponytail fallout at the International Peace Summit in Istanbul.

Leave the Prime Minister alone

Pity the Prime Minister, writes Toby Manhire. Imagine the poor fellow, having to make a humiliating apology during a layover…

Legal threat over John Key's hair habit

Prime Minister John Key's touching of a waitress' ponytail came after he let his guard down in a place where he felt comfortable…

Will ponytail pull hurt PM?
Will ponytail pull hurt PM?

#Ponytailgate is proving every bit as crazy as elements of last year’s general election campaign. Bryce…

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Claire Trevett: Peters will want to poop Greens' Bachelor party
Claire Trevett: Peters will want to poop Greens' Bachelor party

The Green Party's leadership contest has had moments similar to the cocktail parties that cap off each day on The Bachelor…

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Bryce Edwards on politics

Political round-up: The revolution will not be televised
Political round-up: The revolution will not be televised

There’s a lot of anger about TV current affairs at the moment – sparked by the threats to Campbell Live. But there’s also…

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Audrey Young

Today I'm embarrassed John Key is Prime Minister
Today I'm embarrassed John Key is Prime Minister

"Today I’m embarrassed that John Key is Prime Minister", writes Audrey Young: "I have not felt that in the past six-and-a-bit…

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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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