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Doctors to offer free check-ups to kids
Doctors to offer free check-ups to kids

Up to 96 per cent of GP clinics nationwide will offer free check-ups to under-13 year-olds under a Government policy which…

Registration system should be 'scrapped'

The chaos caused by the new car registration system has led to it being labeled the “Novapay of transport” by Labour.

Brian Rudman: Govt works blind in state house plan

What remains unclear in this long, drawn-out "make-an-offer" phase is what the Government considers is the going price for…

Refugees like our forebears

Former PM Helen Clark drew parallels between NZ settlers from humble beginnings in Britain and the thousands of boat people…

John Armstrong on politics

John Armstrong: English bets the house on ideology John Armstrong: English bets the house on ideology

Bill English's willingness to allow a foreign housing…

John Armstrong: Being foolish does not prove you are a fool John Armstrong: Being foolish does not prove you are a fool

Colin Craig has made a nonsense of his enemies' pigeonholing…

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Free GP boost among policy tweaks
Free GP boost among policy tweaks

More New Zealanders will be able to get free doctors' visits as part of a raft of changes which come into force today.

Kiwi at the UN's top table
Kiwi at the UN's top table

Until last week, most Kiwis would never have heard of Gerard van Bohemen.

It's time Security Council upped its game
It's time Security Council upped its game

Foreign Minister Murray McCully is quite blunt about the Security Council and the Middle East peace process.

Govt should widen ticket scalping law
Govt should widen ticket scalping law

Steven Joyce, the Economic Development Minister, has made it clear that he is unhappy tickets for the Super 15 final in…

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Kiwi-trained Iraqi troops pass muster
Kiwi-trained Iraqi troops pass muster

Iraqi soldiers have graduated from the New Zealand and Australian Defence Force training at Taji Military…

Leasing some state houses 'always part of the plan'

Government says its proposal to lease some state houses instead of selling them does not mean one of its biggest policies…

Charging for police vetting a worry for charities

Charging for police vetting has been given the green light despite concerns from charities and volunteer groups about crippling…

National 'fallen far short' of byelection promise
National 'fallen far short' of byelection promise

Northland MP Winston Peters says National was clearly “bull dusting” on its byelection promise to ugrade…

Cyberbullying law passes

The controversial law is designed to crack-down on cyber-bullying, but opponents have warned it is too vague and could be…

Peters: No comment on coup

New Zealand First members have refused to comment on whether deputy leader Tracey Martin faced a challenge for her position…

Craig's plan for new Conservative board

Former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig has confirmed plans to elect a new board, intensifying a battle for the control…

Political roundup: Dangers for democracy in today's cyber bullying law

The Harmful Digital Communications Bill is being widely criticised as dangerous in the way it seeks to regulate online activities…

Greece fall out: 'We are not immune from it'
Greece fall out: 'We are not immune from it'

Prime Minister John Key says the Greek situation underlined his view that the biggest risk to New Zealand's…

Key: Changes to benefit families

Prime Minister John Key says a raft of changes coming into force tomorrow will have real benefits for families.

Jarrod Gilbert: Collins' defence of police offending indefensible

So common is political foolishness that it has become barely remarkable. But wrong in principle and crooked in logic, writes…

Profits could end up overseas

An Australian housing provider that is considering buying state houses here could use any money generated on projects across…

Why Colin Craig made Rankin feel 'sick'

"He has put himself up above everybody else and therefore his behaviour has got to be squeaky clean." Christine Rankin's…

Cartoon: State housing farce
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Claire Trevett: Anything's possible with a soap opera finale

Like any soap opera the Colin Craig saga is full of shadowy villains, unrequited feelings, vengeance, wrath, and wronged…

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Political roundup: NZ's military future
Political roundup: NZ's military future

Largely flying under the radar of mainstream public debate, the Government has launched a major Defence Review and initial…

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Audrey Young

Here is that long promised fiasco...
Here is that long promised fiasco...

With the Opposition's relentless description of the Govt's housing policy as "a fiasco", there was a chance they would be…

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

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