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Opinion: NZ's growing democratic deficit
Opinion: NZ's growing democratic deficit

When the Corruption Perception Index comes out next week there will be much attention paid to whether New Zealand takes…

Little: PM should accept it's 'game over'

Prime Minister John Key should accept it's "game over" and acknowledge his office's dirty tricks, says Labour Leader Andrew…

Opinion: Kitteridge broom not so clean

SIS director Rebecca Kitteridge helped John Key cover his butt in the leadup to the 2014 election, just like her predecessor…

Opinion: Little has National worried

Two fiery speeches by Little in the past two days have revealed the demeanour that he intends adopting - essentially bare-knuckle…

Slater not embarrassed about texts
Slater not embarrassed about texts

Labour slams "delusional" text messages Cameron Slater sent John Key as Whale Oil blogger denies contact with PM is embarrassing…

Claire Trevett: Canny Key times bouts of arrogance
Claire Trevett: Canny Key times bouts of arrogance

Claire Trevett asks, "What does it say that the very first time Cheryl Gwyn tests her powers of inquiry, John Key decides…

Adams: I have no bias on Bain case
Adams: I have no bias on Bain case

Justice Minister Amy Adams says she is "one of the few people in New Zealand" who does not have a personal view on David…

Foreign trusts in IRD sights
Foreign trusts in IRD sights

The Inland Revenue Department is taking aim at the use of New Zealand trusts by foreigners to shield their income and assets…

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Editorial: Collins in the clear but lack of judgment says it all
Editorial: Collins in the clear but lack of judgment says it all

Judith Collins talked of being "let down" after being cleared of allegations that she was involved in…

Hosking: Wanted, tough leader

Mike Hosking asks, "Am I the only one who thinks things around Auckland Council are getting hopelessly out of control?"

Most National party donations come from undisclosed sources

Nearly 80 per cent of donations to the National party over a three-year period were from undisclosed sources, research by…

Coatsworth quits as Labour president
Coatsworth quits as Labour president

Moira Coatsworth has resigned as President of the Labour Party and will stand down in mid-December.

Goff in the gun over leak of SIS report

NZ’s spy watchdog Cheryl Gwyn is to investigate Labour MP Phil Goff’s acknowledgement he disclosed findings from her SIS…

Retail electricity margins unsustainably high - broker

Power companies' margins on retail electricity tariffs are unsustainably high, says a new report on listed NZ electricity…

Abbott opposes gay marriage, says senator

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott counselled a senator against introducing a same-sex marriage bill because it could…

How much did Dotcom spend?

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom says his three-year, $10m legal fight against extradition to the US has left him 'officially broke'…

SIS surveillance legislation may not get support
SIS surveillance legislation may not get support

The Government’s plans to allow the SIS to conduct surveillance without a warrant for up to 48 hours…

Kim Dotcom: I'm broke

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom says his three-year, $10m legal fight against extradition to the US has left him 'officially broke'…

John Armstrong: Lack of apology leaves John Key defending the indefensible

Political correspondent John Armstrong asks: what is so hard about offering an apology, Prime Minister?

Brian Rudman: Spies bigger threat than terror fighters

Only in a topsy-turvy world would it be seen as rational to bring a posse of spies to heel by increasing their rights to…

Dirty Politics pair dine out on report

Lunch was civilised, given it was being enjoyed by two-thirds of the "Chaos & Mayhem" team from Nicky Hager's Dirty Politics…

Dirty Politics: Key 'in denial'
Dirty Politics: Key 'in denial'

The Opposition says the PM John Key is "in denial" over a report which backs allegations his staff used…

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Claire Trevett: Little's diplomatic skills set to be sorely tested
Claire Trevett: Little's diplomatic skills set to be sorely tested

After weeks of things moving slowly in Labour, things are now moving very quickly indeed.

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Bryce Edwards on politics

Bryce Edwards: Get ready for more biculturalism in politics
Bryce Edwards: Get ready for more biculturalism in politics

Who runs New Zealand? That’s one of the big questions to arise out of the Waitangi Tribunal’s landmark ruling that Maori…

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Audrey Young

Audrey Young: NZ must now walk the tough talk of UN campaign
Audrey Young: NZ must now walk the tough talk of UN campaign

When Helen Clark announced New Zealand's bid in 2004, for a Security Council seat in 2015 and 2016, it seemed a ridiculously…

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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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