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Peter O'Connor: Lessons to be learnt on education overhaul
Peter O'Connor: Lessons to be learnt on education overhaul

The single most reliable indicator of future academic success is the number of books you have in your home when you grow…

'It wouldn't get past first base'

Updated A Government proposal that ratepayers help cover a potential $130m blowout in the cost of SkyCity’s new convention centre…

Peter Lyons: More cuts loom to reach surplus holy grail

Peter Lyons writes: When we eventually achieve the budget surplus we need to recognise it has been paid for by many of those…

Rates cash eyed for SkyCity

SkyCity chief executive Nigel Morrison yesterday also confirmed his company wants a taxpayer-funded top-up and was willing…

Partial victory in Red Nose battle
Partial victory in Red Nose battle

A New Zealand charity has won the right to use Red Nose Day in New Zealand after a challenge by an Australian charity, but…

Cloud over National MP's future
Cloud over National MP's future

The three-year political career of National Northland MP Mike Sabin is in the balance after a report that he is under investigation…

Poor water blights beaches
Poor water blights beaches

A world-class surfing spot and one of Northland's most picturesque strands of coastline are among more than 40 swimming…

Sony says Obama kept in the loop
Sony says Obama kept in the loop

US President Barack Obama has become embroiled in a dispute with the makers of the comedy The Interview over how much…

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PM's text deleting to be investigated by Chief Archivist
PM's text deleting to be investigated by Chief Archivist

The Chief Archivist is to investigate John Key's deleting of text messages. The Green Party asked for…

Empty prime CBD sites bad for the city

A prominent commercial real estate financier says land-bankers are ruining Auckland's central business district by leaving…

US gives North Korea warning

President Barack Obama declared yesterday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate…

Phelps admits drink-driving

Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps has pleaded guilty to drunken driving, almost three months after he was arrested…

Bernard Hickey: Our 'rock star' economy in numbers
Bernard Hickey: Our 'rock star' economy in numbers

This was meant to be the year of the "rock star" economy. Finance Minister Bill English now describes…

SkyCity 'holds the cards' - Labour

SkyCity is holding all the cards in the latest round of negotiations with the Government over its increasingly expensive…

The secret diary of the PM

Cameron was there, of course. We hugged, and he said, ‘Yo dawg sup LOL.’ He could have just sent a text, but it was good…

Bill for SkyCity complex rockets

Design improvements, a new five-star hotel and inflation have rocketed up the SkyCity convention centre's pricetag by as…

Publisher hits back at claims

An Auckland publishing company that got $330,000 of taxpayer money is complaining it was treated unfairly after its funding…

Pressure on Putin as ruble crisis builds
Pressure on Putin as ruble crisis builds

Can Russia afford the economic blowback from taking over Crimea? The markets aren't so sure.

Fran O'Sullivan: Plum US post still in the Xmas pudding

Prime Ministers have a huge sway in just which New Zealanders receive top honours or get to represent New Zealand in the…

Ordinary Russians secret to Putin survival

All politicians like to have props, and in Vladimir Putin's case, some are taken from the box marked Macho and others from…

A timeline of the Sony hack

It's been four weeks since hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace began their cyberterrorism campaign against Sony…

Brian Rudman: Annual windfall should benefit all

If the campaign to transfer ownership of the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust into the hands of Auckland Council fails, we…

Quote of 2014 goes to...Cameron Slater
Quote of 2014 goes to...Cameron Slater

Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater uttered the most memorable quote this year when he compared his role…

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John Key has plunged in personal popularity, dropping…

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Claire Trevett on politics

Claire Trevett: The year of apologies that keeps on giving
Claire Trevett: The year of apologies that keeps on giving

It was a year of sorrows. It was a sorry excuse of a year. It was also a year of sorries. As of yesterday, they were still…

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Bryce Edwards: New Zealand's war on the poor
Bryce Edwards: New Zealand's war on the poor

Dividing up the resources of any society normally involves exploiting the majority for the benefit of the minority, and…

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Audrey Young

Audrey Young: Former enemy crucial to Labour's resurrection
Audrey Young: Former enemy crucial to Labour's resurrection

Matt McCarten, the former enemy, is now seen as a calm and pragmatic influence in Labour who could play a crucial role in…

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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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Super City

Britomart: From dull to hip
Britomart: From dull to hip

Britomart has gone from decay to super cool, churning over $1.3 billion a year to the Auckland economy, says a book tracing…

Big projects on back burner
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Wynyard complex gets ready for sale
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