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Tolley scraps 'lab rat' study on children
Tolley scraps 'lab rat' study on children

Updated The Social Development Minister said that infants would not be treated as "lab rats" under her watch.

Bryan Gould: Shift left predicted after privatisation shambles

"Free market" theory has a lot to answer for, writes Bryan Gould. Charter schools? Privately run prisons? What about the…

Meridian's poverty project up for awards

Meridian Energy has joined with charity KidsCan to raise awareness of child poverty in NZ and help to provide food, clothing…

Let's fly a flag that really says NZ

Let's get serious - this is an opportunity to say something about New Zealand's place in the world, writes Mike Hosking.

John Armstrong on politics

Nats' policy changes signal Nats' policy changes signal

National's latest bit of tinkering with its immigration…

John Armstrong: Vibrancy missing on Nats' agenda John Armstrong: Vibrancy missing on Nats' agenda

If this weekend's National Party conference runs true…

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Claire Trevett: Peters upstaged but again a power on the rise
Claire Trevett: Peters upstaged but again a power on the rise

Winston Peters clearly got some momentum from the Northland win. The question is whether he's made the most of it, writes…

Landlord tax belies PM's housing claim
Landlord tax belies PM's housing claim

Figures showing bank loans to investors outnumbering first-home buyers by three to one are hard evidence of what has undoubtedly…

'I never want another mother to go through what I have'
'I never want another mother to go through what I have'

Watered down health and safety proposals will cost lives, family members of those killed in the Pike River disaster say.

TPP: Key lobbying for dairy concessions
TPP: Key lobbying for dairy concessions

As the 12-nation trade deal negotiations enter the final stretch, Mr Key said New Zealand was gaining some support on its…

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Peters backs Little over national anthem
Peters backs Little over national anthem

Labour leader Andrew Little has found a surprising ally for his call to change the national anthem in…

'You can trust my husband'

Colin Craig's wife stands by him as he announces he is suing "dirty politics brigade" for alleged defamatory comments.

'Smarter spending' needed on family violence services

Services to address high rates of family and sexual violence are at times fragmented or duplicate what others are already…

Labour: Scrap flag referendum

If fewer than half of eligible voters take part in the first flag referendum the second should be scrapped, Labour say.

Is Colin Craig going to make a comeback?
Is Colin Craig going to make a comeback?

The former Conservative Party leader has called a press conference in Auckland, and is promising two…

Inside NZ's $11m New York pad

It's our first look inside the apartment New Zealand bought in New York as a permanent residence for its ambassador to the…

Brian Rudman: High incarceration rate is the real prison scandal

How naive can our political masters be. They let a private prison operator self-report on how well they're doing, then act…

Kiwis profit from switching

One in five Auckland households switched power companies last year, helping them save an average of $136 in the process.

Editorial: Serco must be made an example of

Fights in a prison are probably not unusual, and often worse that the "fight club" video from Mt Eden that has had a political…

Is our national anthem a dirge?
Is our national anthem a dirge?

The Labour leader thinks so and claims many New Zealanders prefer to sing along to the Australian anthem…

'We said Pharmac and its purchasing model had to be protected' - Little

The Labour Party says the undermining of Pharmac in the Trans Pacific Partnership breaches one of its bottom lines on the…

Minister not worried over inmate arrests

The arrest of three inmates at Mt Eden prison for allegedly helping to run a methamphetamine ring has not worried the Corrections…

Justice Minister to investigate monitoring of offenders

Justice Minister Amy Adams wants to know if there were failings in the way Tony Robertson was monitored - or wider issues…

NZ First members walk out of Parliament

New Zealand First members have walked out on Parliamentary question time after Winston Peters was ejected by Speaker David…

Ministers copping the blame for deeds of predecessors
Ministers copping the blame for deeds of predecessors

Women's Minister Louise Upston and Transport Minister Simon Bridges are among those copping blame for…

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Claire Trevett: Key plays it straight as Little lobs on housing
Claire Trevett: Key plays it straight as Little lobs on housing

Those expecting fireworks in John Key and Andrew Little's first encounter since the Chinese-sounding-surname debate broke…

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Political roundup: Labour's dangerous racial politics
Political roundup: Labour's dangerous racial politics

Will Labour become characterised as “the racist party”? That’s the risk that Andrew Little and Phil Twyford are taking in…

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Audrey Young: Lotu-Iiga bottom of the class
Audrey Young: Lotu-Iiga bottom of the class

Embattled Corrections Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga has scored lowest in the latest Herald report card on the Cabinet's performance…

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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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