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Debate: Slater condemned
Debate: Slater condemned

National leader John Key condemned Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater for the first time during tonight's leaders' debate…

Who won the second leaders' debate?

Prime Minister John Key and Leader of the Opposition David Cunliffe faced off in round two of the pre-election debates this…

NZ should abandon Security Council bid - Act

Government support party Act says New Zealand should abandon its bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council because…

PM defends choices for Collins probe

John Key has defended his choice of a Government Inquiry into Judith Collins’ dealings with former SFO boss Adam Feeley…

Second leaders' debate: As it happened
Second leaders' debate: As it happened

Prime Minister John Key and Leader of the Opposition David Cunliffe are facing off in round two of the pre-election debates…

UN boss stays mum on NZ bid for seat
UN boss stays mum on NZ bid for seat

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has touched down for a two-day visit, but won't be drawn on NZ's chances of securing a…

'NZ shouldn't be a busy-body'
'NZ shouldn't be a busy-body'

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig asked how New Zealand should take on the world if it had a seat on UN Security Council…

Election 2014: Greens unveil wage changes
Election 2014: Greens unveil wage changes

Under the Greens new labour policy, youth wages and the 90-day trial period would be scrapped and the minimum wage would…

Politics

NZ politics: Circus on steroids
NZ politics: Circus on steroids

The circus is in town. The game of politics is often compared to a circus and despite the seriousness…

Georgina Beyer lashes out at Dotcom

Mana candidate Georgina Beyer has lashed out at Internet Mana backer Kim Dotcom: "He's using his power and position to seek…

John Armstrong: What does sitting on cross benches actually mean?

Winston Peters' talk of sitting on Parliament's cross benches after the election - rather than entering a coalition or propping…

Whale Oil left out of probe

An inquiry into the events surrounding Judith Collins' downfall will not examine the relationship between her and Whale…

New leak claim hits Collins
New leak claim hits Collins

Judith Collins is depicted in alleged conversations discussing the leak of evidence in a high profile…

Vote will decide control of power cost

Power bills have been rising relentlessly. The two sides of politics are divided on house best to rein that in - competition…

Eyes on the Battle of the Bays

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig's decision to contest East Coast Bays has made this year's vote a gripping watch --…

Bob Jones: Ridicule - a small price to pay for fleeting fame

When I wrote recently that this election was done and dusted, a storm of protest erupted on the NZ Herald 's website from…

Catriona MacLennan: Only a broad-ranging inquiry will do to tackle allegations

Prime Minister John Key should accept the lessons of recent history: a limited inquiry into allegations which have unfolded…

Opinion: I've learned life's not fair
Opinion: I've learned life's not fair

Teacher Peter Lyons says he's finally learned a valuable lesson - life isn't fair, so he explains why…

Interactive: How well off are you?

Use our interactive to find out how much you earn compared to everyone else – and how much better (or worse) off you are…

Chris Barton: Technology makes corruption possible

What a tangled web Dirty Politics has placed before us Yet, if the subsequent polls are to be believed, the majority doesn't…

Maori Party co-leader well ahead in Waiariki electorate

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell is well ahead of his chief rival Mana's Annette Sykes in the Waiariki electorate…

Labour's $100m plan for Christchurch urban rail system

Labour has unveiled a $100 million plan for an urban rail system for Christchurch with Leader David Cunliffe earmarking…

Inquiry 'won't cut corners'
Inquiry 'won't cut corners'

An inquiry into the release of a sensitive security document to Cameron Slater within days of requesting…

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Claire Trevett on politics

Claire Trevett: Young voters could be key to National victory
Claire Trevett: Young voters could be key to National victory

Out on the campaign trail, party leaders are meeting many kinds of voters. Among them are decided voters, swing voters…

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Bryce Edwards: Passion, profanity and parody in politics
Bryce Edwards: Passion, profanity and parody in politics

New Zealanders were famously described as a 'passionless people' in one landmark book about politics and the national condition…

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Audrey Young

Audrey Young: Leaders under the spotlight
Audrey Young: Leaders under the spotlight

Audrey Young writes: Sometimes it helps to see your politicians in action in order to judge whether they can be trusted.

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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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