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Politics and rugby mix at a grand All Blacks announcement
Politics and rugby mix at a grand All Blacks announcement

There was plenty of talk around Parliament as the All Blacks squad for the World Cup was announced.

Heather du Plessis-Allan: NZ needs to let in more refugees

New Zealand's annual refugee quota of 750 has not changed since 1987. We're falling shamefully short every year in how much…

Auckland to miss out on online voting

Aucklanders won't be able to choose their next council at the click of a mouse because it is too big.

Audrey Young: Report paves way for CYF redesign

Children's Commissioner Russell Wills has done the Government a huge favour with his State of Care report this week, whether…

Fran O'Sullivan: CEO leaves mayor on sideline
Fran O'Sullivan: CEO leaves mayor on sideline

Auckland Council chief executive Stephen Town is displaying all the hallmarks of a bureaucratic stealth bomber.

Foreign buyers: voters want evidence
Foreign buyers: voters want evidence

Only one in five voters do not support a ban on foreigners buying houses - but most of the others want to see evidence of…

Brian Rudman: It's a national mess, so let MPs fix it
Brian Rudman: It's a national mess, so let MPs fix it

What a cop-out. After decades of dithering, the politicians have tossed the Easter trading hot potato to local councils…

Manhire: To sleep, perchance to dream
Manhire: To sleep, perchance to dream

Notorious hacker Lambshank has been at it again, leaking Toby Manhire the contents of the 'Dreams' folder in the Prime Minister's…

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video Anti-TPP protesters target Key meeting
Anti-TPP protesters target Key meeting

Protesters jostled with police last night as they tried to disrupt a National Party fundraising event…

Anti-TPP protesters target Key meeting

Protesters jostled with police last night as they tried to disrupt a National Party fundraising event in Dunedin.

Govt closer to funding for transport

The Government appears to be coming around to user-pays charges, such as a motorway toll, to tackle Auckland's chronic traffic…

Voters want jails run by state, not privately

Serco and other private companies have no place running New Zealand prisons, a majority of voters believe.

CYF reforms needed soon
CYF reforms needed soon

The shortcomings at Child, Youth and Family reflect an agency that hasn't coped with a significant switch…

Investigation highlights depth of 'Serco circus' - MP

It was announced today that the terms of reference and timeframe for the chief inspector of Corrections' investigation have…

Health and safety reforms pass

School principals remain worried they could face "draconian" punishment if things go wrong.

New special housing areas for Auckland

Eleven new areas are being set up across Auckland with the potential to provide 1600 new homes.

Mum pushes for abortion law change

"She had to go through it alone" - Woman tells politicians why daughter tried to kill herself.

Investigation into prison fights extended
Investigation into prison fights extended

An investigation into organised prisoner fights at Mt Eden prison has been extended due to the number…

Dita De Boni: Govt contempt too overwhelming to ignore

I believe we need to hold our Govt, whatever stripe it is, to the task of doing what it is there to do. That's what has…

Organ Donors Bill passes first reading

A bill which would increase financial support for organ donors while they are recuperating passed its first reading last…

Mike Hosking: Am I biased? Who's asking?

If I do anything in the various non-journalistic roles I have, it's to promote good people and good ideas and good outcomes…

Geared up to back bill

When a post about the effort to get 26 weeks' paid parental leave popped up on Bronwyn Dutton's Facebook timeline she wanted…

Editorial: Sex-offender plan cries out for refinement
Editorial: Sex-offender plan cries out for refinement

New Zealand was a latecomer in establishing a register for sex offenders. Now, however, Social Development…

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Alas, we'll never read Gair's inside story

Gentlemanly political veteran was privy to momentous…

Audrey Young Audrey Young

It's life and death ... but politics comes first

Cynical safety move means minister must quit if 'safe…

Fran O'Sullivan Fran O'Sullivan

TPP requires major sales effort to gain acceptance

The country is not convinced a deal would have plenty…

Dita De Boni Dita De Boni

Cantabrians not amused by rebuild funny business

If you look hard enough, a kind of not strictly illegal…

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John Key has plunged in personal popularity, dropping…

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The making of Amy Adams?
The making of Amy Adams?

Amy Adams fits in with the "compassionate conservatism" tag Prime Minister John Key has used to describe his Administration…

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Political roundup: Is the media biased?
Political roundup: Is the media biased?

Too rightwing, too leftwing, too white, too male, too politically correct. These are some common complaints about the biases…

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Audrey Young

Audrey Young: It's life and death ... but politics comes first
Audrey Young: It's life and death ... but politics comes first

Cynical safety move means minister must quit if 'safe farm' death rate doesn't fall, writes Audrey Young.

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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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