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Clashes as Israel shuts holy site
Clashes as Israel shuts holy site

Palestinian leaders accused Israel of an act of war in closing the sacred Temple Mount religious site after a dramatic rooftop…

Polanski questioned in Poland

Film director Roman Polanski was questioned by prosecutors in Poland and later released after the United States requested…

Obama hopes to get House in order

Last week, Barack Obama stopped by the Dr Martin Luther King Jr community centre on Chicago's South Side to cast his vote…

Maori Party focussed on rebuild

The Maori Party kicked off its AGM at a dinner last night by celebrating the few good points in the election but will today…

Greens need to let foreign leaders speak when the House sits
Greens need to let foreign leaders speak when the House sits

It's time that we grew up as a nation when it comes to diplomatic courtesy. It's time the Greens revoked their "unofficial…

Pensioner vows battle to the death with IRD
Pensioner vows battle to the death with IRD

So John Russell, where are you hiding the Maserati? Russell, 80, a tall man who walks with the aid of a stick, laughs heartily…

John Roughan: Councils a waste of chicken sandwiches
John Roughan: Councils a waste of chicken sandwiches

So without enough to do, the elected body ponders long-term planning objectives and reads a great deal of paper on subjects…

'The purpose is not to spy' - SIS chief
'The purpose is not to spy' - SIS chief

If there's one thing that irks Rebecca Kitteridge, it is being referred to as the new head of the SIS spy agency.

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James Griffin: List-making
James Griffin: List-making

Things to do today. 1. Write column! Is it wrong that I love making lists? Is it indicative of…

Dr Joshua Freeman: Trade deal needs urgent check up

New drugs and medical procedures undergo careful scrutiny before being foisted on the public. Nobody wants another Thalidomide…

The cuss word on Marama Fox's lips

Maori Party's new co-leader has already taken issue with the Parliamentary oath, voted for NZ First as Speaker and almost…

Editorial: Unimpressive start

It is a pity that almost the first legislative act of the Government's new term is an act abolishing mandatory "tea breaks"…

NZ's world-class beauty spot targeted
NZ's world-class beauty spot targeted

Fresh plans have been lodged for a subdivision near a world-renowned Coromandel beach, reigniting opposition…

Feedback douses council fireplace ban

A controversial plan to ban domestic open fires and old woodburners in Auckland has been kicked to touch until at least…

PM to discuss Ebola, Islamic State with Abbott

The Islamic State and Ebola are the two big issues Prime Minister John Key will be discussing with Australia's Prime Minister…

Govt passes 'tea-break' bill

A law which takes away the legal right to a tea break and weakens collective bargaining has taken line honours as the first…

Key won't reveal Rawshark's name

The Prime Minister John Key says he won't reveal the name given to him as the identity of the hacker known as Rawshark…

Maori Party almost votes against Government
Maori Party almost votes against Government

The Government has survived the first confidence motion of the new Parliament -- but not without a hair…

$22m rebuild of leaky school

Gardens School in Manurewa was one of the biggest casualties of the leaky building crisis and has been leaking ever since…

Minister's drink driving conviction

New Police Minister Michael Woodhouse says he has always been upfront about his conviction on a drink driving charge almost…

Jane Kelsey: TPP deal keeps disappearing down rabbit hole

Everything hinges on a deal on agriculture and automobiles between the US and Japan, writes Jane Kelsey. Despite intense…

Claire Trevett: Chameleon Key a happy distraction for Labour

We are now halfway through the three-week marathon of what Labour likes to call hustings meetings for its leadership contestants…

Taxpayers' $25m bill, even if flag stays
Taxpayers' $25m bill, even if flag stays

Changing New Zealand's flag is likely to cost the taxpayer $30 million or more, with Finance Minister…

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The SIS, the country's domestic spying agency, looks…

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John Key has plunged in personal popularity, dropping…

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Claire Trevett on politics

Claire Trevett: Factions and females - F words dog Labour
Claire Trevett: Factions and females - F words dog Labour

Attempts to put a ban on the word female in Labour have failed. It seems to be like having a sore tooth they can't help…

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Bryce Edwards: The next three years of National boredom
Bryce Edwards: The next three years of National boredom

Blandness seems to be the secret to the National Party's success, and so can we expect a fairly boring third term National…

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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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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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