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Winston Peters criticises foreign student numbers
Winston Peters criticises foreign student numbers

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has criticised the number of foreign students choosing to study here.

PM won't comment on Sabin investigation

Prime Minister John Key has refused to comment on reports National MP Mike Sabin is under investigation by police but said…

Bryce Edwards: What to expect in 2015

As last year's election and scandal fatigue slowly wear off, leaders will stake out their visions for 2015 in speeches tomorrow…

No prisoner vote 'dangerous precedent'

Not allowing prisoners to vote is being labelled a dangerous precedent, with claims it could be extended to other groups…

Opinion: Charter schools about choice
Opinion: Charter schools about choice

Most teachers and their unions don't seem to understand the rationale behind charter schools, writes Peter Lyons.

Tribute to Saudi King a bridge too far
Tribute to Saudi King a bridge too far

He ruled over one of the most repressive regimes in the world - so why were the flags on the Harbour Bridge flying at half…

Little cash for Labour leader's contest
Little cash for Labour leader's contest

The union backing of Labour leader Andrew Little in last year's leadership contest did not translate into hard cash - his…

Len wants to run again - but can he?
Len wants to run again - but can he?

The Herald understands Len Brown has the backing of his wife and has told his inner circle he wants to run again for the…

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Opinion: Irradiated apple anyone?
Opinion: Irradiated apple anyone?

"Irradiated food is anything but fresh," writes Sue Kedgley. So why is the govt bending over backwards…

video Q&A with Len Brown

Auckland Mayor Len Brown answers our questions on rates, Sky City convention Center and more.

Labour presidency nominees announced

An Auckland University lecturer Nigel Haworth and City Vision chair Robert Gallagher have put themselves forward to be the…

McCully condemns 30 civilian deaths in Ukraine
McCully condemns 30 civilian deaths in Ukraine

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has condemned the killing of up to 30 civilians in Eastern Ukraine over…

NZ's political leaders push their plans

Labour leader Andrew Little and Prime Minister John Key are gearing up for their state of the nation speeches on Wednesday…

Operating deficit smaller than expected

The Government's operating deficit was smaller than expected in the first five months of the financial year as a clampdown…

Liam Dann: Time-lag a risk in housing supply boost

The Government might have it right, betting big on the supply side of the curve in its efforts to tackle Auckland house…

McCully to go to Jordan to discuss Syria, Isis

Foreign Minister Murray McCully is to travel to Jordan to discuss the crisis in Syria and the on-going threat of the Islamic…

Bernard Hickey: Cut it out, you RMA spoilsports
Bernard Hickey: Cut it out, you RMA spoilsports

The RMA Knights who say no have been a shadowy tribe until now and it's been hard to pin much damage…

Bryce Edwards: Blue-Green battle over housing crisis and RMA

A blue-green battle is looming over housing affordability and the reform of the Resource Management Act.

Rates won't go into convention centre: Brown

Auckland mayor Len Brown says the council will not put any ratepayer cash into building or running an international convention…

'Like a speed dater in first class'

The PM's halfway up a mountain in the Swiss Alps when he takes a break from his deliciously cliched fondue dinner to explain…

Ratana: Little survives but Peters steals show

Andrew Little has survived his first address to Maori at Ratana but was well and truly upstaged by NZ First leader Winston…

MP attracts hoots of laughter
MP attracts hoots of laughter

Spare a thought for Chester Borrows, the National MP for Whanganui, who backed into a car at Ratana…

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Gareth Morgan looked about as comfortable as the turkey before Christmas as he arrived at Ratana Pa yesterday, writes Claire…

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Bryce Edwards: Challenges to the Treaty consensus
Bryce Edwards: Challenges to the Treaty consensus

Bryce Edwards: Is turbulence returning to race relations via a renewed debate about the role and place of the Treaty of…

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The possibility of former Prime Minister Helen Clark leading the United Nations is a common subject of speculation.

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