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NZTE spends $30k on greenstone gifts
NZTE spends $30k on greenstone gifts

The Labour Party said the spending on jewellery was extravagant, but the trade promotion agency said it was a reward for…

John Key booed off stage at Big Gay Out

The Prime Minister said he expected a strong reaction but stressed it was from a "small group of individuals".

Seymour: Judges avoiding harshest penalty under three strikes legislation

Act Party leader David Seymour says a pattern is emerging in which judges are choosing not to give the harshest penalty…

Steve Braunias' Secret Diary of Parliament

John Key: Back to it tomorrow. God almighty. Ugh! Kill me now, writes Steve Braunias.

Audrey Young: Brownlee has Defence Force in his sights
Audrey Young: Brownlee has Defence Force in his sights

If Goff wants to be well-informed, maybe he should ask Brownlee for a briefing too, writes Audrey Young.

Wicked Campers' offensive slogans rile MPs
Wicked Campers' offensive slogans rile MPs

An Australian campervan company that puts controversial slogans on its vehicles has been threatened with prosecution and…

$100,000 to help deportees from Australia
$100,000 to help deportees from Australia

Another $100,000 will be given to an organisation that helps former prisoners reintegrate into society, as more deportees…

Barry Soper: Winston denied dust buster bus ride
Barry Soper: Winston denied dust buster bus ride

Not uncommonly when Winston Peters is around, the Ministry was concerned for health and safety, and he was denied his Rosa…

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Islamic State's recruitment slowing down, says Brownlee
Islamic State's recruitment slowing down, says Brownlee

The Islamic State's recruitment of foreign fighters has slowed significantly, Defence Minister Gerry…

Toby Manhire: That's right Sunshine, MPs back at work

The plump green upholstery of the parliamentary debating chamber puckered with terror this week, as the backsides of our…

Christine Cheyne: TPP light on environment safeguards

What will be the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement on our "100% Pure" brand, central to tourism and…

MP to marry Simon Bridges' sister

A change of heart meant Simon O'Connor wasn't ordained after priesthood training and now the MP for Tamaki is getting married…

Defence bosses barely scrape pass mark
Defence bosses barely scrape pass mark

Defence bosses have barely scraped a pass mark from their minister Gerry Brownlee because of their poor-quality…

Larry Williams: Stats show child abuse on rise

Family First have released an analysis of the 2007 anti-smacking law. It proves beyond doubt that the law has been ineffective…

Winston Peters barred from school bus

The New Zealand First leader is demanding an explanation from the Education Minister.

Claire Trevett: Unlike Key to throw toys over dildo incident

Given a lot of adult novelty items on the market are from the US and Canada, the TPP should at least make commemorating…

Endless surge strains DHB

New immigrants to Auckland unfamiliar with the health system are turning up to hospitals when they should be going to doctors…

Peters' $100k fishing challenge to PM
Peters' $100k fishing challenge to PM

Winston Peters has offered to pay John Key's favourite charity if the PM can find evidence that the…

Barry Soper: Is Annette King our Hillary Clinton?

Listening to the Labour veteran Annette King banging on in Parliament's bear pit the comparison floated through my mind. …

Law change needed to tackle cross-border crime

The growing problem of cross-border crime means the law should be changed to ensure New Zealand does its part, a review…

Some state housing tenants to be moved out

At least 2 per cent of Housing New Zealand tenants are not eligible to live in a state house.

Advocacy groups keen on more tobacco tax

The Government should continue to hike taxes on tobacco and raise them to at least 20 per cent a year, health professionals…

Brian Rudman: Dildo jape distracts from the real issue
Brian Rudman: Dildo jape distracts from the real issue

The annual humiliation of prime ministers at Waitangi's lower marae needs to be knocked on the head…

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Local Government

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Claire Trevett on politics

Claire Trevett: PM's absence devalues day
Claire Trevett: PM's absence devalues day

Mr Key's decision is understandable. There is only so long a Prime Minister can sit and look as if he is at someone else's…

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Political roundup: Catching up with the National Party
Political roundup: Catching up with the National Party

National is in the middle of its third term - a time that many have observed is traditionally characterised by arrogance…

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Audrey Young

Audrey Young: Harawira and Co. do heavy lifting on TPP
Audrey Young: Harawira and Co. do heavy lifting on TPP

The good news for the Government is that Hone Harawira and his friends just made its sales job a lot easier, writes Audrey…

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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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