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Inaction on Syria 'past unacceptable'
Inaction on Syria 'past unacceptable'

New Zealand currently has a seat on the UN Security Council and Murray McCully said there was more it should do to try to…

Political roundup: Jacinda Ardern and the 'pretty little thing' debate

Jacinda Ardern's swift rise in popularity is provoking debate about the political direction of the Labour Party, it's leadership…

Nauru responds after NZ aid money put on hold

Government has put aid money for Nauru's justice sector on hold for what Foreign Minister Murray McCully said was Nauru's…

Farmers focus of Greens' climate plan

Agriculture would be given a five year window before being required to significantly cut emissions under a Green Party climate…

Iwi drop legal action over housing land
Iwi drop legal action over housing land

Auckland iwi will have right of first refusal to develop houses on Crown land - and have secured an agreement that 40 per…

Williamson's mayoral decision 'was due'
Williamson's mayoral decision 'was due'

Maurice Williamson, whose controversial speech has sparked complaints about "sexist jokes, was set to announced his plans…

Alan Gamlen: Why NZ should raise the refugee quota
Alan Gamlen: Why NZ should raise the refugee quota

The man who usually cuts my hair is a lawyer from the Middle East living in New Zealand as a refugee. I vividly recall him…

Williamson's sexist, misogynistic jokes
Williamson's sexist, misogynistic jokes

Colourful backbench National MP Maurice Williamson accused of acting "like it was a stag do" at conference dinner.

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South Island Maori close to charter school deal
South Island Maori close to charter school deal

Wealthy US businessman plans to lean on friends, including Microsoft founder, to raise up to $15 million…

Claire Trevett: How to change the flag - let British win the Cup

All we have agreed on in this search for a unifying piece of fabric is that those it is meant to unify can agree on nothing…

Earthquake strengthening time halved for some buildings

Buildings with verandas and other features that could collapse into busy areas will need to be earthquake-strengthened in…

Rob Salmond: The true state of Labour

Many commentators have noted Labour's caucus is more united, more disciplined, than it has been since Helen Clark, writes…

What Clinton emails reveal about NZ
What Clinton emails reveal about NZ

Thousands of emails from former US Secretary of State have been released.

Wait a minute, this looks familiar

A blend of political parties' logos, a Weet-Bix packet or a corporate fern - the final flag designs are causing plenty of…

Brian Rudman: Smart money is on opening doors to refugees

Refugees have enriched our society in the past. One even produced a son who became a Prime Minister, writes Brian Rudman…

Key: Flag not timed to coincide with World Cup

John Key says the first referendum on the flag was not deliberately timed to coincide with the Rugby World Cup in a bid…

Karl Puschmann: Flag designs a disgrace

Looking at the uninspiring final four designs unveiled this morning it's tempting just to flag the whole flag changing thing…

Phil Quin: Labour's pessimism ploy
Phil Quin: Labour's pessimism ploy

Labour thrives when it approaches the future with gusto, not trepidation, writes Phil Quin. Merchants…

New Defence Force chiefs announced

New Zealand's new Defence Force chiefs have been announced after Cabinet approved Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee's recommendation…

Rachel Smalley: Sexism and Jacinda Ardern

The debate over Jacinda Ardern as preferred Prime Minister is another example of the everyday sexism that seems to wash…

Vote: Should NZ let in more refugees?

New Zealand has not increased the number of refugees it lets into the country annually since it was first set at 800 nearly…

Many undecided over TPP

More than half of New Zealanders appear to have made up their minds already about whether the Trans Pacific Partnership…

Warning: Pupil poaching will rise
Warning: Pupil poaching will rise

Demographic changes could see central Auckland schools pull in more students from areas already losing…

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The Big Read: Legacy of the quakes

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