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John Drinnan: PC gone mad - or PR flop?
John Drinnan: PC gone mad - or PR flop?

Public relations is back in the news, with controversy over Iain Rennie and the State Services Commission's "loose" handling…

Axing of HBL reflects poorly on Ryall - Labour

The axing of cost-cutting company Health Benefits Limited is a blot on former health minister Tony Ryall's record, the Labour…

Upgrade, but no Nonu for China

The appearance of All Black Ma'a Nonu at Premier House yesterday to give President Xi Jinping of China a No 8 All Black…

Govt eyes Aussie supermarket moves

The Government is watching Australian moves to promote fair play between supermarkets and their suppliers despite an independent…

President Xi identifies "new bright spots" for NZ
President Xi identifies "new bright spots" for NZ

China’s President, Xi Jinping, today identified five new areas of potential co-operation between New Zealand and China.

Resignation at Cera 'insensitive'
Resignation at Cera 'insensitive'

Adecision to allow shamed Canterbury earthquake recovery boss Roger Sutton to quit at a tearful press conference in the…

English set on hitting surplus
English set on hitting surplus

Finance Minister Bill English still believes he will be able to get the Government's books back into the black this year…

Brian Fallow: NZ ducking the climate question
Brian Fallow: NZ ducking the climate question

The Government faces two big decisions next year affecting the cost and effectiveness of climate policy over the next 15…

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Key welcomes Xi Jinping in Auckland
Key welcomes Xi Jinping in Auckland

A late arrival by darkness did not stop the Chinese president enjoying a stroll around the acclaimed…

First Lady of China's birthday gift

The First Lady of China received the ultimate birthday gift today when she was made an honorary doctor.

Therapeutic products regulator abandoned

New Zealand and Australia have abandoned efforts to establish a joint therapeutic products regulator.

Council budget blowout: New details

New details can be revealed about an Auckland Council IT project with soaring costs

China-NZ relations go 'deeper' than trade
China-NZ relations go 'deeper' than trade

Governor General praises Chinese-NZ links as President of China Xi Jinping receives 21-gun salute at…

Dita De Boni: Little's coalface connection adds kudos

A successful leader must be able to resonate with the working class and the left-wing intellectual, writes Dita De Boni…

English flags 'challenge' to surplus

Finance Minister Bill English has warned that returning to surplus this year will be a challenge due to falling dairy prices…

Countdown off the hook

The competition watchdog has found no evidence that Countdown used intimidation against suppliers.

Auckland's big, delayed IT blowout

An Auckland Council IT project considered key to delivering the promised savings of the "Super City" model faces a budget…

China President in NZ: What Key wants
China President in NZ: What Key wants

Both Prime Minister John Key and Opposition leader Andrew Little want to press visiting President Xi…

'Why was Sutton allowed to speak?'

The watchdog for workplace harassment has voiced her concerns about the investigation into Roger Sutton.

A few Little jokes mark first day in job

Andrew Little walked into his new leader's suite in Parliament to be confronted by a wall of cameras, all pointing at a…

Claire Trevett: Little's diplomatic skills set to be sorely tested

After weeks of things moving slowly in Labour, things are now moving very quickly indeed.

Simon Terry: Pressure mounting on NZ to deliver real emission reduction

After many years focused on creative accounting, New Zealand is facing pressure to deliver emission reduction results.

PM set to welcome Chinese President
PM set to welcome Chinese President

Prime Minister John Key and Auckland Mayor Len Brown will greet President Xi of China and his wife when…

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Claire Trevett on politics

Claire Trevett: Recall Ypres, Hollande? Now sign here
Claire Trevett: Recall Ypres, Hollande? Now sign here

So much for the catchphrase "Don't mention the war" - these days no leader in want of a free trade deal should let a historic…

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Bryce Edwards on politics

Bryce Edwards: Is New Zealand ready for a grey prime minister?
Bryce Edwards: Is New Zealand ready for a grey prime minister?

New Labour leader Andrew Little's personality and personal attributes are seen as somewhat lacking, writes Bryce Edwards…

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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: 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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