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This is the house that Bill built
This is the house that Bill built

The Finance Minister is fuelling claims that privatisation is the Government's end game, writes John Armstrong.

NZ First: Martin out, Mark the new deputy

Winston Peters puts an to the speculation that has been swirling around Parliament all week and confirms new deputy.

Toby Manhire: Lamingtons are ka pai, kereru pie isn't

In the most recent Roy Morgan poll, the National Party was shown to be plummeting, all the way down to 49.5 per cent support…

Beating obesity? Fat chance

A sugar tax is out according to Dr Jonathan Coleman who says there's no evidence it works. That's wrong, writes Dita De…

John Armstrong on politics

John Armstrong: Brownlee finds targets with brilliant banter John Armstrong: Brownlee finds targets with brilliant banter

Some MPs given the call to speak who try to be funny…

John Armstrong: English bets the house on ideology John Armstrong: English bets the house on ideology

Bill English's willingness to allow a foreign housing…

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Pharmac TPP fears dismissed
Pharmac TPP fears dismissed

Leading American trade economist Professor Peter Petri is optimistic that the Trans Pacific Partnership will turn out to…

Trump creating 'nightmare scenario' for Republican Party
video Trump creating 'nightmare scenario' for Republican Party

The Miss USA pageant, without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants…

Joe Biden praises NZ in video
Joe Biden praises NZ in video

New Zealand has never been a more “consequential” partner of the United States than now, says US vice-president Joe Biden…

Sonny Tau may face legal consequences
Sonny Tau may face legal consequences

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry said the Department of Conservation was giving priority to the investigation, now in…

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NZ concerned over Nauru civil rights abuses
NZ concerned over Nauru civil rights abuses

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has sought a meeting with the Nauru Government and indicated New Zealand's…

Claire Trevett: Kereru scandal overshadows treaty negotiations

There are many who appear to believe they are qualified to step up to the role Sonny Tau has vacated and act as bridge builder…

Visualising Kiwi MPs' Twitter networks

A glimpse into the social fabric of Parliament using the Twitter network for New Zealand MPs.

Social policies 'dangerous ideological territory'

It's one thing to use our own money to bank with the Australians as most of us do, but taxpayer money on social services…

Selling houses abroad okay if result is right
Selling houses abroad okay if result is right

If there were any local organisations lining up for large-scale social housing we would not now be hearing…

Younger students face testing times

School students face more testing after the Education Minister revealed options to assess pupils aged 13 and 14.

Troubled car rego scheme to 'deliver real benefits'

ACC minister Nikki Kaye says the glitches that have plagued the system have the side-benefit of getting Kiwis talking about…

Clark: NZ should prepare for unexpected

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark says New Zealand has to be ready for anything to happen as it assumes the chair of the…

New bill to give Govt control over state houses

New legislation, tabled in Parliament today, is designed to facilitate National's plan to sell up to 8000 state houses to…

Sonny Tau to stay on as iwi chair
Sonny Tau to stay on as iwi chair

Ngapuhi will keep Sonny Tau on as iwi chairman despite his removal as chair of the iwi’s Treaty settlement…

Doctors to offer free check-ups to kids

Up to 96 per cent of GP clinics nationwide will offer free check-ups to under-13 year-olds under a Government policy which…

Car rego system causes more headaches

Yet another glitch has hit the “new and improved” troubled car rego system.

Brian Rudman: Govt works blind in state house plan

What remains unclear in this long, drawn-out "make-an-offer" phase is what the Government considers is the going price for…

Refugees like our forebears

Former PM Helen Clark drew parallels between NZ settlers from humble beginnings in Britain and the thousands of boat people…

Free GP boost among policy tweaks
Free GP boost among policy tweaks

More New Zealanders will be able to get free doctors' visits as part of a raft of changes which come…

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Claire Trevett on politics

Claire Trevett: Anything's possible with a soap opera finale
Claire Trevett: Anything's possible with a soap opera finale

Like any soap opera the Colin Craig saga is full of shadowy villains, unrequited feelings, vengeance, wrath, and wronged…

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Bryce Edwards on politics

Political roundup: Dangers for democracy in today's cyber bullying law
Political roundup: Dangers for democracy in today's cyber bullying law

The Harmful Digital Communications Bill is being widely criticised as dangerous in the way it seeks to regulate online activities…

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Audrey Young

Here is that long promised fiasco...
Here is that long promised fiasco...

With the Opposition's relentless description of the Govt's housing policy as "a fiasco", there was a chance they would be…

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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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