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PM plays down claim war criminals are living in NZ
PM plays down claim war criminals are living in NZ

Prime Minister John Key says he is not aware of any suspected war criminals from the former Yugoslavia in New Zealand.

MP salary system to be overhauled

Updated Politicians' pay-rises have been cut and their salaries will now be pegged to those of the wider public sector. Prime Minister…

Air strikes make sense - Little

Labour leader Andrew Little told Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in their private meeting that Australia's air strikes…

Conservatives skip north's byelection

Conservatives leader Colin Craig says the party decided it would not stand in the Northland byelection because it did not…

Changes to spy network come slowly
Changes to spy network come slowly

Exclusive: Flaws in the management of New Zealand's spy networks have been exposed, including problems getting intelligence…

Stronger ties a priority for US envoy
Stronger ties a priority for US envoy

The new US Ambassador to New Zealand, Mark Gilbert, is keen on our wine, Brendon McCullum’s batting and the benefits of…

DIY lawyers derail trials
DIY lawyers derail trials

More people are choosing to represent themselves in court, possibly because of the digital self-help phenomenon, the secretary…

Editorial: Super fund's unlucky punt
Editorial: Super fund's unlucky punt

The New Zealand Superannuation Fund, dubbed the "Cullen fund" by National in Opposition, has been a political orphan for…

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Opinion: Horror of war hard to fathom
Opinion: Horror of war hard to fathom

If the PM handed me a gun and asked me to ship out to the Middle East to do my duty for this great land…

Yet more misery for Abbott

For an hour or two yesterday, Australian PM Tony Abbott left the curse of his leadership troubles behind, only to have to…

Paul Little: War details put us in a pretty pickle

Despite the forthrightness of the announcement that we're off to Iraq, much remains unclear, writes Paul Little.

Cartoon: Notice board

Peter Bromhead's take on going to Iraq.

Death of Putin-critic sparks fury
Death of Putin-critic sparks fury

The death of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov has ignited fury among Russian opposition figures…

video Key, Abbott discuss leadership and ISIS

Tony Abbott and John Key held a press conference after the talks where Mr Abbott's leadership troubles and the fight against…

Punched driver defended

Police have defended a tourist driver who was punched in the face yesterday after being pulled over by another motorist…

National Party names Northland by-election candidate

The National Party has chosen Mark Osborne as its candidate for the Northland by-election. The seat was vacant after Mike…

Fran O'Sullivan: John Key doing right thing in Iraq

Modern warfare is vastly different today. Those going to Iraq will not be in the frontline - at least not yet, Fran O'Sullivan…

Peter Dunne wants rethink if Winston Peters wins Northland
Peter Dunne wants rethink if Winston Peters wins Northland

Peter Dunne says he would look at revisiting his post-election concessions from the National Party if…

Labour has to look outwards: Haworth

Labour failed to get over the "credibility hurdle" in the last election - and must look outwards away from internal issues…

National Party donors stay secret

Analysis shows more than 80% of donations to National candidates were channelled through party headquarters in a loophole…

video McCully speaks on NZ-Aus relationship

Murray McCully speaks with Julie Bishop on the bi-lateral relationship between New Zealand and Australia

Tourist driver punched

Police are warning people not to take matters into their own hands after a motorist punched a tourist driver in the face…

This could be Abbott's last visit to NZ
This could be Abbott's last visit to NZ

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop does nothing to dispel leadership rumours as embattled Tony…

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John Key is not winning the debate

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Local Government

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Youth lobby group Generation Zero says Auckland Council's…

Decision shifts port expansion step closer Decision shifts port expansion step closer

Ports of Auckland will start work in April on the…

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Political Polls

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John Key has plunged in personal popularity, dropping…

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The Conservative Party is within a whisker of the…

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Claire Trevett on politics

Claire Trevett: Key guarding high ground over Iraq 'crusade'
Claire Trevett: Key guarding high ground over Iraq 'crusade'

No sooner was the announcement made that New Zealand was heading to Iraq, the war of words broke out.

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Bryce Edwards on politics

Bryce Edwards: MP pay - the 1 per cent vs the 99 per cent
Bryce Edwards: MP pay - the 1 per cent vs the 99 per cent

Here in New Zealand, the top 1 per cent of income earners now includes our representatives in Parliament, writes Bryce Edwards…

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Audrey Young

Audrey Young: Little's captain's call a sensitive issue
Audrey Young: Little's captain's call a sensitive issue

Andrew Little made something of "a captain's call" on Waitangi Day when suggesting notions of greater Maori sovereignty…

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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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Super City

Lantern festival kicks off
Lantern festival kicks off

The Auckland Lantern Festival opened in Albert Park with a bang last night with firecrackers, lion dancers and cultural…

Smoking ban bylaw review brought forward
Foreign posts easy to justify
Support for Wellington super city 'very weak'
Aucklanders pick tolls over tax rise
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