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What Key really said at lunch
What Key really said at lunch

The days of big Budget handouts are long gone and New Zealanders need to get used to the "new normal".

Govt to start negotiations with Ngapuhi

The Government has signed formal terms of negotiations to begin formal negotiations with Ngapuhi.

Kiwi troops settling at their Iraq base

The Defence Force says New Zealand soldiers have settled into their base in Taji, Iraq, and have started training local…

Political roundup: The government’s Campbell Live budget

National's move to increase benefits and address child poverty in the 2015 Budget has left opposition politicians and political…

John Armstrong on politics

John Armstrong: Show us the money John Armstrong: Show us the money

For reasons long forgotten and now covered by the…

John Armstrong: National's challenge to avoid looking tired John Armstrong: National's challenge to avoid looking tired

Thursday's Budget will be judged just as much by what…

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Budget 2015: Andrew Little post-budget speech
video Budget 2015: Andrew Little post-budget speech

Labour leader Andrew Little says the party will consider means testing superannuation but he did not agree with increasing…

'Little regard for lawful behaviour'
'Little regard for lawful behaviour'

The actions of protesters who tried to force their way into the SkyCity events centre today were disappointing, police say…

Border tax could hit airport growth: S&P
Border tax could hit airport growth: S&P

Standard & Poor's says growth at Auckland Airport could be hit by the new passenger tax.

Warning against tax cuts
Warning against tax cuts

Child poverty campaigners say the Budget has “broken the mould” of austerity – but say any fiscal surpluses in the next…

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Little to look at means testing super
Little to look at means testing super

Labour leader Andrew Little appears to have been forced into the first dramatic u-turn of his leadership…

Anger at border tax grows

Airports have joined tourist groups and airlines in objecting to Budget plans to introduce new border charges.

Liam Dann: Just business as usual

What's in the Budget for business? Well, that's what we usually call our "Budget at a glance" graphic. This year we've opted…

Thomas Pippos: Cruel reality of economic grind

Bill English's seventh budget brings home the reality of a hard economic grind, a far cry from the historic rock star sentiments…

John Armstrong: Opponents left floundering
John Armstrong: Opponents left floundering

It is a cleverly constructed document which seeks to touch as many political bases as possible where…

Child poverty: Still work to be done

A group which campaigns against child poverty says while it is heartening to see an increase in beneficiary incomes for…

Fran O'Sullivan: English still Mr Relia-Bill

Bill English has basked in the NZ economy's rock star status but ironically unforeseen rocky conditions have denied him…

Income-related rent subsidies increase

An extra 3000 tenants will be entitled to the income-related rent subsidy under changes outlined in the Budget.

Bigger expense for travellers

Airlines and tourism businesses are surprised and disappointed at a border levy that will push up the cost of a return flight…

More land the answer to housing crisis?
More land the answer to housing crisis?

Moves to free up 500ha of state-owned land to help counter spiralling Auckland house prices are being…

Funding for bowel checks 'pathetic'

Bowel cancer screening will be extended beyond the original four years in Auckland's north and west, but there won't be…

Tax cuts on Govt's to-do list

National has made income tax cuts from 2017 one of its five top fiscal priorities, despite not yet being able to post a…

KiwiSaver $1000 kickstart cut

The Government has promised not to make any further cuts to KiwiSaver after scrapping a $1000 payment which all members…

Write-off: Child support penalties

Prime Minister John Key says he hopes that plans to write off $1.7 billion in penalty payments on parents who missed child…

$400m for rail but not for Auckland
$400m for rail but not for Auckland

KiwiRail is gaining $400 million, but youth organisation Generation Zero is disappointed no extra funds…

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Auckland stabber charged with murder
Auckland stabber charged with murder

A 29-year-old man will appear in court Saturday charged with murder following the death of a woman who was allegedly attacked…

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Best of Political Analysis

Claire Trevett Claire Trevett
Birds and the bees? It must be Budget week

By releasing spoilers in advance, Finance Minister…

John Armstrong John Armstrong
Show us the money

For reasons long forgotten and now covered by the…

Christopher Niesche Christopher Niesche
Biotech stocks a lottery

Last Thursday we saw a tale of two biotech companies…

Fran O'Sullivan Fran O'Sullivan
Push for exposure reflects poorly on Little

Andrew Little has tarnished his own reputation for…

Politics videos

Raw:  Paul Henry mobbed by protesters outside SkyCity video Raw: Paul Henry mobbed by protesters outside SkyCity

Violence has erupted in a noisy demonstration outside…

Raw: Anti-John Key protesters at SkyCity video Raw: Anti-John Key protesters at SkyCity

Violence has erupted in a noisy demonstration outside…

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Political Polls

Ponytail fails to shake PM Ponytail fails to shake PM

The ponytail-pulling antics of John Key appear to…

Key slumps in latest poll Key slumps in latest poll

John Key has plunged in personal popularity, dropping…

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Claire Trevett on politics

Claire Trevett: Birds and the bees? It must be Budget week
Claire Trevett: Birds and the bees? It must be Budget week

By releasing spoilers in advance, Finance Minister Bill English's motto when it comes to Budgets is "boring", writes Claire…

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Bryce Edwards on politics

Political round-up: Is this a capital gains tax?
Political round-up: Is this a capital gains tax?

There's a lot of ambiguity about the Government's announcement of a quasi-capital gains tax - partly fuelled by politicians…

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Audrey Young

Ponytail antics fuels succession talk in National
Ponytail antics fuels succession talk in National

Nobody would be shocked if Key called time if his popularity waned, given that his popularity sustains his political drive…

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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

Residents misled by rates hike
Residents misled by rates hike

A 9.9 per cent average rates rise for Auckland households from July is going down badly with residents and ratepayer groups…

Forced rates sale pulled at last minute
Subsidy four times more than Wellington
Auckland housing bubble?
Storm over the port: 1200 march
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