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Mutual admiration but no mutual recognition as Hockey meets English
Mutual admiration but no mutual recognition as Hockey meets English

Mutual admiration and friendly banter was flowing as Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey and Finance Minister Bill English lunched…

Departing MPs say farewell

Departing MPs have begun saying farewell in the House this afternoon. Six National MPs are giving their valedictory speeches…

Bryce Edwards: The sorry Labour Party

Being 30 points behind National puts Labour under huge pressure and David Cunliffe now appears to be issuing apologies all…

Bankrupt suing Horan, Radio Live

A bankrupt businessman with tax avoidance convictions is suing independent MP Brendan Horan and Radio Live in a $650,000…

John Armstrong on politics

John Armstrong: Peters unlikely to contest East Coast Bays John Armstrong: Peters unlikely to contest East Coast Bays

As captivating and entertaining as such a contest…

John Armstrong: A raw energy Dotcom's millions could never buy John Armstrong: A raw energy Dotcom's millions could never buy

John Armstrong writes: If any spies from the Labour…

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Hotel didn't pay worker for six months
Hotel didn't pay worker for six months

A hotel that reportedly didn't pay one of its workers for nearly six months, underpaid her husband, and withheld wages from…

I'm not the anonymous Cunliffe critic
I'm not the anonymous Cunliffe critic

"It wasn't me." Napier's Labour candidate Stuart Nash has denied the PM's accusation he's the party source who criticised…

How Cunliffe can turn around
How Cunliffe can turn around

It hardly needs saying that these are difficult days for David Cunliffe. John Armstrong looks at what he needs to do to…

Cunliffe spells out plans for $200m regional boost
Cunliffe spells out plans for $200m regional boost

A Labour Government would pour as much as $200 million into projects like developing Opotiki Harbour.

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Rattled leader vows to stay on message
Rattled leader vows to stay on message

Labour leader David Cunliffe has acknowledged his "I'm sorry I'm a man" comment to a domestic violence…

Editorial: Stop guessing game

Our political commentator John Armstrong has given Winston Peters several good reasons not to stand in East Coast Bays -…

Delay in police stats didn't matter

Police Minister Anne Tolley says it would not have made any difference if she had been told about problems with police statistics…

14-month MP quits after ranking slide

National list MP Claudette Hauiti is leaving politics after being told she would not get a good enough list ranking to make…

Will the Maori Party survive?
Fran O'Sullivan: Good news for Oz Treasurer's mates

Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey has taken a tentative step towards removing one of the thorns in the paw of transtasman…

David Cunliffe's holiday regrets

Labour leader David Cunliffe says he would not have gone on his skiing holiday had he known how bad the polls were for Labour…

Minister's Dotcom claims 'defy belief'

The minister who oversaw the granting of Kim Dotcom's residency is stretching credibility over explanations as to how the…

Bledisloe banter, then talks on ex-pat Kiwis' rights

The banter for the media was about the Bledisloe Cup but John Key and Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey will discuss the rights…

Govt plans to get rid of 'loopy' rules
Govt plans to get rid of 'loopy' rules

Govt is giving the public an opportunity to complain about “pedantic” and “unnecessary” regulations.

Labour earmarks $200m for the regions

Labour Leader David Cunliffe says a Govt he led would invest up to $200 million over four years in development projects…

National MP Claudette Hauiti quits

National list MP Claudette Hauiti - who recently returned her parliamentary credit card she'd used for a overseas trip…

Diplomat case: Key under fire

Prime Minister John Key has come under fire for refusing to apologise to the victim of an alleged sex attack involving a…

Govt lags on some targets

The Government is falling short of key targets it set itself for reducing child abuse and rheumatic fever.

Bill 'about giving decisions back to iwi'
Bill 'about giving decisions back to iwi'

A new bill that will change how te reo Maori is safeguarded will have its first reading in Parliament…

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Politics videos

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Kim Dotcom joins Newstalk ZB's Tim Roxborogh and Tim…

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Local Government

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Political Polls

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New Herald poll shows Internet-Mana would get two…

Cunliffe: 'We've got more work to do' Cunliffe: 'We've got more work to do'

David Cunliffe says National's support will corrode…

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Claire Trevett on politics

Claire Trevett: Perfect storm of contradictions blows from North
Claire Trevett: Perfect storm of contradictions blows from North

Come the rains, come the politicians. When the winds and rains wrought havoc over Northland, it was Labour MP Kelvin Davis…

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Bryce Edwards on politics

Bryce Edwards: Dotcom conspiracy - theory or reality?
Bryce Edwards: Dotcom conspiracy - theory or reality?

If the current Kim Dotcom conspiracy theory turns out to be a reality, then it illustrates some significant lessons about…

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Audrey Young

Audrey Young: PM wins friends at risk of making an enemy
Audrey Young: PM wins friends at risk of making an enemy

The PM has a touch of the Dale Carnegie about him when it comes to international affairs. He knows how to win friends and…

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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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