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John Armstrong: Revelation has watchdog's hackles up
John Armstrong: Revelation has watchdog's hackles up

The watchdog has barked - at long last. No longer is it an inoffensive pooch whose mutterings could be easily dismissed…

Claire Trevett: No tabloid tactics - except in politics

Back in 2011 Prime Minister John Key stood before the media and said "there is no place in this country for News of the…

Pauline Wetton: Dirty Politics - with friends like these ...

I am a 74-year-old student of politics at the University of Auckland, so I am not uninformed or naive about politics and…

Tucker backs Key denial

Updated Former SIS head Warren Tucker has backed John Key, saying he informed the Prime Minister's office, and not Mr Key personally…

Dirty Politics: Collins, Ede go to ground
Dirty Politics: Collins, Ede go to ground

Key figures at the centre of the Dirty Politics furore including beleaguered Justice Minister Judith Collins were yesterday…

Brian Fallow: Free-riding on emissions not an option
Brian Fallow: Free-riding on emissions not an option

Just how far we still are from political consensus on climate policy was evident at a pre-election debate on the issue organised…

MP says clash behind list demotion
MP says clash behind list demotion

New Zealand First MP Andrew Williams has blamed his low list ranking on a clash with the party's deputy leader, saying she…

Labour tests policies at rest homes
Labour tests policies at rest homes

David Cunliffe's prime ministerial credentials are still up for debate, but he was a clear hit with at least one member…

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Politicians in Legoland
Politicians in Legoland

The Lego Movie was a huge hit earlier in the year - and here are some possible candidates for a political…

Education: The battle for marks, minds and money

How to improve what goes on in our schools has become a key election-year argument.

Mr Boring? What about my bow-ties?

It is not until I mention Peter Dunne's bow-tie that he really kicks for touch. The 60-year-old MP for Ohariu is known for…

Cunliffe has sights set on long-term leadership of party

David Cunliffe would like to remain Labour leader and take the party into the 2017 election, even if the party loses at…

Police union urges policy crackdown
Police union urges policy crackdown

The national body representing the interests of police has released its election-year policies proposing…

Cunliffe not standing down if he loses

David Cunliffe would like to remain Labour leader and take the party into 2017 election, even if the party loses at the…

Cunliffe: 'I'm not a cry baby'

Labour leader David Cunliffe on doing a deal with the Greens and being in touch with his emotions

Peter Bromhead: Was William Sutch a KGB agent?

The information just released suggesting William Sutch really was a KGB agent means I've personally known two potential…

Alan Duff: Why the Maori Party won this sceptic over

My good friend and fellow columnist Bob Jones last month called the cry for compulsory te reo a waste of money and time…

Inside Money: Slater, Collins, Hager and Dotcom cleared in redaction cover-up
Inside Money: Slater, Collins, Hager and Dotcom cleared in redaction cover-up

David Chaplin's tongue-in-cheek blog post about the current political scandal.

Public servants see inappropriate access of personal data

A survey has found that one in every 20 public servants has seen a colleague inappropriately accessing or misusing a client's…

Labour pledges 'continuum of care' model for aged care

The Labour Party says it would set up a working group for aged care within its first 100 days in office, which would be…

Shark finning ban brought forward

Shark finning will be banned in New Zealand waters from October. Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith and Primary Industries…

National extends lead in new poll

National has extended its lead over Labour and Greens after rising slightly in the latest Roy Morgan Poll. The National…

Prime Minister takes pot-shot at Greens
Prime Minister takes pot-shot at Greens

John Key has taken a shot at Russel Norman, saying he must have been smoking dope to believe the Greens…

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Nothing as good as a baddy in an election duel

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John Armstrong John Armstrong
Even the enemies are voters

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Audrey Young Audrey Young
Policies and people all part of campaign

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Deborah Hill Cone Deborah Hill Cone
Cunliffe's problem is that he just isn't sexy

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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…

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Claire Trevett on politics

Claire Trevett: Pollies twerk the crowd the old-fashioned way
Claire Trevett: Pollies twerk the crowd the old-fashioned way

After the fury and rage that marked the kickoff of the election campaign, it was rather uplifting to see the candidates'…

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Bryce Edwards on politics

Bryce Edwards: Passion, profanity and parody in politics
Bryce Edwards: Passion, profanity and parody in politics

New Zealanders were famously described as a 'passionless people' in one landmark book about politics and the national condition…

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Audrey Young

Audrey Young: Leaders under the spotlight
Audrey Young: Leaders under the spotlight

Audrey Young writes: Sometimes it helps to see your politicians in action in order to judge whether they can be trusted.

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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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