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PM still to address Northland MP Mike Sabin
PM still to address Northland MP Mike Sabin

Prime Minister John Key said he hasn't spoken to under fire Northland MP Mike Sabin and wouldn't comment on reports of a…

Pike River should become 'Great Walk'

The Government has ordered a feasibility study into a new ‘great walk’ from the Pike River Mine site and over the Paparoa…

Opinion: 'Market' swept under the rug

It is difficult to erase the suspicion that the social housing policy is motivated by ideology as much as anything else…

Dita De Boni: Key rocks on with trickle-down groupies

Those at Davos, seemingly representing the interests of the very wealthy, like to think they are working to make the world…

Claire Trevett: Irish builders, burqas, tall poppies? Yep, still mad
Claire Trevett: Irish builders, burqas, tall poppies? Yep, still mad

Any hopes that this year will be less barking mad than last year on the political front are rapidly diminishing.

Banks faces retrial over electoral return
Banks faces retrial over electoral return

Former Act Party leader John Banks will face a retrial for filing a false electoral return, Solicitor-General Mike Heron…

Farmers fear rough ride coming up
Farmers fear rough ride coming up

Farmers are "battening down the hatches" as they prepare for a low dairy payout this year and as a full-scale drought approaches…

Len Brown joins house-hunting fray
Len Brown joins house-hunting fray

Len Brown and his wife Shan Inglis have sold their big South Auckland home and are now getting first-hand knowledge of the…

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Key has 'forgotten where he came from'
Key has 'forgotten where he came from'

John Key grew up in a state house in Christchurch, and many residents of his old street say they're…

Labour's big ideas on small business

Labour leader Andrew Little's pledge to make small business a priority in the next two years has lifted the responsibility…

Opinion: Do right by Bain

Mike Hosking on why he believes we owe David Bain: 'He was found not guilty after being inside for 13 of the most potentially…

Key's lost opportunity

State of the Nation speeches, so called, are really about the state of the government or the party in opposition at the…

Sean Plunket Flats
FBI fooled bumbling Russian spies

Another tale of Russian spooks operating in the US has emerged, described by the former CIA analyst Mark Stout as a "classic…

Housing plan will 'push up' rent: Little

National’s plan to sell off state houses will drive up rents for all renters, Labour leader Andrew Little says.

Sabin to keep chairing committee

A National Party MP at the centre of reports he is being investigated by police over an alleged assault will remain as chairman…

The Government's new state house plan

PM John Key has set out plans to expand social housing, sell 8000 state houses and move 5000 better-off state tenants to…

Key's six state of the nation speeches
Key's six state of the nation speeches

Audrey Young takes a look at previous state of the nation speeches, and whether he's delivered on the…

Brian Rudman: Welcome to 'lickspittles to foreign dictators' club

The things you have to do to keep on side with your oil merchant, writes Brian Rudman. Wouldn't a card and pohutukawa blossoms…

Fran O'Sullivan: Time for NZ to take a stand over TPP

If New Zealand Cabinet ministers really, really want to notch up the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) they could change tack…

Little's big speech focuses on jobs

"The Labour Party I lead is about jobs, good jobs, skilled jobs, well-paid jobs." Andrew Little has delivered his first…

Isis fight decision still weeks away

Prime Minister John Key says any final decision on New Zealand's contribution to fighting Isis (Islamic State) in Iraq is…

John Key's plan to boost housing
John Key's plan to boost housing

In his first major speech of the year, John Key is expected to outline what his government will do with…

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Claire Trevett on politics

Claire Trevett: The great crusader comes up short
Claire Trevett: The great crusader comes up short

Gareth Morgan looked about as comfortable as the turkey before Christmas as he arrived at Ratana Pa yesterday, writes Claire…

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Bryce Edwards on politics

Bryce Edwards: What to expect from politics in 2015
Bryce Edwards: What to expect from politics in 2015

As last year's election and scandal fatigue slowly wear off, leaders will stake out their visions for 2015 in speeches tomorrow…

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Audrey Young

Audrey Young: Stumbling blocks on Helen Clark's road to UN Secretary General
Audrey Young: Stumbling blocks on Helen Clark's road to UN Secretary General

The possibility of former Prime Minister Helen Clark leading the United Nations is a common subject of speculation.

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Matt McCarten on politics

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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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