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The dirty secrets of global diplomacy
The dirty secrets of global diplomacy

The dirty secret in global diplomacy is that much can and is accomplished through such simple but secret transactions, Fran…

'Measured response' over spying

Foreign Minister Murray McCully said Brazil had had a "very measured response" to news reports that New Zealand spied on…

Spying on WTO justified by ambitions

Keeping tabs on candidates for director general job the best way to protect New Zealand, and the world’s trade interests…

Housing warning: If the Salvation Army can't do it, no one can

If the likes of the Salvation Army cannot afford to buy cut-price state houses, it seems improbable that any other social…

Police break up stoush over Lydia Ko donations
Police break up stoush over Lydia Ko donations

Police were called to Auckland Korean Society after meeting on secret donations to golfing superstar Lydia Ko’s family turned…

Campaign won, can he win the vote?
Campaign won, can he win the vote?

The promised "earthquake" from Winston Peters in Northland appears likely. All polling evidence points to the maverick politician…

Brazil demands an explanation from NZ
Brazil demands an explanation from NZ

Brazil has demanded an explanation from New Zealand after reports New Zealand's foreign intelligence agency the GCSB spied…

Northland: Nats hold back on promises
Northland: Nats hold back on promises

Prime Minister John Key has admitted National held off on making more new promises for Northland because of concerns about…

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Northland's grand circus in review
Northland's grand circus in review

What a madcap couple of months. The Northland byelection campaign has had all the infantile pranking…

TPPA leak: Govt didn't listen

Yesterday Wikileaks posted a near-ready investment chapter of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) dated January…

Claire Trevett: PM outgunned after 'Wild West' visit

When Prime Minister John Key dived into the "Kumara Capital" on his mercy mission yesterday, he discovered he could handle…

Leader's win could boost NZ First's first family

A family at the heart of New Zealand First could grow in influence if Winston Peters triumphs in the Northland byelection…

Regions join call for better bridges
Regions join call for better bridges

Provincial New Zealand wants to shake down the Government for some of the largesse offered to Northland…

Key relies on big National turnout

Prime Minister John Key is relying on National voters flocking to the polls and Labour voters staying home to win the Northland…

Exemption bid in TPP leak

Leaked text from a draft Trans Pacific Partnership chapter shows New Zealand has been seeking to exempt actions under the…

Who gains if Peters wins?

It is not often that a byelection can change the Government, even in a subtle way. Those who vote in Northland tomorrow…

Second poll gives Peters commanding lead in Northland

A second poll has NZ First leader Winston Peters with a commanding lead in the Northland byelection just a day out from…

Man jailed for threatening to kill MPs
Man jailed for threatening to kill MPs

A "lonely man" who pretended to be a radical terrorist in emails to MPs where he threatened to pump…

Spying inquiry a 'good thing' - Key

An inquiry into NZ’s electronic surveillance agency has been launched, and Prime Minister John Key says he has "absolutely…

Mayor walks out of port meeting

Auckland Mayor Len Brown today walked out of a council meeting following a stoush with councillor Cathy Casey over port…

Northland: Peters feeling buoyed

A buoyed Winston Peters has kicked off his day campaigning in the Northland byelection with a visit to the Moerewa Affco…

Dita De Boni: Kiwis hoodwinked over state housing

This week, Finance Minister Bill English was dealt a blow by the Salvation Army, which rejected his suggestion it buy Housing…

Claire Trevett: Wily Winston leaves National's man floundering
Claire Trevett: Wily Winston leaves National's man floundering

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is the Bear Grylls of national politics. He knows every survival…

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Claire Trevett on politics

Northland byelection: Busting the myths
Northland byelection: Busting the myths

Election campaigns are packed with exaggerations, scaremongering and obfuscation. The Northland byelection is no different…

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Bryce Edwards on politics

Bryce Edwards: The ramifications of the spying scandal
Bryce Edwards: The ramifications of the spying scandal

Nicky Hager recently told the radio station bFM that “in some respects we’re only just at the beginning of what people are…

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Audrey Young: PM transcript release a small victory
Audrey Young: PM transcript release a small victory

The PM's Office has finally agreed to release transcripts from his post cabinet press conferences, and Audrey Young says…

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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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