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'I texted Slater and he agrees with me' - The secret diary of ... John Key
'I texted Slater and he agrees with me' - The secret diary of ... John Key

It's not Monday. I've looked into it, and fully examined the situation, and I think the majority of New Zealanders will…

How wife's detective work cleared Banks

Updated Amanda Banks' "obsessive" detective work saw her husband John Banks' electoral fraud conviction quashed and answered a High…

Outrageous behaviour leaves Key on the edge

This past week has surely been the most difficult and ultimately demeaning one in the otherwise stellar political career…

Banks: 'Day in and day out, it’s been tough'

The fight to clear his name had been gruelling, but he was never prepared to give up, John Banks said at a press conference…

Banks' wife's obsessive detective work
Banks' wife's obsessive detective work

Amanda Banks has emerged as an extremely good wife to John Banks with her "obsessive" detective work turning up crucial…

Who'll defend John Key? I will
Who'll defend John Key? I will

Leave John Key alone. Give the guy a break. It seems no one this week will speak up for our Prime Minister, write Toby Manhire…

'I'm not actively contacting Slater'
'I'm not actively contacting Slater'

The Prime Minister was yesterday insisting he does not speak to Cameron Slater in spite of mounting evidence to the contrary…

Glenn report - judges need to be inquisitors on family violence cases
Glenn report - judges need to be inquisitors on family violence cases

Sir Owen Glenn's report also recommends tough new alcohol laws, including higher taxes and raising the legal drinking age…

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Angry funding debate splits council
Angry funding debate splits council

The Auckland Council is at odds over how to implement hefty rates increases and plans for motorway tolls…

Spy bill fast track faces criticism

Proposed powers for spies to set up video surveillance in New Zealanders' homes without a warrant have come under fire on…

Nicolas Sarkozy on track for comeback

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy seems set to clear the first obstacle in a once-improbable bid to return to France's highest…

Fund ventures a positive forecast

New Zealand Venture Investment Fund chief executive Franceska Banga says the government-backed investor is performing well…

Paul Thomas: Staying out of Middle East - wise or reckless?
Paul Thomas: Staying out of Middle East - wise or reckless?

What if the Middle East had a war and nobody came? Middle Eastern conflict in one form or another -…

Brakes needed on terrorism bill

The Government is legislating at breakneck pace to pass a bill it calls "Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation".

Bryce Edwards: The democratic deficit of Dirty Politics

When the Corruption Perception Index comes out next week there will be much attention paid to whether New Zealand takes…

Little: PM should accept it's 'game over'

Prime Minister John Key should accept it's "game over" and acknowledge his office's dirty tricks, says Labour Leader Andrew…

Dita de Boni: Kitteridge's new broom not so clean

SIS director Rebecca Kitteridge helped John Key cover his butt in the leadup to the 2014 election, just like her predecessor…

John Armstrong: Fiery speeches mark Labour's new approach
John Armstrong: Fiery speeches mark Labour's new approach

Two fiery speeches by Little in the past two days have revealed the demeanour that he intends adopting…

Slater not embarrassed about texts

Labour slams "delusional" text messages Cameron Slater sent John Key as Whale Oil blogger denies contact with PM is embarrassing…

Claire Trevett: Canny Key times bouts of arrogance

Claire Trevett asks, "What does it say that the very first time Cheryl Gwyn tests her powers of inquiry, John Key decides…

Adams: I have no bias on Bain case

Justice Minister Amy Adams says she is "one of the few people in New Zealand" who does not have a personal view on David…

Foreign trusts in IRD sights

The Inland Revenue Department is taking aim at the use of New Zealand trusts by foreigners to shield their income and assets…

Editorial: Collins in the clear but lack of judgment says it all
Editorial: Collins in the clear but lack of judgment says it all

Judith Collins talked of being "let down" after being cleared of allegations that she was involved in…

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Outrageous behaviour leaves Key on the edge

This past week has surely been the most difficult…

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Canny Key times bouts of arrogance

Claire Trevett asks, "What does it say that the very…

Fran O'Sullivan Fran O'Sullivan
Warm connection signals exciting times to come

Xi Jinping has gone out of his way to forge a strong…

Brian Rudman Brian Rudman
Labour needs to look at back office

Taking the party organisation by the scruff of the…

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Banks: Electoral fraud conviction overturned video Banks: Electoral fraud conviction overturned

Amanda Banks has emerged as an extremely good wife…

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Prime Minister John Key should accept it’s ``game…

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Local Government

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Mike Hosking asks, "Am I the only one who thinks things…

Bryce Edwards: Sexual politics and state integrity Bryce Edwards: Sexual politics and state integrity

The whole Roger Sutton controversy raises important…

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Political Polls

Key slumps in latest poll Key slumps in latest poll

John Key has plunged in personal popularity, dropping…

Conservatives close in on five per cent Conservatives close in on five per cent

The Conservative Party is within a whisker of the…

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Claire Trevett on politics

Claire Trevett: Little's diplomatic skills set to be sorely tested
Claire Trevett: Little's diplomatic skills set to be sorely tested

After weeks of things moving slowly in Labour, things are now moving very quickly indeed.

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Bryce Edwards on politics

Bryce Edwards: Get ready for more biculturalism in politics
Bryce Edwards: Get ready for more biculturalism in politics

Who runs New Zealand? That’s one of the big questions to arise out of the Waitangi Tribunal’s landmark ruling that Maori…

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Audrey Young

Audrey Young: NZ must now walk the tough talk of UN campaign
Audrey Young: NZ must now walk the tough talk of UN campaign

When Helen Clark announced New Zealand's bid in 2004, for a Security Council seat in 2015 and 2016, it seemed a ridiculously…

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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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