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Islamic State's recruitment slowing down, says Brownlee
Islamic State's recruitment slowing down, says Brownlee

The Islamic State's recruitment of foreign fighters has slowed significantly, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says, as the…

Toby Manhire: That's right Sunshine, MPs back at work

The plump green upholstery of the parliamentary debating chamber puckered with terror this week, as the backsides of our…

Christine Cheyne: TPP light on environment safeguards

What will be the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement on our "100% Pure" brand, central to tourism and…

MP to marry Simon Bridges' sister

A change of heart meant Simon O'Connor wasn't ordained after priesthood training and now the MP for Tamaki is getting married…

Defence bosses barely scrape pass mark
Defence bosses barely scrape pass mark

Defence bosses have barely scraped a pass mark from their minister Gerry Brownlee because of their poor-quality, slow advice…

Larry Williams: Stats show child abuse on rise
Larry Williams: Stats show child abuse on rise

Family First have released an analysis of the 2007 anti-smacking law. It proves beyond doubt that the law has been ineffective…

Winston Peters barred from school bus
Winston Peters barred from school bus

The New Zealand First leader is demanding an explanation from the Education Minister.

Claire Trevett: Unlike Key to throw toys over dildo incident
Claire Trevett: Unlike Key to throw toys over dildo incident

Given a lot of adult novelty items on the market are from the US and Canada, the TPP should at least make commemorating…

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Endless surge strains DHB
Endless surge strains DHB

New immigrants to Auckland unfamiliar with the health system are turning up to hospitals when they should…

Peters' $100k fishing challenge to PM

Winston Peters has offered to pay John Key's favourite charity if the PM can find evidence that the New Zealand First leader…

Barry Soper: Is Annette King our Hillary Clinton?

Listening to the Labour veteran Annette King banging on in Parliament's bear pit the comparison floated through my mind. …

Law change needed to tackle cross-border crime

The growing problem of cross-border crime means the law should be changed to ensure New Zealand does its part, a review…

Some state housing tenants to be moved out
Some state housing tenants to be moved out

At least 2 per cent of Housing New Zealand tenants are not eligible to live in a state house.

Advocacy groups keen on more tobacco tax

The Government should continue to hike taxes on tobacco and raise them to at least 20 per cent a year, health professionals…

Brian Rudman: Dildo jape distracts from the real issue

The annual humiliation of prime ministers at Waitangi's lower marae needs to be knocked on the head for good, writes Brian…

Barry Soper: Leaders trade barbs at Parliament opening

If you were John Key's speech writer for his keynote opener in Parliament's bear pit, you would have been frustrated. You…

Jim Rose: Correct economic stance on TPP is lukewarm opposition

For this lukewarm opponent of regional trade agreements, the TPP is a so-so deal with small net gains, writes Jim Rose.

Dildo thrower: Employer stays mum
Dildo thrower: Employer stays mum

The employers of a protester who threw a sex toy at Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce will…

Claire Trevett: Pokes and jokes hit and miss but Winston Peters still the master

COMMENT: John Key's not renowned for his modesty, but he may have gone too far in crediting the Black Caps' win to the National-led…

Annette King hints at Labour future

Labour veteran confirms she'll stand again in 2017 but possibly only on the list, a step which would open up her Rongotai…

Key, Little face off in Parliament return

Both leaders trade verbal blows over the Trans Pacific Partnership.

The $17b economic gap

The Government's sticking to its spending plans despite a slowdown in economic growth.

NZ considers increasing Zika aid to Tonga
NZ considers increasing Zika aid to Tonga

Australia has pledged $500,000 to help Tonga stop the spread of the virus after they last week declared…

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Claire Trevett: PM's absence devalues day

Mr Key's decision is understandable. There is only so long a Prime Minister can sit and look as if he is at someone else's…

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Political roundup: Catching up with the National Party
Political roundup: Catching up with the National Party

National is in the middle of its third term - a time that many have observed is traditionally characterised by arrogance…

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Audrey Young

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The good news for the Government is that Hone Harawira and his friends just made its sales job a lot easier, writes Audrey…

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The political world was stunned on Wednesday when David Cunliffe announced me as his chief of staff, writes Matt McCarten…

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