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Clash between Minister, Kohanga Reo board worsens
Clash between Minister, Kohanga Reo board worsens

The board, which gave every indication last year it would modernize its governance structures, now appears to be digging…

Govt to sell Tauranga state houses to one buyer

The Government says it intends to sell a majority of Tauranga's state houses to a single buyer or consortium.

Foreign speculator tax forges ahead

The IRD IS proposing a withholding tax of 33 percent of a vendor's gain on a sale, or 10 percent of the total purchase price…

Peter Lyons: Nothing but spin coming from our Govt

We are living in an age of spin, writes Peter Lyons. The Roman leaders gave their people bread and circuses. Sadly we no…

New NZ flag announced tomorrow
video New NZ flag announced tomorrow

The final four alternative flag designs are to be released tomorrow morning - with Prime Minister John Key saying he could…

Labour MPs were warned off fundraiser
Labour MPs were warned off fundraiser

Labour's associate education spokesman attended a charter school fundraiser - despite his party being bitterly opposed to…

A child abuse solution beyond CYF
A child abuse solution beyond CYF

Fixing child abuse and neglect is all about building relationships with families in need, social workers say.

Bill to simplify Easter trading full of flaws
Bill to simplify Easter trading full of flaws

Michael Woodhouse is right. The rules governing shop trading on Easter Sunday are complex and relatively arbitrary.

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Politics and rugby mix at a grand All Blacks announcement
Politics and rugby mix at a grand All Blacks announcement

There was plenty of talk around Parliament as the All Blacks squad for the World Cup was announced.

Heather du Plessis-Allan: NZ needs to let in more refugees

New Zealand's annual refugee quota of 750 has not changed since 1987. We're falling shamefully short every year in how much…

Auckland to miss out on online voting

Aucklanders won't be able to choose their next council at the click of a mouse because it is too big.

Audrey Young: Report paves way for CYF redesign

Children's Commissioner Russell Wills has done the Government a huge favour with his State of Care report this week, whether…

Fran O'Sullivan: CEO leaves mayor on sideline
Fran O'Sullivan: CEO leaves mayor on sideline

Auckland Council chief executive Stephen Town is displaying all the hallmarks of a bureaucratic stealth…

Foreign buyers: voters want evidence

Only one in five voters do not support a ban on foreigners buying houses - but most of the others want to see evidence of…

Brian Rudman: It's a national mess, so let MPs fix it

What a cop-out. After decades of dithering, the politicians have tossed the Easter trading hot potato to local councils…

Toby Manhire: To sleep, perchance to dream

Notorious hacker Lambshank has been at it again, leaking Toby Manhire the contents of the 'Dreams' folder in the Prime Minister's…

video Anti-TPP protesters target Key meeting

Protesters jostled with police last night as they tried to disrupt a National Party fundraising event in Dunedin. Trans…

Anti-TPP protesters target Key meeting
Anti-TPP protesters target Key meeting

Protesters jostled with police last night as they tried to disrupt a National Party fundraising event…

Govt closer to funding for transport

The Government appears to be coming around to user-pays charges, such as a motorway toll, to tackle Auckland's chronic traffic…

Voters want jails run by state, not privately

Serco and other private companies have no place running New Zealand prisons, a majority of voters believe.

Editorial: CYF reforms can't come soon enough

The shortcomings at Child, Youth and Family reflect an agency that hasn't coped with a significant switch in societal attitudes…

Investigation highlights depth of 'Serco circus' - MP

It was announced today that the terms of reference and timeframe for the chief inspector of Corrections' investigation have…

Health and safety reforms pass
Health and safety reforms pass

School principals remain worried they could face "draconian" punishment if things go wrong.

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Political roundup: Is the media biased?

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Audrey Young: It's life and death ... but politics comes first

Cynical safety move means minister must quit if 'safe farm' death rate doesn't fall, writes Audrey Young.

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