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John Armstrong: PM is in trouble
John Armstrong: PM is in trouble

The day is surely not far away when John Key's gift of the gab is unable to talk him out of a political quagmire.

Fran O'Sullivan: TPP critical for our future trade

If the "West" doesn't get to shape the chess board on which Asia-Pacific economies play - China will, writes Fran O'Sullivan…

Speaker's tour ends in Germany

The Speaker's five-country, two-week tour has come to an end in Germany and Poland, including a trip to former Nazi concentration…

Key: Every country should play part in fighting Isis

Every country should play a part in confronting extremism, Prime Minister John Key said at a peace conference in Istanbul…

Political roundup: Peak poppy?
Political roundup: Peak poppy?

For many Kiwis, Anzac Day has an almost sacred or spiritual quality and, for some, it represents a proxy national day, writes…

NZ's role in fighting terror threats
NZ's role in fighting terror threats

Prime Minister John Key reaffirmed New Zealand's role in fighting terror threats in the Middle East at the International…

'I will learn from this' - Key
'I will learn from this' - Key

Prime Minister John Key has talked about the ponytail fallout at the International Peace Summit in Istanbul.

Leave the PM alone, he's only 11
Leave the PM alone, he's only 11

Pity the Prime Minister, writes Toby Manhire. Imagine the poor fellow, having to make a humiliating apology during a layover…

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Legal threat over John Key's hair habit
Legal threat over John Key's hair habit

Prime Minister John Key's touching of a waitress' ponytail came after he let his guard down in a place…

Will ponytail pull hurt PM?

#Ponytailgate is proving every bit as crazy as elements of last year’s general election campaign. Bryce Edwards rounds up…

Ponytail pulling: 'A thing' John Key does

"It was no big deal...it looks as if this is a thing he does, it's a way of interacting, it seems."

This hairy moment not Key's worst

The PM's ponytail antics are bizarre, but not knowing the name of someone you’re going to war with is far more serious…

Claire Trevett: Peters will want to poop Greens' Bachelor party
Claire Trevett: Peters will want to poop Greens' Bachelor party

The Green Party's leadership contest has had moments similar to the cocktail parties that cap off each…

Former PM Moore in US hospital

New Zealand Ambassador to the United States and former Prime Minister Mike Moore is in a Washington hospital having fallen…

Ponytail fallout: Global media reaction

John Key's ponytail-pulling antics have made headlines in international media, with the New Zealand Prime Minister described…

Waitress 'felt NZ should know'

Amanda Bailey says she has no regrets about exposing Mr Key's behaviour.

Hairdressing role gave taste of politics

Taking on the presidency of a hairdressers' association was done with an eye on entering politics, New Zealand First's new…

Pony-tail pulling 'never okay'
Pony-tail pulling 'never okay'

Human Rights Commissioner and former National MP Jackie Blue says it "it's never okay to touch someone…

New Zealand First confirms new MP

New Zealand First has confirmed its new MP will be parliamentary staffer and former hairdressing salon-owner Ria Bond.

Political round-up: The revolution will not be televised

There’s a lot of anger about TV current affairs at the moment – sparked by the threats to Campbell Live. But there’s also…

Today I'm embarrassed John Key is Prime Minister

"Today I’m embarrassed that John Key is Prime Minister", writes Audrey Young: "I have not felt that in the past six-and-a-bit…

Radical reform at Auckland schools

Thousands of students in Auckland suburbs including Ellerslie and Te Atatu will be part of a radical education reform that…

Key 'just horsing around'
Key 'just horsing around'

Prime Minister John Key says his pulling of a ponytail, which an Auckland waitress described as bullying…

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Claire Trevett on politics

Seymour out to show some Hide with perk attacks
Seymour out to show some Hide with perk attacks

But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks? Is it the dawn of a new Rodney Hide, Perkbuster Extraordinaire?

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Bryce Edwards on politics

Victory for the workers
Victory for the workers

Who cares about workers' rights? Well, suddenly lots of people do. And it’s not just the political left, writes Bryce Edwards…

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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: 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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