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'Light, security and joy' at UN will have to wait
'Light, security and joy' at UN will have to wait

From the outside, the Security Council looks like a shed out the back of the United Nations.

We need more councillors - Auckland Council

Auckland Council plans to ask Parliament to change the Super City's founding legislation that fixed the number of councillors…

Editorial: TPP without dairy access will be hollow

A gold-standard free trade agreement, so long the Government's goal for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, is not going to eventuate…

Opinion: Is Trump joking?

If Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States, what the heck would a Trump presidency be like?

John Armstrong on politics

Nats' policy changes signal Nats' policy changes signal

National's latest bit of tinkering with its immigration…

John Armstrong: Vibrancy missing on Nats' agenda John Armstrong: Vibrancy missing on Nats' agenda

If this weekend's National Party conference runs true…

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Williamson to Labour: Blame me
Williamson to Labour: Blame me

Maurice Williamson says he's happy to take the label of "evil demon beast" from Labour, as he was opposed to overly stringent…

PM's office and the mystery taxi ride
PM's office and the mystery taxi ride

It racked up a $87 taxi fare in Dublin - a surprise to officials, because its cardholder was 18,000km away.

Robertson inquiry may lead to tougher laws
Robertson inquiry may lead to tougher laws

Kiwis would be "aghast" and "deeply frustrated" that Tony Douglas Robertson raped and murdered Blessie Gotingco shortly…

National keen to limit advance voting
National keen to limit advance voting

The National Party wants to place limits on advance voting before an election, saying it was making it more difficult to…

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Tolley scraps 'lab rat' study on children
Tolley scraps 'lab rat' study on children

The Social Development Minister said that infants would not be treated as "lab rats" under her watch…

Bryan Gould: Shift left predicted after privatisation shambles

"Free market" theory has a lot to answer for, writes Bryan Gould. Charter schools? Privately run prisons? What about the…

Meridian's poverty project up for awards

Meridian Energy has joined with charity KidsCan to raise awareness of child poverty in NZ and help to provide food, clothing…

Let's fly a flag that really says NZ

Let's get serious - this is an opportunity to say something about New Zealand's place in the world, writes Mike Hosking.

Claire Trevett: Peters upstaged but again a power on the rise
Claire Trevett: Peters upstaged but again a power on the rise

Winston Peters clearly got some momentum from the Northland win. The question is whether he's made the…

Landlord tax belies PM's housing claim

Figures showing bank loans to investors outnumbering first-home buyers by three to one are hard evidence of what has undoubtedly…

'I never want another mother to go through what I have'

Watered down health and safety proposals will cost lives, family members of those killed in the Pike River disaster say.

TPP: Key lobbying for dairy concessions

As the 12-nation trade deal negotiations enter the final stretch, Mr Key said New Zealand was gaining some support on its…

Peters backs Little over national anthem

Labour leader Andrew Little has found a surprising ally for his call to change the national anthem in NZ First leader Winston…

'You can trust my husband'
'You can trust my husband'

Colin Craig's wife stands by him as he announces he is suing "dirty politics brigade" for alleged defamatory…

'Smarter spending' needed on family violence services

Services to address high rates of family and sexual violence are at times fragmented or duplicate what others are already…

Labour: Scrap flag referendum

If fewer than half of eligible voters take part in the first flag referendum the second should be scrapped, Labour say.

Is Colin Craig going to make a comeback?

The former Conservative Party leader has called a press conference in Auckland, and is promising two "significant announcements"…

Inside NZ's $11m New York pad

It's our first look inside the apartment New Zealand bought in New York as a permanent residence for its ambassador to the…

Brian Rudman: High incarceration rate is the real prison scandal
Brian Rudman: High incarceration rate is the real prison scandal

How naive can our political masters be. They let a private prison operator self-report on how well they're…

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Claire Trevett: Key plays it straight as Little lobs on housing
Claire Trevett: Key plays it straight as Little lobs on housing

Those expecting fireworks in John Key and Andrew Little's first encounter since the Chinese-sounding-surname debate broke…

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Political roundup: The Housing apartheid problem
Political roundup: The Housing apartheid problem

New Zealand's worsening housing affordability problem is causing serious social problems.

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Audrey Young

Audrey Young: Lotu-Iiga bottom of the class
Audrey Young: Lotu-Iiga bottom of the class

Embattled Corrections Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga has scored lowest in the latest Herald report card on the Cabinet's performance…

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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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