Politics

Influencing politics from the outside

2014 brought out the worst, rather than the best in our politicians. So, instead, here are seven individuals that shaped politics from outside the Beehive.

Traps, 1080, 'vital to save kiwi'

Trapping and killing pests in your own back yard is "just what you have to do", Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas ...

For three days Labour leader Andrew Little shut himself in a room and set about writing a personal message in 450 different Christmas cards.

Brownlee security details differ

Gerry Brownlee walked past a Chch Airport employee before the man could tell him he had to go security, report shows.

Slater wins quote of the year

Controversial blogger Cameron Slater has won again - this time taking out the 2014 New Zealand Quote of the Year competition.

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Where do you stand on political coat-tail riding?

If it gets marginalised voices into Parliament, I'm for it.

I'm against it - if you don't get the votes, you shouldn't be there.

It's just part of the political game.

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