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Prime Minister John Key announces plans to retire

Prime Minister's voice wavers as he announces he will stand down as the country's leader.

John Key to resign as New Zealand Prime Minister and National party leader

After his shock resignation, John Key has thrown his weight behind Bill English as NZ's next PM - but the ball is now in caucus' court. Hear what Key's favoured successor has to say from 3pm.

John Key announces resignation - business reaction

Bill English is still a safe and experienced pair of hands so minimal disruption expected.

John Key resignation prompts NZ dollar drop

But the effect is not expected to last long.

John Key resigns: What do you think?

Who should be his replacement? How do you rate him as a Prime Minister? Tell us your thoughts.

Taranaki's politicians react with surprise to John Key's resignation

Taranaki politicians give their reaction to John Key's bombshell announcement.

John Key's eight years as Prime Minister - in pictures

Prime Minister John Key will step down as PM, here's a look back at his career.

John Key denies shock resignation is because of ultimatum from wife Bronagh

John Key denies his shock resignation is the result of an ultimatum from wife Bronagh.

Prime Minister John Key resignation speech in full

The Prime Minister's resignation speech as given in full.

Government expands $5000 relocation payments for Aucklanders

Another $2m of funding will help up to 250 households leave Auckland, Paula Bennett says.

TV personality Hayley Holt to run for Parliament

TV presenter and sportswoman Hayley Holt announces she will stand for the Green Party at next year's election. 

What a by-election win really means

OPINION: By-elections are notoriously unreliable harbingers for coming electoral fortune.

Prime Minister holds fast on Govt refusal for independent inquiry into state abuse

PM says probe into state abuse wouldn't be the best thing for the victims.

Syn City: Labour calls for urgent action over synthetic cannabis boom

The synthetic cannabis ban was a 'knee-jerk response' giving criminals power over supply, NZ drug foundation says.

Jane Bowron: Is the age of enlightenment over?

OPINION: In pre-texting days when friends regularly popped round unannounced you didn't immediately jump to the conclusion that an unsolicited knock might herald a religious nutter.

Andrew Little praises Labour's win in Mt Roskill by-election, John Key downplays impact

Labour leader Andrew Little says by-election victory a good sign ahead of 2017 election.

National MP Paul Foster-Bell says Brian Tamaki earthquake 'outburst' inspired him to speak about being gay

Paul Foster-Bell outs himself, saying the Destiny Church founder's anti-gay quake remarks demand a response.

Lines boss warns discount tax could mean less for customers

But they could still be left out of pocket if the lines companies are.

Elderly New Zealanders targeted by global drug rings, warns Customs Minister

International crime rings are targeting elderly New Zealanders for use as drug couriers, minister warns.

Stacey Kirk: Labour and the Greens set the stage, but does MOU backdrop always apply?

Are pundits looking for horse-trading where it doesn't exist?

Jacinda v David: Three-strikes law is no home run

OPINION: An ugly law that is more attractive on paper than in reality

Mt Roskill win comes with Labour pledge to reopen closed police bases around the country

Labour has ramped up its law and order promise after Mt Roskill by-election win, by pledging to reopen 23 closed police bases.

Mt Roskill win comes with Labour pledge to reopen closed police bases around the country

Labour has ramped up its law and order promise after Mt Roskill by-election win, by pledging to reopen 23 closed police bases.

Labour's Michael Wood sweeps Mt Roskill by-election

Michael Wood pledges to invest in police and public transport following landslide by-election win.

Mt Roskill slam dunk a win for Little as well

Andrew Little needed a slam dunk from Michael Wood in the Mt Roskill by-election - and he got one.

Live: Mt Roskill by-election

It's a Labour landslide in the Mt Roskill by-election, with a massive defeat for National.

Andrew Little meets larger than life portrait

"There are some really well-educated guesses here," says Labour leader of the well-endowed portrait.

Below the beltway

Below the beltway

So much for giddy optimism: Labour and Andrew Little can't bring themselves to speak the language of revolution

OPINION: Upheaval is sweeping the world but Andrew Little refuses to speak the language of revolution.

Editorial: The state's shame needs a full airing

OPINION: The state abandoned children put into its care – and now it must do what it can to put that negligence right.

Breathing life back into New Zealand's primary health system

The Government is trying to throw primary health a lifeline by empowering nurse practitioners and improving access. But critics say the money is missing.

Acting on carbon: What youth has to say

Generation Zero is moving beyond street stunts to engage with real climate change politics.

From bottom pinching to serious violence - is the three strikes law working?

From bottom pinching to serious violence: we take a look at how the controversial three strikes law is working.

Collins craves pic with prisoner's sculpture

Judith Collins had something special in mind when visiting Invercargill - a photo with a prisoner's sculpture of Paul Henry.

Safety key in $19m prison renovation

Invercargill Prison inmates are enjoying much flasher digs in the wake of $19 million renovations, but it's also much safer for them, and for those who work there.

Southern sections of earthquake-hit State Highway 1 'could reopen in weeks'

Access to Kaikoura from the south on State Highway 1 may be possible with weeks.

Duncan Garner: After nearly 3000 days in opposition Little's Labour has lost the 'everyman'

Opinion: The fire's gone out of the belly of Labour under Andrew Little.

No charges for Clutha Southland MP Todd Barclay

Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay will not face charges in relation to an allegation that he recorded private communications.

Maori Party 'naive' to back RMA changes, GE-free advocates says

Maori Party accused of naivety after backing reforms which could stop councils declaring themselves GE-free.

Human Rights Commission joins calls for independent inquiry into state abuse

Renewed calls for independent inquiry into extensive abuse suffered by children in state care between 1950s and the 80s.

The Government is 'spinning' the numbers on early childhood funding: Labour

Labour's Chris Hipkins says National is "spinning" the numbers on early childhood.

Ex-Horowhenua mayor on health board with the man who ousted him

Horowhenua's recently ousted mayor Brendan Duffy will take up a new role on the region's Health Board.

Glowing report on Government handling of Paris terror threats and 1080 milk scandal

NZ's security system response to Paris terror attacks and 1080 threat to Fonterra has passed a review with flying colours.

GNS investigating unusual earthquake activity, but Gerry Brownlee says no need for alarm

Scientists are investigating "slow earthquakes" in lower North Island - but Gerry Brownlee says we should be prepared, not worried.

Army truck carrying live ammo involved in crash with Mongrel Mob

Army truck carrying live ammo was involved in crash with a Mob car, NZDF confirms.

Government opens $500,000 fund to help re-home North Canterbury quake victims

Temporary fund for displaced North Canterbury home-owners as 117 houses red stickered.

The power of three - could Andrew Little's bad week get worse?

OPINION: A win in Mt Roskill for Labour this weekend won't cause many ripples - but what happens if Labour loses?

John Key: Potential National MP Misa Fia Turner unlikely to enter Parliament

John Key says he backs the next person on National's list as an MP, but doesn't expect her in Parliament.

Labour denies giving Green light for Nelson

Labour denies it has already conceded defeat in Nelson ahead of the 2017 election.

School watchdog says it didn't know about seclusion rooms in seventeen schools

Children were locked up in seventeen schools but it could have been worse, says Education boss.
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