How the ACC dream was derailed

OPINION: ACC has become a byword for ministerial and departmental incompetence, petty mindedness and spite towards claimants.

Labour promises pensions for all vets


Labour has pledged to adopt a Law Commission recommendation to make all war veterans eligible for a veteran's pension.

Handling of Jones' exit highly damaging

Shane Jones

OPINION: Shane Jone's departure was perhaps the killer punch to Labour's chances of an unlikely election win.

Show goes on without Shane - Cunliffe

Shane Jones

David Cunliffe says the Shane Jone's departure is not a disaster, and won't scupper Labour's election chances.

Today in politics: Thursday, April 24


Prime Minister John Key is playing down political motives in offering Shane Jones a role as a Pacific development ambassador

Jones denies National hand in resignation

Shane Jones

High-profile Labour MP Shane Jones is denying the National Party had a hand in his resignation, despite Jones crossing the political divide to take up a role specially created for him by the Government.

Departure screams party 'crisis'

Labour Party

OPINION: Disarray - there is no other word to describe the mess the Labour Party plunged into last night.

'Bully Cunliffe' tweet history, says candidate

Anna Lorck

Labour's candidate for Tukituki has no intention of deleting a tweet in which she calls David Cunliffe a bully.

Shane Jones to quit Labour

Shane Jones

Labour MP Shane Jones to quit party and politics, saying he wants to do "something else".

Collins accused of misleading Parliament

John Key

Labour MP Grant Robertson has accused Justice Minister Judith Collins of misleading Parliament.

ACT Party seeking a tougher line on burglars

Jamie Whyte

ACT leader Jaime Whyte yesterday announced a three-strikes policy for burglary.

Greens call for blue zone

WANTING ANSWERS: Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee.

Gerry Brownlee dismissed a push to buy flood-prone Christchurch houses without official advice, an MP says.

NZ 'dodged bullet' on Brash - ex MP

deborah coddington

A former colleague of Don Brash has slammed him as a racist and a chauvinist.

Mallard loser in boundary changes

Trevor Mallard

Trevor Mallard appears to be the big loser in Wellington from changes to the electoral boundaries.

Cunliffe misses green-light moment

David Cunliffe

OPINION: For the third time in 18 years, Winston Peters seems destined to decide which major party gets to form a government.

Adviser steps forward in defence of Collins

Judith Collins

A senior Beehive adviser has taken the unusual step of going public to back her minister, Judith Collins.

Peters stirs pot over Collins' dinner date

Judith Collins

Justice Minister Judith Collins is embroiled in fresh allegations surrounding her official visit to China last year.

Today in politics: Wednesday, April 16

Internet Party ends discussions with unnamed sitting MP.

ACC to pay compensation in waiver ruling


ACC will compensate any clients cut off from claims due to unfair privacy waivers.

Has democracy taken a dive?

Gary McManaway and Tony Fyfe

Winter is coming. So is an election, with hibernation increasingly the favoured response to both.

English: Wages to increase by 7k over four years

Average annual wages are expected to rise by $7500 over the next four years, Finance Minister Bill English says.

ACC form ruling's 'no big privacy breach'


LATEST: ACC could be forced to destroy information it gathered illegally under a blanket privacy waiver.

Greens open to talks with Mana

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says they're open to talks with the Mana Party but electorate deals are unlikely.

Zaoui lawyer now working with Cunliffe

David Cunliffe

Lawyer who once criticised David Cunliffe for not allowing refugee's family into NZ is now his deputy chief of staff.

Les Mills boss takes on Nats over climate

Labour Party

Les Mills boss has called Govt response to climate change "reprehensible" and has donated to Labour and the Greens.

Today in politics: Tuesday, April 15

house for sale

Political leaders look set to debate New Zealand housing.

Harawira's wife wary of Dotcom link

Kim Dotcom and Hone Harawira,

Mana leader Hone Harawira's wife is among party members concerned about a likely alliance with the Internet Party.

Today in politics: Monday, April 14


Political briefs for Monday, April 14.

Dissent as Mana and Dotcom draw nearer

Kim Dotcom and Hone Harawira,

Mana Movement members walk out after the party votes to progress talks with Kim Dotcom's Internet Party.

Paula Bennett struts her stuff

Paula Bennett strikes a pose

Paula Bennett fashion

Paula Bennett has never been known as a shrinking violet and stayed true to herself when she trod the catwalk as part of Wellington Fashion Week.

Beneficiary bashing just too easy

Paula Bennett

National wants us to focus on the lazy stereotype of dole bludgers.

Kim Dotcom 'to win over' Mana at AGM

Kim Dotcom

Hone Harawira is leaving it up to Kim Dotcom to woo party faithful at Mana's AGM.

Key perfects image of everyman


OPINION: Babies? Puppies? John Key has kissed them. It must be an election year.

Today in politics: Saturday, April 12

Kim Dotcom will attempt to win Mana members over this weekend as he lobbies for a deal with his Internet Party.

From Cabinet to the catwalk

Paula Bennett

Paula Bennett nearly succumbed to the Wellington wont for black before getting valuable fashion advice from an unlikely source.

Key does not deny deal with Brash

John Key

John Key appears to have confirmed there was a deal for him to take over from Don Brash as prime minister.

Key does not deny deal with Brash

John Key

John Key appears to have confirmed there was a deal for him to take over from Don Brash as prime minister if National won the 2005 election.

Today in Politics: Friday, April 11


Political briefs for Friday, April 11, 2014.

Tsunami line proves no bar to a good house price

What is the line's impact on house prices?

tsunami line

Hazard zone markings appear to have no negative effect on house prices - a relief to residents of south coast suburbs.

Greens want junk food legislation

mcdonalds burger

Tools such as taxation, regulation and legislation should be used to help curb the obesity epidemic, Green Party health spokesman Kevin Hague says.

Colin Craig hopeful of getting above 5 per cent of votes

Colin Craig

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig says his party could pull up to 10 per cent of voters at this year's election.

Sharples playing the racism card

Pita Sharples at Ratana, 2014

OPINION: All too often, the claim of "racism" is a political weapon of last resort.

'Back office' public service is shrinking, maintains minister


State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman insists "back office" public servants are in decline.

Today in politics: Thursday, April 10

Conservation Minister Nick Smith has leapt to the defence of embattled Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges.

Brash bares all

Secret deals and suicide

Don Brash

Former National leader Don Brash contemplated suicide after his private and public lives fell apart.

Brash puts himself in company of ex-US presidents

don brash

Breaking up with his wife Je Lan after a turbulent time as National leader was the worst mistake of his life, Don Brash says.

Local bodies consider targeted taxes


Targeted local government taxes on people living in, working in, or even visiting a region could be on the way.

Today in politics: Wednesday, April 9


Virtually every electorate MP has denied plans to defect to the Internet Party, with most being outright dismissive.

Welcome to the bureaucrat capital

Wellington cbd

Wellington now has the largest number of public servants since at least 2000.

Politicians swap barbs over royal jockeying

Handshakes with William and Kate

OPINION: The royals had a day off to recover from jet lag yesterday, but it didn't stop politicians from jostling.
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