Chris Laidlaw chosen as chairman of Greater Wellington Regional Council

Regional council chooses a familiar face to lead its elected officials.

Free trade agreement top priority as PM John Key finally arrives in India

John Key finally arrives in India, with progressing a free trade deal the top priority.

Former MPs and spouses spend over $700k on taxpayer-funded travel

Former MPs and their spouses rack up $700k travel bill - who were the biggest spenders?

New Zealand under a Gary McCormick regime

Being relaxed, fewer roundabouts, and more surfing are in broadcaster's vision as next PM.

Report reveals details of Gerry Brownlee airport incident

After rushing to skip the airport security, Gerry Brownlee bought gum and a soft drink before boarding.

PM John Key arrives in Jakarta en route to India

Doing business in India can be a slow grind - much like John Key's attempts to get there.

Prime Minister John Key's trade trip to India has been anything but smooth sailing

OPINION: Getting to India has proven more difficult than John Key probably thought it would be.

100 Aucklanders take up Government offer to relocate with $5000 grant

Government scheme for homeless and those in state houses could be expanded, Paula Bennett says.

Government to examine funding application for Joseph Parker world boxing title fight

Joseph Parker world title bout "probably on the border" for government funding, Steven Joyce says.

How does John Key fly around the world, and why did his plane break down?

How does Prime Minister John Key get around the world, and how did his plane break down?

Youth delegate at Climate Change conference Briar Wyatt

"There's little point signing the Paris agreement if all we're doing is buying fake carbon credits from overseas."

Add 'PM slams military for airplane breakdown' to other headlines you will never read

OPINION: PM won't finger point over air force breakdown because he knows where it will end.

Townsville media track down stranded John Key

He's an accidental tourist in a Queensland town after getting stranded on his way to India. And they're making the most of it.

Mike Yardley: Legalising euthanasia a step onto a slippery slope

OPINION: It's the unintended consequences of legalising euthanasia that are worrying.

John Key's plane is grounded in Australia until a replacement plane arrives to head on to India

A replacement plane is on its way as visit to India with Brendon McCullum fails to get off the ground.

Free trade agreement with India won't happen overnight but John Key says it's crucial to get there

Can Brendon McCullum's cricket profile help New Zealand do more business in India?

Foreign fighters in the Middle East could return to New Zealand as Islamic State crumbles - John Key

As so-called Islamic State crumbles, John Key is prepared for fighters who may come home to NZ.

Minister welcomes NZ's first three way kidney exchange

Six people, two cities, hundreds of medical staff and three successful kidney transplants.

'Australia has no greater friend' - what Julie Bishop really thinks of New Zealand

Australian foreign minister talks up "special relationship" with NZ, but won't back down on deportation stance.

Greens call on Government to 'call in' major gas-fired power plant under RMA

 The deadline is looming for a proposed new power plant to be deemed a project of national significance.

Auckland businessman William Yan set to head back to China for questioning

China has branded the controversial Auckland businessman an economic fugitive, but it's understood he's returning home.

Stacey Kirk: Grim prospects for suicide, as conversation goes quiet

OPINION: New Zealand has a serious problem, and talking about it once a year won't change a thing.

Security threats focus of Australian foreign minister's visit

As the Islamic State crumbles, the home grown threat is rising.

Stacey Kirk: tension still boils below the surface but cooler heads prevailing between New Zealand and Fiji

There are still plenty of issues between New Zealand and Fiji, but maybe it's time to put them (momentarily) aside.

Fiji Prime Minister extends personal invitation to banned TV journo Barbara Dreaver

"Come home and see what's happening," Frank Bainimarama tells TVNZ's Barbara Dreaver.

Cambridge locals barking mad at MP's response to dog breed law questions

At one point Louse Upston yelled "Stop!", angering locals who wanted to discuss the minister's dangerous dog laws.

Fiji's Frank Bainimarama and Prime Minister John Key 'let bygones be byones' after diplomatic talks

The red carpet was rolled out for the Fijian PM who suggested to "let bygones be bygones".

Government denies report NZ SAS in combat in Iraq

Government denies claims in international media that NZ special forces involved in front-line combat in Iraq.

Why the selfie election has given way to the Facebook campaign

OPINION: The selfie election is so 2014. Next year's election will be all about the Facebook campaign.

Duncan Garner: A surplus of cash and a deficit of concern for people

OPINION: Revealed: The secret memo to Bill English that was never written ... and would never be actioned even if it had been.

Who named the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki?

Many wanted an "inclusive" name so how did we end up with Ministry for Vulnerable Children?

Once flea-covered student flat one of the first inspected in Government crackdown

Govt inspection of Dunedin student flats finds mould, damage, poor insulation and rotting floorboards, but they missed the fleas.

David Slack: Nostalgia in triplicate

OPINION: The format might have changed but the permissions and paperwork required to get anything in prehistoric, pre-internet days times are still around.

Hekia Parata's trials and tribulations as Education Minister

Chaotic, controversial, brave. The reign of arguably NZ's most divisive Education Minister.

Government moves to make dairy industry more competitive

The government acts on some Commerce Commission recommendations to open up the dairy industry.

Shamubeel Eaqub: Immigration an emotionally charged topic

OPINION: Yet we have to - and at the moment, we are having the wrong conversation.

John Key heads to India as Indian students face deportation from NZ over visa fraud

Indian student facing deportation over dodgy visa process too ashamed to tell his family.

Long-term infrastructure spending jumps $15b, but leans heavily on local govt

Over $100b to be spent over the next 10 years as local and central govt invests heavily in infrastructure.

Labour leader Andrew Little visits Marlborough for party's 100th anniversary

Mental health often seen as the "poor cousin" of health, says Andrew Little.

Rod Oram: The climate change shift

Two reports outline New Zealand's opportunities and risks in two crucial areas of the global transformation to a low carbon economy.

Jacinda v David: Crime prevention should not begin with prison

Government must address root causes of offending and realise the threat of prison is not enough to prevent crime.

New Zealand's net migration back at record breaking levels at almost 70,000

Net migration has hit a new all time high, confounding expectations that the tide may have turned.

Below the beltway

Here's the rundown on who ended the political week up and who's down

Nothing wrong with Hekia Parata's husband's health - not why she's stepping down

Hekia Parata and PM's stories don't match up over Education Minister's reasons for resigning.

Hot, cold and windy conditions for TPPA hikoi group's first week

Battered by heat, wind and rain, anti-TPPA marchers remain resolute.

Labour's last MP for Marlborough Ian Brooks talks records and death threats

When Labour's last MP for Marlborough won a by-election, he was contacted by the Guinness Book of Records.

Human Rights Commission wants code of conduct for NZ spy agencies

NZ spy agencies should have code of practice to ensure they follow law, Human Rights Commission says.

Sharp increase in Kiwis on social housing register downplayed by Government

19 per cent increase in applications a sign of "worst homelessness in living memory", Labour says.

Hekia Parata satisfied with Christchurch legacy

Education Minister has no regrets, other than the Chch schools shake-up announcement.

Editorial: More prisons are not the answer

The Government is back to talking tough about crime.
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