Final four flag designs revealed

The final four contenders replacement flags have been revealed.

Has the tide finally turned? New Zealand flag options narrowed down to four

OPINION: Now we've got something to love or hate, Kiwis are finally showing some passion about the flag.

LIVE: Final four NZ flag designs unveiled

And then there were four. The new flag designs to be pitted against the country's current flag have been revealed.

Western North Island flood recovery gets another $2.6m boost from the government

More government money pours into Manawatu, Whanganui and Taranaki to help those worst affected by June's flooding.

New harder to copy bank notes to hit circulation from mid-October

New NZ bank notes will come into circulation next month.

Labour MPs go against leader on charter school

Two Labour Party MPs attended a fundraiser held by a trust that runs a charter school.

The New Zealand flag debate - time to care?

OPINION: John Key probably wasn't expecting the typical Kiwi "yeah nah" response.

Earthquake Commission has spent $68m on travel

The Earthquake Commission has spent $68m on staff travel costs in the past five years.

Richie McCaw backs new flag for New Zealand

Richie McCaw has thrown his support behind the Prime Minister for a flag change.

John Key claims mood 'reasonably positive' as optimism hits six year low

Business confidence slips to a six-year low amid warnings growth could grind to a halt.

The effect of a Jeremy Corbyn victory

OPINION: Christ Trotter writes that if Jeremy Corbyn is elected as leader of the British Labour Party, it will reverberate particularly loudly here in New Zealand.

Wellington's mayor wants Aucklanders to move to the capital

Wellington's mayor says Aucklanders tired of high house prices and long commutes should move to the capital.

Midwives sue Government over pay discrimination

Midwives have lodged the nation's biggest equal pay challenge.

All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad announcement 'not politicised': PM

John Key says the Rugby Union wanted to make the World Cup squad announcement from Parliament.

'Some industries dominated by women': John Key on midwives' pay

Midwives' major equal pay court case may be about disparity between industries, rather than sexism: PM.

Ministers happy to grin from the sideline as the real stars of the show visit

Politicians are scarce in Parliament on a Sunday, but this was no ordinary Sunday.

Mainfreight boss takes swipe at Steven Joyce over rail and technology

New Zealand needs a transport policy that links road, port and rail, Don Braid says.

Hamilton City Council says 'no thanks' to online voting trial

Hamilton City Council has opted out of a proposed online voting trial.

Former spy paid to infiltrate Greenpeace and unions

Former spy who sued police after his decade of deception is believed to have been awarded a settlement.

Next stage in State house sell-off to get underway in Tauranga, Invercargill

The biggest shake up of State housing in decades is about to get underway.

Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail to be completed with almost $1 million in funding

The tracks of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail will be completed, with a $935,000 cash injection from the government confirmed.

Government push ahead with mixed governance for Environment Canterbury

Bill on table to confirm Government's governance model for Environment Canterbury

Protection orders should have an expiry date - MPs

Protection orders should have an expiry date, MPs have recommended.

Lawyers and human rights advocates fear secret courts

More lawyers and human rights activists have added their voice to the chorus of concerns over secret courts.

Domestic violence courts could be part of shake-up

New domestic violence courts - with specially trained judges and lawyers - may be in the works to bring down New Zealand's horrific record of attacks in the home.

Nanaia Mahuta: Queen or casualty as Labour revamps its lineup?

OPINION: Will the Labour MP be royalty or casualty as Labour revamps its lineup?

Mighty River Power to pay special dividend, operating profit slips to $482m

Power company will pay about $34m to investors in a special dividend, though operating profits fell 4 per cent.

ACT: From class clowns to cool kids

David Seymour's the dude that got pubs to stay open for the Rugby World Cup!

NZ Post boosted by Kiwibank

New Zealand Post's profit of $128 million is almost 100 per cent reliant on Kiwibank.

Government to outlaw animal test

The Government is removing a testing regime for hazardous substances that leaves rabbits with irritated eyes.

Below the beltway: who's up and who's down in politics

After a week of politics, who's up and who's down?

'Waiotahi' corrected to 'Waiotahe'

The people of Bay of Plenty's Waiotahi may not have noticed a difference, but on Thursday their town's name changed to Waiotahe. 

Health and safety reform bill passes, amid division over worker representation

Controversial health and safety legislation, which does does not classify farms as high risk, has passed in Parliament.

Opinion: Start again with new flag design

OPINION: It's not too late to ditch the proposed flag designs and start again.

SkyCity prepares to jump final Auckland Convention Centre hurdle

SkyCity's consent application to build the Auckland convention centre is heard today.

Prime Minister John Key faces protesters in Dunedin

Protesters have interrupted Prime Minister John Key's visit to Dunedin.

Catholic Church 'appalled' at changes to Easter trading

Catholic social justice agency is "appalled" by proposed changes to Easter Sunday trading restrictions.

Parliament considering petition on abortion law changes

A Taranaki mother who has endured years of sleepless nights fearing her teenage daughter was taking her own life is calling for abortion law changes.

Eleven more Special Housing Areas announced across Auckland

This summer will be the busiest for earthworks Auckland has ever seen, Minister predicts.

Law Society still concerned about 'secret courts'

A row over secret courts rumbles on - with the Law Society refusing to back down on fears over new health and safety laws.

60 jobs to go in major Christchurch City Council restructure

Council staff are "upset" and "shocked" by news they stand to lose their jobs under major restructure.

Te Ururoa Flavell launches inquiry into finances of Far North Aupouri Maori Trust

A ministerial inquiry has been launched into the finances of a Far North Maori trust

Trevor Mallard: Flag issue about PM's ego, not what Kiwis want

OPINION: The middle of the commemoration of World War 1 is not the time to discuss changing our nation's flag.

Andrew Gunn: Life's a hazard, only the law can save us

SATIRE: I'm seeker a safer job. Perhaps farming with the comforting hum of heavy machinery and excitement of extreme weather is just the thing for me.

Sunday TV ad-ban could be removed amid media review

The Sunday morning and public holiday bans on TV and radio advertising might be scrapped.

George Gair, the last gentleman of New Zealand politics, dies

‚ÄčLiberal National MP George Gair was once described as a kingmaker who never became king himself.

Investigation into Mt Eden prison fights extended

Sheer volume of issues raised forces extension to "fight club" investigation.

Landcorp result 'disappointing', but it's no Solid Energy

State owned enterprise minister Todd McClay says Landcorp won't turn a profit for "the next few years" and is again foreshadowing land sales.

Rheumatic fever prevention programmes making inroads

Cases of rheumatic fever, often associated with extreme poverty, drop significantly.

Martin van Beynen: Risky business lavender farming

It's a wonder lavender and butterfly farmers are not injured more often, writes Martin van Beynen.
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