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Panama Papers: Cashing in on New Zealand's reputation

How foreign investors swooped on New Zealand's friendly rules for foreign trusts.

Wellington and Canberra look to become sister cities

The capitals of New Zealand and Australia are keen on becoming sister cities.

The Panama Papers New Zealand link revealed

New details reveal how foreign cash flooded into New Zealand trusts in order to avoid paying offshore tax.

Jo Luxton seeks Labour Party Rangitata candidacy

Childcare centre owner hopes to contest the Rangitata seat for the Labour Party.

Environment Canterbury to transition to fully-elected council

A dumped regional councillor won't standing again when Canterbury voters finally get a say in who's on their council.

John Key joins social network LinkedIn - is he looking for a new job?

"Hi, it's the leader of New Zealand - I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn."

To back him or not to back him; the Republican dilemma after Trump win

He may be the presumptive nominee, but can Donald Trump win over young Republicans?

What does Trump's 'America First' rhetoric mean for New Zealand?

What would a President Trump mean for New Zealand?

Earthquake Commission asks how to 'turn off the tap' on second time repairs

EQC is making an effort to "turn off the tap" on homeowners seeking second time repairs, a presentation shows.

No Treaty breach in TPPA: Waitangi Tribunal findings follow committee report

Two reports on the free trade agreement have outlined public concerns.

Keytruda debate: Emotion or equation in the drug debate?

The Keytruda debate has been emotional, but is it a case in point to look hard at the data?

Government's new electric car package underpowered, critics complain

The Government wants to have 64,000 electric vehicles on roads by 2021 but measures fall short the Green Party said.

Timaru mayor hopes for tourist funds in budget

Timaru's mayor hopes budget will include measures to limit tourists' effect on council infrastructure.

New entrepreneurs visa to boost New Zealand's reputation for innovation

Palmerston North entrepreneurs say a new immigration visa could be a boost to the region.

RMA reforms ignore 'invisible legions' who want housing: Environment Commissioner

Govt want to limit who has their say on building and planning changes.

Next London High Commissioner 'not a politician', says Government

Speaker David Carter is "not on the list" for prospective High Commissioners to the UK, says the Govt.

NZ's foreign trust review slammed as 'limited' by Transparency International

Anti-corruption organisation "extremely surprised and disappointed" at review scope.

Huge fee hike approved for Overseas Investment Office

Government says fee hike and hiring spree not related to controversy over Onetai Station farm sale.

John Key says Panama Papers leak a cautionary tale for Kiwi businesses

Kiwi companies need to protect their information from being stolen or leaked, John Key says.

Unicef head Deborah Morris-Travis new Green Party chief of staff

Two new strategic appointments for the Green Party, as they rebuild after a string of resignations.

Labour leader Andrew Little's 'healthy homes' bill passes first reading

Labour welcomes support for rental heating standards, but key MP warns his vote can't be taken for granted.

Labour's Chris Hipkins schools up on having a baby

Education issues get a little more personal for the Labour MP.

John Key's lawyer linked to 'sham' trust involved in failed Auckland property development

PM's personal lawyer helped bankrupt developer to take part in failed Auckland project under investigation by Serious Fraud Office.

Has Winston Peters scuppered David Carter's chances of London High Commissioner post?

Will David Carter be the next High Commissioner to London? Possibly not, if Winston Peters can help it.

Spotlight on possible John Key visit to Marlborough's theatre

The theatre trust is hoping for good news when the prime minister visits.

Prime Minister John Key has confidence in OIO despite Onetai farm sale 'mistake'

The Prime Minister dodged admitting that the watchdog wasn't up to scratch.

'Alarming' non-voting levels of NZ youth must change: Winston Peters

NZ First leader Winston Peters says young people must have more of a say in politics.

Pressure on water bottlers to pay up

Gallons of water extracted by bottlers and sold for massive profits have prompted calls for fairer payment structures.

Heat on Maori Television chief executive Paora Maxwell over staff turnover

The exodus of Mihi Forbes, Carol Hirschfeld and other staff has raised concerns.

Ted Cruz supporter 'feels like wind sucked out of our sails' as campaign ends

There were groans and cries of "no" at Ted Cruz's Indiana headquarters as the penny dropped.

NZ unemployment jumps to 5.7 per cent despite strong job growth

NZ unemployment is up despite 28,000 jobs created in the first three months of the year.

Pharmac has been given a $50m total funding boost between Government and DHB funding

As Pharmac comes under heat to fund expensive biologic drugs, the Govt has given its coffers a boost.

OIO faces 'independent review' following Onetai farm sale

Spotlight goes on the OIO's processes around 'good character' tests, says department boss.

Replay: Video chat with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key

Prime Minister John Key joined us for a video live chat this morning - and he took your questions.

Cruz downloads on 'amoral' Donald Trump as Indiana goes to the polls

The Republican presidential race has hit a new low

New Zealand Prime Minister hints refugee quota could be lifted

PM John Key drops major hint that New Zealand may accept greater numbers of refugees.

Australian authorities knew of Kiwi passport glitches for months

Australia's border authority is investigating after some Kiwi travellers said passport scanners were a fiasco.

Rental woes in 'damp, mouldy' property lead to backing for heating standards

Mouldy clothes, damp bed sheets and electric blanket in flames all part of woman's "depressing" experience.

Prime Minister John Key told Revenue Minister his lawyer would be in contact

But former Revenue Minister Todd McClay can't recall whether he was told.

NZ First kicked out again: Winston Peters and Denis O'Rourke leave the House

NZ First MPs have been forced to leave the parliamentary debating chamber...again.

Christchurch lawyer Duncan Webb seeking Labour Party nomination

Christchurch lawyer Duncan Webb is throwing his hat in the ring for the Labour Party.

Tracy Watkins: Brain fade embarrassment averted

Opinion: John Key sets his minister straight after brain fade over meeting

Labour makes another push for rental heating and insulation standards

Attempt to set heating and insulation standards for rentals failed last year, but has a better chance this time.

NZ's Principal Youth Court Judge Andrew Becroft will be next Children's Commissioner

Principal Youth Court Judge Andrew Becroft to be the new Children's Commissioner.

New data-driven 'investment approach' for justice system launched by Government

New statistical models could forecast future crime as the Government tackles offending rates.

Secret trips and ISIS talks: Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee heads to Germany

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee is off to Germany for counter-terrorism talks.

Hamilton politicians get 1.5 per cent pay increase

Hamilton's deputy mayor is to get a $4823 pay increase.

Education boss Peter Hughes named as new State Services Commissioner

Secretary of Education Peter Hughes has been named as the next State Services Commissioner. 

Panama Papers: Onetai farm sale goes feral, puts OIO in the spotlight

OPINION: The tale of the $6 million sale of the Onetai station in Taranaki keeps giving.

It's standing room only as The Donald takes in small town America

It's two hours before The Donald is due to speak in the small indiana town of Terre Haute.
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