Politics

Green MPs say coalition with National government off the cards

Being part of a National-led Government isn't an option for the Green Party members contesting the co-leadership.

John Key to visit Saudi Arabia

John Key rejects comparison between Saudi Arabia's justice system and public beheadings by Islamic state.

NZ to give initial $1m in humanitarian aid to Nepal

New Zealand will initially commit $1 million in humanitarian aid to earthquake ravaged Nepal.

NZ ready with money and aid for Nepal earthquake

New Zealand government ready to assist as Nepal responds to the deadly Anzac Day earthquake.

Kiwis think Iraq deployment is about keeping allies on side

Most Kiwis think the government is only sending troops to Iraq to keep the US and UK on side.

John Key: I'm probably NZ's most casual prime minister

Prime Minister John Key says he's a friendly guy and has learnt from his recent mistake.

Mondayisation causing a headache for employers

The Holidays Amendment Bill has come roaring into the present, bringing with it some joy and a lot of confusion.

Pony tales inspire funny men

Finding inspiration from the Prime Minister's latest saga proves no problem for comedians or cartoonists.

Anti drink drive measure hailed by Transport Ministry could collapse - AA

Programme to fit breathalysers to drink drivers' cars has seen such little take providers may have to pull out of market.

John Key hopes for talks with Saudi royals

PM John Key will become the first-ever New Zealand Prime Minister to officially visit Saudi Arabia.

John Key visits thousands of Kiwis gathered in Gallipoli

In Turkey, 10,000 Kiwis and Australians waiting for the Anzac day dawn service to begin.

Has the everyman fool crossed a line?

OPINION: Even during his worst Prime Ministerial gaffes, John Key has managed to carry the air of an everyman, helping endear himself to voters.

Precious metal delivered to Gallipoli

Labour leader Andrew Little played an unusual role upon arrival in Turkey for Gallipoli commemorations - that of delivery boy.

Wellington joins Auckland in call for motorway tolls

Wellington to support Auckland in a bid to change the Government's mind on motorway tolls.

Waitressing has its perks, but

In a week that John Key's follicle fondling left him out of sorts with the hospo industry, reporter Jess McAllen looks at her days behind bars - and front of house.

Call for justice over Weekes triplets

Parents of triplets killed in Qatar mall fire distressed the sheikh convicted of manslaughter is yet to serve any prison time.

John Key walks through Gallipoli's battlefields

Prime Minister John Key has walked through Gallipoli's fields of the dead, paying tribute to Kiwis lost during the doomed campaign.

Want to hold the Government to account on climate change? Now's your chance

In a novel political twist, the Greens are giving New Zealanders the chance to figuratively join the parliamentary bullpen and ask a question of the Government.

Navy crew ready for Anzac sail past in Aegean Sea

A fleet of international navy ships will slip silently though the Dardanelles straits in the dead of night.

Former Southland mayor Frana Cardno dies

Finance minister and former Clutha-Southland MP Bill English has shared his memories of former Southland District Council mayor Frana Cardno.

Tracy Watkins: John Key won't be cut down by hair pulling

OPINION: Does ‘‘ponytail-gate’’ signal the beginning of the end of the public’s love affair with John Key?

Chinese fugitives hiding in New Zealand - Interpol

A list of 100 alleged Chinese fugitives has been released, and up to 20 may be in New Zealand.

Christchurch mayor backs rental WOF

Lianne Dalziel says a warrant of fitness scheme for private rentals is needed in post-quake Christchurch.

Graham McCready lays complaint about police inaction over PM's ponytail pulling

Private prosecutor Graham McCready files a complaint with IPCA over PM's ponytail pulling.

John Key's ponytail fetish is silly, not bullying

OPINION: John Key's ponytail fetish is stupid and weird but not bullying.

Satirical website recreates John Key's ponytail pull

A satirical Taiwanese website is recreating John Key's now infamous hair pull.

Female ministers close ranks around ponytail-pulling Prime Minister

Senior female ministers are closing ranks around the Prime Minister, refusing to comment on whether his hair-pulling advances toward an Auckland cafe worker are acceptable. 

Editorial: John Key pays price for crassness

OPINION: The account given by the Auckland waitress of Prime Minister John Key's pulling her ponytail  is wince-inducing in the extreme.

Minister vows to hold 'slumlords' to account

Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell is calling for urgent improvements in Christchurch's "squalid" rental conditions.

Minister for Women standing by Prime Minister after ponytail incident

The Minister for Women is standing by PM John Key's actions, after he was forced to apologise to a waitress for pulling on her ponytail. 

TPP deal a step closer as US Senate panel votes for 'fast-track' power

US Senate panel votes to grant Obama "fast track" authority to negotiate the TTP trade deal.

Auckland house prices skyrocket despite Government action: English

Government's done everything it can to cap sky-rocketing house prices, English says.

Top 10 awkward John Key moments

There was a collective facepalm around New Zealand as it was revealed that Prime Minister John Key had repeatedly pulled on the ponytail of an Auckland waitress. 

Newspaper defends ponytail-gate journalist

The media outlet accused of misleading the waitress whose hair was repeatedly pulled by the Prime Minister has defended its reporter.

Finance Minister Bill English's brother to advise Reserve Bank on interest rates

Reserve Bank to tap finance minister's brother for interest rate advice.

Ponytail-pulling Prime Minister John Key makes world headlines

Prime Minister John Key's penchant for ponytails has been outed, with news of his bizarre hair-pulling incident making headlines all over the the world.

Former New Zealand prime minister Mike Moore recovering from stroke

Ambassador to the US and former prime minister Mike Moore suffered a "minor" stroke.

Prime Minister John Key pulled waitress' ponytail

The Prime Minister has apologised to a waitress who accused him of repeatedly pulling her hair at an Auckland cafe.

John Key's ponytail pulling of waitress labelled sexist

Sexist culture 'starts at the top' says National Council of Women.

NZ First announces Ria Bond as new list MP

Invercargill's Ria Bond will enter Parliament after Winston Peters' Northland win.

Labour leader Andrew Little trusted with war medal delivery

Labour leader Andrew Little will deliver a Gallipoli soldier's medal to Turkey.

John Key's pony tail pulling risks making PM laughing stock

OPINION: Sexist. Creepy. Bizarre? Or just horsing around? The PM and the ponytail is the sort of story that could end in fisticuffs over the water cooler.

The bombastic Martyn Bradbury

Martyn "Bomber" Bradbury is one of New Zealand's leading - and almost certainly the noisiest - commentators in New Zealand.

Health minister to parents: Shop around for free GP visits

The Health Minister says parents should shop around until they find a GP doesn't charge for children's visits.

Iraq troop deployment would put NZ at risk - Government warned

The Government was warned sending troops to Iraq could make New Zealand a target of Islamic State but on Tuesday a 100-plus contingent slipped away with little fanfare.

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board backtracks on zero-hour contracts

NMDHB rejects claims by Annette King that workers are being employed on zero-hour contracts.

Quiet departure for Kiwis while Aussies fly the flag at troop deployment

NZ troops are on their way to Iraq after slipping out unannounced - in stark contrast to Australian counterparts who were publicly farewelled.

New Whanau Ora approach could "overturn" Maori welfare

An investment approach to funding Whanau Ora projects could "overturn the social service industry", the Maori Development Minister says.

Are Kiwis being duped over organic food?

Abuse of the term "organic" in New Zealand means consumers may be unwittingly eating food tainted by chemicals.

NZDF selling 10 remaining Iroquois "as is"

The Defence Force is selling its 10 remaining Iroquois helicopters on an "as is, where is" basis, with no guarantee they are airworthy.
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