Politics

Editorial: Russel Norman can hold his head high

OPINION: Russel Norman - an unknown when he took over after Rod Donald's death - will be missed.

Big on ambition, little on how to get there

OPINION: Andrew Little set an ambitious target for the future of New Zealand, which threatens to sink without a trace.

Greens set for leadership run-off

The Green Party is to embark on a primary-style leadership run-off, after the shock resignation of co-leader Russel Norman.

National MP Mike Sabin quits

National MP Mike Sabin has resigned, citing personal reasons.

Thirteen city cycleways to be wheeled out in 2015

Projects in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin will cost $37m.

Deborah Marshall appointed NZ's new chief coroner

Auckland coroner Deborah Marshall will replace NZ's first coroner, Neil MacLean, who is retiring.

Losing Russel Norman a huge blow to Greens

Renewal, blah, blah. However the Greens look at it, Russel Norman will be missed.

Russel Norman: The reluctant leader

At first a reluctant leader, later a political tour de force; over a nine-year tenure as co-leader Russel Norman has transformed the Greens from a six-member minor party to the third largest in parliament.

Russel Norman quits: Reaction

Tweets about Russell Norman's resignation as co-leader of the Green Party.

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman resigns

Russel Norman will stand down as co-leader of the Green Party in May, citing family reasons.

Russel Norman's resignation speech

Russel Norman's full speech announcing he is stepping down as Green party co-leader.

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to visit NZ

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond will visit New Zealand next week for trade talks and discuss NZ's pending UN Security Council seat.

Farewell 'emotional' - Sutton

An "emotional" Roger Sutton has farewelled his former Cera colleagues.

Cycleway plan drops into a lower gear

Government opts to spend less than half of what was recommended to improve urban cycleways.

Court logjam 'resolved'

Christchurch district court judges and minister reach "good resolutions" to the problems plaguing the city's courts as new restorative justice laws take effect.

Prime Minister John Key pushes state house sales plan

Ministers say state houses being sold off by the Government will not fall into developers' hands - unless there is a special arrangement.

Smith charters helicopter from Pike River funds

Cabinet minister Nick Smith chartered another helicopter for TV cameras - this time using tax-payer cash set aside for families of the Pike River victims.

Pike River tragedy: memorial walking track wanted

Families of Pike River Mine disaster victims want a visitor centre and a walking track on the mine site.

New midwives to undergo extra year of monitoring

Newly registered midwives will be required to undergo a further year of monitoring by mentors before they are allowed to practise alone.

John Banks faces retrial over electoral returns

Former MP John Banks is to face a retrial on allegations he filed a false electoral return.

Minister to hear judges' concerns

Justice Minister will meet judges in Christchurch over concerns about new restorative justice laws.

Key trumps Little on speech day

OPINION: The battle of the speeches has delivered a clear victory to Prime Minister John Key, who set out headline-grabbing plans to revamp social housing.

MP Sabin to grill cops

Mike Sabin, the MP under police investigation for assault, is set to grill senior cops as part of an annual review.

Key opts for state of state houses over state of the nation

OPINION: Prime Minister John Key's scene-setter for the political year today was not so much a state of the nation speech as a state of the nation's state houses speech.

Government to sell 1000 - 2000 state houses - John Key

National's social housing plan about looking after "private developer mates" says Labour.

Andrew Little Speech: State of the Nation

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas.

New baby for Greens co-leader Russel Norman and wife

Greens co-leader Russel Norman is celebrating the birth of his third child - but details are under wraps.

Labour leader Andrew Little targets unemployment in state of nation speech

Labour leader makes pitch to small business in his state of the nation speech, promising lowest rate of unemployment in the developed world.

Little gets message across, but questions remain

OPINION: Andrew Little delivered a workmanlike State of the Nation speech, but questions remain, writes Vernon Small.

John Key's state of the nation speech: 12 things to know

Your quick guide to the Prime Minister's annual state of the nation speech.

Labour leader Andrew Little's state of the nation speech: 10 things to know

Here's a rough guide to Labour leader Andrew Little's first 'state of the nation' speech this morning.

Labour's tax amnesty a blunt instrument, EY

OPINION: There is a simpler solution to our rising tax debt: reform our interest and penalties rules, and improve tax administration.

Key set to air plan on state houses

John Key is poised to outline the possible sale of thousands of state houses to community groups.

Restorative justice issues bring court to a halt

Christchurch’s main police court came to a halt this morning after a judge was told the restorative justice service was overloaded

John Key distances himself from MP Mike Sabin

PM has 'no comment to make' on future of MP Mike Sabin, who is under investigation for assault.

Court told no evidence PM John Key unlawfully won seat

PM's lawyer dismisses criminal litigator Arthur Taylor's claim that John Key unlawfully won Helensville electorate.

Key talks housing while Little backs small business

PM and Labour leader will deliver "state of the nation" speeches in Auckland tomorrow.

Labour to elect new president

Labour will choose a new president next month to replace Moira Coatsworth.

McCully slates Russia, but shies away from attacking Putin

New Zealand has joined international condemnation of the killing of up to 30 civilians in the latest violence in Ukraine. 

Arthur Taylor claims John Key's election as MP unlawful

Career criminal and jailhouse lawyer Arthur Taylor is going for his biggest scalp this week - the Prime Minister.

Duncan Garner: Driven to distraction - the issue is safer roads, not foreigners

OPINION: Another horror holiday road toll, another round of national angst about foreign drivers.

Labour's long-standing ties with Ratana in focus

Ratana church leaders have warned Labour not to take its support for granted.

NZ First MPs make most of summer lull

Dear old NZ First. While the rest of Parliament took a long holiday, there they were, shouting into the summer news void.

Vernon Small: RMA reforms no long-term solution

OPINION: However Nick Smith’s planned RMA reforms play out, the balance between inflation and Auckland housing is on shaky ground.

Better Budget deficit renews Government surplus hopes

Finance Minister Bill English repeats his belief in a return to surplus this year after a slight improvement to the Budget deficit.

Greens use Ratana meeting to attack John Key

Politics turn atmosphere sour at Ratana Pa as Greens attack PM's "warped and outrageous" grasp of history.

Len Brown cool on light rail in Auckland transport plan

Auckland mayor pours cold water on chances for light rail in the city.

John Key and David Cameron compare notes over jelly and icecream

Key talks selfies, migration over sweet treats with David Cameron.

Bain has a fresh chance for compensation

David Bain has been given fresh hope in his fight for compensation after court wranglings came to an end.
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