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Protesters disrupt John Key Auckland appearance

John Key whisked away from Auckland University after protesters arrive.

Samoa not bothered by spying

Samoa’s prime minister dismisses allegations NZ is spying on his country, saying it's called diplomacy and he welcomes it.

Reserve Bank looks at rental property investor rules

The Reserve Bank is looking at changing how much banks can lend to residential landlords.

Gareth Hughes 'underdog' for Green Party leadership

Gareth Hughes is the second Green MP to enter the race to lead the party, but admits: "I'm the underdog."

Labour's Carmel Sepuloni to be reinstated after mother's benefit fraud

Labour MP Carmel Sepuloni will be reinstated to her role as the party's social development spokeswoman once her mother is sentenced for benefit fraud.

Snowden documents: NZ spied on Pacific Island neighbours

Snowden documents show the GCSB targeted nearby countries including Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.

What's in Edward Snowden's latest New Zealand spying files?

What's in the latest Snowden leaks about New Zealand's spying?

Selfies in vogue as PM calls on O-Week crowd

John Key only made it about 50 metres before the crowd swamped him.

New Zealand right to spy on Pacific Island neighbours

OPINION: It's not a paradise out there in the South Pacific - dangerous things happen like coups and mutinies.

Live blog: New Zealand spies on neighbouring countries

New documents released by United States whistleblower Edward Snowden show the extent of New Zealand's spying on its neighbours and allies.

Justice system just fine says Key

John Key has dismissed calls for an independent commission to review possible miscarriages of justice.

Wily Peters opens up a range of possibilities

OPINION: Watching Winston Peters, you can't help being reminded of an old lion on his rock surveying the grassland.

Air quality 'wrong focus'

Efforts to improve air quality are focussing on the wrong type of pollution, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment says.

Nicky Hager: Kiwis will be 'shocked' by spy claims

Revelations of spying will show Kiwis what the NZ government is really up to, investigative journalist Nicky Hager says.

Q&A: Spying and NZ

A selection of documents set to be released tomorrow will show New Zealand's role in a United States-led spy network. 

Winston Peters launches bid for Northland seat with bus tour

NZ First leader Winston Peters launches Northland by-election campaign in a blue bus dubbed The Force for the North.

Colin Craig: Conservative Party doing fine

Newly reinstated Conservative Party leader calls speculation about a bid to replace him ‘‘intriguing’’.

Eleven candidates contest Northland by-election

Eleven candidates will stand in the Northland by-election, the Electoral Commission has confirmed. 

$130m child support IT blowout

Changes to child support that have caused a $130m IT budget blowout will lead to a fairer system for parents, the Government says.

Former diplomat Brook Barrington to head MFAT

Brook Barrington has been named as the new head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

'New Zealand's biggest killer' billboard replaced with John Key sketch

A Heart Foundation billboard depicting 'NZ's biggest killer' replaced with a sketch of Prime Minister John Key.

Migrant influx will be housed, says Key

John Key says enough houses are "in the pipeline" in Auckland to meet demand from immigration.

TSB Bank confirms ongoing talks with shaky Solid Energy

Prime Minister John Key is refusing to rule out giving taxpayer cash to Solid Energy.

Public servants could lose out on MP pay change: Andrew Little

Public servants could be stymied in wage rises with MPs pay bump set to match theirs, says Andrew Little.

Law to change on MP pay rises

Government will urgently legislate to change the way MPs' pay rises are calculated after the latest 5.4pc increase.

Cameraman to take Prime Minister John Key to court

News cameraman Bradley Ambrose will sue John Key for defamation in February 2016.

Immigration may boost house prices: Treasury

Net immigration numbers are likely to set new records, potentially pushing up house prices,Treasury says.

TVNZ sees $1 million dip in interim profit

But the state-owned broadcaster says it grabbed a bigger slice of a 'weak' TV ad market.

Solid Energy lenders could see more losses

TSB, which has written off a $53.9m loan, and other banks look at a package to keep miner afloat.

John Key vouches for Tony Abbott, a mate in need

OPINION: Australia's prime minister is running out of mates on his side of the Tasman, but John Key still has his back.

Winston Peters win in Northland could alter balance of power

If NZ First leader wins the seat, the proportionality of Parliament would change - making it harder for National to govern.

Conflict museum could cost city $18m

Wellington ratepayers could pay nearly $18m to make a World War I exhibition a permanent museum.

Tony Abbott blunt in Iraq war message to NZ

Australian PM believes geography will not protect Kiwis from Islamic State.

Former professional baseballer Mark Gilbert goes in to bat as US ambassador

New US ambassador Mark Gilbert and wife Nancy are spilling over with new experiences - Flat whites, hongi and cricket.

David Bain compensation case: Taxpayer costs mount

Taxpayers footed a near $200,000 legal bill as David Bain challenged a rejected report into his compensation bid.

Dream run so far as Little clocks up 100

OPINION: Politicians exhibit a propensity for navel-gazing. But the recent level of attention around Andrew Little's digestive tract is extraordinary.

Secret death panel planned

Families of soldiers killed in the line of duty fear the truth behind battlefield deaths could be covered up under controversial laws being considered.

Australia's NZ-born first lady makes Auckland appearance

Australia's first lady Margie Abbott made her first official appearance in Auckland after jetting in to be by her husband Tony Abbott's side.

Australia pledges more warning over deported criminals

Australia will give New Zealand more warning before deporting convicted Kiwi-born criminals at the end of their sentence.

Mark Osborne to face Winston Peters for Northland electorate

Mark Osborne, who will contest the Northland seat for National, says the party is "delivering for the north".

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to discuss Iraq deployment with John Key

Australian PM's visit to New Zealand overshadowed by speculation about his political future.

There's no reason the Maori Party can't succeed

Opinion: Put it to party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell the Maori Party are government lapdogs, he'll likely agree with you. 

NZ First 'match-fit' for ignored Northland

Labour won't stand aside its candidate in Northland by-election following Winston Peters' confirmation he will stand.

Dean Barker dumping is not the Kiwi way

OPINION: Dean Barker had his shot and came up short, but the way he was dumped is an outrage.

CAA wary of Brownlee fallout

A day after the transport minister evaded airport security checks, the publicity from the incident was front of mind at CAA.

CAA wary of 'major' fallout from Brownlee security incident

A day after the transport minister evaded airport security checks, the publicity from the incident was front of mind at Civil Aviation Authority.

Caesar-like tinge to Abbott visit

OPINION: The question on everyone's lips is whether Tony Abbott's first official visit here would also be his last.

MP's pay increase destined for good cause

Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew says she may donate her $12,500 pay rise to charity.

NZ v Australia banter starts up

The sledging between New Zealand and Australia that can be expected on Eden Park tomorrow began tonight between prime ministers John Key and Tony Abbott.

Bishop nods off during Abbott's NZ speech

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's hectic travel schedule appears to have caught up with - right in the middle of a speech by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
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