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Defence Force chief slams 'major inaccuracies' in SAS Afghanistan allegations

Hit and Run authors standing by their work, as Defence Force chief slams it for "major inaccuracies".

Dave Armstrong: Where was the caution at time of raid?

OPINION: An inquiry into the 2010 Afghan raid would be a good way to find out if Kiwis use terror in our fight against terrorism.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrives in New Zealand for visit and trade talks

Li Keqiang has arrived in New Zealand for a visit expected to focus on strengthening trade between the two countries.

ACT leader David Seymour says party can't afford any 'screw-ups'

ACT party faithful plan revival of political fortunes.

Labour accuses Government of planning to 'asset-strip' state houses from regions

Labour accuses Govt of planning to slash state house numbers in the regions.

Ratings agency Moody's gives NZ economy highest possible rating

International ratings agency says NZ well positioned to handle any shocks.

Stacey Kirk: lessons applicable to life, as taught by John Key

OPINION: Key got away with lots. Perhaps we can sometimes too?

The mind of the millennial: Are Kiwi youth ripe for revolution?

It's an election year and already the superannuation issue has got people talking. But millennials are not reacting quite in the way many might expect.

David Slack: Nothing says vomit like an Air New Zealand sickbag

OPINION: What could the modern voter have in common with an air taveller caught short at 30,000 feet?

Rod Oram: New Zealand should be chasing a perfect chance

OPINION: NZ is facing growing pressures, but our best economic opportunities have been laid out.

Alison Mau: I'm a republican, yet now, we need the Queen more than ever

OPINION: Hang in there ma'am. With the terror alert at "severe", now's really not the time for the Queen to pass, says Alison Mau.

Oscar Kightley: My brother served in the army, I nearly served – but nobody signed up to kill civilians

OPINION: My brother served in the Army for 14 years. We don't like to imagine soldiers killing civilians.

Salvation Army and government lay foundations for Nelson emergency housing crisis

Two new emergency homes give a lifeline to Nelson families in dire need.

Duncan Garner: Hit & Run is a smoking gun that proves a devious Defence cover-up

OPINION: Author Nicky Hager and journalist Jon Stephenson had provided some inconvenient facts.

Six questions we can answer about the SAS incident, and three we can't

EXPLAINER: First the civilian deaths, now claims of torture and war crimes overshadow NZ's conduct in Afghanistan.

Family of killed soldier Tim O'Donnell back New Zealand Defence Force

Relatives of killed soldier Tim O'Donnell say they're upset by allegations in Hager's book.

Labour-Greens have signed up to a joint position on surpluses, cutting debt

Labour and the Greens agree on tight Budget rules, but unions call for move spending.

Teacher aides told there is no funding freeze for schools' funding

Hekia Parata wades into an argument with education union, saying they are wrong about funding.

ACT leader David Seymour talks about two certainties - death and taxes

ACT leader David Seymour tries bridging the generation gap.

Labour leader Andrew Little headed to court over defamation case

The Labour leader is off to court after an apology and offer of a financial contribution were rejected.

Government wants Free Trade Agreements to cover 90 per cent of exports

New diplomatic posts in Ireland and Sri Lanka part of a $91m investment to expand NZ trade.

Youthful banker gets nod in Pakuranga

National has chosen a candidate less than half the age of the outgoing Pakuranga MP.

David Walsh named new chief executive of NZ Post

The struggling mail carrier promotes its finance director to chief executive.

PM stands by Defence Force claims that civilians weren't killed in SAS raid

Prime Minister Bill English is backing Defence Force claims that civilians weren't killed in an SAS raid.

Afghan villagers engage NZ lawyers over 'Hit and Run' SAS raid

Afghan villagers have engaged a human rights lawyer over an SAS raid they believe killed six in their community.

Below the Beltway: Winners and losers from the week in politics

Who's up and who's down from the week in politics?

Working man to take on standing Taupo MP

Ala' Al-Bustanji is taking on Louise Upston in Taupo this election.

Mike Sullivan: A father's plea on behalf of his disabled child

OPINION: A 'decriminalisation' of abortion law would send a highly discriminatory message towards the community of people with disabilities.

Nominations sought for ORC vacancy following death of Maggie Lawton

Nominations will open next week for candidates wanting to fill the Dunstan Constituency vacancy on the ORC created by the recent passing of Dr Maggie Lawton.

Otago regional councillors halt water plan change

Otago regional councillors have put a halt to the development of a new water plan for the region.

English 'still not rushing into inquiry', says former defence minister has no new information

"There isn't any substantiated evidence that [civilians died]," the Prime Minister said.

Maori Party and Government reach deal to pass final stage of RMA reforms

National and the Maori Party resolve differences over reforms, despite last-minute alternative offer.

Australian Tax Office could oppose Apple paying tax in NZ, says source

A trans-Tasman tug of war between tax authorities, rather than tax avoidance, may be behind Apple's zero-dollar NZ tax bill.

Housing First officially launched in Auckland

The trail of a new housing model designed to end homelessness in Auckland has been officially launched.

A pragmatist signs out: Goodbye and good luck

OPINION: John Key's final speech to Parliament was neither profound nor particularly memorable.

Edge of Lake Te Anau included in Govt tenders for oil and gas block exploration

Just over 3600 square km of land, up to the edge of Lake Te Anau, opens for oil and gas exploration.

Editorial: SAS claims require full investigation

The claims about SAS crimes in Afghanistan require a full government inquiry.

Nicky Hager brings spirited conversation to Nelson cafe

With the nation still processing the revelations from his new book, Nicky Hager went for an evening coffee in Nelson.

Former Defence Minister Wayne Mapp says civilian deaths in Afghanistan were 'an accident'

The defence minister at the time of an SAS-led raid said civilian deaths were an accident, one that weighs heavily on the conscience.

It's goodnight from John Key as former PM bids farewell to New Zealand Parliament

"It's been a blast." Former PM cracks some jokes, gets a bit serious - and bows out.

Bill English can take his time, but must reassure public about NZ role in raids

OPINION: The PM can play for time, but can't ignore calls for answers, writes Vernon Small.

Recap: John Key's final farewell to politics

"Goodbye and good luck," Key says, as he walks away from politics for good.

Former Defence Minister Wayne Mapp admits civilian casualty in Afghanistan raid

Former Defence Minister at time of deadly Afghanistan raid says case was "one of the disasters of war".

PM: 'Nothing substantially new' in allegations of deadly raids involving Kiwi troops

Bill English says the bar is "pretty high" for an investigation into whether an NZ-led raid killed civilians.

Claims of blood on New Zealand's hands need answers

OPINION: The Government won't want to be seen to be sweeping the claims under the carpet.

Ratepayers group calls for Denise Lee to step down as councillor

Public paying Auckland councillor to pursue her political ambitions, Auckland Ratepayers Alliance says.

NZDF chief warns there better be 'hard evidence' for any war crime allegations

The boss of the NZDF has warned any allegations of war crimes in a new book better have hard evidence.

The O'Donnell raid in Afghanistan: The seeds of the new Hager book

OPINION: The 2010 raid in Afghanistan detailed in Hit and Run, was first revealed on a TV interview I produced in 2011, Tim Watkin writes.

Gerry Brownlee makes secret trip to Iraq, says NZ role could be expanded

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says our role in Iraq could be expanded, after secret trip.

Live chat: Nicky Hager on his explosive new book about an SAS raid

Join us for a live chat with Nicky Hager about claims NZ was involved in botched raid which killed six civilians in Afghanistan.
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