Dairy worker 'shaken' after armed robbery


Police question 13-year-old boy after dairy robbed by machete-wielding thief.

Kelvin Davis blasts Mana Party

kelvin strap

New Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis slams Internet-Mana after it failed to deliver on the hype on election day.

Robertson: 'We've got a job ahead'

Grant Robertson

Labour's Grant Robertson remains the Wellington Central MP, but his party is struggling in the capital.

Nervous wait for Mallard

Trevor Mallard

Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard could have victory snatched away by 3900 special votes yet to be counted from his electorate.

Bittersweet return for Mark

Ron Marks

It’s a bittersweet return to Parliament for New Zealand First's Ron Mark.

Judith Collins' majority cut

Judith Collins

Embattled former minister Judith Collins’ majority in Papakura has almost halved.

Election milestones


Who was the biggest winner, the weediest candidate, the fastest riser, the closest race?

John Key starts forming government

john key strap

John Key will warn National MPs against becoming arrogant after the party's big election win.

Labour's big city blues

david cunliffe

Labour's voter support ran for the hills last night in what were once its strongholds.

Wild weather coming for capital

Gale-force winds

Southerlies are forecast for Wellington and coastal Wairarapa with snow likely on the Desert Road.

Voter turnout near record low

Election voting paper

Voter turnout did improve, but roughly the same number who voted for National did not vote at all.

Labour's Auckland strongholds turning blue

Auckland skyline

Auckland's Labour heartland electorates swung with party votes, but not candidate votes.

Post election celebrations and accusations

John Key

John Key says there's no rapid way back for Judith Collins, and he's not going to veer off to the right following a landslide victory.

Maori Party could re-open door to Harawira

Te Ururoa Flavell

A rapprochement with Hone Harawira may be possible, Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell says.

Former All Black becomes dementia champion

Reuben Thorne

Kiwis need to start talking about Alzheimer's instead of avoiding the topic, says Reuben Thorne.

David Cunliffe's leadership on the line

David Cunliffe

David Cunliffe admits a campaign error as Labour MPs begin post-mortem of election night drubbing.

David Cunliffe admits mistake over Greens

David Cunliffe

Cunliffe admits mistake in not campaigning more closely with the Greens but Winston Peters thinks otherwise.

Mayors leave chains behind

Jono Naylor

Palmerston North has three MPs but no Mayor as Jono Naylor moves to central government.

Winston Peters disappointed with impotent role


A rise in size of his caucus is cold comfort for NZ First leader Winston Peters.

David Cunliffe in a fight for survival

David Cunliffe

OPINION: Instead of apologising again, this time for an historic defeat, David Cunliffe is scheming.

Harre takes swing after Internet Mana's thrashing


Laila Harre takes aim at others after her party failed to land a sole MP in Parliament.

Molotov cocktails suspected in Southland fires

Fire Service firefighters generic

Firefighters tackle two blazes in Invercargill after molotov cocktails believed to be thrown.

All Black offside with election day tweet

Jonah Lomu

Sports star tweets in support of National deleted over electoral law concerns.

Critics expect it's foot down now on Transmission Gully

transmission gully

National's win likely means controversial Transmission Gully roading project will be gearing up.

Child thrown from bus released from hospital


Child thrown from school bus when it clipped milk tanker leaves hospital with only minor injuries.

Three more years for PM John Key

John Key

OPINION: PM rides back into power with an expanded mandate while the post-mortem gets underway among Labour MPs.

Dotcom brand 'poisons' Mana


Mana thought Kim Dotcom was their passport to power. Instead, he dragged them down with him.

ACC dispute dogs injured man

Michael Cruickshank

An Irishman's seemingly intractable 15-year battle with ACC is coming to a head.

Jailbird Peau likely to be deported Down Under

A Kiwi boxing legend currently in prison in the US is likely to be deported back here on his release next month.

Gambling body fights for funding

Graeme Ramsey

The High Court will this week be asked to overturn the Problem Gambling Foundation's funding cut.

Greens leaders stand firm, still left out in cold

Greens leaders

The Greens are destined to sit outside Government once again after a lack-lustre night at the polls.

ACT novice Seymour victorious in Epsom

David Seymour

It's the usual story of political coat-tailing, nods, winks and handshakes all around in Epsom - an anomaly of MMP.

Vance: An election victory for nasty politics

John Key

OPINION: So the Dirty Politics practitioners were spot-on. Nasty tactics do favour the Right.

The wonderful word of weird


Are you behind the ape ball? Do you feel your life is nothing more than a vicious circus?

Hone Harawira hitches ride into oblivion

Hone Harawira

Far from being the Mana Party's passport to power, Kim Dotcom dragged them down with him.

National moving on from dirty politics?

Cameron Slater

Last night was all champagne and cheers, but what are the priorities ahead for a National Government?

'We'll be back' - big-spending Conservatives

Colin Craig

Conservative Party vowing to come back stronger than ever for another tilt at power in 2017.

National secures unprecedented majority

John Key

John Key says winning more seats than 2011 shows he's leading the country in the right direction.

Cancer-hit mum remains grateful

Elouise Hemming

Elouise Hemming's cancer stayed away just long enough for a short crop of hair to grow back.

Stuck renting on Struggle Street

Gregg family

The Gregg family are not optimistic about their home ownership chances despite National promises.

National secures three more years

John Key

"Three more years" - an ecstatic John Key claims victory for National for a third term in Government.

National wins all three Taranaki votes

tara landscapestrap

National has romped home in Taranaki, winning all three seats. 

Auckland's blue seats

Auckland skyline

Auckland is looking overwhelmingly blue but not everything has gone according to plan.

Status quo for Wellington region

Grant Robertson

Wellington's political landscape will remain unchanged for another three years.

Hamilton stays blue after election

Tim Mcindoe

David Bennett and Tim Macindoe rack up big wins as they cruise back to Parliament.

Davis' win a critical blow for Harawira, Internet Mana

Hone Harawira

Labour's Kelvin Davis' victory sends Hone Harawira and Internet Mana packing with win in Te Tai Tokerau.

Gloom for Labour, joy for MPs

Labour Party

Victory by Labour candidates in the Wellington region offset a dismal party vote nationally.

Greens: We held our ground


The Green Party co-leaders are "disappointed" with their election result, but say they held their ground through a campaign marred by dirty politics.

Mallard has slim lead in Hutt South


Wellington region appears to be retaining its Labour MPs as vote counts near 100 per cent.

Aucklanders split their vote like no others

David Cunliffe

David Cunliffe's West Auckland electorate backed National in the party vote - a trend seen across the city.