What if Peters wins in Northland?

NZ FIRST LEADER: Winston Peters arrives at the Te Tii Waitangi Marae in last month, the day before Waitangi Day.

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

Bain case taxpayer costs mount

SQUARE ONE: David Bain's quest for compensation continues.

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

Tony Abbott a mate in need

GAME FACES: A loss in the cricket is the least of Tony Abbott's worries.

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

Dream run so far as Little hits 100

Labour leader Andrew Little replies to John Key's speech on the Iraq deployment today.

OPINION: The recent level of attention around Andrew Little's digestive tract is extraordinary.

The Maori Party can succeed

LAPDOG WITH POTENTIAL: Te Ururoa Flavell has long been considered the halfway viewpoint between Hone Harawira and Pita Sharples. There's no reason he and Marama Fox can't establish that independent Maori voice.

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

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

LAPDOG WITH POTENTIAL: Te Ururoa Flavell has long been considered the halfway viewpoint between Hone Harawira and Pita Sharples. There's no reason he and Marama Fox can't establish that independent Maori voice.

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

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.

STOOD DOWN: Dean Barker deserves an apology.

Barker dumping not the Kiwi way

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

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Live: Hard Labour

STOOD DOWN: Labour's Carmel Sepuloni remains on the front bench but has been temporarily relieved of her role as social development spokeswoman

Labour's former leader and one of its future leadership prospects face a tough day ahead.

Beehive Live: D-Day for PM on Iraq

MPs are back in the House today and it's a busy one.

MAKING THE CASE: PM John Key addresses Parliament this afternoon with the details of a deployment of Kiwi troops to Iraq

Beehive Live: Iraq mission emotion

Live updates from Parliament as the debate over the Iraq deployment continues.

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