Minister declines Ellis inquiry

Peter Ellis in 1993.

The Government has ruled against an independent inquiry into the sexual assault convictions of Peter Ellis.

Troops depart for Iraq

Troops leaving Ohakea on the first leg of their journey to Iraq.

New Zealand troops bound for Iraq have left on the first leg of their deployment.

Call to lift refugee quota

Syrian refugee children walk after heavy rain at Al-Zaatari camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq.

Government urged to do more to support millions of refugees fleeing their homes around the world.

Free doc visits not for all kids

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye said the costs of getting the remaining number of injured children free visits outweighed the benefits.

It turns out not all kids' doctor visits will be free, which is a broken promise, the Greens say.

'Organic' food that isn't

Organics Aotearoa New Zealand say foods are being labelled organic that aren't, and that MPI "seem not to care".

Consumers are unwittingly eating food tainted by chemicals, the organic sector says.

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Brothers in arms - sort of

Brothers in arms? Trans-Tasman prime ministers John Key and Tony Abbott.

OPINION: Brothers. Mates. Sons of Anzacs. Tony Abbott's comments about the Iraq mission underscore the gulf between NZ and Australia on foreign affairs.

Key sledges Aussie during rare moment in the sun

OPINION: It was hardly an underarm joke, but John Key engaged in a little trans-Tasman sledging this week, only moments after announcing Tony Abbott is coming for Anzac celebrations.

Vernon Small: Surplus obsession so last election

Phil Goff: why we will remember the Anzacs

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Beehive Live: The Easter Wrap-up

The Beehive

Welcome to Parliament's last sitting day before MPs head off for the Easter break. We're talking human rights, Northland and America's Cup.

Beehive Live: Tuesday

As MPs start the last week before the Easter recess the hot topic in Parliament will no doubt be the Northland by-election success of NZ First's Winston Peters.

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Beehive Live: New month, new laws

The Government kicks off its HomeStart plan, among other new laws. And petitions for publicly funded gender reassignment surgery, along with a ban on fireworks are before parliament.

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