New MP delivers maiden speech

Maureen Pugh describes herself as a fifth generation West Coaster bought up in Cobden.

As Parliament's newest MP, Maureen Pugh also has an unusual claim to fame

Joyce's response to protesters video

Steven Joyce says that trade access is hugely important for a small country like New Zealand.

OPINION: I've been listening to you over the past few years, months and weeks. So, I'd like to set the record straight on a few matters.

Bridges of national significance

Rachel Trimble, who is also Minister Simon Bridges' sister with her fiance National MP Simon O'Connor.

National MP Simon O'Connor left the priesthood for politics and now he's marrying a Cabinet Minister's sister.

Police slammed for inaction 

Police commissioner Mike Bush said police are focusing on doing more to solve burglaries.

Number of burglaries solved drops below 10 per cent in some parts of NZ.

Calls for big cigarette tax hike

There is very "strong scientific ground" for the government to increase taxes on tobacco to cut smoking rates, according to a public health expert.

Raising tobacco taxes by up to 50 per cent could be key to helping NZ reach smoke-free target.

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Ten things to watch out for

The Government will face fresh protests over the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade deal.

OPINION: The prime minister's opening statement to Parliament may have fallen flat but there will still be plenty of fireworks in 2016.

On the TPPA, words are cheap

The new pact is a setback for New Zealand's free trade ambitions.

Editorial: A day to celebrate - and debate

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