Russel Norman to step down gallery video

STANDING DOWN: Russel Norman.

Russel Norman will stand down as co-leader of the Green Party in May, citing family reasons.

National MP Mike Sabin quits video

NOT TALKING: MP Mike Sabin.

2:09 PM  National MP Mike Sabin has resigned, citing personal reasons.

New chief coroner appointed

CHIEF CORONER: Deborah Marshall's career also includes eight years as a uniformed police officer.

2:53 PM  Auckland coroner Deborah Marshall will replace NZ's first coroner, Neil MacLean, who is retiring.

Fish-hook in state house plan video

John Key delivers his state of the nation address, 2014

Minister says State houses will not fall into developers' hands - unless there is a special arrangement.

Chopper hired from Pike funds

Cabinet minister Nick Smit

Nick Smith chartered another helicopter for TV cameras - this time using  cash for families of Pike River victims.

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Key opts for state of state houses over state of the nation

Prime Minister John Key had delivered his 2015 State of the Nation today at Auckland Rotary Club at the Stamford Plaza.

OPINION: Prime Minister John Key's scene-setter for the political year today was not so much a state of the nation speech as a state of the nation's state houses speech.

Garner: Issue is safer roads, not foreigners

OPINION: Another horror holiday road toll, another round of national angst about foreign drivers.

TALKING POINTS: Andrew Little mixes with the audience after his State of the Nation speech.

Little gets message across

OPINION: Andrew Little delivered a workmanlike State of the Nation speech, but questions remain, writes Vernon Small.

beehive live

Live: That's (almost) a wrap, folks

A warm, red suit was just the thing for Santa as a chilly wind kept rain away until almost the end of Palmerston North’s Christmas parade.

It's the last day of Parliament, and we'll have all the updates on hi-jinks in the house.

Live: The home stretch

After one insane political year, Parliament enters its last sitting week before it adjourns for Christmas.

Beehive

Beehive Live: Urgent dash

Like a student cramming for an exam, Parliament is jamming through the last of its business as the House prepares to rise tomorrow. 

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