Traps, 1080, 'vital to save kiwi'

WAR ON PESTS: Conservation Minister Maggie Barry supports trapping and poisoning pests as essential tools to save the kiwi.

Trapping and killing pests in your own back yard is "just what you have to do", Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

Merry, merry, merry...

Labour leader Andrew Little.

For three days Labour leader Andrew Little shut himself in a room and set about writing a personal message in 450 different Christmas cards.

Brownlee security details differ

Gerry Brownlee

Gerry Brownlee walked past a Chch Airport employee before the man could tell him he had to go security, report shows.

Slater wins quote of the year

QUOTE VOTE WINNER: Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater.

Controversial blogger Cameron Slater takes out the 2014 NZ Quote of the Year competition.

Damning report into Rena

BREAKING UP: View of Rena with the stern section missing.

Crew failed to stick to navigation standards for at least six voyages before container ship's grounding.

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Modern NZ needs flag for all stuff nation

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For Len Wicks, there are several absolute requirements for a flag to represent modern New Zealand.

Reasons for change stuff nation

I don't often agree with John Key, but he's got it right here. We need a new flag.

A flag that's 'bold and fresh' stuff nation

Killing is not the answer stuff nation

opinion

Crass opportunism in wake of siege

Andrea Vance

OPINION: Is there a better time for political opportunism than in the wake of a "terror" attack? For Prime Minister John Key it seems not.

Phil Goff: Arms not the answer

OPINION: As we all look forward to the season of peace and goodwill, remember not all are so fortunate.

OUT OF AMMO: Judith Collins, standing in front of evidence of her handiwork at a police shooting range, says she doesn’t want to be ‘‘caught up in negative stuff and confrontation’’.

Targeting radicals, not Muslims

OPINION: The countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill prescribes extended search and surveillance powers to the SIS including being able to conduct surveillance without a warrant in an emergency.

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.