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Summit wraps up 'NZ month' at UN

Murray McCully in the president's chair at the United Nations Security Council in New York.

It's a wrap - after a month in the hot seat, New Zealand finishes up its presidency of the UN Security Council.

TPP critics prepare legal action video

The deal as it stands for New Zealand dairy farmers at TPP negotiations could mean a backwards step for the industry.

TPP negotiations could be nearing a conclusion without a decent dairy deal.

Bennett didn't approve 'lab-rat' study

Labour party children's spokeswoman Jacinda Ardern says if Tolley didn't approve the study, then Bennett must have.

Paula Bennett's office rejects suggestions the former social development minister knew about study.

Auckland councillors' pay rises

Auckland's elected officials must accept a 2.3 per cent pay rise whether they like it or not.

NZ First president standing down

NZ First party president Anne Martin.

Long-time NZ First stalwart and party president Anne Martin cites age as her motive for not seeking re-election.

Labour accused of plagiarism

Labour MP Clare Curran has apologised for not citing the paragraphs in question.

Labour faces accusations it copied passages in its flagship "Future of Work" document from the Economist.

Ministers' expenses rise

Politicians' credit card expenses show purchases including a large suitcase, jewellery and VIP services in the second quarter of 2015.

Ministers have spent $100,000 more in the last three months than in the same period a year ago.

No bitter pill to swallow in TPP deal

Concerns the impact of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement on Pharmac have featured in protests against the proposed trade deal.

OPINION: The TPPA could boost the NZ economy by $2b a year, allow better access to goods.

Unlikely that babies seen as 'lab rats'

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley was furious at officials who suggested an observational trial on 60,000 newborns to check abuse-predictor tool.

Officials proposing study to see whether children would get abused wouldn't have thought of them as "lab rats", ethics expert says.

More money for nurse training

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced more funding for high-level nurses.

As Wellington's hospitals reach near full capacity, Government moves to boost senior nursing staff.

TPP deal inadequate for NZ dairy at the moment

Mexico's Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo and New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser at the TPP talks.

NZ agricultural trade reps say the US stands to be the biggest dairy industry winner in the short term from the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.

Murray McCully: the man in the middle

Murray McCully addresses the United Nations' Security Council in New York.

OPINION: Murray McCully has been at full throttle in New York over the MH17 vote at the United Nations Security Council.

'Guidance' on high risk jobs definition

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse has promised to provide MPs with "guidance" on the controversial distinction between high and low risk industries.

The Government is promising to provide "guidance" on what constitutes high-risk and low-risk workplaces.

Anthem change would cost: PM

Prime Minster John Key says calling for a new national anthem while criticising the flag change process is "audacious".

Prime Minister criticises those slating the tone of the national anthem.

Labour backflips on benefit sanction

It was suggested those not enrolled to vote be denied benefit payments as a way of lifting voter turnout.

Labour has backed away from a proposal to withhold benefits from those who are not enrolled to vote.

Student loan defaulters face arrest

New Zealand bank notes

Inland Revenue looks into 20 student loan defaulters for possible arrest if they attempt to return to NZ.

The three Rs - and two Cs

HAMBURG, GERMANY - DECEMBER 28:  A participants sits with his laptop computer in a ball bath at the 31st annual Chaos Communication Congress on December 28, 2014 in Hamburg, Germany. The annual congress is organized by the Chaos Computer Club, Europe's biggest association of computer hackers that has its own code of ethics and in its annual congress seeks to address issues related to society, surveillance, privacy, freedom of information and security.  (Photo by Patrick Lux/Getty Images)

Computer coding could sit alongside reading, writing and arithmetic under Labour plan.

Russian MH17 veto slammed

Malaysia Airlines planes are seen on the tarmac at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in this March 12, 2014 file photo. The airline is set to terminate at least one-third of its 20,000 workforce in its effort to save the national carrier, local media reported on May 25, 2015.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/Files

NZ joins condemnation over Russia vetoing a bid to prosecute those behind downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Beehive Live: New York talk

Murray McCully address the United Nations' Security Council in New York, US.

NZ in the Security Council top seat as Russia blocks probe into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Kiwis making waves in NY meet

Helen Clark and New York-based Michelin starred Kiwi chef Matt Lambert at his Musket Room restaurant.

In a town like New York it never takes too long for expat Kiwis to meet up.

Auckland may get more politicians

Waitemata local board chair Shale Chambers (left) says his area is already under-represented.

The country's largest city wants a law change allowing it to expand the council as its population grows.

Govt blocks experiment on child abuse

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has halted an experiment which would have seen 60,000 children monitored for two years to see if they were abused.

Minister furious at officials who suggested not intervening in high-risk child abuse cases.

Pike River families 'let down'

Sonya Rockhouse, left, and Anna Osborne, stand among 291 crosses placed at Parliament to mark the number of workplace deaths since the Pike River disaster.

PM John Key has "let down" the lost Pike River miners with watered-down health and safety legislation, relatives say.

Andrew Little hops to the Left

Labour leader Andrew Little takes tips from brewer Shigeo Takagi as they create a craft beer at The Occasional Brewer in Wellington.

They say the test of a political leader is whether you would want to have a beer with them.

Colin Craig to sue video

Standing by her man - Colin Craig and his wife Helen during a press conference held at the Spencer and Byron Hotel in Auckland on Wednesday alleging they are victims of dirty politicking.

Colin Craig threatens to sue for defamation, alleging he is the victim of a dirty politics smear.

NZ to chair MH17 debate

Murray McCully will chair the UN Security Council vote on whether an independent tribunal should probe the MH17 crash.

A diplomatic showdown over downed flight MH17 looms - and New Zealand is in the thick of it.

Kiwis defend national anthem

Singer Lizzie Marvelly has defended New Zealand's national anthem.

Olympians, singers and sports stars have defended New Zealand's "spine-tingling" national anthem.

Peters supports call to dump anthem video

Richie McCaw, Kieran Read and Daniel Carter sing the national anthem before the match between the All Blacks and Argentina.

Call to dump the national anthem has support from NZ First leader Winston Peters.

Legal advice on earlier review not sought

Corrections Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga didn't consider a review of his department's handling of high-risk offender Tony Robertson until Tuesday.

Corrections Minister waited for "appropriate time" to announce review of handling of Blessie Gotingco's killer Tony Robertson.

Key's telephone diplomacy for TPP

John Key takes a phone call.

John Key is personally lobbying world leaders to give ground on dairy tariffs in the final days of trade talks.

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