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Cliff Curtis supports Mana

Cliff Curtis

Actor Cliff Curtis has become the latest celebrity to publicly declare support for the Mana Movement.

Note to MPs: Stay clothed

Nick Smith

MP Nick Smith, threatening a selfie in his togs, defends his comment about voters shunning fat politicians, but he may be right.

National to stick with ACT, UnitedFuture and Maori

john key

John Key confirms electorate deals with ACT in Epsom and United Future in Ohariu. | Speculation squashed

Conservative Party logo rejected

conservative vote logo rejected

Electoral Commission rejects Conservative Party's "vote" logo, saying it could confuse voters.

Key squashes speculation

Vernon Small

OPINION: So, the "dirty deals" have been done, relatively dirt cheap, and it looks like it may be bye-bye to Colin Craig's chances of being an MP this year.

Beehive Live: John Key reveals deals

beehive parliament

Prime Minister John Key says he won't cut a deal with the Conservative Party in East Coast Bays.

Nick Smith denies bullying Fish and Game

Nick Smith

Conservation minister rejects claim he bullied Fish & Game over campaign to clean up rivers.

Nats deal with Conservatives unlikely

Jenny Pollock

PM all but rules out a deal with Colin Craig's Conservative Party in East Coast Bays electorate.

Protecting dolphins 'small price to pay'

Maui dolphins

Most Kiwis would be happy to pay a "dolphin tax" to save the threatened Maui's and Hector's dolphins, a new survey says.

Today in Politics: Monday, July 28

Georgina Beyer

Xero founder Rod Drury says Govt needs a tech adviser and Georgina Beyer will stand for Mana.

Anger at 'roading crumbs'

andrew judd

Andrew Judd has struck out at the Government for giving Taranaki roads the crumbs from roading budgets.

Police commissioner apologises for raids

tame iti

Police commissioner visits homes of those affected by the Urewera raids, including veteran activist Tame Iti.

Accountant claims surplus result of 'clever accounting'

Christchurch convention centre

Accountant doubts there would be $372m surplus without clever accounting for costs of rebuild.

Georgina Beyer to stand for Mana

Georgina Beyer

Former Labour MP Georgina Beyer has announced she will stand for Mana at the next election.

Greens campaign on clean seas

beach

Green Party policies to protect NZ beaches from oil spills include a ban on deep sea drilling and compulsory shipping lanes.

PM selective about his open style

John Key

OPINION: John Key's style may be "open and transparent", but only when it's convenient.

Call for more information on Kiwi drone death

Keith Locke

Former Green MP Keith Locke says more information needed about Christchurch man killed in Yemen drone strike.

Winners and losers on National Party list

National Party

National Party's lineup for the 2014 election includes a big promotion for Education Minister Hekia Parata.

Gov under fire for failure to pass slave fishing bill

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NZ's reputation at risk after bill that would have outlawed slave fishing failed to pass into law.

Brownlee lashes 'tosspot' journalist

Gerry Brownlee

Journalist labelled "utter tosspot" by Gerry Brownlee for insensitive Pike River approach declares it a career highlight.

Nat MP's spending surge

Paul Foster-Bell

National list MP Paul Foster-Bell is defending a huge spike in his taxpayer-funded expenses.

Knocking on Epsom's door

David Seymour

David Seymour has knocked on 8500 doors, wearing out shoe leather on the manicured streets of Epsom.

Fringe parties look for deals

Marble poll

PM John Key is poised to reveal just which parties he'd do deals with. | Knocking on Epsom's door| Coat-tailing must go

It's time to get rid of political 'coat-tailing'

colin espiner

OPINION: It's time to end the dodgy deals that have besmirched the reputation of MMP.

Labour comeback will be a 'surprise' - Cunliffe

David Cunliffe

Labour leader David Cunliffe says being the underdogs in the leadup to the election is a "great place".

Election hopeful's fire truck tagged

Stuart Nash's Fire truck

Labour election hopeful Stuart Nash says a graffiti attack on his fire truck was not politically-motivated.

Medical specialists union blast health minister

Tony Ryall

Medical specialists union has used a speech to dentists to launch an attack on Health Minister Tony Ryall.

'No need' to screen Brownlee at airport

Gerry Brownlee

Gerry Brownlee has blamed a "complete brain fade" for evading Christchurch Airport security.

Wagner 'agnostic' on cathedral rebuild

nicky wagner

A cartoon image on a campaign flier nods to Nicky Wagner's campaign slogan: "Keeping Christchurch Central in Good Shape for the Future".

Three MPs, 50 questions: Part two

Ray Calver

Aimie Cronin rapid-fired questions at Hamilton's candidates in the coming election.

Peters has been taken in, says Staples

Bryan Staples

Christchurch's own "Robin Hood" figure, Bryan Staples speaks out against Winston Peters.

A week is a long time in politics

Parliament

OPINION: It has been a topsy-turvy three years since the last election. One more week and time will be called on the 50th New Zealand Parliament.

Today in politics: Saturday, July 25

David Cunliffe

Labour leader David Cunliffe says he has accepted Television New Zealand's assurances about presenter Mike Hosking.

When to hold ‘em . . . when to fold 'em

National party

OPINION: If there are too many more weeks like this on the campaign trail, the election may well end up closer than everyone expects.

MPs seeking to ramp up expenses

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The hard-done-by politicians are also asking for 30 free flights a year for their families- on top of their at-least $150,000-a-year salaries.

Maori Party 'only way' for influence

Maori Party logo

The Maori Party’s Tai Tokerau candidate claims a vote for his party is the only way to ensure a Maori presence in power.

Cunliffe accepts TVNZ assurances

Mike Hosking

Labour leader David Cunliffe says he has accepted TVNZ assurances about presenter Mike Hosking.

Labour pushes community voice

SU'A WILLIAM SIO

Labour confirms it will restore the rights of individual communities to decide on council amalgamations.

Key stands by Brownlee

Gerry Brownlee

Labour calls for transport minister to stand down while authorities investigate his security breach. | 'Zero tolerance'

'Holiday Highway' approved

Northern Motorway traffic jam

The controversial "Holiday Highway" north of Auckland has been given the go-ahead.

Civil aviation has 'zero tolerance' on breaches

gerry brownlee

CAA has "no sense of humour'' about security breaches, no matter who you are, industry leader says.

Conservatives introduce Nelson candidate John Green, 81

John Green

Addressing a mostly older audience in Nelson, Conservative Party leader Colin Craig introduced the town's candidate, age 81.

Green Party: You don't love NZ enough

Greens Love NZ oil

Greens election campaign juxtaposes Rena cleanup and shoe-less kids with the slogan "Love NZ".

Nicky Wagner fails to get money owed

Nicky Wagner

Christchurch MP Nicky Wagner will not get the $340k she says an Auckland businessman owes her.

Beehive Live: July 25, 2014

david cunliffe and john key

It's been a week of apologies, valedictories and late resignations. Our politics team is live from the Beehive.

John Key offers hope for Flockton

john key

Central and local government could join forces to pay for flood mitigation for Christchurch homes, PM says.

Religious teaching review ruled out

bible

Education Minister rules out review of the law allowing religious instruction in state schools. | Bible class stoush

CAA to investigate own minister's actions

Gerry Brownlee

Gerry Brownlee made an airport faux pas - and now his own department is investigating him.| Bulletproof Brownlee

National education standards need time - Parata

Schoolboy test, exam, test results, exam results, student, pupil

Three-quarters of children tested for the latest achievement information report were at or above national standards.

Maori Party co-founders leave parliament

Maori Party logo

Maori Party co-founders Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples have ended their careers in Parliament surrounded by the people they represented.
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