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PM: McClay 'dancing on head of a pin' video

Trade Minister Todd McClay has asked for a full review of the broader issues.

John Key has publicly reprimanded Trade Minister Todd McClay after he downplayed China trade retaliation fears.

Should we be paid to recycle?

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Councils urge Government to adopt national cash-for-bottles scheme.

Clark v Rudd? No contest says Key

Clark v Rudd - Rudd praised Clark in April when she entered the UN race.

John Key says even Australians know which former PM should get the UN top job.

Mallard to vacate Hutt South

Trevor Mallard would like the Labour Party to look for his successor as soon as possible.

He says he wants Speaker's job, but John Key says he's "waving the white flag".

CYF's $56m funding hole video

Labour's children spokeswoman Jacinda Ardern says CYF has fallen victim to a Government bent on cutting costs to boost ...

The agency charged with protecting vulnerable children is short of the cash it says it needs to meet increased demand.

NZ's 'predator-free' target

Rats, possums and stoats kill 25 million of native birds every year, says PM John Key.

The government is planning to eradicate the country of all pests threatening native birds by 2050.

Corrections failing Maori - claim

Tom Hemopo, a probation officer for almost 30 years, says the Crown need to set a target for Maori reoffending rates.

A retired probation officer says Corrections needs a dramatic culture change to reduce Maori reoffending.

Key: Don't write Clark off

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark is ranked at the middle of a total 12 candidates so far in the UN ...

John Key says UN security council members are wrong to vote "tactically" against Helen Clark.

From student farce to American tragedy

Donald Trump voters are driven by a toxic mix of moral indignation and violent desire to punish an American they no ...

OPINION: Trump voters driven by toxic mix of moral indignation and violent desire to punish a US they no longer recognise.

Labour leader 'Stuart' Little?

Labour Leader Andrew Little's sign outside his New Plymouth office has been creatively vandalised into well-dressed ...

 The new face of the Labour Party leadership is small, furry and named Stuart.

'I gargled paint stripper'

Environment Minister Nick Smith has released a new EPA report showing child hospitalisations for ingested household ...

If an accidental poisoning can happen to a minister, it can happen to toddlers, Nick Smith says. 

Reserve Bank mandate 'broken'

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The Reserve Bank needs the ability to focus on more than just inflation, says Labour.

Murray McCully contracted Zika

McCully had a "suspected case of Zika several years ago", his advisor has confirmed.

Foreign Minister Murray McCully was infected by the Zika before it became a global health concern.

More men needed in social work

Men needed: From left, whanau worker Andrea Tan, CYF social worker Jonelle Galbreath talking to Flora Sta.Ana about ...

Social work is a tough job. Why are hardly any men doing it?

Roger Maxwell to retire

Roger Maxwell will be retiring from the Taranaki Regional Council after 18 years at the table.

"Being able to bring farmers' concerns to the table and understand how council decisions affect them is extremely important."

PM's dept warned of Chinese threats video

A visitor tries a piece of kiwifruit in front of a Zespri stall, at an international fruit and vegetable exhibition in ...

It was told about the reprisals over China's steel stoush, but didn't tell him.

Legalise pot? No way, says English

Former union boss Helen Kelly says it's time cannabis was regulated, controlled and understood.

It could bring in a $150 million windfall in tax revenue. So why is the Government not interested?

'Toxic' council coup attempt

Mayoral hopeful Andy Foster withstood an attempt by fellow councillors to oust him from the transport committee chairmanship.

Electioneering set to get ugly as failed council coup reveals rifts in capital.

Clark down, but not out video

Things just got a lot harder for Helen Clark, but insiders say she's still in the race to lead the UN.

OPINION: Helen Clark's staying mum on her next move in the race to lead the UN, but things just got a lot harder.

Is Patrick Gower cracking? video

Newhub reporter Patrick Gower reports live from the Republican National Convention.

The TV political editor delivers a part news report, part travel diary, part stand-up skit from the Republican convention in the US.

'Kids miss out in teacher turf war'

Teaching is a noble profession but as always, politics comes into it.

Opinion: Former Labour Prime Minister Peter Fraser believed that "every person, whatever his level of academic ability, whether he be rich or poor, whether he live in town or country, has a right as a citizen, to a free education of the kind for which he is best fitted, and to the fullest extent of his powers."

'I am going to die very soon' video

Eighteen months after being diagnosed with terminal cancer and being given about seven weeks to live, Helen Kelly is ...

Helen Kelly has a broken back after tumours pushed through her spinal cord. She says cannabis is helping her cope with the pain.

Freaked out by the Republican convention

Donald Trump has won the Republican nomination, to the disbelief of many people.

Clive Staples Lewis knew a thing or two about the human condition.

Biden eyeballs Maori warrior

United States Vice President Joe Biden stared down a rousing challenge during a powhiri at Government House in Auckland ...

US Vice President Joe Biden didn't miss a beat during a powhiri at Government House this week.

John Key visits Sth Canty

Prime Minister John Key showed off his musical talents during a visit to the South Island Organ Company in Washdyke on ...

Prime Minister John Key has made a whirlwind visit to South Canterbury.

Ocean sanctuary gets the go-ahead

Environment Minister Nick Smith said the sanctuary was nearly the size of France.

Tweak the name, make a few adjustments, and continue on, the Environment Minister is told.

Rise in social housing applicants

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says tenancy reviews have freed up more housing.

The number of people coming to the govt with severe housing needs has increased.

Mental health in dire straits

Ashley Peacock is held in seclusion for nearly 23 hours a day.

OPINION: Locking someone up for 23 hours in a day can only make their mental illness worse.

US-NZ relations shipshape again

The US is sending a navy ship to the 75th birthday of the NZ navy.

OPINION: The three-decade-long self-imposed freeze on United States ship visits has been declared over.

RNC is 'politics on speed' video

New Zealand MPs Jami-Lee Ross and Todd Muller on the floor of the Republican Party conference in Cleveland earlier this ...

New Zealand MPs at the event say divisions in the party have made for an electric atmosphere.

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