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Back to school for Andrew Little

Labour Party leader Andrew Little will be stepping out from the comfort of Parliament to do admin at Island Bay School.

Labour Leader to take on his wife's job for a day and run the admin office at a Wellington school.

More expressway improvements? video

The full interchange at Te Moana Rd - part of the new Kapiti expressway. The Government has raised the prospect of ...

Steven Joyce raises prospect of new Kapiti expressway interchange to stop dangerous u-turns.

Sue Moroney to step down

Hamilton-based Labour MP Sue Moroney will stand down in September.

Labour's Hamilton-based MP won't seek re-election in September after 12 years in Parliament.

Put 'NZ Inc' first on tax

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin unveiled the Trump administration's long-awaited tax reform proposal on Thursday.

US president's plans show tax competition among countries is alive and well, expert says.

Good news, the Government is spending up big

We have neglected infrastructure such as roads and rail for decades, says Shamubeel Eaqub.

We ignored infrastructure investment for three decades, and the past is catching up with us, says Shamubeel Eaqub.

When free speech meets Anzac Day

Alison Mau: "I love the way we've remembered about Anzac Day. I love what it means to us. I don't like the way it's ...

OPINION: A young boy's outrage on our most sacred day of remembrance gets Alison Mau thinking about free speech.

Seat warming not Nikki Kaye's style

Incoming Education Minister Nikki Kaye has a big job ahead implementing the massive changes started under Hekia Parata's ...

OPINION: Can new education minister Nikki Kaye master "modernising" the cart without spooking the horses?

Damien Grant: My chemical romance

By banning codeine, the Government, is going to force people to endure unnecessary pain in order to protect someone who ...

Opinion: Codeine is going to be restricted here despite the entire population at some stage. The stupidity is incomprehensible.

Left, Right and Left right out

Nadine Higgins: Ideas should be weighed up and deemed good or bad regardless of where on the political spectrum their ...

Opinion: Trump's election taught us it's dangerous to become deaf to what's outside our own echo chamber.

NZ seeks US military planes

The Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol planes will replace a fleet of retiring P-3K planes.

The four maritime patrol planes have a combined price-tag of around $2 billion.

An expensive addiction

With immigration, some people win – but as many economists point out, many Kiwis lose out with rising house prices and ...

OPINION: We welcome immigrants, their families, their businesses - and their money. But at what point should NZ say 'Enough'?

Everything's going Winston's way

Labour leader Andrew Little has jumped on the immigration bus.

OPINION: That sound National ministers keep hearing behind them? It's Winston Peters breathing down their necks.

The year of the door-knock

Merivale lawyer or blokey socialist? Dr Duncan Webb admits he is going to have to battle the preconceptions.

For two elections in a row, the Christchurch Central seat has slipped from Labour's grasp. Is Duncan Webb the right guy to win it back?

$53m on Dubai expo well spent

Mike O'Donnell - New Zealand really punches above its weight in the UAE.

OPINION: The price tag for being at Dubai's World Expo is a no brainer, Mike O'Donnell writes.

The $500m quake bill

Road damage and closures was one of the big costs from the Kaikoura earthquakes.

The November earthquakes are expected to cost New Zealand around half a billion dollars.

Racing waits on Government

Nathan Guy, whose term as Racing Minister finishes early next week. He is being replaced by David Bennett.

Labour says it doesn't like the odds on racing legislation being passed this year.

Wait for NZ burial almost over

Jack Williams, pictured before going to war in Vietnam in the 1960s.

Aged just 20, Jack Williams died for his country in Vietnam. 48 years later, he's finally coming home.

Kiwis dodge four-year wait

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has reaffirmed one year qualification for Kiwis under "pathway to citizenship".

Eligible Kiwis will be exempt from new four-year qualification period for citizenship, announced by Australia.

What record migration means for NZ

As Auckland's population booms, the problem of congestion worsens.

Traffic jams, crowded classrooms and a housing crisis. It's all because of immigration, right?

Jenny Shipley: We should pay more video

Jenny Shipley was New Zealand's first female prime minister, but there has been little assessment of her leadership.

NZ's first woman PM says the country needs to take a "blowtorch" to middle class welfare.

McFarlane on leave of absence

Long serving Waitara councillor Craig McFarlane is still recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke in February.

Council colleagues keen for deputy mayor to have time to recover

Anzac wreath invokes wrath

John Minto and other protesters laid a wreath at Burnham Military Camp on Anzac Day.

OPINION: To complain about peace protesters laying a wreath on Anzac Day is to miss the point of what protest is all about.

Morgan's cannabis plan blasted

Cannabis is the gateway for youth voting, claimed Gareth Morgan.

MPs turn weed killers in response to Gareth Morgan decriminalisation call.

Stop tenure review

Parts of the picturesque Irishman Creek in Mackenzie Basin are being placed into freehold.

OPINION: The best, easiest, and cheapest thing New Zealand could do for the land and water of the South Island is to stop high country tenure review.

McCully: public face, private man video

The Key Government's international face: New Zealand's foreign minister Murray McCully is standing down and will quit ...

Murray McCully's been the NZ Government's international face for almost nine years - but he's a (very) private man.

Stop the 'flood' of migrants? Rubbish

John Edens, Stuff journalist and ''migrant''.

OPINION: I couldn't disagree more with the idea that NZ lets in too many migrants.

Fair pay further from reach

Education support workers in early childhood education could have a claim that they are underpaid because their ...

NZEI union says the new Pay Equity Bill will make it harder, not easier, to reduce the gender pay gap.

PM: Winston 'attention-seeking'

Prime Minister Bill English says it will be up to voters to decide which parties have to work together after the election.

PM refuses to call Winston Peters a racist for saying reporters were "Asian immigrants" writing "propaganda".

SH1 wins Budget boost

Finance Minister Steven Joyce has delivered a pre-Budget teaser to a Wellington business audience.

The Government promises to pump $11 billion into new infrastructure spending in the next four years.

Economy needs immigration

Wellington Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Milford.

OPINION: Being able to hire someone with the necessary skills is essential for business.

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