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Aust leadership crisis looms

LEADERSHIP TILT? Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Leadership strike against Australian PM Tony Abbott moves closer as prime contenders consider their options.

Councils face cash crises

18/04/2013.Photo:Craig Simcox /copyright DominionPost/ Fairfax NZ
A Water meter.

A looming cash crisis could see councils resort to user-pays for rubbish, sewerage, library and water services.

PM knew of Mike Sabin issues


PM says he knew of Mike Sabin's personal matters last year, but had confidence in the MP up until his resignation. 

Rachel Stewart: Free speech for all

Rachel Stewart

OPINION: Since my last column, some in the dairy farming community have been telling me, and everyone else, who I am.

Labour no threat to National yet

LOOKING UP: Just over half of those polled rate Labour Leader Andrew Little as a capable leader, not quite matching John Key's 81 per cent rating.

Labour leader Andrew Little has been given a boost, with strong personal ratings and a surge in his party's support.

Unanswered questions from the Beehive

FOR SALE: The Government plans to sell off some of its state houses.

When is an asset sale not an asset sale? Does a politician ever really step down for family reasons?

The true state of the nation

HOUSING PLAN: Prime Minister John Key announced details of a plan to sell 1000-2000 state houses during his 2015 State of the Nation speech in Auckland

OPINION: I'm feeling a lot of pressure to give a state of the nation address. After all, everyone seems to be doing it.

Waitangi Day disturbances expected

Hinewhare Harawira at Waitangi

Judge signals trouble ahead after he approves the appointment Hinewhare Harawira.

New principal under investigation


The Government's controversial charter school experiment faces more strife, with the principal of the latest school under investigation by the Teachers Council.

Editorial: Norman can be proud

AMBITIOUS: Russel Norman would have liked to be in Government.

OPINION: Russel Norman - an unknown when he took over after Rod Donald's death - will be missed.

Little big on ambition

JUST A SNACK: Labour leader Andrew Little delivered sparse policy  detail in his speech.

OPINION: Andrew Little set an ambitious target for the future of New Zealand, which threatens to sink without a trace.

Greens set for leadership run-off

Greens co-leader Russel Norman made his resignation announcement with Metiria Turei  at his side.

The Green Party is to embark on a primary-style leadership run-off, after the shock resignation of co-leader Russel Norman.

National MP Mike Sabin quits video


National MP Mike Sabin has resigned, citing personal reasons.

13 city cycleways wheeled out

Nelson St cycleway announced in Auckland

Projects in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin will cost $37m.

New chief coroner appointed

CHIEF CORONER: Deborah Marshall's career also includes eight years as a uniformed police officer.

Auckland coroner Deborah Marshall will replace NZ's first coroner, Neil MacLean, who is retiring.

Losing Norman big blow to Greens

Russel Norman leaves a huge gap to fill.

Renewal, blah, blah. However the Greens look at it, Russel Norman will be missed.

Russel Norman: The reluctant leader

020914. News. photo: Kent Blechynden/Fairfax NZ. Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman goes walkabout at Cuba Mall.

At first a reluctant leader, later a political tour de force; over a nine-year tenure as co-leader Russel Norman has transformed the Greens from a six-member minor party to the third largest in parliament.

Reaction to Russel Norman's resignation

Tweets about Russell Norman's resignation as co-leader of the Green Party.

Norman to stand down gallery video

STANDING DOWN: Russel Norman.

Russel Norman will stand down as co-leader of the Green Party in May, citing family reasons.

Russel Norman's resignation speech

OUTGOING: Greens' Russel Norman.

Russel Norman's full speech announcing he is stepping down as Green party co-leader.

UK foreign secretary to visit NZ

Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond will visit New Zealand next week for trade talks and discuss NZ's pending UN Security Council seat.

Farewell 'emotional' - Sutton

Former CERA boss Roger Sutton arrives for his farewell afternoon tea.

An "emotional" Roger Sutton has farewelled his former Cera colleagues.

Cycleway plan drops into lower gear

cycling lane symbol

Government opts to spend less than half of what was recommended to improve urban cycleways.

Court logjam 'resolved'

Christchurch district court judges and minister reach "good resolutions" to the problems plaguing the city's courts as new restorative justice laws take effect.

Fish-hook in state house sales plan video

John Key delivers his state of the nation address, 2014

Ministers say state houses being sold off by the Government will not fall into developers' hands - unless there is a special arrangement.

Chopper chartered from Pike funds

Cabinet minister Nick Smit

Cabinet minister Nick Smith chartered another helicopter for TV cameras - this time using tax-payer cash set aside for families of the Pike River victims.

Pike walk track wanted

Pike River site

Families of Pike River Mine disaster victims want a visitor centre and a walking track on the mine site.

New rules for midwives

Baby toes

Newly registered midwives will be required to undergo a further year of monitoring by mentors before they are allowed to practise alone.

John Banks faces retrial

COURT: John Banks appears in the dock.

Former MP John Banks is to face a retrial on allegations he filed a false electoral return.

Minister to hear judges' concerns

Amy Adams.

Justice Minister will meet judges in Christchurch over concerns about new restorative justice laws.

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