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Bishop: Kiwis 'great friends'

Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop.

Australian foreign minister talks up "special relationship" with NZ, but won't back down on deportation stance.

Govt drops climate change ball: Greens

Green Party energy spokesman Gareth Hughes wants Environment Minister Nick Smith to "call in" the Nova gas-fired power ...

 The deadline is looming for a proposed new power plant to be deemed a project of national significance.

Yan to face authorities

Yong Ming Yan - also known as Bill Liu, Yang Liu and William Yan arriving at the High Court in Auckland in 2012.

China has branded the controversial Auckland businessman an economic fugitive, but it's understood he's returning home.

Grim prospects for suicide

New Zealand's annual provisional suicide statistics, released on Tuesday, showed the country's suicide toll was the ...

OPINION: New Zealand has a serious problem, and talking about it once a year won't change a thing.

Trans-Tasman focus on security threats

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop - the foreign fighter threat was among issues she discussed with John Key and ...

As the Islamic State crumbles, the home grown threat is rising.

Cooler heads prevailing with Fiji video

Prime Minister John Key and Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama made a genuine attempt to patch things up on Saturday.

There are still plenty of issues between New Zealand and Fiji, but maybe it's time to put them (momentarily) aside.

Fiji PM invites banned reporter video

Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama received a formal state welcome on Saturday at Auckland's Government House.

"Come home and see what's happening," Frank Bainimarama tells TVNZ's Barbara Dreaver.

Upston's not-so-friendly forum

Lousie Upston calls time on a public discussion about her proposed dangerous dog laws at a "friendly forum" in Cambridge.

At one point Louse Upston yelled "Stop!", angering locals who wanted to discuss the minister's dangerous dog laws.

Bainimarama welcomed to NZ video

Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama held bilateral talks with Prime Minister John Key at Auckland's Government House.

The red carpet was rolled out for the Fijian PM who suggested to "let bygones be bygones".

Iraqi officers say SAS on front-line video

The Guardian is reporting: "British, Australian and New Zealand SAS are all active in northern Iraq, along with US forces."

Government denies claims in international media that NZ special forces involved in front-line combat in Iraq.

Share and share a 'like'

Planet Key - in future how will we know if videos like this are satire or a cleverly hidden party political ad?

OPINION: The selfie election is so 2014. Next year's election will be all about the Facebook campaign.

Garner: Have a heart Bill English

After eight years in power and now boasting a $1.8 billion surplus, this is Bill English's chance to start thinking ...

OPINION: Revealed: The secret memo to Bill English that was never written ... and would never be actioned even if it had been.

The process behind naming the new CYF

Minister for Social Development Anne Tolley discussing the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children which will be set up ...

Many wanted an "inclusive" name so how did we end up with Ministry for Vulnerable Children?

Crackdown on 'poor' student flats video

Fourth-year University of Otago student Conor McFarlane says his flat isn't worth more than $100 a week in rent.

Govt inspection of Dunedin student flats finds mould, damage, poor insulation and rotting floorboards, but they missed the fleas.

Nostalgia in triplicate

A blast from the past: paperwork

OPINION: The format might have changed but the permissions and paperwork required to get anything in prehistoric, pre-internet days times are still around.

The legacy of Hekia Parata video

While she's not always been the most popular politician, Hekia Parata has fearlessly spearheaded a raft of changes to ...

Chaotic, controversial, brave. The reign of arguably NZ's most divisive Education Minister.

Dairy competition changes

The Government has introduced changes to the way the dairy industry is regulated.

The government acts on some Commerce Commission recommendations to open up the dairy industry.

No easy way to discuss immigration

091110. News. Photo: supplied to Dominion Post.NZIER economists John Ballinghall and Shamubeel Eaqub.FROM:Jessica ...

OPINION: Yet we have to - and at the moment, we are having the wrong conversation.

Student's dodgy visa 'shame' video

Indian student Rahul Reddy is facing deportation from Auckland after finding out there were problems with his original ...

Indian student facing deportation over dodgy visa process too ashamed to tell his family.

NZ to splash the cash

The eastern side of Auckland Harbour Bridge, where the Additional Waitemata Harbour Crossing tunnel is planned. But the ...

Over $100b to be spent over the next 10 years as local and central govt invests heavily in infrastructure.

Labour plans mental health review

Labour leader Andrew Little speaks at Marlborough Boys' College, in Blenheim.

Mental health often seen as the "poor cousin" of health, says Andrew Little.

Climate change shift

Efforts to take care of the Earth's climate are gathering pace.

Two reports outline New Zealand's opportunities and risks in two crucial areas of the global transformation to a low carbon economy.

Prisons training grounds for gangs

Jacinda Ardern: If the threat of a prison sentence worked, surely they would stop the first time they were caught.

Government must address root causes of offending and realise the threat of prison is not enough to prevent crime.

Net migration nears 70,000

The number of people moving to New Zealand hit a new all time high in the year to September 30, confounding expectations ...

Net migration has hit a new all time high, confounding expectations that the tide may have turned.

Below the beltway

Outgoing Education Minister Hekia Parata.

Here's the rundown on who ended the political week up and who's down

Key and Parata at odds

Education Minister Hekia Parata said there were no health issues for her or any of her family members that prompted the ...

Hekia Parata and PM's stories don't match up over Education Minister's reasons for resigning.

Family's hikoi on track

The group use the railway bridge to cross the Waiau River.

Battered by heat, wind and rain, anti-TPPA marchers remain resolute.

Labour of love

Former Marlborough Electorate Labour MP Ian Brooks outside his Blenheim home.

When Labour's last MP for Marlborough won a by-election, he was contacted by the Guinness Book of Records.

Code of conduct urged for spooks

The Human Rights Commission says NZ's spy agencies should have a code of conduct.

NZ spy agencies should have code of practice to ensure they follow law, Human Rights Commission says.

Social housing demand jumps

Prime Minister John Key says the Government is putting in more money to help provide social and emergency housing.

19 per cent increase in applications a sign of "worst homelessness in living memory", Labour says.

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