Politics

Arson motive believed political

Car hoardings

Dirty politics have become dangerous politics after a Conservative candidate's hoardings were set on fire.

Labour to axe secondary tax

David Cunliffe

Labour announces it'll axe secondary tax for workers with two or more jobs - but National says it's already implementing the policy.

Mark could get NZ First across line

Ron Mark

Ron Mark's late entry for Wairarapa could represent one of NZ First's best chances of getting back into Parliament.

Greens wary of foreign-owned 'wall of wood'

logging

The Green Party is warning that a proposal to set up a forestry company for smaller growers will defeat its own purpose if it becomes controlled by foreigners.

PM offers phone records

John Key

PM takes extraordinary step of offering phone records to prove he wasn't personally briefed by SIS about a document sent to blogger.

John Key: 'Ask me anything'

John Key in Mt Roskill

John Key tested his own theory that the public cares less about Dirty Politics than the media, telling two audiences to "ask me anything".

PPTA reaches interim agreement

shcool books

Secondary school teachers reach interim agreement over Government's education policy after primary colleagues reject it.

Cunliffe apologises for ancestors

David Cunliffe

Labour leader David Cunliffe has apologised again – not for being a man, but for being a Cunliffe.  

Today in politics: Saturday, August 23

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The Green Party has an unlikely admirer – ACT leader Jamie Whyte.

Campaign 2014 is littered with landmines

John Key

Hacked emails. Dirty politics. Burning effigies. Inquiries and investigations. Welcome to campaign 2014.

A long week in politics

Vernon Small

OPINION: Recent events give impression it's going to be a very long month for John Key and his inner circle.

MPs should bring chaos to order, poll says

Doctor

Kiwis want MPs who have experience bringing order to chaos – such as doctors, poll says. | Poll results

Conservatives goes to court over airtime

tv set

Colin Craig is taking the Electoral Commission to court over its broadcasting allocations.

More cash dished out for MPs' housing expenses

Wallet, cash

MPs seem to have been gifted a tax-free pay rise thanks to a $28,000 lump sum payout for housing.

Conservative Party list 'balanced'

Colin Craig

Leader Colin Craig, Epsom candidate Christine Rankin and Garth McVicar round out the party's top three.

ACT's attitude shift

Jamie Whyte

ACT leader Jamie Whyte has revealed his party's internal struggle with brand over ideology.

Key's 'position correct' on SIS briefing

key

PM says he's conducted a "thorough check" of what he did and didn't know about SIS papers.

More pay before benefit cut

Work and Income

Labour to lift beneficiaries' abatement-free threshold for part-time work to $150 if they came into power.

Crown makes historic apology to Tuhoe

	 tuhoe apology

Tuhoe gets a Crown apology for historic grievances dubbed among the worst in NZ's history.

Live chat: ACT's Jamie Whyte

jamie whyte

Over the weeks leading up to the September 20 election we are inviting leaders of the political parties to answer your questions live on Stuff.co.nz.

Beehive Live: Tuhoe apology

tuhoe

Beehive Live is in Taneatua where the Tuhoe iwi is gathering for a Crown apology.

Key pushes the democracy button

John Key

OPINION: After more than a week fending off Dirty Tricks accusations with the mantra that it is a Left-wing smear campaign, the PM shifts tack.

Crown sorry for Tuhoe treatment

Tuhoe

Thousands are expected to turn out today to hear the Crown apologise to Tuhoe for land confiscations and the execution of children.

Today in politics: Friday, August 22

EQC, Earthquake Commission

For the second time in a fortnight a woman has confronted John Key in a Chch mall about her battle with EQC.

Key hoses down hearsay, rumours continue

john key

National's election campaign again thrown into disarray as PM John Key forced to deal with more fallout over dirty politics.

Rejection of education plan 'not surprising'

Hekia Parata

Education Minister Hekia Parata says she isn't surprised by a teacher union's decision to reject a government policy.

Epsom shows appetite for answers

Left to right, David Seymour of ACT, Michael Wood of Labour, Paul Goldsmith of National

Yelling, accusations of dirty politics, finger-pointing - and that's just the Epsom candidates.

Lesson No 4: Don't hug a corpse

pattrick smellie

OPINION: Communications advisers watching the fallout from Nicky Hager's Dirty Politics will be trying to decide what to learn from it.

PM: No political interference over spy papers

John Key

Key says he was on holiday at the time it's claimed he was told about release of SIS papers.

Teachers reject Govt's education plan

A teacher writes on a blackboard

Thousands of teachers have overwhelmingly rejected the Government's $359 million education policy.

Expat Party won't be registered

beehive parliament

The proposed new NZ party would have lobbied for access to social services on behalf of Kiwis living in Australia.

Criminals' cash funds drug screening lab

drugs

The country's first drug screening laboratory at the border has been paid for by criminals.

John Key visits Christchurch today

John Key in Barrington Mall

John Key was confronted with EQC grumbles as he walked through Barrington mall today. | PM faces more doubt

Labour promises Otago upgrades

David Cunliffe

Labour would invest $250m into upgrading Dunedin Hospital and reopen Hillside Workshop.

King aims to retain the crown

Annette King

Labour's Annette King is seeking a seventh straight term as the MP for Rongotai.

Beehive Live: Who knew what?

Documents, folder, files

The question on everyone's lips today is did John Key know the SIS documents given to WhaleOil.

National strong in latest poll

political polls generic

The latest Roy Morgan poll shows National up and a resurgence from NZ First.

Judith Collins defends lane name

Judith Collins

Justice Minister defends naming a lane in Christchurch's new justice precinct after a friend.

Nats try to keep things normal

National party

OPINION: National's campaign launch this weekend might be the time to pull a rabbit out of the hat.

Today in politics: Thursday, August 21

From the Beehive

Electoral Commission’s latest release of big donation information shows the Maori Party received $100,000 from Mainfreight founder.

Higher MP perks for travel, housing

Generic money

New MPs are in line for even higher taxpayer-funded travel and housing perks, after a review of entitlements.

Greens set conditions for talks

Green Party

Labour will have to have its policy costings independently audited if it wants to talk coalitions with the Greens, co-leader Russel Norman says.

Nobody looks saintly in politics' sick soap opera

Slater

OPINION: And so the sky fell in. Whatever you think of Nicky Hager, you've got to admit he's slick.

Document dump keeps pressure on National

John Key

Allegations of dirty politics continued to be a headache for Prime Minister John Key.

Campaign capers with Cunliffe

Vernon Small

OPINION: As quick as you can say "photo opportunity" something unexpected can turn vote-winning gold into crimson embarrassment.

Young Nats buying and burning Dirty Politics?

book burn graphic

There are allegations Young Nats are buying up copies of Dirty Politics to destroy them.

MRP chief fires parting shots

Doug Heffernan

Labour attacks Mighty River over "outrageous" profits, while the company's outgoing boss fights back.

Key likes Opotiki aquaculture plan

Mussels

PM signals the Government is considering investing millions of dollars into Bay of Plenty aquaculture.

Voter virginity campaign targets young voters

Ballot box

Comedian Guy Williams is backing an online pitch to get first time voters to the ballot box.

PM's leadership 'imploding', says Peters

Peters

John Key's leadership is "imploding" over revelations in Dirty Politics, NZ First leader says.
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