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Treaty deal 'more than just writing out a cheque'

Chris Finlayson was the first Minister in almost 100 years to step foot on Ngati Maru's marae.

It has been close to a century since a Minister of the Crown visited a small Taranaki iwi. On Tuesday, that all changed.

Refugee eyes seat in Parliament

Golriz Ghahraman, an Auckland based barrister who came from Iran in 1990 is aiming to be New Zealand's first refugee MP.

From Iran to Wellington's House of Representatives?

Faafoi frets no more

Labour MP Kris Faafoi...

Playing guitar means you're always busy at parties, but it's a great way to relax, Labour MP Kris Faafoi says.

Myths mask medieval tax system

Just two men, Graeme Hart and Richard Chandler, are worth the same as the poorest 30 per cent of the adult Kiwi ...

OPINION: Former Christchurch mayoral candidate John Minto says the super-rich are not paying their fair share.

The truth about inequality in NZ

Where NZ sits for income inequality.

Never mind the politics, what are the hard numbers on inequality in New Zealand?

Labour, Greens team up

The event, which would take place in Auckland on January 29, was an example of the closer working relationship between ...

The two left-wing parties will host a joint "state of the nation" event for the first time.

Lawrey wins Green Party Nelson candidacy

Matt Lawrey has been selected as the Green Party's Nelson candidate.

Nelson City councillor Matt Lawrey will take on Nick Smith after winning the Green Party's Nelson candidacy.

Labour lining up Greg O'Connor

Former Police Association president Greg O'Connor lines up "perfectly" with Labour law and order policy, says party ...

Andrew Little taps the former Police Association president to run.

Coughlan eyes Wellington seat

Jo Coughlan is a former Wellington councillor and was Sir Don McKinnon's press secretary when he was foreign affairs ...

Failed Wellington mayoral candidate Jo Coughlan is contemplating a parliamentary career.

Neoliberalism: What's in a name?

Labour leader Andrew Little knows better than to use idealogical terms such as "neoliberalism" when speaking to the press.

So what is a neoliberal anyway, asks Liam Hehir.

Booze ads already tightly controlled

Does alcohol brand advertising, like the Heineken sign during the 2011 Rugby World Cup semifinal, fuel under-age drinking?

Alcohol should be allowed to be advertised in support of professional sport's viability, writes Mike Yardley.

Scrapping electric trains shortsighted

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says he supports Kiwirail's decision to scrap electric trains from the North Island ...

OPINION: Considering the urgent need for action on climate change, can it really be wise to bet on diesel trains?

Bill English's 'Think Big'?

Taranaki's Waitara Valley methanol plant was a Think Big project built under the Muldoon era  'fast-track' National ...

OPINION: Will the new PM's plan to help the vulnerable be undermined by ideological hostility, asks Chris Trotter.

English hopes to revive TPP

Prime Minister Bill English meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

PM wants the agreement to go ahead, even without the US, and he's keen for a quick EU trade deal, too.

Ban on microbeads likely video

Plastic microbeads isolated from face and body scrubs.

Government moves towards ban on microbeads in products like bodywash and toothpaste.

Police overstep privacy rules

Shannon Parker laid a complaint over the way police request information from people.

Police have agreed to change the way they request personal information from companies following privacy concerns.

Little joins Pike River picket

Labour leader Andrew Little says a third report on whether it's safe to re-enter Pike River would settle it.

Andrew Little travelling to Pike River following Winston Peters' sledging of his position.

Little opts for list over Rongotai seat

Labour Deputty Leader Annette King and the front runner to replace her in the Rongotai seat, Wellington Deputy Mayor ...

Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle handed inside running for Labour in Rongotai seat.

NZ wealth inequality greater than imagined

Richard Chandler, Graeme Hart

Kiwis are worse off in wealth inequality than across the Tasman, new data shows.

Parliament's culinary connoisseur

National MP Paul Foster-Bell says Moroccan chicken or a Thai chicken salad are his go-to dishes over summer.

Paul Foster-Bell says cooking is his chance to reflect and experiment.

Auckland councillor eyes MP's seat

Denise Lee says the last local board election results proves that she is a good representative of the people.

Winning the majority vote for her second term as Maungakiekie-Tamaki Councillor has made Denise Lee confident of an MP nomination.

PM to head to Ratana early

Prime Minister Bill English continues his break with tradition by attending Ratana a day earlier than other political ...

The Prime Minister will have his own day at Ratana ahead of other political leaders.

Ball still in play

New Zealand First MP Darroch Ball plans to have another crack at the Palmerston North seat in this year's election.

NZ First's Darroch Ball plans to run for the Palmerston North seat in this year's election.

Illicit tobacco: A $10 million issue?

A bale of kiln-dried tobacco at R & S King's tobacco factory in Christchurch.

If the growing supply of black market tobacco spirals, it could end up costing the Government millions.

MP no one-man band

Reti performs at the opening of Te Kakano, part of Whangarei's Hundertwasser art centre.

A family musical performance is always on the cards with National MP Shane Reti.

Peters stands with Pike protesters

Bernie Monk said Pike families "really appreciated" Peters' stance on re-entry.

The NZ First leader is backing families' calls for mine re-entry and body recovery.

You need to front up, Bill

Bill English had plenty of time to meet British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday, but he's still refusing to front ...

OPINION: Avoiding Waitangi might mean Bill English misses out on some unpleasantness, but it's also a huge sign of disrespect.

Trump – the beginning of the end?

Donald Trump’s inauguration this week will be as notable for those absent as for those present. We report from the Divided States of America.

'Obama will fight on'

Barack Obama wipes away tears as he delivers his farewell address in Chicago, Illinois.

OPINION: He was a boy. Fresh out of college. He worked on Chicago's impoverished south side, fighting for a job centre and clean water.

Gold cards taking taxpayers for a ride

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is a staunch defender of the Gold Card. But David Seymour believes the card is ...

OPINION: Giving pensioners a free ride is nothing more than a clever bribe and a political distraction.

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