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Alice's adventures in politics

Alice Wylie has rubbed shoulders with many of New Zealand's leaders - past and present.

At 92, long-time National Party member and local body politician Alice Wylie has plenty of stories to tell.

Auckland: the $1m city

0311914 NEWS Photo Charlotte Curd / Fairfax NZ.  Houses for sale in New Plymouth

Houses in NZ's biggest city have cracked the magic million, much sooner than expected.

Call for Hamilton Housing Accord

Mayoral candidate Paula Southgate said Hamilton could become the most liveable city in New Zealand.

​Hamilton is being urged to sign up to a Housing Accord.

Maori King's backing no laughing matter

Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta was misled by the King's officials about which Government ministers would be at Turangawaewae.

OPINION: Has the Maori King left his relative, Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta, out in the cold?

Too COOL for school

Education Minister Hekia Parata says schools have to keep up with being in the 21st century and the technology that ...

OPINION: Oh to be a fly on the wall when the acronoym for 'Community of Online Learning' proposal was decided.

Overhauling journalism

Many authors want substantial public investment in the news because it's an essential public service. 
Don't Dream It's ...

Show us the money

Two sides of Easter trading coin

Onehunga Business Association manager Amanda Kinzett says Easter trading laws get a mixed reaction among the 400 or so ...

Some see it as progressive, while others think it will bring more hassle.

Bridge supported, but with some dissenters

An aerial view of the proposed bridge shows how the karaka tree has inspired the concept design.

Palmerston North city council candidates give their views on the planned cycle and pedestrian bridge over the Manawatu River.

Below the Beltway

Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae had his official farewell from Parliament this week.

Who are the winners and losers from the week in politics?

Overhaul unitary plan: ex committee chair

Tony Holman QSO

One top priority is drastically modifying the heavy-handed Unitary Plan imposed on Aucklanders: part of a series of local election opinion pieces.

Say goodbye to a day of rest? video

John Key did not allow National MPs to have a free vote on the Easter Sunday trading law which has just passed the House.

Businesses may now be able to open on Easter Sunday after the Government passes a law allowing local councils to decide.

DHB member quits over land

Former board member Arthur Anae quit over the board's pursuit of disposing with some of its land.

Arthur Anae quits Counties Manukau Health board in "personality clash" with its chair over a proposed land sale to the Government.

It's democracy, 'warts and all'

Marlborough District Council electoral officer Dean Heiford.

They say there's no hiding your past, but that shouldn't put you off running for council.

Who still wants light rail?

A light rail tram passes the David Jones department store in Melbourne. Could this scenario play out in Wellington's ...

Jo Coughlan says it won't happen if she's Wellington's mayor. What do the other candidates think?

Prince's drug on rise in NZ

Prince died after overdosing on fentanyl, a drug 50 times more potent than heroin.

The drug that killed pop star Prince is being prescribed to New Zealand's elderly in record numbers.

Trading dignity for votes

Prime Minister John Key has washed his hands of The Rock radio station's soap "joke".

OPINION: There is a clear warning to the prime minister following his role in a bad taste "joke".

Alexandra shows Prime Minister rural heart of New Zealand

Alexandra Kindergarten children Rocky Lemuelu, 4, Fletcher Cordery, 4 and Finn Anderson, 4, got to play in the sandpit ...


Allowing kids cycle on footpaths

Jo Clendon has petitioned Parliament for a law change that would allow children under 14, and their supervising parents, ...

"We have forgotten what it's like to be a child"

Life story - Don McIver led a life of service

Former RSA national president Don McIver.

Former SIS boss and RSA president Don McIvor was a military man through and through.

National bill 'waste of time'

Labour chief whip Chris Hipkins says National is stacking the Members' Bill ballot with minor changes to block more ...

Labour says latest MPs bill stacks the "biscuit tin" ballot and prevents more important measures from being debated.

No rape joke apology from PM

The joke has been deemed in poor taste by the BSA.

John Key played along with the joke at the time, but is washing his hands of it now.

Policy for the birds

Tutaepatu Lagoon is a 49-hectare spring-fed freshwater wildlife sanctuary in Canterbury.

OPINION: A successful native biodiversity National Policy Statement will require all political parties to be on it.

'It's my money they are stealing'

Cambridge man Paul Norfolk is campaigning to stop the government deducting NZ superannuation from his overseas ...

Pensioners form political party to take on the Government.

International media batter NZ

Hundreds of people sleep rough every night: what leads them to homelessness?

Are Kiwis less caring about homelessness and child poverty? The Guardian and Al Jazeera think so.

Parliament's smokefree move

Speaker David Carter has announced that the forecourt and lawn on Parliament grounds are now smokefree, although smoking ...

Smoking stubbed out around the front of Parliament - but a wider ban is ruled out.

'Two meals for the price of one'

Green Party Co-leader James Shaw has said using the surplus carbon credits was like eating two meals while paying for one.

The Government has been called upon to tear up its surplus carbon credits to make good on some dodgy accounting.

Tua wants Easter trading KO video

David Tua says Easter Sunday should be a chance to "unwind and reflect".

Easter Sunday is a chance to "unwind and reflect", not hit the shops, the Tuaman says.

Brownlee nods towards US-China 'tensions'

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says relationships with the US and China "not mutually exclusive"

The last 15 years has seen the international strategic environment become increasingly uncertain and unstable. 

Gun register 'not needed'

Parliament decided to launch an inquiry into illegal firearms after a number of cases where police found caches of ...

Gun City owner dismisses claim another Aramoana is likely without a gun register: "we do not have a problem".

A leading role in tackling child poverty

Taika Waititi reads children's letters pleading for help as part of a nationwide campaign to tackle child poverty.

Taika Waititi tells children's tales of domestic helplessness as he urges Kiwis to do more about child poverty.

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