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PM reveals Slater texts

Prime Minister John Key releases his text messages with WhaleOil blogger Cameron Slater.

Today in politics: Thursday, November 27

Submissions on the law expanding the powers of security and intelligence services will be open for just 24 hours after it passed its first reading and was sent to a select committee.

Labour president quits

Labour is looking for a new president after Moira Coatsworth confirmed will stand down in mid-December.

Greens call for donor disclosure

Green Party says National received $3.3m in undisclosed donations before the 2014 election, highlighting need to lower disclosure threshold.

Auckland affordable housing target beaten

Over 11,000 new land and building consents have been granted in the first year of the Auckland housing accord.

Spy watchdog queries report release

Spy watchdog issues a "please explain" to Labour MP Phil Goff over why aspects of her report were given to reporters.

Broadband bills may rise for 20,000

TUANZ chief says consumers should be free to buy broadband services from different companies without being “double billed”.

Mfat's John Allen off to NZ Racing Board

John Allen, NZ Post CEO before heading Mfat, is NZ Racing Board's new CEO.

Probe into Judith Collins costs $600k

Taxpayers face bill of more than $600,000 for an inquiry into whether Judith Collins was involved in a campaign against former SFO head Adam Feeley.

Dunne calls for Iain Rennie's head

Internal Affairs Minister wants SSC commissioner to be replaced in the wake of the Roger Sutton case.

Apologise or resign, MPs tell Key

PM told to “man up” over report into claims his staff were running a smear campaign.

Controversial spy bill passes first vote

Bill expanding powers of security and intelligence services passes first reading in Parliament.

Beehive Live: Spies and flags

Bill giving spies new powers sent to select committee last night, just hours after urgent debate on past activities of the SIS.

Planet Key, where reality's 'contested'

OPINION: To say the Opposition was busting a gut yesterday would not be underselling the proposition.

John Key: No dirt has stuck to my office

Reports confirm deep links between National and blogger - and implicate top former spook.

Judith Collins cleared of involvement in SFO smear campaign

Minister discussed ex-SFO boss with right-wing blogger but was not involved in a smear campaign.

John Key ignores the obvious

OPINION: John Key took aim squarely at his own foot and fired at will.

Supermarkets refund docked wages as MBIE steps in

Govt's labour inspectorate has echoed supermarket workers' calls for companies to stop "passing the buck".

Cameron apologises to Collins

Blogger Cameron Slater has apologised to former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins for his part in her downfall. 

Dirty Politics: Keeping Key's hands clean

OPINION: Prime Minister John Key has interpreted two reports as showing he was above 'dirty politics'. They do not.

'Dirty politics' report directs harsh criticism at SIS

Probe finds spooks released incomplete, inaccurate and misleading information in response to blogger's Official Information Act request.

Pictures: The 'Dirty Politics' file

Confused by the latest chapter in the Dirty Politics scandal? Catch up with the latest on the key players.

Opposition rejects 'dirty politics' report finding

Opposition MPs reject that PM unaware of smear campaign against former Labour leader operating from his office.

Govt in 'spin control' as three reports drop within hours

It's 'dump day' as the Government rushes out three unwelcome reports.

Beehive Live: SIS report released

Follow live as the report into allegations the SIS was used for political gain is released.

Naylor's advice to candidates: Don't use an adze on opponents

Palmerston North's former mayor Jono Naylor has chosen an ornate adze as his parting gift from the city council.

SIS report confirms Dirty Politics claims - Hager

Report into release of classified documents for alleged political gain supports claims of dirty and underhanded tactics in NZ politics, Nicky Hager says.

Today in politics: Tuesday, November 25

Asked his views on the new Opposition front bench, PM more interested in airing his views on the back bench.

Sex victim reforms back on table

Work on changing the justice system to better support victims of sexual violence reignited.

Key: People make mistakes

John Key has criticised two top public servants over their handling of Roger Sutton's resignation.

SIS under fire for releasing documents

SIS may apologise to Phil Goff when inquiry into the release of classified documents to WhaleOil is released.

Pictures: Who's up and who's down in the Labour caucus

Who's in favour and who's on the way out under Labour's new leader, Andrew Little.

Curran's criticism of Sky curtailed

Labour MP sidestepping questions after picking up responsibility for broadcasting in the party's reshuffle.

Little unveils new Labour caucus

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Carmel Sepuloni, Kelvin Davis and David Clark big movers in Labour's new caucus lineup.

Ministry encourages creeping secrecy

Business ministry allows submitters to block automatic publication on its site, putting more information under wraps.

No Cabinet return for Judith Collins

Former justice minister Judith Collins won't be reinstated to Cabinet even if she is cleared by investigation.

Mayor calls for half Maori councils

New Plymouth mayor calls for half of all local government councillors in New Zealand to be Maori.

Beehive Live: Little picks King as deputy

Labour leader Andrew Little confirms Annette King as his deputy, but where's Cunliffe gone?

Longer timeframe for 'temporary' terror laws

PM defends moves to lock new terror laws in place until 2018, three years longer than previously thought.

PM, state services minister back Rennie

Opposition calls for State Services boss Iain Rennie's head over Sutton case but PM says he shouldn't lose his job.

Ratepayers stump up for mayor's lobby group

Hutt City Council paying $46,712 to fund an anti-super-city lobby group fronted by the mayor.

Immigration by Chinese credit

Streamlining rich Chinese into the country because they hold a Chinese-issued credit card slammed by New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.

Alarm at 'draconian' leaked spy law

Controversial "temporary" terror law changes to crack down on suspected foreign fighters come before Parliament this week.

Labour wants scalps over Sutton case

Calls for the State Services Commissioner's scalp over his handling of a complaint against Roger Sutton.

Len Brown's funding probed by police

Auckland mayor Len Brown's 2010 and 2013 election campaign funds are being investigated.

Shameful rape culture ridiculous but pervasive

OPINION: In the wake of the reaction to the Roger Sutton case, what victim of sexual bullying in the workplace will come forward now?

John Key says sorry to Whale Oil

Prime minister apologises to blogger Cameron Slater over email leak that forced Judith Collins' resignation.

Laila Harre quits as Internet Party leader

Laila Harre is calling time in the top job of Kim Dotcom's failed political experiment.

Gallery: Andrew Little's life

New Labour leader Andrew Little in pictures.

Today in Politics: November 22

Almost 20 partnerships between NZ and Chinese firms were signed during President Xi Jinping’s visit here.
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