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NZ spied on Pacific Islands video

US whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Snowden documents show the GCSB targeted nearby countries including Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.

Sepuloni's mum guilty

26022015 News Photo Andy Jackson/Fairfax NZ.  Beverley Anne Sepuloni leaves New Plymouth District Court.  The Mother of Labour MP Carmel Sepuloni is facing 19 benefit fraud charges.

The mother of the Labour Party's social development spokeswoman has been convicted of illegally receiving benefits totalling almost $34,000.

What's in the Snowden files? gallery

EYE SITE: The Waihopai spy base, near Blenheim

What's in the latest Snowden leaks about New Zealand's spying?

PM calls on O-Week crowd

PM SELFIE: Naveen Singh beats the crowds to snap some selfies with John Key.

John Key only made it about 50 metres before the crowd swamped him.

We should do more spying

COUP LEADER: Fijian nationalist George Speight, flanked by armed gunmen, removes road blocks around the Parliament Building compound a month after storming it in 2000. New Zealand was caught off-guard by the coup because of a lack of spying.

OPINION: It's not a paradise out there in the South Pacific - dangerous things happen like coups and mutinies.

Live blog: NZ spies on neighbours

US whistleblower Edward Snowden.

New documents released by United States whistleblower Edward Snowden show the extent of New Zealand's spying on its neighbours and allies.

Justice system just fine: Key

Court generic, NZ court

John Key has dismissed calls for an independent commission to review possible miscarriages of justice.

Peters opens up possibilities

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 20:  New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters speaks to media and supporters at the Spencer on Byron Hotel in Takapuna on September 20, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.  Voters head to the polls today to elect the 51st Parliament of New Zealand.  (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

OPINION: Watching Winston Peters, you can't help being reminded of an old lion on his rock surveying the grassland.

'Kiwis will be shocked'

CAUTION: John Key says he can 'guarantee' spying claims will be wrong.

Revelations of spying will show Kiwis what the NZ government is really up to, investigative journalist Nicky Hager says.

Q&A: Spying and NZ

LISTENING: The GCSB runs a spy base – or satellite communications interception station – at Waihopai, near Blenheim.

A selection of documents set to be released tomorrow will show New Zealand's role in a United States-led spy network. 

Peters begins Northland bus tour video

NORTHLAND CANDIDATE: Winston Peters in front of his big blue bus, the The Force For the North.

NZ First leader Winston Peters launches Northland by-election campaign in a blue bus dubbed The Force for the North.

Craig denies rumours

CONSERVATIVE PARTY LEADER: Colin Craig speaks to a Greypower meeting in Palmerston North last year.

Newly reinstated Conservative Party leader calls speculation about a bid to replace him ‘‘intriguing’’.

11 candidates for Northland by-election

RESIGNED: The Northland by-election was prompted by the resignation of National MP Mike Sabin.

Eleven candidates will stand in the Northland by-election, the Electoral Commission has confirmed. 

$130m child support IT blowout

IRD building

Changes to child support that have caused a $130m IT budget blowout will lead to a fairer system for parents, the Government says.

Former diplomat to head MFAT


Brook Barrington has been named as the new head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

'Immature, callous act'

FACEOFF: The blackened out image of a man’s face representing the killer heart disease has been replaced with the face of Prime Minister John Key.

A Heart Foundation billboard depicting 'NZ's biggest killer' replaced with a sketch of Prime Minister John Key.

Migrant influx will be housed, says Key

JOHN KEY: "The pipeline of building activity is very significant".

John Key says enough houses are "in the pipeline" in Auckland to meet demand from immigration.

TSB confirms talks with Solid Energy

Banks are in talks with Solid Energy to "hopefully help the company see its way through".

Prime Minister John Key is refusing to rule out giving taxpayer cash to Solid Energy.

Public sector pay at risk: Little

ANDREW LITTLE: "You don't want to constrain their legitimate claims; you've got some big settlements coming up this year - the nurses, police, teachers - and actually there may well be a case in all those cases for a reasonable pay increase."

Public servants could be stymied in wage rises with MPs pay bump set to match theirs, says Andrew Little.

Special privileges for Maori replace doing the right thing

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Don Brash and Gareth Morgan addresses people at the Orewa Rotary Hall about the Treaty of Waitangi.

OPINION: Howie Tamati, sole Maori councillor on the New Plymouth District Council, sees the granting of Maori wards on local councils as a step in the right direction, telling Radio New Zealand it is "not the right answer but a start". He is wrong, very wrong.

Law change on MP pay rises

money, NZ dollars, cash

Government will urgently legislate to change the way MPs' pay rises are calculated after the latest 5.4pc increase.

Cameraman to take PM to court

Cameraman Bradley Ambrose on the job at the Auckland Nines.

News cameraman Bradley Ambrose will sue John Key for defamation in February 2016.

Migrants seen boosting house prices


Net immigration numbers are likely to set new records, potentially pushing up house prices,Treasury says.

TVNZ posts $19.8m profit

TVNZ Auckland HQ

But the state-owned broadcaster says it grabbed a bigger slice of a 'weak' TV ad market.

Solid Energy lenders talk restructure

Solid Energy.

TSB, which has written off a $53.9m loan, and other banks look at a package to keep miner afloat.

Tony Abbott a mate in need

GAME FACES: A loss in the cricket is the least of Tony Abbott's worries.

OPINION: Australia's prime minister is running out of mates on his side of the Tasman, but John Key still has his back.

What if Peters wins in Northland?

NZ FIRST LEADER: Winston Peters arrives at the Te Tii Waitangi Marae in last month, the day before Waitangi Day.

If NZ First leader wins the seat, the proportionality of Parliament would change - making it harder for National to govern.

War museum could cost city $18m

After digital manipulation:Australian and New Zealand soldiers at Anzac Beach in the mini series Gallipoli.

Wellington ratepayers could pay nearly $18m to make a World War I exhibition a permanent museum.

Abbott blunt in war message to NZ

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks at a press conference held at Government House in Auckland.

Australian PM has delivered a blunt message to Kiwis: geographical isolation will not protect us from the Islamic State.

Baseballer goes in to bat for US

US Ambassador Mark Gilbert 26022015 US President Barack Obama (left) and US Ambassador Mark Gilbert

New US ambassador Mark Gilbert and wife Nancy are spilling over with new experiences - Flat whites, hongi and cricket.

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