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Emergency housing for Nelson families

Salvation Army Captain Kenneth Walker, left and Nelson MP Nick Smith at the announcement of a contract between the ...

Two new emergency homes give a lifeline to Nelson families in dire need.

The magical transformation of 'free' water into $3.50 a bottle

"I wouldn't call that a glass of one hundred per cent pure New Zealand water." "What would you call it?" "Swimmable."

SATIRE: Roll up to watch El Bill and his beautiful assistant Nick magically transform this glass of one hundred per cent pure New Zealand water.

Smoking gun proves cover-up

Nicky Hager, left, and Jon Stephenson have produced a fine piece of investigative journalism, says Duncan Garner.

OPINION: Author Nicky Hager and journalist Jon Stephenson had provided some inconvenient facts.

Editorial: A chilling crime in London

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May rightly called for Londoners to return to their routines after the Westminster attack.

OPINION: We don't know precisely what inspired this rampage, but we do know how to respond.

Five questions on Afghan raid

No secret has been made of the fact that the raid took place in response to the death of Kiwi soldier Tim O'Donnell.

OPINION: With a general election looming, Hager's allegations draw even bigger question marks than three years ago.

SAS claims: What we know - and don't

Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson at the launch of their new book.

EXPLAINER: First the civilian deaths, now claims of torture and war crimes overshadow NZ's conduct in Afghanistan.

Family of killed soldier back NZDF video

New Zealand soldier Lt. Timothy O'Donnell was killed in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, in 2010. (FILE)

Relatives of killed soldier Tim O'Donnell say they're upset by allegations in Hager's book.

Labour-Greens set Budget rules video

Green co-leader James Shaw has signed up with Labour on joint Budget spending limits.

Labour and the Greens agree on tight Budget rules, but unions call for move spending.

Education minister warms to teacher aides

Education Minister Hekia Parata says funding has gone up this year for schools.

Hekia Parata wades into an argument with education union, saying they are wrong about funding.

Seymour talks death and taxes

ACT leader David Seymour talks about death and taxes at the Palmerston North Lunch Club.

ACT leader David Seymour tries bridging the generation gap.

Little facing defamation case

Labour leader Andrew Little has apologised "unreservedly" to Earl and Lani Hagaman regarding allegations he made last year.

The Labour leader is off to court after an apology and offer of a financial contribution were rejected.

NZ's ambitious free trade target

The biggest threat to New Zealand's economy would be the disruption of international trade, Prime Minister Bill English says.

New diplomatic posts in Ireland and Sri Lanka part of a $91m investment to expand NZ trade.

Young up-and-comer succeeds Williamson

Maurice Williamson (right), flanked by Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross, has been Pakuranga's MP for three decades. He held many ...

National has chosen a candidate less than half the age of the outgoing Pakuranga MP.

New boss at NZ Post

NZ Post's chief financial officer David Walsh will replace Sir Brian Roche as chief executive at the start of May.

The struggling mail carrier promotes its finance director to chief executive.

PM stands by Defence Force

Prime Minister Bill English is still not rushing into an inquiry on whether civilians were killed in the 2010 SAS raid. ...

Prime Minister Bill English is backing Defence Force claims that civilians weren't killed in an SAS raid.

Afghan villagers engage NZ lawyer

Three-year-old Fatima was one of six civilians killed during the SAS raid, according to the book Hit and Run.

Afghan villagers have engaged a human rights lawyer over an SAS raid they believe killed six in their community.

Below the Beltway: Winners and losers

Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson have raised legitimate questions about a deadly Afghanistan raid led by the SAS in 2010.

Who's up and who's down from the week in politics?

Working man to take on standing MP

Ala' Al-Bustanji has thrown his hat into the ring as Labour's Taupo Electorate candidate.

Ala' Al-Bustanji is taking on Louise Upston in Taupo this election.

Editorial: NZ needs a climate change plan

New Zealand has the highest car ownership rate in the OECD, a new report says.

OPINION: NZ faces unique challenges, but that is no excuse for ignoring the problem.

A world without Down syndrome?

Mike Sullivan, founder of Saving Down Syndrome, with his daughter Rebecca.

OPINION: A 'decriminalisation' of abortion law would send a highly discriminatory message towards the community of people with disabilities.

NZ shouldn't decriminalise abortion

Abortion

OPINION: Denial of the humanity and right to life of the unborn is a threat to the right to life of every citizen.

ORC vacancy following death

Otago regional councillor and respected scientist Maggie Lawton who died in March from cancer.

Nominations will open next week for candidates wanting to fill the Dunstan Constituency vacancy on the ORC created by the recent passing of Dr Maggie Lawton.

Councillors halt water plan change

The Otago Regional Council's proposed plan change looking at how much water is taken from small tributaries has been halted.

Otago regional councillors have put a halt to the development of a new water plan for the region.

'Not rushing into' SAS inquiry video

Bill English responds to claims that the NZDF engaged in mis-conduct on a raid in Afghanistan.

"There isn't any substantiated evidence that [civilians died]," the Prime Minister said.

Battle for Wellington Central

Wellington Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Milford.

OPINION: Wellingtonians need to start thinking now about the issues that matter to them and the city.

Govt makes RMA deal video

ACT leader David Seymour has been pushing the Government to bypass the Maori Party over RMA reforms.

National and the Maori Party resolve differences over reforms, despite last-minute alternative offer.

Apple tax: blame the Aussies?

The logo of Apple Computer is seen on the opening day of Paris Apple Expo 2005 September 20, 2005. The event last from ...

A trans-Tasman tug of war between tax authorities, rather than tax avoidance, may be behind Apple's zero-dollar NZ tax bill.

Houses promised for homeless

An estimated 177 people sleeping rough in Auckland's CBD last year - up from 68 in 2013.

The trail of a new housing model designed to end homelessness in Auckland has been officially launched.

A pragmatist signs out video

John Key with Bill English after his valedictory speech.

OPINION: John Key's final speech to Parliament was neither profound nor particularly memorable.

Te Anau land in oil tender

Lake Te Anau is the gateway to Fiordland National Park.

Just over 3600 square km of land, up to the edge of Lake Te Anau, opens for oil and gas exploration.

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