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The Trump phenomenon, small town USA

A cowboy singer belts out a tune for Donald Trump as supporters queue for a rally in Indiana.

It's two hours before The Donald is due to speak in the small indiana town of Terre Haute.

New Onetai farm sale revelation

Former Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was investigated by Portuguese authorities for tax fraud, but the case was ...

NZ farm buyer's treasurer also directed a company that Portugal believed laundered money for ex-Brazil soccer coach.

Pay rise for councillors

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, the highest-paid local government politician in the lower North Island, will get a ...

Local body politicians to pocket up to 3 per cent more from July, but some argue it's not enough.

RMA reforms 'threaten' local democracy

The Environment Select Committee hears submissions on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill. From left: Waimakariri MP ...

Proposed changes to the Resource Management Act could threaten local democracy, Christchurch City Council warns.

Rainbow Warrior 'mistake': French PM video

France's Prime Minister Manuell Valls met with John Key during his visit to New Zealand.

"We have turned over a new leaf and we are facing toward the future."

Fiddling while Auckland market burns

Prime Minister John Key speaks to builders in Weymouth, South Auckland where a major new subdivision with affordable ...

OPINION: John Key's dalliance with a land tax looks like just more kite-flying from the alpha-pragmatist.

PM denies foreign trusts talk

Prime Minister John Key says people who know him should not be precluded from lobbying the Government on a legitimate ...

John Key says he didn't tell his lawyer the Government had no plans to change law.

Refugee wasn't who he said he was

Although his refugee status has been stripped, the man is still a New Zealand citizen

He's been in NZ for 23 years, saying he's a refugee from Vietnam. But it turns out he's Chinese.

Homes are where the votes are

Construction of new state housing that began in April in Auckland, with 40 state houses removed to make way for ...

OPINION: Auckland's runaway housing prices suggest a clear path of opportunity for the Left.

Masters of the middleground

Prime Minister John Key is the master of the middleground, keeping both moderates and conservatives happy.

OPINION: National are appeasing the Right with minimum effort.

Jail overflow blocks 'disaster' beds

Beven Hanlon, lead advocate for the Corrections Association, says it's anybody's guess how the buffer will cope in an ...

Beds intended for an emergency are being occupied fulltime as inmate muster swells.

Let the pre-budget rhetoric begin

Finance Minister Bill English is applauded by Prime Minister John Key at the end of his speech during the 2015 budget ...

The political leaders warm-up as they prepare to face-off again in the final few weeks before the Budget.

More Indian tourists

Indian president Pranab Mukherjee at a state banquet with Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae.

New deal hopes to boost Indian tourist numbers to New Zealand.

US race a not so civil rite

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event at the Old National Events Plaza in ...

ANALYSIS: Tornados hit near Indianapolis on Thursday. If you were looking for a symbol of what has hit Indiana in the presidential primary race, you could do worse.

Crackdown on slave fishing crews

The Korean fishing boat the Oyang 77 docked at Lyttelton Port.

All ships in NZ waters must be flagged to New Zealand from today.

The almost-Kiwis

Niloofar Khamsetabar from Iran despairs about her life in Indonesia and can't wait to come to New Zealand.

When refugees are accepted for resettlement in New Zealand, often their ordeals are far from over.

Home ownership with a side of guilt

Political reporter Stacey Kirk has made it onto the property ladder - but it's not all smooth sailing.

OPINION: I recently bought a house, and it feels great. Kind of.

'Double the refugee quota' gallery video

Labour leader Andrew Little said there was a strong sense of resilience in the people he met on his visit.

Labour leader Andrew Little left "shaken" by visit to Jordan's biggest refugee camp.

Do Kiwis love the French?

The Rainbow Warrior - bombed by French spies in 1985.

The French PM is visiting. But does that mean we’re friends?

Garner: House price home truths

The Government has done little, if anything, to deflate the house price bubble.

OPINION: As the Government fiddles, house prices remain on fire. Do the Aussies have the answer?

Mayoral hopeful highlights 'safe hands'

City councillor Rob Pascoe will contest Hamilton's top job.

City councillor Rob Pascoe has put his name forward for Hamilton's top job.

'Mind tricks of Jedi John'

Force practitioners such as Yoda aren't the only ones capable of Jedi mind tricks - or at least that's what many of us ...

OPINION: It's not just Obi-Wan Ben Kenobi using the force – the Prime Minister is up to the same thing.

Passport scanning complaints take off

03122015. News. Photo. SUPPLIED/CUSTOMS. Customs Minister Nicky Wagner opening the new SmartGate border processing gates ...

Dozens of people have reported airport scanning machines not reading their passports.

Legal protections needed around assisted dying

David Seymour: There are few issues of our time that three quarters of New Zealanders support.  Yet this is the case ...

OPINION: It's time to give patients the power over how they die

OIO investigating toxic leak claim

Labour MP David Cunliffe says the Overseas Investment Office has "questions to answer".

The OIO is investigating claims the foreign owners of the Onetai station in Taranaki were held responsible for polluting a river in Argentina in 2011.

'Wake-up call' for tax system

United Future leader Peter Dunne says the Government needs to keep working with the OECD on international measures to ...

"We may be a little naive" in assuming foreigners will play by our tax rules, Peter Dunne says.

Big fishing companies tackle Government on Kermadec plan

A snorkeller at Raoul Island in the Kermadecs.

Big fishing companies have joined Maori in opposing in court the Government's plan to create a vast ocean sanctuary around the Kermadecs.

A guide to the Indiana primaries

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders may be hanging around to win some policy concessions from frontrunner ...

What are the rules when Donald Trump and Ted Cruz go head-to-head in Indiana?

Protester 'won't budge' over $50k bill

Mayoral candidate Penny Bright says she will not pay her rates until Auckland Council opens its books.

Mayoral hopeful Penny Bright now owes Auckland Council nearly $50k in overdue rates and costs.

The PM, the goose and the golden egg

John Key - walking a tightrope on housing.

OPINION: Should John Key be having sleepless nights over rising property prices?

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