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Kids' flag views heard

Six in ten children polled by the Children's Commission said they would rather keep the current flag.

Children's voices are being heard in the flag referendum even though they can't vote, a Stuff poll indicates.

Academic freedom under threat?

Dr Jarrod Gilbert, centre, at the launch of his book The History of Gangs in New Zealand.

One academic who went public with a controversial research contract says the police have since blacklisted him.

Jacinda: 'I don't want to be prime minister'

Jacinda Ardern performs a DJ set in the Thunderdome during the Laneway Festival in Auckland.

Labour's rising star Jacinda Ardern says she is 'too selfish' to seek the leadership.

Detainee arrest 'not surprising'

Hamilton police have arrested a 25-year-old man - and former detainee in Australia - for burglary.

Burglary arrest shows why Australia's policy isn't helping ex-cons to stay out of trouble, Andrew Little says.

NZ flag shown in Isis video

The New Zealand flag show in the anti-Islamic State "Global Coalition".

Kiwi flag linked to "global coalition" Islamic State has challenged to "bring it on".

Govt can't afford another broken promise

New Zealanders need to look at the faces of these children - they were all killed due to abuse or maltreatment.

OPINION: It's expected to be the biggest reform since CYF was set up, so it had better do something. 

Why I'm voting for my daughter's choice of flag

The five alternative flags flaps their stuff in Christchurch. Only one can go forward to challenge the encumbent Stars and Jack.

OPINION: I'm letting my daughter choose how I vote in the flag referendum. Here's why.

Live chat replay: confronting abuse

Child, Youth and Family Chief Social Worker Paul Nixon will be joining us for a live chat to answer your questions on child abuse policy.

Catch up on our discussion with chief social worker Paul Nixon.

Colleges to share site

The Marlborough Boys' College in Blenheim.

Marlborough Boys' and Marlborough Girls' College to be co-located, costing $63 million.

More heat than light from Little's Oz trip?

Labour leader Andrew Little and MP Phil Goff visited the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre in Sydney during their Australian trip, but their continued advocacy for detainees could backfire.

OPINION: Andrew Little promised to "shake the tree" in his fight for expats' rights, but it's unclear if his efforts have borne fruit.

'It's not a good place to be a child' video

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Labour list MP Jacinda Ardern and new Sunday Star Times columnist, Pictured outside her Ponsonby office in Auckland

Labour's Jacinda Ardern weighs in on New Zealand's "appalling" child abuse statistics.

The $10,469 six-letter profanity

An investigation into Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson's use of a colourful metaphor at a council committee meeting has cost ratepayers thousands of dollars.

A probe into a mayor's use of an expletive has cost Waikato ratepayers $10,469 – $1,745 per letter.

Muldoon snaps, calls election

Rob Muldoon on the day of the snap election.

In 1984 a visibly drunk Rob Muldoon called a snap election

Student testing on the way out?

Renwick School principal Simon Heath is a driving force behind a new Community of Learning in Blenheim designed to lift student achievement.

A group of Marlborough Schools will work together to fix issues with National Standards.

MP unrepentant about flag vote post

Labour MP Clare Curran says she supports a change in the NZ flag, but felt the process is "deeply disappointing and has discomforted the nation".

Labour MP Clare Curran has posted a picture of her invalid flag referendum vote online.

Detainee's mental health deteriorating

Karolina Roberts says that Wiki had had a difficult upbringing, spending time in foster care while in Australia.

Girlfriend of a Kiwi detainee says she is worried about his deteriorating mental health as he fights his visa cancellation.

Hottest jobs in the public service

Public servants pay rates - good for some, not others.

What's the best paid job to get into in the public service? It's not what you think.

Australia trip positive: Little

Labour leader Andrew Little speaks to Kiwi expats at a meeting in Sydney.

Labour leader's fight against "obvious injustice" facing Kiwi expats in Australia buoyed by positive reception.

Top paid public servants

NZ Super fund boss Adrian Orr draws the biggest paycheck, earning $830,000 to $839,999.

Top public servants draw paycheques of over $600,000 a year, with the highest topping $800,000.

Detention of Kiwis 'crude'

Labour leader Andrew Little says he will see whether any Kiwis being held at a Sydney detention centre need support.

Stories from Kiwi detainees in Sydney show how "crude" Australia's policy is, Andrew Little says.

Finance Minister welcomed in Wanaka

Finance minister Bill English and Aspiring Lifestyle Village marketing
manager and director Jennie Anderson of Wanaka.

Finance Minister Bill English reassured Wanaka senior citizens their superannuation is sustainable during his visit to the growing town on Wednesday.

Iwi eye progress on freshwater issues

Maori group pushing for iwi freshwater rights welcomes RMA changes

Maori leaders have welcomed proposed RMA changes which give iwi new rights to be involved in resource planning.

Waikato's four star economy "a ticking time bomb"

Labour's economic development spokesman, David Clark, has concerns for Waikato's economy.

Waikato economy rated four stars, but Labour's economic development spokesman says there are reasons to worry.

Small changes to RMA

Environment Minister Nick Smith has announced the Government has struck a deal with the Maori Party to get RMA reform across the first hurdle at least.

The Got has made changes to the RMA to speed up planning and consent laws.

Ex-Nasa scientist backs climate lawsuit

University of Waikato law student Sarah Thomson has gained affidavits from experts in her lawsuit against Climate Change Minister Tim Groser.

An ex-Nasa heavyweight has thrown his support behind a Hamilton woman's climate change suit against the govt.

Little dismisses 'party of one'

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne says it's National, led by Prime Minister John Key, who are showing "boldness'' in politics these days.

Andrew Little bites back at Peter Dunne's dig at Labour for "losing its soul''.

Hamilton the city of grandiose visionaries

Let's hope Mayor Julie Hardaker's plans for the river fare better than some other visions for the city's future.

Pipe dreams aren't new for Hamilton politicians.

Housing approach 'spectacular flop'

Labour housing and transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says Special Housing Areas have been a "spectacular flop".

Developers don't want to sacrifice financial gain for affordable Auckland homes, Labour's housing spokesman says.

Watching the watchdogs

Accountability is critical for any healthy society.

OPINION: None of us is above being held accountable for our actions - not even the Police.

Oz life goes from 'dream' to nightmare

Melissa Malcolm moved to Sydney with her children three and a half years ago, following the Christchurch earthquakes.

Her dream life soured when she couldn't get support from the Australian government after a stress-induced breakdown.

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