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Call for Nat MP to stand down

AT HOME: Mike Sabin at his Coopers Beach home in Northland.

Mike Sabin's role on Law and Order Select Committee questioned as police investigate assault allegation against him.

Nats under fire after farmer's fine

Farmer Bas Nelis says the water in this gully is clean enough to drink, after his work replanting the banks.

Pressure on National MPs to make changes to the RMA following prosecution of a Waikato farmer's company.

Still one of the workers

Labour leader Andrew Little serves up some tasty ham at the New Plymouth Community Christmas Charitable Trust'€™s lunch yesterday.

Andrew Little may be the leader of the Opposition but it didn't stop him helping out at New Plymouth's Christmas lunch yesterday.

That was the year that was . . . painful

PLUGGED IN: David Cunliffe resigned as Labour leader, said he would stand for re-election but then backed down and said he would never again seek the Labour leadership.

Think you had a bad year? Rest assured there were those who probably had it worse.

NZ First attacks council prosecution

Backing their man: Sharemilker Bas Nelis had the support of his farming colleagues when he was prosecuted.

Party says Waikato Regional Council bureaucrats who prosecuted Bas Nelis should seek employment in North Korea.

Reporter gets privacy breach apology

ANDREA VANCE: Parliamentary swipe card and phone records were accessed during the investigation.

Fairfax political reporter Andrea Vance has received an apology from Parliamentary Service over a breach of her privacy during an investigation into a leaked report.

Candidate a criminal

New Zealand voting papers

The Palmerston North mayoral race has had a last-minute entry from a man convicted of assaulting a child.

$10m renewal for heritage building

HISTORICAL HALLMARK: Building owner Maurice Clark, left, and Ministry for Culture and Heritage chief executive Lewis Holden say the building's architecture and internal fittings are too important to Wellington not to strengthen.

Quake-damaged landmark to get $10m restoration, become home to Culture and Heritage ministry.

Key's text method examined

John Key on his cellphone

The chief archivist will look into Prime Minister John Key's practice of deleting all of his cellphone text messages.

Police should carry guns

JUDITH COLLINS: Resigned as a minister on August 30.

OPINION: It's Christmas and police should have better access to guns to fight the inevitable surge in domestic violence.

Influencing politics from the outside

DIRTY POLITICS: The moment Nicky Hager made a ho hum election campaign a little more interesting.

OPINION: 2014 brought out the worst, rather than the best in our politicians. So, instead, here are seven individuals that shaped politics from outside the Beehive.

Brash seeks inquiry into Ellis case

APPEAL: Peter Ellis, who was convicted of child abuse but has always protested his innocence.

Former National leader Don Brash writes to Justice Minister asking for independent review into man convicted of child abuse.

Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas ...

Labour leader Andrew Little.

For three days Labour leader Andrew Little shut himself in a room and set about writing a personal message in 450 different Christmas cards.

Traps, 1080, 'vital to save kiwi'

WAR ON PESTS: Conservation Minister Maggie Barry supports trapping and poisoning pests as essential tools to save the kiwi.

Trapping and killing pests in your own back yard is "just what you have to do", Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

Former MP 'broke rules' by accessing records

Asenati Lole-Taylor

Former NZ First MP Asenati Lole-Taylor inappropriately accessed the criminal records of a former party official, the Department of Corrections has confirmed.

Stuff's top videos of 2014

Videos of the year 2014

Stuff.co.nz looks back at the top videos of 2014.

Slater wins quote of the year

QUOTE VOTE WINNER: Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater.

Controversial blogger Cameron Slater has won again - this time taking out the 2014 New Zealand Quote of the Year competition.

Brownlee security details differ

Gerry Brownlee

Gerry Brownlee walked past a Chch Airport employee before the man could tell him he had to go security, report shows.

Phillip Smith escape report

Phillip Smith appears via video link from the Paremoremo maximum-security prison.

Lack of information sharing lead to convicted murderer being able to escape to Brazil, initial report finds.

$38.7b for roads, public transport

TRAFFIC: Christchurch's northern motorway is jammed with early morning commuters.

$38.7 billion investment in roads, regional networks, public transport and cycleways confirmed by Government.

Police to share raid docs

NICKY HAGER: Challenging police raid on his home and data.

Judge orders police to hand over documents on raid of Dirty Politics author's home.

Brownlee's war on defence jargon

Gerry Brownlee

Acronyms will go MIA in Defence Force briefing papers as new minister Gerry Brownlee says NOMW (not on my watch).

Flag needs to 'scream NZ'

NZ flag

PM continues to advocate for changing the national flag, sticking to silver fern preference.

Alcohol sponsorship under threat

UNDER THREAT: Steinlager's long-standing sponsorhip of the All Blacks would likely end if recommendations to the government on alcohol advertising and sponsorship in sport are implemented.

All Blacks would wave goodbye to Steinlager sponsorship under recommendations for big shake-up in liquor advertising.

Current account deficit balloons

dollar magnify

Lower dairy exports and higher imports mean a $2.5 billion shortfall.

Goff let off over report details

Phil Goff

Labour MP Phil Goff is set to escape sanction for revealing details of a report by the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) after giving an unreserved apology.

Novopay still too costly

MORE WORK NEEDED: An extra $8.7 million had to be found to meet the $35m annual running cost, minister in charge of Novopay Steven Joyce said.

The cost of running the Education Ministry's troubled payroll system isn't sustainable, minister says.

'A number of shortcomings'

BUNGLED: Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail on the way into court in Wellington earlier this month.

Inquiry into bungling of Malaysian diplomat's immunity could see disciplinary action before it is made public.

Government surplus in doubt

NZ Finance Minister Bill English

In a blow to Bill English, Treasury forecasts a half-billion dollar deficit.

Crass opportunism in wake of siege

Andrea Vance

OPINION: Is there a better time for political opportunism than in the wake of a "terror" attack? For Prime Minister John Key it seems not.

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