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Government to lure skilled Kiwis home

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The Government is wasting no time in attempting to lure skilled New Zealanders back home.

ACC posts $2.1 billion surplus

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ACC's annual surplus is almost $300m ahead of budget, and will enable 'significant' cuts to levies.

Judith Collins relegated to lowly select committee

Judith Collins

Former ministers Judith Collins and Maurice Williamson have been relegated to lowly select committee roles.

Live chat: Labour leadership candidate David Parker

STANDING IN: David Parker.

Labour leadership hopeful David Parker came in for a live chat this afternoon. See what he had to say.

Beehive Live: And now to work

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The thrones have been stored away and the chains hung up.

JP ticked rest home resident's vote form

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A rest-home resident says a voting official cast a vote in her name, but against her wishes.

Today in Politics: October 22

Shane Jones

Another Parliament, another scrap between NZ First leader Winston Peters and National's Gerry Brownlee.

Parliament's deja vu

Tracy Watkins

OPINION: This National Government looks a lot like the last one, writes Tracy Watkins.

Housing, tax cuts, jobs focus of next term

John Key

Job fairs across the Tasman, tax cuts and helping first home buyers are part of the Government's priorities for its next term.

Beehive Live: Back in business

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The House is back in session after today's opening of Parliament.

Trevor Mallard elected assistant Speaker

Trevor Mallard

Trevor Mallard, who has a reputation as one Parliament's worst-behaved MPs, was elected unanimously.

Who is the Opposition?

Peters

Can Labour compete with the Greens and NZ First, both hungry for more parliamentary presence?

Speech from the Throne

Beehive

Delivered by His Excellency Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand, on the occasion of the State Opening of Parliament, Tuesday 21 October 2014

Who's got what it takes to lead Labour?

Labour contenders

There are four candidates in the running to be the next Labour leader, but who's got what it takes?

Robertson's risk with Ardern

Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern may emerge as Labour deputy whoever wins the top job, but her nomination as Grant Robertson’s running mate is seen as a risk.

Key cool on Greens

Greens leaders

Prime Minister John Key is keeping the prospect of working with the Green Party alive.

Today in politics: Tuesday, October 21

Murray McCully

Nicknames, middles names and the jet-setting lifestyle as the Parliamentary term gets under way.

No beheadings, one Stoner, and the usual rabble

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OPINION: Parliament's pre-opening swearing-in of MPs is always a hybrid of Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe and the first day at kindy.

Islamic State fight: PM ramps up talk of troops in Iraq

NZ troops could soon follow Australia in training Iraqi security forces to fight Islamic State.

Beehive Live: Parliament re-opens

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Parliament's opening today has meant a speech heckling by Winston Peters for new MP David Seymour.

History for women as Parliament opens

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Pomp and ceremony as Parliament officially opens. | Live coverage | Quiz: the new MPs

Oath wording strikes MP discord

MARAMA FOX

MPs voice dissatisfaction they aren't able to swear to uphold the Treaty at the opening of Parliament.

Quiz: Who are our new MPs?

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Think you know our new MPs?

Union backs Andrew Little for Labour leadership

Andrew Little

New Zealand's largest trade union has unanimously backed MP Andrew Little to be the next Labour leader.

Jacinda Ardern bites back at 'Beltway babies' branding

Jacinda Ardern

Labour MP Jacinda Ardern rejects "beltway babies" jibe, saying she's "worked longer in a fish and chip shop" than as parliamentary staffer.

Ex-MP to head panel of inquiry

Labour Party

Former British politician Bryan Gould will head an independent inquiry into Labour's election result.

Sales pitch was wrong, says Parker

STANDING IN: David Parker.

Labour leadership hopeful David Parker has admitted there were a "few glitches" with his capital gains tax policy in the lead-up to the election.

Buddy upstages Little

Andrew Little

A cat called Buddy is taking a lion's share of Andrew Little's limelight.

Robertson picks Ardern as running mate

Grant Robertson

Grant Robertson says if he was picked as Labour leader he would be recommending Jacinda Ardern as deputy. | New generation needed

Labour needs new generation - Robertson

Grant Robertson declared Labour party is in need of a new generation of leadership at his campaign launch today.

Labour hopefuls trade policy blows

STANDING IN: David Parker.

Labour leadership contender David Parker defends his tax policy in face rivals' criticism.

Political influence denied in Ede's work

Jason Ede

National's former "black ops" specialist Jason Ede has resurfaced working for a company with links to National Party figures.

Govt 'playing the figures' on welfare

Anne Tolley

There are 10,000 fewer people around the country using the welfare system compared to this time last year.

Hager fundraising goes global

Nicky Hager

US press freedom group offers support for Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager, raising more than $12,000.

Cocktail guests gave UN hint

Murray McCully

Team behind NZ's Security Council bid had inkling something big was afoot when twice as many guests turned up to their party.

No cushy ride ahead at UN

Tracy Watkins

OPINION: Jim McLay looks overcome in photos of the moment NZ won UN Security Council seat, but it'll be no easy ride.

Kiwis may be hit by higher medicine costs

Leaked document reveals differences between NZ and the US on the proposed trade bloc, with implications for medicines.

Beehive Live: In the club, temporarily

NZ lands stunning victory, securing non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council in first round of secret ballot.

'We nailed it': NZ wins UN Security Council seat

Murray McCully vows to push for Security Council reform after winning a spot on the UN body.

NZ's UN Security Council win praised

Winning a seat on the UN Security Council is a "stunning" result, says Prime Minister John Key.

Little noses ahead in Labour race

Andrew Little

Ex-party president Andrew Little appears to be just ahead in race for new Labour leader.

Expert rubbishes IS claim

US President Barack Obama

Defence expert believes NZ already committed "in principle" to fight against Islamic State.

NZ's moment of truth at the UN arrives

OPINION: If NZ loses the vote overnight for a UN security council seat, it may be decades before we get another shot.

'Clean' Labour leadership race: Contenders

Labour race

Labour's four leadership contenders promise a respectful campaign as they vie for the party's top job.

Beehive Live: Thursday 16 October

Less than 24 hours from vote on NZ's UN Security Council bid, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully still campaigning.

Key players in the UN security council vote

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The big names and key supporters in New Zealand's bid for a UN security council seat.

The UN security council vote explained

UN security council meeting

Your guide to New Zealand's winning bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

New Zealand's UN highlights

As New Zealand pitches for a seat on the UN Security Council, we look at some of the Kiwis who have made a mark on the organisation.

Key denies call made to join coalition

John Key

Opposition accuses PM of misleading public over NZ's role in global summit on action against Islamic State.

Labour circus drags on

David Shearer

OPINION: Labour's three-ringed circus has taken the limelight away from the Government's handling of things, writes Vernon Small.
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