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Police cleared over Banks

John Banks speaks to media after he was aquitted.

Police investigation into John Banks' Auckland mayoral campaign funding cleared by police conduct authority.

Beehive Live: Focus on Saudi deal

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says the Government inherited a troubled relationship with Saudi Arabia from the previous Labour government.

The questions and criticism of the Government's involvement in a deal with a Saudi Arabian businessman keep coming.

Saudi deal: What you need to know


The NZ Government has made a multi-million dollar deal with an influential businessman from Saudi Arabia, and set up an agribusiness hub in the desert.  

PM warns taxman's wrath not a "pretty experience"

Prime Minister John Key says a fully comprehensive capital gains tax would spell "electoral death".

Property speculators will not be able to dodge capital gains by selling after two years and five days.

New NZ embassy in Iraq

A New Zealand Defence Force trainer instructs Iraqi Security Force soldiers in correct weapons firing positions at Camp Taji, Iraq.

Embassy is opening in Iraq next week to provide diplomatic support to Kiwi troops training the Iraqi army. 

Auckland Council boss gets more power

Auckland Council boss Stephen Town will be able to spend up to $20m without approval.

Auckland Council boss Stephen Town will soon be able to sign cheques worth up to $20 million without the say-so of councillors.

'Zero' chance of RMA reforms

Property speculators to be reined in says Prime Minister John Key

Prime Minister confirms that changes to key parts of the RMA will not go ahead.

Troops should come home - Labour

Labour foreign affairs spokesman David Shearer says plans should be developed to bring Kiwi troops back from Iraq "sooner rather than later".

Calls are growing for New Zealand's troops to be pulled out of Iraq.

NZ flag meeting a fizzer

Anyone interested? A meeting in Christchurch about whether to change the New Zealand flag was attended by 14 people.

A public meeting on whether to change the New Zealand flag, held in Christchurch, attracted just 14 people.

No reward from Little risk

Prime Minister John Key leads a risk-averse party.

OPINION: They say politics is the art of the possible, but it's equally the art of deciding what it's possible to risk.

Three-year anniversary of mall blaze

Willsher, left, Jackson and Lillie Weekes.

Parents of triplets killed in Doha fire will spend anniversary reflecting on their short lives.

Bribery claim over Saudi farm deal

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully.

Opposition MPs are labelling a $4 million payment to a Saudi businessman a "bribe".

Public servant numbers hit new high

State Services Minister Paula Bennett.

Public Services Association dismisses a lower government measure as "smoke and mirrors".

Calls for surgical mesh inquiry

Complications arising from the use of surgical mesh are thought to occur in 20 per cent of cases.

Two women suffering after surgical mesh procedures went awry plead for a formal inquiry.

Shaw: National fear me

Green Party co-leadership candidate James Shaw claims National is trying to undermine his campaign out of fear he will broaden the party's appeal.

Green Party co-leadership candidate James Shaw claims Nats are trying to kill him with kindness.

Alliance Party deregistered

Helen Clark and Jim Anderton shake hands after signing the Coalition Agreement in Parliament in 1999.

Once boasting the deputy PM and several Cabinet Ministers, the Alliance Party is officially no more.

Williamson: 'I don't want to join ACT'

Former National Party Minister Maurice Williamson doesn't want to join ACT.

Maurice Williamson breaks silence over ACT rumours, and Judith Collins rejects claims of disunity within National.

Peters releases Speaker's naughty list

Winston Peters issued two statements, the first saying despite "identical circumstances, comment and behaviour," Government MPs seemed to be having a "charmed run" in being sanctioned by the Speaker.

NZ First leader Winston Peters has collated a list of every MP who has been kicked out since National took power in 2008.

Fire Services 'under pressure'

NZ Fire Service: under pressure, with an appetite for change.

Pressure on fire services spark health and safety issues for rural firefighters, shortages of volunteers, inefficiencies, and unclear lines of responsibility.

Beehive Live: Budget marathon

Debate on the Budget continues in the House.

Budget debate continues in the House today, with a full morning of select committees and other political news keeping the Beehive buzzing. 

John Campbell's departure

John Campbell's last day at TV3 will be on Friday.

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne is lamenting the loss of broadcaster John Campbell from TV3.

Auckland house land 'unsuitable'

Labour's housing spokesman Phil Twyford says land earmarked for housing development includes a cemetery and power substation.

Claims Crown land tagged to build new Auckland homes includes a cemetery and a power substation that "exploded" in 2013.

How much is a teacher worth?

Wellington secondary school teacher Ameria Kiriwera says teachers are professionals and their pay should reflect that.

Counting every dollar and being stressed about the next bill shouldn't be a concern for a working professional, says school teacher.

Sexual violence is 'everywhere' - Davis

Labour MP Kelvin Davis is walking the talk on sexual violence for 17 days straight.

Labour MP Kelvin Davis hasn't done much training ahead of walking a half-marathon for 17 days but he says the pain will be worth it if it puts a stop to sexual violence.

New providers to replace Relationships Aotearoa

Relationships Aotearoa is to seek liquidation.

Five major organisations will take on the counselling work of Relationships Aotearoa, which is to seek liquidation in the High Court.

Saudis threatened to sue for $20m

An Awassi ram.  The New Zealand-bred sheep have proved to be a delicacy in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi businessmen who was thwarted in exporting live sheep for slaughter to the Middle East wanted to sue the Government for $20-$30 million compensation.

'Cowardly' Iraqis not worth 'one Kiwi life'

An NZDF trainer instructs Iraqi Security Forces soldiers in correct weapon positions at Camp Taji, in Iraq.

Prime minister says if Kiwi troops in Iraq were under increased threat he would act to protect them.

Stripping citizenship a step too far

A car is engulfed by flames during clashes in Ramadi on Saturday as the city falls to the Islamic State.

OPINION: The war on Isis is less than a year old, but its consequences keep rippling around the world.

Relationship service ditched

The country's largest counselling service has lost its government contracts.

Relationships Aotearoa says it has been 'betrayed' by the Government.

Abuse of crews must be stopped


OPINION: Any foreign vessel wanting to fish here must do so under our rules.

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