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Ombudsman makes early exit

Ombudsman Ron Paterson has left his role two years earlier than scheduled.

Official leaves two years early, as office deals with requests dating back six years.

EV road toll breaks?

The future is electric, says Transport Minister Simon Bridges.

Exempting electric vehicles from road tolls on Auckland motorways an 'interesting question', minister says.

Tamati aiming to be MP

New Plymouth district councillor Howie Tamati will seek the candidacy to contest the Te Tai Hauauru seat for the Maori Party.

"It's something I have been thinking about for a long time but I felt I still had some things to do."

Why leave the EU?

Leaving the EU was never about behaving rationally, Chris Trotter says.

Leaving the EU was never about behaving rationally, Chris Trotter says.

New quota not enough

Masooma, Shazie and Muhammad Azim have been living in Mt Wellington since march 2016.

 The Azim family is safe after leaving war-torn Afghanistan, but there is room to save many more families.

'I'm not a bully' - Nat MP

National MP Paul Foster-Bell denies being a bully following claims from a former staffer that he is.

A dozen staff quit a National MP's office in three years but Paul Foster-Bell says he's a "good boss''.

Legal system 'under pressure'

Tania Shailer and David William Haerewa  will be sentenced for the manslaughter of Moko Sayviah Rangitoheriri on Monday.

Crown Law solicitors paid more to prosecute dangerous dog owners than killers.

NZ trade unaffected by Brexit video

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will take a "calm and considered approach'' to Brexit discussions.

The Government is keeping exporters in the loop regarding any impact from Brexit.

Bowron: Rue Britannia over Brexit

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Brexit. Union Jack. British. United Kingdom.

OPINION: The Brexit result will be felt far and wide - even here in New Zealand.

'Sorry Boris, the days of empire are gone'

Vote Leave campaign leader Boris Johnson arrives to claim victory following the Brexit referendum.

OPINION: Perhaps Boris Johnson hopes to return Britain to the safe bosom of the Commonwealth. But the days of Empire are gone.

Moko sentencing: Everything but murder

Moko Rangitoheriri's mischievous smile, his family say, could let him get away with murder.

When Tania Shailer and David Haerewa stand in the dock tomorrow, they could face rare life sentences for manslaughter.

Big tobacco's threat video

New Zealand's aiming to go smoke-free by 2025 with the help of "plain packaging" for cigarettes, though with the graphic ...

If its brands go up in smoke, Imperial Tobacco would want compensation from taxpayers.

Guy Williams: how to take down National

Guy Williams: how do we sink National?

Forget John Key! Let's have a crack at the rest of them.

'Nothing short of a political revolution'

Boris Johnson is a former colleague of New Zealand Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas..

Changes that have caused a "political revolution" throughout Britain could strengthen the ties between the two countries one Kiwi is torn between.

Winston: 'Stunning 24 hours' in politics

Winston Peters gave a speech in Rotorua on Saturday.

The 'Brexit' could open up opportunities for New Zealand, says NZ First leader.

Pokie funding declines

Gambling machines are highly addictive, but the revenue generated has been funding community charities and causes for years.

Gambling machines are a "sunset industry" - so where will charities get money from?

MPs to cig-makers: 'butt out'

Former Maori Party leader Tariana Turia was a champion of plain packaging for cigarettes.

MP's boilover with Imperial Tobacco's spin doctor isn't the first time big tobacco's been told off.

Brexit ok for NZ

Prime Minister John Key says the United Kingdom's Brexit vote won't have any large implications on the New Zealand economy.

John Key says "nothing to worry about".

Moko's killers deserve life in jail

Moko Rangitoheriri the three year old tortured and killed by Tania Shailer and David Haerewa.

OPINION: Moko's killers are still able to be sentenced to life in prison, but it still feels like they've gotten away with something.

MP's tobacco rage

MP Marama Fox stormed off the set of The Nation after comparing tobacco industry spokesman Axel Gietz to a Nazi Germany ...

Marama Fox walks off TV set after comparing tobacco boss to Nazi Germany leader.

Beware NZ's weird laws

More than 400 people were charged with excreting in public in recent years.

NZ has some strange crimes, such as bill sticking, peeping and peering, and excreting in public.

Expats divided over Brexit results

Manawatu's British expat community is just as divided by Brexit as those back in their homeland.

The UK's decision to exit the EU has drawn mixed reaction's from Manawatu's expat community.

The Brexit wrecking ball?

Brexit 2016 - history in the making.

John Key probably texted his old buddy David Cameron more than his commiserations.

Brexit: NZ politicians weigh in

NZ politicians react to the UK's decision to turn its back on the EU.

PM John Key says he respects the UK's decision, while Andrew Little highlights global negatives.

Brexit: Lessons for New Zealand

See EU later: How British newspapers reacted to the Leave vote.

The Brexit decision shows globalisation is taking a battering from a rising mood of nationalism and protectionism.

'Legislation is a lottery'

David Seymour's contribution to the members' ballot is a bill on euthanasia, a cause highlighted by the death of ...

OPINION: The private member's ballot is a random way politicians can make a difference, but the way it is used reflects badly on some MPS.

NZ scientists take part in global study

Professor Bruce Smaill from Auckland University will lead the New Zealand contigent of an international team ...

Auckland heart researchers could hold key for better treatments.

Brexit puts spotlight on alliances

The Brexit 'remain' and 'leave' votes both affirmed the value of trading agreements.

OPINION: Split shows New Zealand is right to pursue trade alliances, not political ones.

Govt may step into Auckland

Auckland City skyline and Sky Tower at twilight, as seen from Ponsonby Road.

If Auckland's politicians don't pass a coherent city plan Wellington "may take matters into its own hands".

Garner: Time to tax tourists


OPINION: We're making billions from tourists flooding into NZ, but we should sting them for a bit more.

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