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Watch: Social media has made mental health 'a huge' election issue - Mike King

Without social media mental health would not be on the election agenda, says Mike King

A Slice of Heaven, episode two: The vexed question of immigration

Immigration looks set to become a key issue in this year's general election. So why do we find it so hard to talk about?

One lied, one says she never did: The untold back-stories of political leaders Paula Bennett and Metiria Turei

One lied to keep her benefit, the other says she never did. In a special investigation, we discover how Metiria Turei and Paula Bennett’s backgrounds shaped them as the leaders they have become.

Stacey Kirk: Politicians say the darndest things – an election-year translator

OPINION: There's a lot that comes out of a politician's mouth. Call it what you want, but here's how to decipher it.

David Slack: Looking for leaders in the wrong places

OPINION: From charming John Key to adorable Prince George, we fall for the superficial stuff.

Alison Mau: Young people deserve a weekly hand-out as much as retired folk

OPINION: Young people deserve a weekly handout as much as retired folk, Alison Mau argues. But young shoe designer Gustavia Liu disagrees.

Guy Williams: Why are Kiwis so aggro about politics?

I recently came out in public support of the Green Party, and some social media warriors lost their minds.

Damien Grant: Sorry seems to be the hardest word for Metiria Turei

OPINION: Taking money from the state is easy once you view it as a right, rather than a privilege.

Govt shies away from 'draconian' penalty to stop multinational tax dodgers

A 40% penalty on global companies doing business across the ditch might sound great, but will net just $100m, says Judith Collins.

Below the Beltway

A heated week in politics, despite the House being in recess.

Christchurch Central, the unlikely swing seat

Is Christchurch's urban electorate really a Labour stronghold, just flirting with the other side?

Winston Peters sees himself as the leader of the Opposition

OPINION: In the dance of the desperates, Winston Peters is whirling the fastest.

Tracy Watkins: Mad, bad or bold? Metiria Turei's big gamble

OPINION: Greens co-leader gets praise for coming out as a DPB cheat - but what about all the women who fed their children on less?

Petition calls for removal of council CEO and deputy mayor over email snooping

Boss of snooping council and deputy mayor must go, says petition organiser.

Ad criticising Jonathan Coleman fails to fly in bus shelters on Auckland's North Shore

Auckland Transport refuses to run ad at bus stops criticising Health Minister Jonathan Coleman's approach to mental health.

Big increase in no-seatbelt road deaths: Are safety messages failing to click?

Big rise in numbers killed when not wearing belts raises questions over safety ads.

Gareth Morgan considering running for Epsom

Gareth Morgan is considering whether to make a run in the Auckland seat of Epsom this election.

Young campaigners from US and UK come to aid of Labour candidate

Two overseas students have been brought in by Labour to help whip the party's campaign into shape.

New Zealand has worst level of homelessness in the world, Labour says

Rate of Kiwis without a home the "worst in the world" as Government continues to put up families in motels.

Labour promises to scrap national standards and review NCEA if in government

Labour has kept a promise to scrap national standards and review NCEA in its education manifesto.

Gold find renews effort to extend conservation protection

Coromandel MP dismisses petition as election year noise.

Troubled Christchurch social housing complex has second meth cleanse

Chch complex has one resident questioning HNZ's tenancy management, claiming negligence is creating a "ghetto-like environment".

Stewart Island heritage centre to receive $1m from the Government

The Government is to commit $1.08m to the Rakiura Heritage Centre Trust.

The Government could do more to resettle refugees in rural areas, campaigner says

New Zealand punches well below its weight when it comes to taking refugees.

Another former Green candidate joins Gareth Morgan's TOP

He was kicked out of the Greens and came seventh in the race for Auckland mayor. Now he's joining Gareth Morgan.

New funding mechanisms needed, as Auckland goes broke, councillors say

Auckland Council needs to consider new funding streams like overseas cities, two councillors say.

Editorial: Clear fiscal choices are on offer

OPINION: This election will offer clear choices in economic approach.

I'll pay back what I owe, Greens co-leader Metiria Turei confirms

Greens co-leader says it was now or never to share her story, as she confirms she will reimburse Work and Income.

Labour pledges to review ECan clean air plan, scrap woodburner rule

A controversial rule banning the use of woodburners 15 years or older would be scrapped under Labour, candidate says.

Govt spent record $12m on emergency housing in motels over last three months

Government spending over $138,000 a day providing emergency seven-day stays for those in dire need.

Compensation suggested for Ministry of Transport fraud whistleblowers

Ministry whistleblowers under a highly manipulative manager should get compo, SSC says.

Horowhenua CEO confirms vetting of some emails to politicians

Emails to councillors not blocked but "quarantined and vetted", council says.

Benefit sanctions see 17,700 children of solo parents lose up to $28 a child a week

Nearly 20,000 children are paying the price for the government's benefit policy.

Labour promises 1000 affordable homes in Queenstown over 10 years

Labour says rental properties also needed for seasonal and other key workers in Queenstown.

Final design for new British memorial in Wellington revealed using virtual reality

Gift to NZ has been created after years of work with Weta Workshop.

How Gareth Morgan's Universal Basic Income plans stack up economically

Giving every young person a free $200 a week is economic madness, isn't it? Not necessarily.

Horowhenua mayor urges council boss to stand aside

An internal draft audit leaked to the media reveals emails were intercepted by chief executive David Clapperton.

Why IPCA didn't pick up Todd Barclay case

Police dropped controversial MP's case after obtaining two sets of legal advice.

Political leaders draw a line in the sand over whether to keep the Maori seats

ANALYSIS: Politicians are divided over whether the Maori seats should be retained - let's break down what they think.

Cathy Strong: Some councils using code to quash dissent

OPINION: Some local councils are using the mandatory code of conduct to thwart open dialogue by their elected members.

Pattrick Smellie: New sparks to fly in electricity sector

On one side are electricity retailers, who compete amongst one another for customers and are, in many cases, also electricity generators. On the other are monopolies that own the wires down which that electricity runs.

Peters' demands the wild card in Labour's carefully shuffled budget

OPINION: You can call Labour's fiscal plan a lot of things. Careful, even unambitious in places. But you can't call it profligate.

Councils need government help to stay in social housing game - Labour

Local councils are selling their social housing because of a lack of funds, Labour housing spokesman says.

Government 'failing in most basic duty' as 24,000 Aucklanders homeless, Labour claims

Labour lashes out as new research shows 24,000 Aucklanders are without a home.

Intercepting politicians' email a 'constitutional outrage'

Council staff should not get in the way of elected members communicating with constituents, expert says.

Todd Barclay says he's hard at work tackling roading issues in Queenstown

Under-fire MP Todd Barclay is "super-stoked" a petition he launched to remove parked cars near Queenstown Airport was a success.

Inland Revenue outlines jobs changes to staff

4000 staff will be affected by changes outlined by IRD, union says.

Labour pledges to move government departments to the regions

 Moving government departments to regions such as South Canterbury could be on the agenda if Labour is elected, the party's state services spokespeople say.

Little Geniuses: Video shows Kiwi children living the mantra – think globally, by acting locally

Think globally, act locally – that's the mantra Kiwi children are living by, when it comes to saving the environment, as this wonderful video shows.
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