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New US ambassador Scott Brown arrives in NZ, starts ticking off bucket list

The US ambassador to New Zealand has already ticked an item off his bucket list - on his first day in the country.

Source: - Politics | 25 Jun 2017 | 11:49 pm

Tone for the election campaign has been set

OPINION: Bill English was seen holding open the door to a Wellington waterfront bar for members of his inner circle after the National conference at the weekend.

Source: - Politics | 25 Jun 2017 | 8:53 pm

Barclay affair: What the board knew

This article was first published on and is republished with permission. 

Source: - Politics | 25 Jun 2017 | 7:39 pm

PM reveals new twists in tape-gate scandal

Prime Minister Bill English has confirmed disgraced MP Todd Barclay offered to play him the tape recording that led to his downfall.

Source: - Politics | 25 Jun 2017 | 6:43 pm

NZ First pitches to students and provinces at election campaign launch

Students and the regions would get big wins if NZ First gets its way after the election, with party leader Winston Peters promising to "repopulate the provinces".

Source: - Politics | 25 Jun 2017 | 5:47 pm

PM Bill English tries to put a bad week behind him by promising tax cuts

A fourth-term National Government will further cut taxes and raise incomes, Prime Minister Bill English has said in a speech to lift party faithful after a horror week.

Source: - Politics | 25 Jun 2017 | 5:30 pm

Politicians sidestep campaign spending limits with billboards on public land

Major political parties have found a way around electoral campaign rules by calling hundreds of public meetings across the country.

Source: - Politics | 25 Jun 2017 | 11:25 am

Oscar Kightley: Why Bill English is as nimble as a Team New Zealand yacht

OPINION: Some National Party supporters may have worried when former leader John Key stepped down as leader.

Source: - Politics | 25 Jun 2017 | 5:30 am

Kiwifruit growers ready themselves for courtroom showdown with Government

Psa cost Craig Jeffries his orchard, and it almost cost him his home.

Source: - Politics | 25 Jun 2017 | 5:00 am

Jonathan Milne: Stay away from my burger – the ban on medium-rare meat takes government intrusion too far

OPINION: An Englishman's home is his castle, they used to say. And a New Zealander's private life is equally sacrosanct. Governments intrude at their peril into our bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and dinner tables.

Source: - Politics | 25 Jun 2017 | 5:00 am

Politicians turn to books, knitting and horses to bring in the votes

Elections will almost always bring controversy, bickering and that orange man interrupting your favourite soap opera.

Source: - Politics | 25 Jun 2017 | 5:00 am

Election 2017: A politician at my table

The rising star of New Zealand politics recently fell to earth in my town. In my kitchen, in fact.

Source: - Politics | 25 Jun 2017 | 5:00 am

Stacey Kirk: Self-inflicted body-blows is National's biggest threat in an election-year

OPINION: MPs like to claim their party alone gets "the issues real New Zealanders care about".

Source: - Politics | 25 Jun 2017 | 5:00 am

David Slack: Let's not overestimate the influence of terror

OPINION: If, in my last living moment, I find myself lost to a huge ball of flame I know what will be going through my mind: "Is this the work of terrorists? Or did I do something unbelievably stupid this time with the gas oven?"

Source: - Politics | 25 Jun 2017 | 5:00 am

Nadine Higgins: How young is too young when it comes to politics?

OPINION: One of my earliest memories is of sitting at a table at kindergarten before Easter, dipping hard-boiled eggs in coloured dyes. The other kid at my table had painted his blue, and started eating it. The kindy teacher came over and said, "Oh, Cole, did you eat your egg?" His mouth was full and his lips were blue but he shook his head – no.

Source: - Politics | 25 Jun 2017 | 12:01 am

Searching for Todd Barclay's people deep in the murky heart of Clutha-Southland

The Clutha-Southland electorate is enormous. It is bigger than Belgium or Taiwan. Switzerland only just pips Southland in size.

Source: - Politics | 24 Jun 2017 | 6:47 pm

Bill English could soon Snapchat you a spaghetti pizza selfie

In an apparent effort to engage with millennial voters, Prime Minister Bill English has created a Snapchat account. 

Source: - Politics | 24 Jun 2017 | 6:27 pm

'Deeply implicated', Winston Peters calls for Bill English to quit

Prime Minister Bill English is implicated in the Todd Barclay affair and should resign.

Source: - Politics | 24 Jun 2017 | 5:18 pm

National shaken out of its complacency

National is using a horror week to shake its supporters out of any complacency over the election.

Source: - Politics | 24 Jun 2017 | 2:43 pm

Prime Minister Bill English: Barclay recording scandal 'handled as well as it could'

A tough interview with Prime Minister Bill English over alleged secret recordings left him squirming, but not admitting any regret for his actions. 

Source: - Politics | 24 Jun 2017 | 11:51 am

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