Election 2014

Flavell given portfolio renamed to reflect ‘new focus’ on Maori future

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell’s appointment to head the newly rebranded Maori Development portfolio reflects a new focus for what used to be Maori Affairs, Prime Minister John Key says.Mr Flavell was appointed as Maori…

Final election results in: National loses majority

• National loses a seat• Greens gain a seat• Andrew Little is safe The National Party can no longer govern alone as the final election results left them with one fewer seat than on election night.That seat will…

Bryce Edwards: Labour’s fraction too much friction

Paula Bennett ‘a big asset’ for National – Key

Prime Minister John Key has praised Paula Bennett as “a big asset” for National, but will not go as far as tipping her to succeed him.Mrs Bennett is one of several MPs who are seen as potential leaders of the National Party when…


Freak hailstorm on Haywards Hills

A freak hailstorm dumped several inches of ice on top of Wellington’s Haywards Hill this afternoon.

Whimper ends Phillip Smith’s daring escape

As he was handcuffed by Brazilian police, Kiwi fugitive Phillip Smith begged: “Please, don’t hurt me.” 

NZ woman happy to be free from Bali jail

We’ve been forgotten from world’s maps

We gave the world Lorde, Russell Crowe, Ernest Rutherford, Sir Edmund Hillary, Bruce McLaren, the All Blacks, Peter Snell, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, and UN power broker Helen Clark – to name just a few.


The week in politics – November 13, 2014

Philip John Smith’s escape has raised plenty of questions, and Prime Minister John Key’s attempt to answer them with a joke fell completely flat.

Peter Dunne comparing NZ First to KKK a ‘flippant remark’

United Future leader Peter Dunne has courted controversy by likening New Zealand First to US white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) on Twitter.

Nigerian president declares re-election bid

Obama weighs in on net neutrality debate

US President Barack Obama says open access to the internet should be seen as a basic right that all Americans should enjoy – but not everyone agrees.

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