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…


Drunks scare kids away from hospital: doctor

Rowdy late-night drunks at hospitals are scaring other patients away, putting sick children at risk of missing out on treatment, an emergency department doctor says.

Setting police dog onto man ‘excessive, unlawful’

A police dog was set on a man who had his hands in the air in what is described as ”an excessive use of force and unlawful” by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA).

‘Tindallgate’ bouncer wins appeal

Low inflation set to crimp rate rises

Annual inflation is down to just 1 per cent, with lower than expected September quarterly inflation of 0.3 per cent.


Charity: PM needs to do more to stop child poverty

The Government has not yet introduced substantial policy aimed at ending child poverty, says the Child Poverty Action Group.

Labour’s ‘hard-core voters still there’

Patrick Gower went along to the first Labour leader showdown where hordes of dedicated followers packed the Wellington Girls’ College hall.

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Economy didn’t end the brain drain – King

Labour’s acting deputy leader Annette King says booming migration levels aren’t necessarily a reflection on the strength of the economy.

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