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…


Snake, lizards found in mail

An attempt to smuggle live reptiles into New Zealand has been sniffed out by a crafty beagle named Lilly.

Cold case victim’s father devastated by death of ‘angel’

The father of a young girl found buried alongside her mother in an Auckland swamp has taken to Facebook to ask why anyone would want to kill an “angel like that”.

$70,000 worth of Civil Defence equipment stolen

Police investigating after Auckland huffing explosion

Three people, including two teenagers, were burned after the gas bottle they were huffing in a south Auckland shed exploded and caught fire last night.


Little gets EPMU endorsement

Labour leadership contender Andrew Little has been given a boost in the race, with the EPMU unanimously endorsing him.

Trotter: Labour could learn from Don Brash

Labour leadership hopeful Grant Robertson is Helen Clark’s natural successor, but that might not be what the party needs right now, says Chris Trotter.

David Carter re-elected as Parliament’s Speaker

Ebola is ‘disaster of our generation’

Oxfam chief executive Mark Goldring has warned that the world is “in the eye of a storm” as he calls for urgent help to battle the Ebola epidemic.

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