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…




National


Isis intercepts US arms drop to Kurds

At least one of the pallets of weapons the United States dropped on Sunday to defenders of the Kurdish town of Kobani appears to have fallen into the hands of Islamic State forces.


Morgan says sorry after Wanaka burnoff

Trade Me founder Sam Morgan has apologised after a permitted fire at his Hillend Station property choked the skies around Wanaka.


Wellington a top place to live

Taxi-cam report ‘did not breach standards’

A TV news report did not breach standards during a broadcast about Queenstown police officer Jenny McNee, the industry watchdog says.




Politics


Greens keen to work with National again

The Green Party has extended a hand of friendship to the National Party, hoping they can work together on policies where they share “common ground”.


Govt’s third term focus on housing, poverty

During the State Opening of Parliament, the Governor-General read a speech written by John Key which set out the Government’s plan for the next three years.


Trevor Mallard chosen as Assistant Speaker

UK warned not to quit EU

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso has argued that Britain is better off in the EU and warned that alienating its allies would be a “historic mistake”.








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