Election 2014

Bryce Edwards: Labour’s fraction too much friction

The increasing friction between the Labour factions is producing a ‘fractionated’ Labour Party. David Shearer used this term when he was on TVNZ’s Q+A in the weekend. It’s very apt, because there’s no avoiding the reality that the…

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…

David Parker expected to quit ahead of leadership race

David Parker expected to quit ahead of leadership race

There is speculation Labour’s deputy leader David Parker may resign from the position as jostling over the leadership of the party ramps up.It is a step that would effectively be a vote of no confidence in current leader David Cunliffe…


10 killed in shelling of school in Ukraine

At least 10 people were killed on Wednesday when shells hit a school playground and a public transit mini-van in a nearby street in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, underscoring the fragility of a ceasefire between separatists and government forces.

Drug delivery goes awry

A man chased up a tree by a police dog had to be brought down by firefighters after a suspected drugs delivery to Rimutaka Prison failed, a witness says.

One dead in West Coast crash

Dismissed principal loses legal battle

An Invercargill principal sacked from her job has failed to have her dismissal deemed unjustified.


Former Pike River deputy wants to enter drift

Former Pike River deputy Marty Palmer says he would be willing to sign away any corporate liability in order to go into the Pike River drift.

New Labour leader by November

The Labour Party will have a new leader by mid-November, with a timetable for the primary-style contest being confirmed by the party’s ruling council.

Cunliffe’s wife behind anonymous Twitter account

Video: Cunliffe, Robertson arrive at Labour leadership caucus

Outgoing Labour leader David Cunliffe says he doesn’t necessarily need the backing of the majority of caucus heading into a leadership contest.

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