Election 2014


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

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…


David Parker expected to quit ahead of leadership race

Recovery in house sales tipped after pre-election slump

Aucklanders flocked to open homes on Sunday, surer of their spending power post-election, and industry bosses are expecting sales to recover with spring now here.Peter Thompson, Barfoot & Thompson managing director, said with the…




National


Penguin takes tentative steps

After being nursed back to health by wildlife experts, a little blue penguin seemed to be of two minds about being released back into the wild.


Early taste of summer down south

Invercargill and Alexandra tied for towns with the hottest temperature in New Zealand at 21.1 degrees celsius today.


‘Armed maniac’ jailed for fraud

Dramatic rescue of trapped teen

A surf lifesaver leapt out of a helicopter, was scooped up by an Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) and swam through rough seas to save the life of a trapped surfer.




Politics


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.


White House intruder got further than thought – report

An intruder armed with a knife who jumped a fence and sprinted across the White House lawn got much further into the presidential mansion than previously thought, a report says.


ACT ‘a political corpse’, says Peters

David Cunliffe set to defend re-election

David Cunliffe is defending his decision to seek re-election as the Labour Party’s MPs face another long and difficult caucus meeting.








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