Three members of New Zealand's delegation will not be able to
attend Nelson Mandela's funeral after the South African
government imposed a strict two-person limit.
MPs have paid tribute to Nelson Mandela in Parliament this
afternoon, describing him as a positive force for change in
New Zealand and across the world.
National list MP Katrina Shanks will resign from Parliament
in the New Year and be replaced by Manawatu-based list
candidate Joanne Hayes.
Banks say inquiry levels for those wanting to borrow money to
buy a home have plummeted since the Reserve Bank's clampdown
on low-deposit lending, leaving them scurrying to remind the
public they are still open for business.
Prime Minister John Key is standing by his decision to lead
the delegation of New Zealanders to Nelson Mandela's funeral
in South Africa, despite not being active in opposing the
1981 Springbok tour.
Prime Minister John Key says a group of angry protesters did
not ruin the National Party's Christmas function as they
banged on the windows amid a heavy police presence last
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