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Maori Party's scathing letter to Abbott

Maori Party's scathing letter to Abbott

The Maori Party co-leaders have used the visit of Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott to criticise his treatment of Aboriginal people, releasing a scathing open letter about the decision to close 150 Aboriginal communities in Australia.

Key plays down China spy claims

Key plays down China spy claims

Prime Minister John Key has downplayed revelations from Edward Snowden documents that New Zealand and American hackers had made a plan to spy on China.

Support steady for National despite loss

Support steady for National despite loss

The National Party's support has remained steady despite its defeat in the Northland by-election, a new poll shows.

Opinion: National beginning to look like a rabbit in the headlights

Opinion: National beginning to look like a rabbit in the headlights

A much-anticipated return to surplus somehow metamorphoses into yet another unwelcome deficit; dairy prices slump ever lower; the New Zealand dollar keeps rising ever higher; the overheated Auckland property market makes the South Sea Bubble of the 1700s look like an exercise in financial probity.

Independent investigations necessary

Independent investigations necessary

Labour says New Zealand soldiers' deaths in overseas battlefields will no longer have independent scrutiny if changes to the Coroners Act go ahead.

Provincial NZ to take licensing levy hit

Provincial NZ to take licensing levy hit

Provincial areas like Otago were going to be penalised through the new system to determine car licensing levies, Labour MP David Parker said yesterday.

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