The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed it is investigating the leaking of documents to Labour's foreign affairs spokesman, Phil Goff, and has called in the State Services Commission to help.
The SAS is to be withdrawn from Afghanistan on schedule in March, the Government announced yesterday, but the move was met with Opposition calls to ensure they are never deployed again.
It will come as little consolation to Phil Goff that friends and erstwhile foes have been so generous in their post-election assess- ments of the man and his career.
The challenge within the Labour Party to decide its next leader and deputy leader has the potential to split the party apart after Labour's hammering at the polls on Saturday night.
Labour leader Phil Goff and Prime Minister John Key have crossed swords for the first time in the 2011 election campaign in a head to head debate tonight.
The sparring continued between National and Labour yesterday as Phil Goff sought to discredit National's response to his 10 "vital statistics" attacking the Government's record.
Labour leader Phil Goff continued his election strategy of attacking National's greatest asset tonight, panning the Prime Minister's record in rebuilding his hometown of Christchurch during a leaders debate in the city.
Prime Minister John Key has described as "panicked'' the Labour Party's plan to raise the age of eligibility for NZ Super to 67 and to make KiwiSaver compulsory.
Labour leader Phil Goff will tonight get his first major opportunity to show voters he is up to the job as prime minister when he and Prime Minister John Key meet in the first leaders debate.
Labour would actively "intervene'' to kickstart the Christchurch recovery, including entering the land development and insurance markets if necessary, leader Phil Goff says.
Labour leader Phil Goff has rubbished suggestions his deputy Annette King may step down and that he recently asked his front bench whether he should do the same.
Labour will campaign this election on workers' rights and has promised to repeal changes made under National.
Labour's plans for the country look likely to become clearer in the next few weeks with leader Phil Goff today signalling policy releases before the Rugby World Cup.
Cantabrians need more certainty about their futures and whether they will be able to rebuild on their quake-damaged properties, Labour leader Phil Goff says.
Labour leader Phil Goff is facing fresh criticism of his handling of the Darren Hughes affair after police decided not to charge the former MP.
John Key and Phil Goff clashed in Parliament yesterday over whether the changes in tomorrow's Budget to KiwiSaver, Working for Families and student loans amounted to broken promises by National.
Peter Dunne is unlikely to get a place in Cabinet should Labour win the November election, after he last night wrote off the party's chances.
KiwiSaver cuts would be a backward step for the economy and would reduce crucial savings, Labour finance spokesman David Cunliffe says.
New Zealanders need a guarantee that oil companies will foot the bill if deep sea drilling off the East Cape goes wrong, Labour leader Phil Goff says.