New Zealand politics

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Labor says Dutton ‘desperate’ to distract from defence failures – as it happened
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Josh Taylor (now) and Cait Kelly and Caitlin Cassidy (earlier)

10, Jun, 2022 @8:19 AM

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Ardern’s fiance takes swipe at Albanese’s outdated music taste after leaders exchange records
‘What is this, 2004???’ Clarke Gayford posted in response to Australian PM’s gift of Midnight Oil, Spiderbait and Powderfinger albums

Eva Corlett

10, Jun, 2022 @6:17 AM

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New Zealand’s next kingmakers: who are the Māori party?
After an unexpected return to parliament, Te Pati Māori has grabbed headlines with its bold and uncompromising stances

Tess McClure in Wellington

31, May, 2022 @3:54 AM

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NZ Māori party rules out right-wing coalition after next election
Co-leader Rawiri Waititi, whose party is expected to become kingmakers, accuses Act of ‘emboldening racism across the country’ through its rhetoric

Tess McClure in Wellington

31, May, 2022 @1:47 AM

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New Zealand will push Anthony Albanese on ‘501’ deportation policy, Jacinda Ardern says
Prime minister said it was helpful that new Australian leader had already acknowledged issues causing friction

Eva Corlett in Wellington

23, May, 2022 @5:25 AM

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New Zealand budget might disappoint left but could help Labour win re-election | Morgan Godfery
In previous years we saw a tantalising glimpse of Grant Robertson as ‘Red Robbo’ – but moderation may win back centrists

Morgan Godfery

20, May, 2022 @2:45 AM

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Poorest New Zealanders lose out to ‘squeezed middle’ in budget, inequality experts say
Government says child poverty is easing in all areas but those on the ground say the dial has barely shifted in the past five years

Eva Corlett in Wellington

19, May, 2022 @4:39 AM

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New Zealand budget 2022: Ardern offers $1bn in sweeteners to tackle cost of living ‘storm’
PM says budget, which includes major spending on climate and health care reform, aims to ensure long term ‘economic and social security’

Tess McClure in Wellington

19, May, 2022 @2:23 AM

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As the shine comes off NZ Labour, Grant Robertson hopes his budget can steady the ship
Finance minister’s fifth budget – with spending on health and the environment - will be key scene-setter ahead of New Zealand election expected next year

Eva Corlett in Wellington

13, May, 2022 @7:00 PM

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Opposition promises are entrancing New Zealanders as Jacinda Ardern’s star fades | Danyl McLauchlan
A dramatic collapse in Labour’s poll ratings comes as National under Christopher Luxon soars

Danyl McLauchlan

06, May, 2022 @3:23 AM

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NZ’s former deputy PM banned from parliament for visiting anti-vaccine-mandate protest
Winston Peters condemned two-year ban as ‘dictatorial behaviour’ that ‘should be reserved for third world banana republics’

Tess McClure in Auckland

03, May, 2022 @6:05 AM

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New Zealand finance minister tightens the belt for first post-Covid budget
Grant Robertson announces plans for new rules on spending and borrowing in first major pre-budget speech

Eva Corlett in Wellington

03, May, 2022 @2:55 AM

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