Politics

The government hopes that the allure of a delicious chocolate treat will persuade Rio Tinto to keep its Tiwai aluminium smelter operational for years to come

Government hopes to sweeten Rio Tinto deal with chocolate fish

Just one day after international mining giant Rio Tinto rejected a government subsidy offer to keep its Southland aluminium factory in operation, Prime Minister John Key is promising he’ll return to the negotiating table with a tasty chocolate fish. The factory, located just south of Invercargill at Tiwai Point, is […]

Mr. Shearer says he “only just remembered” he had the winning ticket

David Shearer claims 11-month-old Lotto ticket

Leader of the Labour Party David Shearer made his way into the Cambridge Terrace lotto shop in Wellington today to claim a major prize on a lottery ticket he purchased more than eleven months ago. Shearer told a gathering of media outside the store that he’d bought the ticket from […]

ACT Party launches investigation into why John Banks is leader of ACT

ACT Party launches investigation into why John Banks is leader of ACT

The ACT Party has today announced that it will be launching a thorough investigation into how former Auckland mayor and National Party cabinet minister John Banks became the parliamentary leader of its supposedly libertarian party. Concern has been building in ACT’s ranks for some time about the leadership, which appeared […]

Susan Devoy is confident that she can help ease simmering tensions between European New Zealanders and the country's indigenous blacks

Susan Devoy promises to reach out to nation’s blacks

Incoming Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has today promised to forge a close working relationship with New Zealand’s indigenous black people. Devoy, a former squash player and four time winner of the World Open, was last week appointed to the high-ranking position by Minister of Ethnic Affairs, Judith Collins. […]

Steven Joyce is said to be relieved that he'll finally get to go home

Novopay debacle solved by restarting computer

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce is winning praise this morning after he permanently solved the Novopay debacle by restarting the system’s main computer. Joyce, who was put in charge of fixing the faulty payroll system earlier this year, is today describing the solution as “actually fairly simple, it turns out.” […]

David Shearer suddenly remembers affair

David Shearer suddenly remembers affair

Labour Leader David Shearer has today revealed that, for a two year period between July 2009 and November 2011, he engaged in a romantic affair with a young office worker at his Mt. Albert electorate office in Auckland. Shearer claims that he “only just remembered” the affair and that up […]