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  • Woman rescued from bush after fall

    24 September 2017 6:57 AM

    A woman has been rescued from bush east of Rotorua after a fall from a mountain bike. A mountain biker has been airlifted from an area east of Rotorua after a fall. The Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand sent a Rotorua-based rescue helicopter after a personal locator beacon was set off about midday on Sunday. It was set off at Pakihi Hut, which

  • Labour steal back Chch seat from quake minister

    24 September 2017 5:19 AM 6

    The Labour Party have seized back the Christchurch Central electorate in possibly the city's most exciting contest. Labour candidate Duncan Webb won the seat by just over 2200 votes from incumbent Nicky Wagner, who is Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration. Christchurch Central was a Labour stronghold since the 1940s, until the 2011 election

  • NZ dollar in for volatility with govt still unclear

    24 September 2017 4:43 AM

    The New Zealand dollar is set for more volatility in coming weeks after the election left New Zealand's major parties with no majority to govern, forcing them to enter negotiations with the nationalist New Zealand First Party. The National Party secured the largest number of votes in Saturday's election but two of its possible allies lost seats in parliament

  • New Zealand election: Winston Peters 'kingmaker' in hung parliament as nation awaits result

    23 September 2017 11:07 PM

    The votes have been counted and New Zealanders have had their say, but the dust is far from settled as the nation eagerly awaits news on who will form government, Josh Bavas writes. The votes have been counted and New Zealanders have had their say, but the dust is far from settled as the nation eagerly awaits news on who will form government

  • Ardern confident in Labour-NZ First-Greens govt

    23 September 2017 9:53 PM 10

    Labour leader Jacinda Ardern says she is confident a Labour, NZ First, Greens government could provide stable government despite having just a one-seat majority. Ms Ardern said she was due to speak to Green co-leader James Shaw on Sunday afternoon but it was clear that NZ First leader Winston Peters wanted some time before any conversations were held. She denied

  • Coffey wins Waiariki; Flavell and Maori Party out

    23 September 2017 5:29 PM

    Labour's Coffey is the new Waiariki MP with incumbent Te Ururoa Flavell out of Parliament - along with the Maori Party. A tearful Flavell, his party's co-leader, has just given a concession speech at Waiteti Marae thanking his supporters. The crowd at Hinemihi Marae, where Coffey and the Labour Party supporters are gathered, fell silent as they watched

  • Decision now lies with Peters

    23 September 2017 4:02 PM 1

    National and Labour had been almost neck and neck in opinion polls, with charismatic 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern almost single-handedly dragging Labour back into the race after taking over the party's leadership in August. National took 46% of the vote, the Electoral Commission said, while support for Labour was 35.8%. A final tally including overseas

  • Older voters are 'screwing' the younger generation: Morgan

    23 September 2017 12:56 PM 4

    Gareth Morgan says older New Zealanders are "screwing the younger generation". The Leader of TOP (The Opportunity Party) told Newshub he is not too surprised by the party's low results. During the live coverage of the election results, Morgan hit out at the voters, calling them "selfish". "I'm incredibly disappointed. They're screwing the younger generation

  • New Zealand's ruling Nationals win most votes, New Zealand First Party kingmaker

    23 September 2017 12:33 PM

    WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand’s ruling National Party won the largest number of votes in the country’s general election on Saturday, securing a comfortable margin over the Labour Party after what had promised to be the most hotly contested race in recent history. National and Labour had been almost neck and neck in opinion polls, with charismatic

  • Swarbrick to be youngest MP in 42 years

    23 September 2017 11:47 AM

    The Greens' Chloe Swarbrick will become the youngest New Zealand MP in 42 years with the environmental party earning seven seats in parliament. The Greens' Chloe Swarbrick looks set to become the youngest MP in 42 years. Preliminary results from Saturday night's election give the Greens's 5.9 per cent of the party vote, which will will mean seven seats