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2 November 2017 4:16 PM The Soap Box: Labour making their mark with easily dispersed crumbs

A fortnight ago much of the country was in a state of shell shock. Winston Peters had just delivered his decision to anoint Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Since then we haven't seen much of him. He's clearly decided to let the young ones get on with the job and they've been busy delivering the sort of crumbs that are relatively easy to disperse 66

2 November 2017 3:09 AM Labour already a 'brutal' Government

Opposition leader Bill English says the new Labour Government is already "brutal" and has promised to do nothing to smooth the path of the new Government. Mr English was addressing media after announcing Opposition portfolios, a minor reshuffle that's seen Judith Collins promoted to the front bench. The comments came in response to Health Minister David 35

2 November 2017 1:32 AM Jacinda Ardern to meet with Malcolm Turnbull

Jacinda Ardern and Malcolm Turnbull's first sit down is expected to be courteous but will cover some thorny territory. The New Zealand prime minister is visiting Sydney on Sunday for bilateral talks ahead of the upcoming APEC and East Asia Summits in Vietnam and the Philippines. The pair earlier this month had their first phone conversation, with Ms Ardern 29

2 November 2017 12:46 AM Judgment: Hagaman v Little

B The appellant’s estate must pay the respondent costs for a standard appeal on a band A basis and usual disbursements. [1] Does the late Mr Hagaman’s appeal against a High Court Judge’s ruling in a defamation trial survive his death? That is the question this judgment is concerned with. [2] Mr and Mrs Hagaman owned a large New Zealand hotel chain. In 2014 Mr Hagaman 30

2 November 2017 12:01 AM No govt support for Auckland port expansion: Ardern

Nov. 2 (BusinessDesk) - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has poured cold water on the Ports of Auckland's proposal to extend one of its wharves by 13 metres into Waitemata Harbour, just hours after the proposal was released. Speaking after her first official conversation as prime minister with the mayor of Auckland, former Labour Party leader Phil Goff, Ardern 30

1 November 2017 11:50 PM Ardern pours cold water on Auckland port expansion, supports fuel tax

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff emerged from their first meeting together in perfect agreement. The pair, who used to work together when Goff was still in parliament, met with Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Housing and Transport Minister Phil Twyford to discuss how the Government can work with the Auckland Council 3

1 November 2017 9:50 PM No defamation of the dead: Andrew Little wins Hagaman suit

The Court of Appeal has thrown out an appeal by Earl Hagaman’s estate against Labour MP Andrew Little on the basis that dead people can't be defamed. The late hotelier, Earl Hagaman, had started proceedings back in 2016 after Mr Little made statements that drew a connection between Mr Hagaman’s donations to the National Party and that his hotel chain 23

1 November 2017 7:49 PM Ex-leader Goff meets Labour's PM

Former Labour leader Phil Goff, who was beaten for the chance at becoming prime minister in 2011, has had his first meeting with Jacinda Ardern. Phil Goff has returned to the Beehive to meet with the woman who did what he couldn't - lead Labour into government. The Auckland mayor and former Labour leader is meeting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for the first 30

1 November 2017 5:33 PM 'Frenzy' goes out of NZ housing market

New Zealand property value growth slowed to an annual pace of 3.9 percent in October as inflated Auckland house prices fell for the first time in six years. The QV house price index posted the lowest rate of annual growth since June 2012 last month, state-owned valuer Quotable Value said. Values increased 0.9 percent to a national average $646,807 in the three 24

1 November 2017 4:00 PM New Zealand’s Housing Boom Has Come to an End

House prices in New Zealand’s largest city posted their first annual decline in six years in October, bringing an end to the nation’s property boom. Prices in the Auckland region fell 0.6 percent from a year earlier, helping to slow the rate of growth nationwide to 3.9 percent, a five-year low, property research agency Quotable Value said Thursday. Auckland’s 25