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19 September 2017 9:40 PM Socialist Equality Group statement on the election

The New Zealand election on September 23 poses the urgent need for an internationalist and socialist movement of the working class. Whatever its outcome, the election will not address the great issues of the day that confront workers and young people: the failure of capitalism as an economic system; growing international tensions and the undeniable danger

19 September 2017 6:48 AM Goals to achieve before parliamentary run for OSullivan

Kaitaia doctor Lance O'Sullivan hopes his statement of intent to stand for the Maori Party in 2020 will boost the party's chances this election. Dr O'Sullivan says for him health and politics are equally important and intricately linked. "One is institutionalising digital health in New Zealand and the resurgence of my alma mater, my kura of Hato Petera 1

17 September 2017 1:47 AM English unlikely to return to Waitangi

After boycotting this year's official Waitangi Day celebrations in favour of events in Auckland, National leader Bill English says he's unlikely to return. Bill English is unlikely to return to Waitangi next year for celebrations if he's prime minister after September 23. The National leader was asked by a voter on the campaign trail on Sunday about

16 September 2017 3:19 AM Election 2017 live: Greens want early capital gains tax

With less than a week to go until the election, Greens leader James Shaw has reopened the capital gains tax debate by saying he would argue in any coalition negotiations with Labour for a capital gains tax in their first term. In an interview with Corin Dann on TVNZ's Q+A, Shaw said the Greens would push Labour to enact a capital gains tax in its first 2

15 September 2017 3:48 AM Maia tops baby name poll

Maia was the most popular Maori baby name for girls in 2016 both in Aotearoa and overseas, according to the Department of Internal Affairs. Nikau topped the list of boys’ names in Aotearoa, but Kai was most popular for Maori boys born overseas. It’s the first time Maori names for babies born overseas have been collected. The second most popular girls’ 3

13 September 2017 9:14 AM Crayfish Diver's Close Encounter With 18-Foot Long Great White Shark Sparks Warnings

A crayfish diver's close encounter with a great white shark in the Whangarei Harbour in New Zealand has sparked warnings in the area for swimmers and other divers, local media reported Wednesday. The incident took place last week off Peach Cove, near the entrance to Whangarei Harbour. Department of Conservation marine scientist Clinton Duffy said the witness 8

12 September 2017 10:09 PM Working out with te reo in the crossfit gym

Working out with te reo in the crossfit gym GISBORNE crossfit athlete Tuteari Te Rauna-Lamont may be one of the fittest teenagers on the planet, but he also likes to champion for another cause, te reo Maori. Tuteari, 14, placed 10th in his age group at the world 2017 Reebok Crossfit Games in Michigan, Wisconsin, in July, and was most likely the only te reo Maori 1

12 September 2017 10:07 PM Poll: Who should Winston Peters go with?

More voters think that New Zealand First should make any coalition decisions on the basis of policies it can get rather than going with the biggest party, but not by much. Just 35 per cent in the latest Herald ZB Kantar TNS poll believe that if New Zealand First has the power to decide which party leads the next Government, it should go with the party 24

12 September 2017 5:41 AM Maori Party candidate cleared of bribery

Maori Party candidate Wetex Kang has been cleared by the Electoral Commission of using a Chinese messaging site to buy votes. Chief electoral officer Alicia Wright, in a letter to Mr Kang on Tuesday, says the commission is confident that he hasn't given any money directly or indirectly to induce an elector to vote for him. It has concluded that he has not committed 4

12 September 2017 4:08 AM Opinion: Joyce's 'fake news' fiscal hole backfires

He even infected the usually (though not quite always) courteous Bill English. National turned into the nasty party. Result: National looks discombobulated. Result: some voters sense National thinks it might lose. They look around. Joyce last week repeated an old National trick of 2011 and 2014. He threw around inflated "costings'' of Labour's promises 4