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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 54

2 November 2017 1:24 AM National unveils strong Opposition team

National Party Leader Bill English has unveiled a strong Opposition team which will hold the Government to account and ensure it does not squander the opportunities New Zealanders have created for our country in recent years. “New Zealand is doing well, with low unemployment, thousands of jobs being created every month, strong public services and New Zealanders 31

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 24

1 November 2017 5:38 AM Brian Tamaki lashes out at LGBT community again

Controversial Destiny Church leader Bishop Brian Tamaki has again criticised the gay and lesbian community, less than a year after he was widely condemned for blaming gay people for earthquakes. During a sermon on Sunday, Tamaki referred to gay and lesbian clergy as a "contamination". "You've got to understand that there's been such a breakdown and contamination 19

31 October 2017 4:46 AM Foreign home buyer ban to start early 2018

Ardern campaigned in the recent election to restrict foreign buyers to reduce demand, while the country tackles what her Labour Party says is a housing crisis left unresolved by the previous National government. "We are determined to make it easier for Kiwis to buy their first home so we are stopping foreign speculators buying houses and driving up prices 29

31 October 2017 4:15 AM New Zealand PM says ban on foreign home buyers to start early 2018

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday a ban on foreigners buying existing homes would begin in early 2018, but the restrictions would not apply to Australians. Ardern campaigned in the recent New Zealand election to restrict foreign buyers to reduce demand, while the country tackles what her Labour party says is a housing 22

30 October 2017 9:33 AM WATCH: Iranian diplomat, imam call for destruction of Israel

"The countdown to the annihilation of the Zionist regime has begun." A day after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani boldly declared that Tehran will continue to produce nuclear-capable missiles, an activity Israel has been warning against for years, a video of an Iranian diplomat urging for the destruction of Israel started gaining traction online 5

30 October 2017 12:59 AM Ardern still unsure how to ban foreigners buying Kiwi homes

Jacinda Ardern admits she hasn't yet worked out how to stop foreigners owning New Zealand homes. One of Labour's election promises was to have a policy by Christmas, to make sure people based overseas can't buy an existing home. Ardern said the old Government always claimed it would be possible to bring in a stamp duty tax, but she says that would be a breach 5

29 October 2017 12:53 PM Mark Garnier investigated by Cabinet Office over sex toy errand

Conservative MP Mark Garnier is to face an investigation into whether he broke ministerial rules after he admitted asking his secretary to buy sex toys. The international trade minister also confirmed calling her "sugar tits," according to the Mail on Sunday, but he said it did not amount to harassment. The Cabinet Office will look at whether the Ministerial 4

28 October 2017 4:04 PM Blaming capitalism for policy failure is fake news

“If you have hundreds of thousands of children living in homes without enough to survive, that’s a blatant failure… When you have a market economy, it all comes down to whether or not you acknowledge where the market has failed and where intervention is required. Has it failed our people in recent times? Yes. How can you claim you’ve been successful 26