:  Simon Upton

Upton may come back

Former National Party Environment Minister Simon Upton is believed to be on the short list to get a top Parliamentary post. Upton is currently the OECD’s Director of its Environmental Directorate. But he…
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The Russian diplomat who loved rugby

Russia’s long-serving Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin has died aged 64. Churkin was the recipient of some creative New Zealand diplomacy IN 2013 when we were campaigning to get a seat on the Security …
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:  Winston Peters

A cunning plan

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has formally proposed that the position of Leader of the Opposition be abolished. He has put the proposal to the high-powered Standing Orders’ Committee chaired by …
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Black Prince to retire

Foreign Minister Murray McCully will not stand again for parliament at the next election but whether that means he is willing to relinquish his portfolio before then is unclear. In a statement announcing hi…
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Smith's silver bullet falls short

One of the Government’s silver bullets to fix the housing crisis was launched yesterday with the publication of the National Policy Standard on Urban Development. The revised version of the NPS which was …
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