"Who are Posh and Becks, or did he just sneeze?"
Clarke is overwhemed by the excitement of the impending proceedings.
an immediate response from one of National's allies - United Future leader Peter Dunne said most voters would be "horrified" at the thought of a Don Brash-led ACT forcing National to the Right.The Nats are three years overdue for being dragged hard right to do what is needed.
"Today the reality of what will be at stake in the November 26 election has been spelt out clearly for all New Zealanders - and it should scare them," Dunne said.
"National will lead the next government. Labour is in meltdown and out of the game.
"[Prime Minister] John Key will be horrified at the prospect of being dragged to the right."
I'm not sure of the legalities around spamming but I'm sure...
advocates spamming the group with texts and YouTube links to the Chinese National Anthem and songs such as I think I'm Turning Japanese
My grandfather died from war-related injuries when my dad was eight. It's sad to think that this intolerance still exists two generations onThere are those of that generation, along with their families, still alive today for whom rightly any form of fraternising with peoples from certain Asian or Germanic countries will be forever viewed with total disgust and never be condoned to their dying days. And that is why they will turn out in droves today, this day of remembrance.
"The Government's contribution allows us to be competitive on the world stage," Mr Dalton said.
A war of words has erupted over moves by Christchurch RSA bosses to defy a national directive to buy Chinese-produced Anzac Day poppies from next year.
Wanganui district councillors are split over whether or not God has any place around their council table
The Government is pouring billions of dollars of good money – taxpayers' money – into failing businesses like South Canterbury Finance and AMI Insurance. It should nationalise AMI and send the people who supposedly ran the company to a tent camp in a Canterbury pine plantation for the winter.
they are creaming it ... [while] taxpayer dollars get siphoned off in billions to save failing businesses
The days of pensioners eating pet food will be over the day we walk back through the doors of Parliament
Welcome back, it has been a bloody long three years without you
Work is a benefit, business is the benefactor and workers are merely the beneficiaries. Workers should be grateful for a job; a job is a privilege; employers should be lauded for the contribution they make to growing economic wealth.
anyone who joins or seeks to organise a union as disloyal, a wrecker or an ingrate, throwing charity back in the face of the giver ... paints the union as an outsider, an interferer in a relationship based on charity
Environmental campaigners disrupting oil exploration off the East Cape are standing in the way of "better jobs and better incomes" for New Zealanders, says Prime Minister John Key.
"This is not a protest," iwi spokesman Rikirangi Gage said. "This is an act of defence of our ancestral lands and waters that have sustained us for generations."
I wouldn't trust them. Between a gaggle of gays and some self-serving unionists, I'm not sure that a straight shooter such as myself would be given a fair deal.
he had "scolded" Mr O'Connor about the comments, which the MP had told him about, "although ... it will probably help him no end on the Coast. He's a pretty straight talker and he used West Coast language.
the comments were inappropriate and ''redneck''
A Glenfield solo mother has been refused a food grant to feed her children because of tight new rules for hardship payments.
she had unexpected costs when her stove broke down and she needed a new tyre to get a warrant and registration for her car
has not had a haircut for two years and can't afford a computer for her children
Her stove broke down two weeks ago and the landlord has not replaced it
had received four hardship grants since September but her debts appeared to be still growing.
"We have asked [her] more than once to meet with us to work on a budget and agree some reasonable steps towards managing her finances. We want to help [her] live within her means, to break out of the debt cycle," he said. "To date, [she] has refused to discuss her budget and costs with us."
- A Thai overstayer who has been living in New Zealand illegally for 10 years has been deported to Thailand
- was on a flight back to Thailand this afternoon, about four hours after Judge Kit Toogood turned down his application for a review
- been in New Zealand since 1996 when he arrived on a three-month visitor permit but stayed on when the permit expired
- A Treasury paper out today argues for lower tax and less government spending.
- There appears to be scope to lower the tax take as a share of the economy or, alternatively, to better position the Crown to deal with long-term expenditure pressures without increasing the tax take
- There is mixed evidence as to what types of expenditure really matter for growth.
- However, the Treasury believes that New Zealand has a significant chunk of spending in areas that are unlikely to enhance economic growth
- all spending programmes need to meet a high burden of proof that they really do boost New Zealander's living standards