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I never lied to get the benefit - Bennett 51 minutes ago

Paula Bennett said it's "distasteful" that people are scraping through her past.

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Boris Johnson says the Kiwi OE is safe 2 hours ago

The foreign secretary has reassured Kiwis hoping to head to the UK.

Labour Party leader Andrew Little on The AM Show.

National 'misleading' Aucklanders with promises of affordable housing - Labour

Labour says National would only build 4500 'affordable' homes in Auckland.

Todd Barclay said "good morning", but did not answer reporters' questions.

Todd Barclay makes early morning dash into Parliament

The missing-in-action MP was seemingly hoping to avoid the media - but it didn't work.

The biggest individual booking came from Prime Minister Bill English, who spent $35,155.37 for return business class flights to Europe with two staff members on Singapore Airlines.

Ministers spend $5.5m on international flights

Bill English spent $35k for business class flights to Europe with two staff members.

Someone decided Labour's 'fresh approach' slogan could be suited to a Countdown supermarket advert.

Labour's election sign gets Photoshop treatment

It follows the National party sign being satirised over the weekend.

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Drug users must take responsibility - PM

Bill English says combatting synthetic cannabis is a matter for police.

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Boris Johnson apologises for Kiwi visa delays

The UK foreign secretary said it's a bureaucratic issue.

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DoC's cash crunch gets community rallying

A Newshub-Reid Research poll shows most Kiwis support a 'tourist tax' to help DoC.

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Boris Johnson arrives in New Zealand

Mr Johnson unveiled a new UK-NZ memorial at The Pukeahu Memorial Park.

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Livestream: PM's post-Cabinet news conference

Bill English will speak to media at 4:00pm.

Cancer Society spokesperson Mike Kernaghan wants to hear more about Labour's plan.

Would equal cancer care cost too much?

The Cancer Society says throwing money at cancer care won't necessarily guarantee success.

The housing crisis is on track to cost the Government $50 million a year.

'I don't know why people are complaining'

Bill English says the Govt has no choice but to spend $140,000 a day on motels for the homeless.

Shane Jones.

Drop a nuke on gangs - Shane Jones

Saturday's gang boxing night was a missed opportunity to 'get rid of them all in one go', he says.

NZ First wants to reduce immigration to 10,000 but is criticising the Government's plans to reduce numbers.

Peters backs farmers' call to halt immigration cuts

The anti-immigration party is criticising the Government's tighter immigration rules.

Waikato River in Hamilton.

Tainui's tax bill labelled a 'disgrace'

Tainui's record $138m profit comes with a tax bill of only $12,000 - and not everyone's happy.

Auckland - needs more housing.

Auckland housing plan far too late - Labour

The Govt's new infrastructure fund is getting a thumbs-up from many, but Labour's asking - why now?

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Regional revolt prompts Government rethink on immigration

Examples of the revolt include Southland, which wants 10,000 more people.

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Labour promises a National Cancer Agency

The party says all NZers will have access to the same level of cancer care no matter where they live.

'Delivering for New Zealanders'

National's election signs perfect Photoshop opp

'Delivering for New Zealanders' was too good an opportunity to pass up for pranksters.

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Newshub's poll data bank

Explore complete Newshub-Reid Research polling data sets from the past five years.

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The election's big issues - have your say

Newshub wants your voice on the the issues you will vote on.

Metiria Turei.

Metiria Turei's daughter 'would've been hungry'

Metiria Turei's daughter says her mother did what she had to do to survive and thrive.

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Campaigning kicks off as election posters appear

Today was the first day candidates and parties were allowed to put up their campaign posters.

Bill English staples a hoarding.

Bill English avoids 'nail fail' on first hoarding

The Prime Minister uses a stapler rather than hammer to avoid repeating John Key's shocker.

Jacinda Ardern and Andrew Little.

Ardern happy to give up Deputy PM role to Greens

"If am not Deputy Prime Minister but I'm a minister, that is fantastic. That means we've won."

Church-owned companies like Sanitarium are often accused of not paying their fair share of tax.

No church tax crackdown - Collins

Judith Collins says she has no plans to crack down on charities running businesses and avoiding tax.

Jacinda Ardern.

Ardern defends Labour's plan to borrow billions

"We cannot sit by while children live in cars," the Labour deputy leader told The Nation.

Jacinda Ardern.

Interview: Jacinda Ardern

Nine weeks out from the election, deputy leader Jacinda Ardern talks to Lisa Owen.

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Labour reveals its $4 billion education plan

It's promising the money on top of what National has already committed to.

Nearly 1 percent of Kiwis don't have a proper home.

NZ's homelessness the worst in OECD - by far

New Zealand has the worst homelessness in the OECD, new figures show.

Airport arrivals board

Immigration hits new high even as Kiwis leave

Immigration has hit another record high, despite more Kiwis leaving than arriving.

Paula Bennett.

Govt admits housing crisis response has been too slow

"We had no idea how much it was going to cost... no idea it would ever be this big."

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Who are the top 10 NZ politicians on Instagram?

A Green Party candidate is in the lead.

Housing

Govt spending $140,000 a day on motels

Labour says government spends $140,000 a day putting up homeless families in motels.

Grant Robertson.

'Transparent' Labour budget adds up - Taxpayers' Union

It says Labour's policies have been reasonably costed with realistic assumptions.

Labour education policy

Labour plans to end school donations

Labour says it will put an end to 'voluntary' school donations for most parents.

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NZ companies urged to look at gender pay gap

It comes as the BBC reveals the salaries of its richest stars.

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Peter Dunne proposes multi-billion-dollar Wellington tunnels

His multi-billion-dollar idea would be twice the length of Auckland's Waterview Connection.

Boy in window

Government spends $12.6m on emergency housing in three months

It is spending almost $140,000 a day on things like housing families in motels.

A Japanese whaling ship.

Foreign Minister 'extremely disappointed' over Japanese whaling

The NZ Govt says Japan is failing to justify killing whales in the name of research.

Grant Robertson.

Labour's alternative Budget adds up - economist

Labour's numbers have been given the tick of approval.

National MPs Todd Barclay and Chris Bishop.

'Get your mental health right' - MP to Barclay

Backbencher Chris Bishop says beleaguered MP Todd Barclay needs a break.

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The youth vote and why you should give a damn

Five reasons why you should be enrolled to vote this year.

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Labour would spend billions more on health and education

They've set out the budget they'll present if they win the election.

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Patrick Gower on Winston Peters, Metiria Turei, and Todd Barclay

What are Winston's chances of becoming Prime Minister and what should Metiria Turei do now?

Christine Rankin has called for Ms Turei to be prosecuted.

Turei an 'absolute disgrace' - former WINZ boss

Christine Rankin was furious about the Green co-leader's admission of benefit fraud.

Watch Hone Harawira make the case for Māori deciding on Māori seats.

Māori seats: Winston Peters appears to have second thoughts

He said it should be up to Māori to decide if the seats go.

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'I am Metiria': Beneficiaries share struggles with WINZ

They say they're being treated as "less than human".

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Todd Barclay proves he's been hard at work

The disgraced MP has kept a low profile since his resignation.