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New Zealand National Party leader Simon Bridges with deputy leader Paula Bennett in Wellington on Tuesday. Photograph:  Mark Tantrum/New Zealand National Party/AFP Photo

New Zealand’s opposition National Party has elected its first ever Maori leader, who will be supported by a Maori deputy, Paula Bennett. Simon Brid(...)

New Zealand’s new opposition Labour party leader, Jacinda Ardern. Photograph: Ross Setford/Reuters

When Labour Party candidate Greg O’Connor says “this is an election like no other”, he is not exaggerating. Three party leaders, including his own, ha(...)

Technology billionaire Peter Thiel, an adviser to US president Donald Trump, also has New Zealand citizenship. Photograph: Andrew White/The New York Times

Peter Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of Paypal, was granted New Zealand citizenship despite not meeting the usual requirements, new documents have(...)

John Key (left) has backed  Bill English to be the next prime minister of New Zealand. Photograph: Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP

New Zealand prime minister John Key, who stunned the country by announcing his resignation on Monday, has backed his deputy Bill English to take over.(...)

A New Zealand Defence Force helicopter landing at Woodend after evacuating some tourists from Kaikoura. Photograph: Chris Foley/AFP/Getty Images

New Zealand emergency services and defence personnel began evacuating hundreds of tourists and residents from a small South Island town amid more str(...)

New Zealand’s Aaron Smith has made a tearful apology following an incident with a ‘lady friend’ in a disabled toilet at Christchurch Airport. Photograph: Getty

Aaron Smith has issued a tearful apology for the airport toilet encounter that has been condemned as embarrassing by New Zealand Prime Minister John K(...)

Rats are to be killed off in New Zealand under a new conservation programme. Photograph: Alexander W Helin/Getty Images

New Zealand plans to eliminate invasive predators by 2050, wiping out opossums, rats and weasels that threaten the survival of native species, the gov(...)

 A general view of the Hong Kong offices of Panama-headquartered law firm Mossack Fonseca. Photograph: Alex Hofford/EPA

NGOs have called for worldwide transparency on taxation in the wake of the release of the Panama paper as international reaction continues. The Pana(...)

The current New Zealand flag (right) next to the alternative flag in Wellington. New Zealanders voted convincingly against a proposal to adopt the silver fern design, referendum results showed. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

New Zealand voted on Thursday to retain its national flag, which features the Union Jack, after a 16-month exercise that cost taxpayers NZ$26 million(...)

New Zealand cricket legend Martin Crowe has died aged 53. Photograph: AP

New Zealand Cricket has paid tribute to the “country’s greatest batsman” after former Black Caps skipper Martin Crowe died aged 53. The batsman had b(...)

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