NZ National Party just misses a majority

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- A jubilant newly elected Prime Minister John Key said his National Party, with one seat shy of a Parliamentary majority, will work for all New Zealanders.

New Zealand PM wins re-election, but …

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- New Zealand's center-right Prime Minister John Key and his party retained minority power after national voting Saturday, initial poll results indicated.

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10,000 Christchurch homes face demolition

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, March 7 (UPI) -- As many as 10,000 homes in earthquake-stricken Christchurch, New Zealand, need to be demolished, Prime Minister John Key said Monday.

N.Z. leader calls for worldwide fundraiser

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- New Zealand Prime Minister John Key called Sunday for a global fundraiser to help the people of Christchurch and others recover from a devastating earthquake.

Rugby first, then politics in New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- New Zealand Prime Minister John Key set Nov. 26 for a general election Wednesday, saying the long lead time allows the country to focus on the World Rugby Cup.

Minor quakes rattle New Zealand

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Two minor earthquakes rattled New Zealand Tuesday morning, geological monitors said.

Famous parrot named N.Z. 'spokesbird'

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- A New Zealand parrot that rose to stardom after trying to mate with the head of a TV host is the country's new "spokesbird" for conservation, officials said.

New Zealand considers '3 strikes' law

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A "Three Strikes and the Max" sentencing policy would keep some violent criminals behind bars for life, the New Zealand government said Tuesday.

New Zealand targeting Antarctica whaling

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says he has asked the United States to help his country limit Japanese whaling in Antarctica.

Wrong card: Happy 100th anniversary

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A New Zealand woman said the 100th birthday card she received from Prime Minister John Key mistakenly congratulated her on 100 years of marriage.

PM: Spy agency to shelve lawmaker files

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, March 16 (UPI) -- New Zealand's Security Intelligence Service has been told to deactivate its files on sitting lawmakers, officials said.

Official's cast auctioned off for $9,300

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- The cast worn by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key after he broke his arm has been sold at auction for more than $9,300, a company says.

New Zealand election under way

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A hard-fought campaign is coming to an end in New Zealand with an election that could bring an end to Helen Clark's tenure as prime minister, observers say.

Some Kiwis find U.S politics more enticing

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Many New Zealanders are more interested in the upcoming U.S. contest than in their own parliamentary election, a poll released Sunday finds.

Atlantic Eye: Helen Clark plays her hand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- After nearly 10 years as New Zealand prime minister, Helen Clark will disband Parliament on Oct. 3. She has called elections for Nov. 8 -- just four days after the U.S. elections. She hopes for a strong wind across the Pacific to help her in her uphill quest for re-election.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

N.Z. lawmakers to rethink film use ban

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, July 6 (UPI) -- The National Party in New Zealand reversed itself regarding a ban on using parliamentary footage for satire after TV networks said they would defy the ban. Party leader John Key Friday called the rules "unworkable" and said the prohibition made members of
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