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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.

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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.

New Zealand extends role in UNAMI

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The government of New Zealand Tuesday said it would extend its obligation to the U.N. Assistance Mission in Iraq for another year to December 2009.

China, New Zealand sign trade agreement

BEIJING, April 7 (UPI) -- China and New Zealand signed a free trade agreement Monday called "historically significant" by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

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New Zealand looking towards Asian summit

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand, March 28 (UPI) -- Israeli nuclear weapons whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu may move to New Zealand to escape persecution in his own country.

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New Zealand commemorates 1979 disaster

HAMILTON, New Zealand, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Cathedral bells will toll 257 times in Hamilton, New Zealand, Sunday -- the 25th anniversary of 257 people dying in a DC-10 plane crash.
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Phil Goff
Director-General of the World Trade Organization Pascal Lamy (L) chats with Mexican Minister of Economy Eduardo Sojo Garza-Aldape at a panel on future challenges for the multilateral trading system as part of the two-day OECD Forum 2007 in Paris, May 15, 2007. In background is New Zealand Minister of Trade Phil Goff. The expansion of the OECD looks set to take root this week, with Russia and Brazil seen as likely candidates. (UPI Photo/Eco Clement)

Phil Goff

Philip Bruce Goff (born 22 June 1953), generally known as Phil Goff, is the current Leader of the Opposition and the Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party. During the Fifth Labour Government, he served in a number of ministerial portfolios, including Minister of Defence of New Zealand, Minister of Corrections, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control and Associate Minister of Finance.

Goff was born and raised in Auckland. His family was relatively poor, and his father wanted Goff to enter the workforce immediately after finishing high school. Goff, however, wished to attend university, a decision that caused him to leave home when only sixteen years old. By working as a freezing worker and a cleaner, Goff was able to fund himself through university, gaining an MA (with first class honours) in political studies at the University of Auckland. In 1973, he was Senior Scholar in Political Studies, and also won the Butterworth Prize for law. While completing his MA, he lectured in Political Studies. He also briefly worked as an Insurance Workers Union organiser.

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