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New Zealand kingmaker set to decide election Thursday

Wellington - New Zealand's populist kingmaker Winston Peters says he will finally reveal on Thursday who he is supporting in the country's deadlocked general election, after keeping voters waiting almost four weeks.

N. Zealand cops sorry for 'insensitive' road death tweet

Wellington - New Zealand Police have apologised for sending an "insensitive" tweet about road deaths featuring US comedian Steve Carell that was condemned as "tone-deaf" by social media users.

Election limbo as New Zealand hangs on Peters' whim

Wellington - Populist lawmaker Winston Peters is set to pick a winner in New Zealand's deadlocked general election this week after again finding himself cast as kingmaker thanks to the country's quirky electoral system.

New Zealand's election kingmaker says he can't win

Wellington - New Zealand's maverick "kingmaker" Winston Peters expressed frustration at public criticism Thursday after opening talks with rival party leaders on breaking the country's general election deadlock.

New Zealand kingmaker Peters set for talks on power deal

Wellington - New Zealand's maverick "kingmaker" Winston Peters arrived in Wellington Tuesday for talks that will eventually determine the outcome of the country's deadlocked general election.

New Zealand PM says poll deadlock may last three weeks

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English said Monday he expects two or three weeks of "tense" negotiations with maverick MP Winston Peters to break the country's general election deadlock.

New Zealand leaders line up to woo kingmaker Peters

Wellington - Both of New Zealand's major political parties moved to open coalition negotiations with maverick MP Winston Peters Sunday after the country's general election stalemate left him in the position of kingmaker.

New Zealand leaders line up to woo kingmaker Peters

Wellington - Both of New Zealand's major political parties moved to open coalition negotiations with maverick MP Winston Peters Sunday after the country's general election stalemate left him in the position of kingmaker.

New Zealand's Trump-esque 'Kingmaker' to decide election

Wellington - For decades New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has been known as "The Kingmaker" -- a role the populist anti-immigration campaigner is set to play again after the country's general election ended in a stalemate.

New Zealand election stalemate leaves maverick Peters as kingmaker

Wellington - New Zealand's cliffhanger election ended in a stalemate Saturday, leaving maverick populist Winston Peters of the New Zealand First (NZF) party to decide whether conservative Prime Minister Bill English or his youthful challenger Jacinda Ardern forms g...

Polls close in New Zealand's cliffhanger election

Wellington - Voting has closed in New Zealand's general election Saturday where pre-election polls indicated it was too close to call between the centre-right National Party of Prime Minister Bill English and the centre-left Labour Party of Jacinda Ardern.

New Zealand party leaders make final bid to woo voters

Wellington - New Zealand opposition leader Jacinda Ardern conceded she needed more time to win over wavering voters Friday, as parties made their final pitches in what has been a rollercoaster election campaign.

New Zealand election too close to call

Wellington - New Zealanders go to the polls Saturday in a cliffhanger election that sees conservative Prime Minister Bill English battling a challenge from charismatic young rival Jacinda Ardern.

'Jacinda-mania' takes New Zealand election to the wire

Wellington - New Zealand's charismatic opposition leader Jacinda Ardern rallied support Sunday for the final week of a rollercoaster election campaign that has her centre-left Labour Party within sight of an unlikely victory.

New Zealand PM says wallet to decide election

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English on Friday declared his election rival Jacinda Ardern's political honeymoon was over and said voters were now more concerned about "money in their pocket".

New Zealand opposition looks to revive 'Jacinda-mania'

Wellington - New Zealand opposition leader Jacinda Ardern made a U-turn on tax policy Thursday in a bid to shore up support amid fears her charmed election campaign run is over.

New Zealand MP denies spying for China

Wellington - A New Zealand lawmaker received military and intelligence training in China, it emerged Wednesday, but he denied allegations of being a Beijing spy, saying he was the victim of a racist smear campaign.

Christchurch's quake-hit cathedral to be rebuilt

Wellington - Heritage groups in New Zealand on Monday welcomed a decision to rebuild Christchurch's Anglican cathedral, six years after it was extensively damaged in a deadly earthquake.Much of the late 19th Century neo-Gothic structure collapsed in the 6.

New Zealand opposition leader plays down 'Jacinda-mania'

Wellington - New Zealand's opposition leader Jacinda Ardern said Monday she was taking nothing for granted despite her meteoric rise in the polls, as early voting opened for this month's general election.

Aussie deputy PM a frontrunner for 'Kiwi of the Year'

Wellington - Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce was named as a frontrunner in the New Zealander of the Year awards Friday, amid a constitutional crisis in Canberra over his unwanted Kiwi citizenship.

New Zealand PM 'worried' as opposition support surges

Wellington - New Zealand's conservative Prime Minister Bill English conceded Monday he was "worried" about next month's general election, as support for the opposition continued to surge.

Deputy PM Baa-naby's Kiwi woes create chaos in Canberra

Sydney - Australia's top court will this week examine a constitutional crisis threatening to topple the conservative government, after parliament's attempts to deal with it ended in sheep jokes and conspiracy theories.

Aussie opposition scoffs at 'Kiwis under the bed' plot

Sydney - Australia's opposition Labor Party on Wednesday rejected extraordinary claims from the country's top diplomat that it conspired with New Zealand leftists to try to topple the government.

Sheepish Aussie deputy PM drops Kiwi citizenship

Sydney - Australia's "accidental Kiwi" deputy prime minister renounced his New Zealand citizenship Tuesday amid sheep jokes, Hollywood taunts and conspiracy theories about a left-wing plot to topple Canberra's conservative government.

Australia deputy PM caught in dual citizenship crisis

Sydney - Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce's political future was in doubt Monday after it emerged he may be a dual citizen, placing the conservative government's slim parliamentary majority at risk.

British captain drunk while berthing cargo ship suspended

Wellington - A British captain who was five times over the legal alcohol limit while berthing his cargo ship in a New Zealand port was fined and suspended from his duties Monday.

New Zealand opposition leader in sexism row over baby plans

Wellington - New Zealand's freshly installed opposition leader Jacinda Ardern was drawn into a sexism row Wednesday after being asked if having a baby would affect her chances of becoming prime minister.

Scientists set sail to unlock secrets of 'lost continent' Zealandia

Sydney - Scientists are attempting to unlock the secrets of the "lost continent" of Zealandia, setting sail Friday to investigate the huge underwater landmass east of Australia that has never been properly studied.

Britain's Johnson compares Maori greeting to headbutt

Wellington - Britain's gaffe-prone Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson likened a traditional Maori greeting to a headbutt Monday while visiting indigenous leaders in New Zealand.

Flood-hit New Zealand braces for more rain

Wellington - Flood-hit regions of New Zealand were warned to expect more wild weather Sunday after a deluge forced evacuations and emergency declarations in parts of South Island.
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