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Health cuts show Government 'squeezing too hard' - Labour

Health funding has been slashed by $1.7 billion in last five years, Labour says. 

Murray McCully and John Kerry meet to discuss UN Security Council business

When Murray McCully and John Kerry caught up in Washington they found plenty to praise each other about.

John Key says NZ's drug bill set to rise under TPP, but patients protected

Protecting Pharmac's purchasing model is one of Labour's bottom lines in support for TPP, Labour leader Andrew Little says.

Labour's Kelvin Davis says Mt Eden prison guard revelations are 'corruption'

An anonymous caller tipped Labour MP Kelvin Davis off to prison guard "corruption".

Winston Peters kicked out of debating chamber

NZ First leader Winston Peters ejected from Parliament in a row over private prison firm Serco.

Anne Tolley still happy for Serco to run social services for children

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says plenty of service providers get into "difficulty" but that wasn't a reason not to offer them contracts.

Editorial: Government should increase paid leave for parents

OPINION: Increasing paid parental leave from 18 weeks to 26 would not break the Government's books.

No 'wholesale changes' to District Health Boards - Jonathan Coleman

The health minister has moved to allay fears District Health Boards could face major changes to funding.

Forcing dairy farm sales will cause headaches for banks - Bill English

Banks will be reluctant to force indebted dairy farmers to sell up, Finance Minister predicts.

New Zealand pad venue for top level Security Council meeting

OPINION: The entire UN Security Council is treated to Kiwi-style lunch at NZ's $11m New York pad.

Beehive Live: DHB shakeup in the works?

Join our gallery team as they bring you all the news on Serco and a proposed health system shakeup live.

John Key says a tax on foreign ownership would be 'better than a ban'

Foreign owners could face ongoing taxes on assets if the Government believes the issue is a problem, John Key has signalled.

TPP could allow foreigners to buy large assets without formal approval - John Key

John Key has signalled that the Trans Pacific Partnership could allow foreign entities to buy larger assets without Crown approval.

Health board representatives meeting to discuss leaked report

A leaked report recommending removing elected control of health boards is the subject of a board representatives' meeting, a board chairman has confirmed.

John Key pours cold water on proposed DHB governance overhaul

Prime Minister scotches proposal to move control of district health boards from elected representatives.

Serco to lose more than half a million dollars for Mt Eden 'failures'

Serco will lose more than half a million dollars for its failures to keep inmates safe inside Mt Eden Prison.

Government eyes on Waikato DHB after 'fake psychiatrist' scandal

The Government will take a closer look at the Waikato District Health Board's mental health unit after it hired a foreign recruit who used fake documents.

New Zealand has world's third-highest material standard of living - report

NZ third-highest in world for material wellbeing, but also struggles with inequality, new report says.

New national cancer strategy

A new national approach to cancer strategy will provide access to high quality and reliable information, Health Minister says.

Trans-Pacific Partnership talks down to the wire in Hawaii

Pacific Rim officials meet in Hawaii this week about an ambitious trade deal which aims to boost growth and set common standards across a dozen economies.

Prison operator Serco to be fined $500,000

Embattled company running Mt Eden prison will face penalties of half a million dollars after prisoner mistreatment allegations.

Not so much 'the elephant in the room' as the dairy cow at National conference

OPINION: Delegates at this year's National party conference looked no less prosperous and no less confident than ever.

New incentives encourage migrants to leave Auckland

Incentives for migrants to settle outside Auckland are applauded by Canterbury business leaders.

John Key announces measures to spread migrants, investments outside Auckland

The Government is looking offshore for entrepreneurs and other workers to kick start the economy.

Father-of-three dies in violent Mt Eden prison: 'Our dad wasn't cared for'

Family demand answers after a father-of-three was subjected to violent bullying at Mt Eden prison before his death.

Union vigil with 291 white crosses greets delegates at National conference

A silent vigil with 291 white crosses welcomed National Party delegates at their annual conference in Auckland on Sunday.

Nick Smith eyes ways to boost private sector role in building, resource consents

The Government wants to boost the private sector's role in issuing building and resource consents.

Paula Bennett signals crackdown on state tenants who turn down houses

State house tenants who turn down a house face being dumped off the waiting list.

John Key takes flick at Labour saying NZ 'globally-connected, multi-cultural'

John Key stresses "global NZ" as Bill English throws support behind embattled corrections minister.

Paula Bennett loses it aboard the 'Skyscreamer'

Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett learns why Auckland's vertical bungy is called the "Skyscreamer".

Ex-mayor Garry Moore leads group calling for council-led recovery

Former mayor and architectural designer aim to "capture" Christchurch back from "Wellington's hands".

Corrections Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga not the only reputation shattered in prison crisis

OPINION: OPINION: Those summoned to a minister's office for a dressing down have good reason to curse.

Government takes over Mt Eden prison after assault allegations

The privately-run Mt Eden prison has been taken over by the Government.

Charter school model changing while a Northland school gets a last chance

Controversial charter schools are set to change with a revised model already in front of Cabinet.

Max Key, fresh prince of Parnell

He's the cunning creator of a cool social media brand, built around his own desirable life.

Government takes over Serco-run Mt Eden prison

Corrections boss says "disturbing" footage from Mt Eden prison was crucial in government decision to take over.

Small 'low risk' workplaces win exemption in new health and safety law

Courts told to consider actions causing death when sentencing, but no new crime of "corporate manslaughter".

Prisoners should be allowed to vote: High Court

The High Court has ruled a Parliament ban on prisoner voting is inconsistent with the Bill of Rights.

Hamilton City Council set to balance its books for first time in eight years

Hamilton City Council is on track to balance its books.

Northland charter school Te Pumanawa o te Wairua to stay open - Hekia Parata

The Education Minister has given a troubled Northland charter school a second chance.

Serco: the company no one has heard of but everyone is talking about

OPINION: They used to call Serco the biggest company you never heard of.

Are the gangs running our prisons?

OPINION: I was appalled at the videos of organised fights at Mt Eden. Who is running our prisons?

Paid parental leave extension back before Parliament again

Five months after its last defeat, a bid to extend paid parental leave is set to come before Parliament again.

Serco prisoners live in fear of violence - lawyer

Serco has brought a culture of profiteering, bullying, intimidation and corruption to Mt Eden prison, a Whangarei barrister says.

Serco has 'got to go' over Mt Eden prison performance - Labour

Labour calls for Serco to go as Corrections minister's meeting puts Mt Eden prison contract in the balance.

Martin van Beynen: John, tell Max to pull his head in

OPINION: We all like to dream about being very wealthy. But wealth has its own problems.

Murray McCully tells UN Security Council its 'credibility is at stake'

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully tells the UN Security Council its "credibility is at stake" if more isn't done to end conflict in Syria.

Drone operators may need flying permits under new rules

Drone operators will need to get permission before taking off from August 1.

C1 Espresso's Gerry Brownlee menu criticised

A Christchurch cafe is facing criticism for immortalising Gerry Brownlee as a nearly-nude paper doll.

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