Politics

Bill English says employers are regularly telling him that Kiwis can't pass drug tests

Bill English says overseas workers are needed because Kiwis can't pass drug tests.

Labour won't win a 'change' election by looking the same

OPINION: The best advice is free they say. And there is never any shortage of it when you are leader of the Opposition.

Labour's David Parker calls for 'swimmable' test to reflect when and where you take a dip

Labour calling for water standards that reflect where and when people swim.

KiwiRail says 'Kaikoura effect' cuts surplus

'KiwiRail delivers despite earthquakes', the company says as it reports a slump in half-year profit.

Bill English downplays high demand for emergency housing grants

Budget blowout for emergency housing grants isn't a sign of a crisis, Bill English says.

Chris Trotter: Labour's future has a single name

OPINION: If Andrew Little doesn't promote Jacinda Arden to deputy-leader, then he's a fool, writes Chris Trotter.

National MP Paul Foster-Bell to stand down at election

National loses another MP, his announcement coming amid a fierce battle to oust him from seat.

Jacinda Ardern: ambitious simply to be 'good at her job'

She's blocking chatter about her party position, to focus on her seat.

Rules on 1080 poison drops taken out of regional local govt hands

The Government says 70 per cent of public submissions favour a change around 1080 drops.

Greens co-leader James Shaw pitches to Government stability in speech

Greens co-leader's speech was as much a pitch to the activist base as it was to New Zealand voters.

Stacey Kirk: An expected steamroll - Mt Albert win gives Jacinda Ardern near unstoppable momentum

OPINION: She's the new MP in an electorate often reserved for party leaders, will Andrew Little take note?

Pike River mum: What we wanted was simple then, and it is simple now

OPINION: Sonya Rockhouse is sick of naysayers telling miners' families to give up and move on.

School budgets have increased so why are so many principals struggling to make ends meet?

Principals are being forced to choose between keeping children safe in the playground or warm in the classroom.

Jonathan Milne: Is it time to take the keys from Police Commissioner Mike Bush?

OPINION: It's a crying shame our police hierarchy is so willing to sweep a drink-drive conviction under the carpet.

Tracy Watkins: Andrew Little's morning after headache in Mt Albert

OPINION: If Andrew Little's serious about ringing the changes in Labour, he could start by promoting Jacinda Ardern

Labour's Jacinda Ardern registers massive win in Mt Albert by-election

Jacinda Ardern keeps seat with 10,000 votes in landslide victory - registering 8,500 more than her closest competitor.

Live: Jacinda Ardern will be MP for Mt Albert after by-election win

Labour's Jacinda Ardern will be the next MP for Mt Albert after Green Party candidate Julie Anne Genter conceded.

ACT policy to reduce prisoner sentences a deft political move

OPINION: ACT needs airtime, and it's resulting in a case of severe political creativeness.

Westland District Council assets manager Vivek Goel under investigation

A member of the Westland District Council's executive team is being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office.

ACT to reward prisoners with reduced sentences for learning to read in prison

Learn to read or drive in prison? Earn up to six weeks off a sentence, says ACT.

Iain Lees-Galloway reflects on nearly a decade as Palmerston North's MP

Iain Lees-Galloway still remembers the moment he told his National-voting mother he had joined Labour.

Westland District Council chief executive Tanya Winter to go

The Westland District Council hasn't renewed its chief executive's contract, instead choosing to advertise the role.

Below the beltway

Who's up and who's down in politics this week

What, already? John Key yesterday's man?

OPINION: No looking back might be John Key's mantra, and it seems Kiwis feel the same way.

Bush should have come clean earlier

Police Commissioner Mike Bush has opened up about a drink driving conviction. But why only now?

Royal Air Force giant touches down in capital to spearhead European sales pitch

One of Britain's most modern military planes drops into Wellington as part of an international sale pitch.

Green Party break into rash over Government's clean water targets

Albany's Lucas Creek is not swimmable, regardless of government guidelines, says Green Party water spokesperson Catherine Delahunty.

Security and spying legislation changes boost accountability for warrants against New Zealanders

MPs want the minister responsible for spies to get more information about what they are up to.

Andrew Little joins Jacinda Ardern on her final day of campaigning

Jacinda Ardern's last day of campaigning in the Mt Albert by-election started in a sandpit.

Councils should keep pensioner housing, says Labour deputy leader Annette King

Labour deputy leader Annette King says it's important for councils to provide housing for older residents

The new 'swimmable' fresh water target: Nick Smith defends his plan

Environment Minister defends his new clean water goals as the critics jump in.

Could Jacinda Ardern's star rise further on a Mt Albert by-election win?

It's an election with very little heat, and much congeniality. But what will happen after Jacinda Ardern wins?

New 'swimmable' fresh water targets are also 100% pure politics

OPINION: Fresh-water targets designed to 'inoculate' National against key election threat

Alison Franklin wants to give back to Tararua through new councillor role

Alison Franklin takes council seat in Tararua by-election

New Government target to see 90 per cent of rivers and lakes 'swimmable' by 2040

The Government wants 90 per cent of New Zealand's lakes and rivers to be swimmable by 2040.

Auckland central's new Labour candidate to take on Nikki Kaye

Nikki Kaye's main competition for the Auckland Central seat has been named.

Peter Dunne proposes Civil Defence merger with new fire service after recent problems

Peter Dunne says overhauled fire organisation should become our "premier emergency management service".

Stand-down for employers who exploit migrants not enough: unions

But new measures to stop employers exploiting migrant workers don't go far enough, unions say.

On oldie but a goodie: Joyce is playing the election year tax-cut shuffle

OPINION: Joyce is playing the tax cut card, but it's looking more like an election play than a pot of gold.

Pattrick Smellie: Bill English struggles to offload a billion dollars

OPINION: Why aren't there takers for money to build infrastructure in fast-growing cities?

Labour leader Andrew Little's divide and conquer 'not kaupapa Maori'

OPINION: For Labour and Andrew Little, the strategy appears closer to "divide and conquer" than earnest discussion on what matters to the Māori electorate.

New law could force more drug and alcohol addicts into compulsory rehabilitation

Law change could force more drug addicts into rehab, but will centres be able to cope?

Wellington's Raroa Intermediate School to get $1.1m to build two new classrooms

Taxpayer funding will see two new classrooms built at northern Wellington school.

Turnbull tirade against UN over Israel extends to New Zealand - raised with English on leaders visit

But New Zealand is holding firm on its involvement to sponsor UN resolution against Israeli settlements.

Top five emerging for Helensville seat

Sources say Waitakere ward councillor Linda Cooper is the only woman left in the battle for former prime minister John Key's Helensville seat.

'Malicious gossip' about Hawke's Bay Regional Council CEO Andrew Newman resignation turns out to be true

On Friday his pending resignation was written off as 'malicious gossip'. Today he resigned.

Transport Minister Simon Bridges rejects offer to experience poor Queenstown driving

Simon Bridges called "naive" as he rejects offer from Queenstown man to take him on a tour of NZ's horror roads.

Editorial: Public service bosses can't expect sky-high salaries

OPINION: Bill English would be right to sack members of the board of the Super Fund.

The Opportunities Party cleared of 'treating' after giving free rides to voters

The Electoral Commission found there was a "lack of corrupt intent" in giving voters free rides.

Maori Party looking for distance from Government - English vague but helpful?

OPINION: The fight between Labour and the Maori Party is heating up. National will happily stoke it.
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