Politics

Cost of November earthquakes estimated at half a billion dollars

The November earthquakes are expected to cost New Zealand around half a billion dollars.

Labour questions whether Government will get racing legislation passed before election

Labour says it doesn't like the odds on racing legislation being passed this year.

Bringing Jack home: Battle for repatriation almost over

Aged just 20, Jack Williams died for his country in Vietnam. 48 years later, he's finally coming home.

Kiwis reassured one year 'pathway to citizenship' in Australia remains

Eligible Kiwis will be exempt from new four-year qualification period for citizenship, announced by Australia.

How record migration affects traffic, schools, housing and the economy in New Zealand

Traffic jams, crowded classrooms and a housing crisis. It's all because of immigration, right?

The 9th Floor: Jenny Shipley, New Zealand's first woman Prime Minister

NZ's first woman PM says the country needs to take a "blowtorch" to middle class welfare.

Deputy mayor still out of action after stroke

Council colleagues keen for deputy mayor to have time to recover

MPs blast Gareth Morgan's cannabis decriminalisation call

MPs turn weed killers in response to Gareth Morgan decriminalisation call.

Ann Brower: For the sake of our high country, stop tenure review

OPINION: The best, easiest, and cheapest thing New Zealand could do for the land and water of the South Island is to stop high country tenure review.

McCully - the private but international face of the John Key Government

Murray McCully's been the NZ Government's international face for almost nine years - but he's a (very) private man.

'I can't disagree strongly enough with the perception of too many migrants'

OPINION: I couldn't disagree more with the idea that NZ lets in too many migrants.

Pay Equity Bill creates new hurdles for women to get fair pay, union says

NZEI union says the new Pay Equity Bill will make it harder, not easier, to reduce the gender pay gap.

PM: Winston Peters looking for attention with race-based attacks on reporters

PM refuses to call Winston Peters a racist for saying reporters were "Asian immigrants" writing "propaganda".

Budget will bump up NZ's infrastructure spending, finance minister signals

The Government promises to pump $11 billion into new infrastructure spending in the next four years.

Horowhenua mayor attempts once again to reinstate his ousted deputy

Horowhenua mayor Michael Feyen doesn't trust his deputy mayor, but can't get rid of him.

When the river runs dry: The true cost of NZ water

The Government says nobody owns the water, but that hasn't stopped people making a fortune selling it.

The immigration debate: Please leave your logic at the border

OPINION: Recent boom in work and student visas suggests room for cuts.

A brief glossary of terms politicians use in the immigration debate

We compare the phrases with the reality - complete with dog-whistle ratings.

Maori land reform bill continues to divide Mana and the Maori Party despite a promise to work together

The biggest Maori land reform in decades is set to pass but Maori leaders are divided on the benefits.

NZ's net migration gain still at record highs near 72,000 as arrivals continue to climb

The number of people arriving in New Zealand intending to call it home continues to rise.

Reserve Bank promotes Geoff Bascand, possible future governor, to deputy chief executive

Former government statistician, tipped as possible governor, is promoted to bank's deputy chief executive.

Ilam candidate Raf Manji questions how incumbent Gerry Brownlee can juggle roles

The first shots of an electoral showdown in Christchurch have been fired.

NZ immigration flows unlikely to slow despite Government's changes: ASB

NZ's struggling to cope with record migration gains, but Government changes unlikely to make a difference say economists.

War veteran's epic pension fight has taken its toll, the 80-year-old's daughter says

Malayan Emergency veteran Patrick Edwards, 80, has been battling the pension authorities since the 60s.

Nick Smith reflects on 'small reduction in responsibilities' after cabinet reshuffle

Nick Smith says he does not feel sidelined despite losing out in the cabinet reshuffle.

Malcolm McKinnon: Anzac Day 2017 – time to lower the flag?

OPINION: Anzac Day serves as a day to acknowledge our fallen, but perhaps we should also acknowledge some other imperatives.

Peter Dunne: Unified fire agency will emphasise flexibility

OPINION: The unified Fire and Emergency Management service will be flexible enough to cope with the risks and needs of different communities.

Cabinet reshuffle sees Waikato get two more minsters

It is the first time Hamilton has had two ministers for the city, at any time, serving in the government.

Brownlee already in diplomatic mode

Brownlee switches from combative to diplomatic as he prepares for new role.

Gerry Brownlee exits Christchurch a controversial, contrary figure

Six and a half years after it started, one of the more remarkable tenures in New Zealand politics is over.

Brownlee gets foreign affairs, but Smith's demotion on drip-feed

OPINION: The tougher and more "political" call in Monday's reshuffle was Nick Smith's demotion.

Red Cross nurse in the line of fire

Red Cross nurse Gail Corbett has spent seven years working in countries ravaged by war, drought and famine. Tired of being an observer, it was simply her time to help, she tells Bess Manson.

Christchurch reacts to Gerry Brownlee relinquishing rebuild job

City leaders and residents react to news Gerry Brownlee will no longer be the rebuild boss.

New Zealand enters Chinese "upgrade" talks with longer list than its counterpart

Officials head to Beijing to begin talks to "refresh" the historic 2008 free trade agreement.

Gerry Brownlee appointed foreign affairs minister and newcomer Mark Mitchell gets big promotion

PM Bill English has announced his new Cabinet and it's Gerry Brownlee that won the battle for foreign affairs.

National offer a first-time candidate for Rimutaka

Carolyn O'Fallon has been announced as the National Party candidate for Rimutaka

Region could become renewable energy powerhouse

Gareth Hughes thinks it's better to plan on a transition than leaving it to fate, and people losing jobs.

Live: PM announces Gerry Brownlee new Foreign Minister in cabinet reshuffle

Nikki Kaye to be Minister for Education, Gerry Brownlee Minister for Foreign Affairs.

$53m Kiwi pavilion for World Expo 2020 makes 'clear economic sense', Bridges says

A $53m NZ pavilion at World Expo 2020 in Dubai chance to grow trading partners, Govt says.

Sir Don McKinnon: Why Rewi Alley matters today

He reminds us that, as Kiwis, when we see an injustice, we try to do something about it, Sir Don McKinnon writes.

FBI director James Comey lands in Queenstown ahead of top-secret meeting

FBI director James Comey has arrived in Queenstown ahead of a top secret meeting.

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee lashes out at North Korea's 'evil intent'

 Defence Minister hits back after Pyongyang's overnight threat against Australia.

Pharmac rejection disappoints group pushing for subsidised sanitary products

Government drug-buyer will not be funding or subsidising sanitary items for women.

Shearer to address UN Security Council on Anzac Day about crisis in South Sudan

"It's hard, it's tough...but it's also kind of a privilege," Shearer says ahead of UN Security Council meeting on South Sudan.

Stories of hardship and frustration inspire big-name drug summit

Claims politicians fear facing tough issues have fired up drug reform discussion.

David Slack: Govt keeps chutzpah alive - one $2 billion settlement at a time

OPINION: History shows it's best when the State acts to keep the market in check, writes David Slack.

Treaty of Waitangi moved to new Wellington home under cover of darkness

They only had to travel a few hundred metres down the road, but it took years of planning and cost millions.

Tired of the election campaign already? Here's how to make it shorter

OPINION: Everything else is changing so fast these days. Why not election campaigns as well?

A Life Story - Dr Teresia Teaiwa, 'leading light' of the Pacific, dies, 48

Dr Teresia Teaiwa believed teaching was not a job but a way of life, writes Bess Manson.

National Portrait: Kristine Bartlett, equal pay campaigner

The face of the historic equal pay deal.
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