Politics

Phillip Smith escape report highlights lack of information sharing between agencies

Lack of information sharing lead to convicted murderer being able to escape to Brazil, initial report finds.

$38.7b for roads, public transport - Government

$38.7 billion investment in roads, regional networks, public transport and cycleways confirmed by Government.

Judge orders handover of Nicky Hager raid documents

Judge orders police to hand over documents on raid of Dirty Politics author's home.

Police ordered to hand over Nicky Hager search documents

Police have to hand over documents relating to the decision to search the Wellington home of Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager.

Brownlee declares war on defence jargon

Acronyms will go MIA in Defence Force briefing papers as new minister Gerry Brownlee says NOMW (not on my watch).

Flag needs to 'scream NZ': John Key

PM continues to advocate for changing the national flag, sticking to silver fern preference.

Forum advises clampdown on alcohol ads and sponsorship

All Blacks would wave goodbye to Steinlager sponsorship under recommendations for big shake-up in liquor advertising.

Current account deficit balloons to 6-year high

Lower dairy exports and higher imports mean a $2.5 billion shortfall.

Goff let off over revealing report details

Labour MP Phil Goff is set to escape sanction for revealing details of a report by the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) after giving an unreserved apology.

Novopay cost still 'unacceptably high': Joyce

The cost of running the Education Ministry's troubled payroll system isn't sustainable, minister says.

Rizalman report may see disciplinary action

Inquiry into bungling of Malaysian diplomat's immunity could see disciplinary action before it is made public.

Government surplus in doubt

In a blow to Bill English, Treasury forecasts a half-billion dollar deficit.

Crass opportunism in wake of siege

OPINION: Is there a better time for political opportunism than in the wake of a "terror" attack? For Prime Minister John Key it seems not.

Deficit a bitter pill for Government

OPINION: The Government's flagship economic promise has been holed and is in danger of sinking.

Tau Henare in court over suppression breach charge

Former National MP Tau Henare has received an appreciative email from a sexual assault victim whose attacker he named on social media.

Sydney siege: 'Similar' people in NZ monitored - PM

NZ spies are monitoring people with "similar characteristics" to man in Sydney siege, PM says.

Conservation minister defends climate change effort

Conservation Minister Tim Groser says he hasn't heard of a new climate change report which ranked New Zealand 43rd out of 58 countries.

Labour dumps right to die bill

Labour drops euthanasia bill for one that bans employers placing workers on "zero-hour" contracts.

Government surplus under pressure

Treasury is tipped to admit New Zealand is poised to post another deficit.

SSC has 'no problems arranging the big bucks'

State Services Commission highest-paid government department - $45,000 more than sector average.

Key's single 'sorry' was to blogger

John Key delivered just a solitary written apology in 2014, ironically to one of New Zealand's most controversial political figures.

Surplus unlikely despite Govt pledge

Government target under pressure with Treasury tipped to admit the country is poised to post another deficit.

Remodel of Govt youth website 'poor spend'

A Government agency has been criticised for planning a million-dollar revamp of a youth mental health website while on-the-ground services are struggling to meet demand.

Main figures in bungled incident have moved on

A damning report into the bungling of a diplomatic incident involving a Malaysian accused of attempted rape is set to be withheld.

Tuhoe report: Crown made multiple Treaty breaches

The final Waitangi Tribunal report into Treaty claims by people from Te Urewera has found seven breaches by the Crown.

Phil Goff: Arms not the answer

OPINION: As we all look forward to the season of peace and goodwill, remember not all are so fortunate.

Phil Goff - rebel with applause

Could Auckland's next mayor be former Labour leader Phil Goff?

Baseball star fits bill as US envoy to NZ

A former Major League Baseball star will be New Zealand's next ambassador from the US.

One bumpy ride of an election

When the election dust (and dirt) settled John Key stood triumphant, David Cunliffe was up-ended and Kim Dotbomb was embarrassed and irrelevant.

One clear winner, plenty of dashed hopes

OPINION: Lucky John. Teflon John. Call him what you will, 2014 was the year of John Key.

Front bench report 2014's winners and losers

Who did well in politics this year and who should try harder. We've scored them so you don't have to.

New education role suits former school prankster

If ACT'S new kid on the block is ever accused of not keeping eye on the ball, he'd agree.

Small biz goals for large parties

Small Business Minister Craig Foss wants to improve communication between the government and businesses.

Roger Sutton still the top earner

Roger Sutton is still earning more than all but a handful of public sector bosses, despite being on gardening leave.

MPs' money for quake issues axed

Public funding to help Christchurch MPs handle quake issues will stop at the end of the year in move deemed "punishing".

New columnist Phil Goff goes toe-to-toe with Judith Collins

News that Judith Collins would be our columnist generated excited comment across media. Now, we have another new columnist.

Govt didn't record UNSC bid expenses

The Government can't disclose how much its bid for a seat on the UN Security Council cost, because it hasn't recorded the expenses.

Jump in public servants on $100K-plus

There are 7000 public servants earning over $100,000, while one CEO took home over $800K.

Barclay: Is he hot or what?

Not only is Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay the youngest Member of Parliament - apparently, he's also the hottest.

Not a moment wasted as House closes

OPINION: Some MPs will stop at nothing to raise their chances of getting on the TV news.

Tighter health and safety laws don't cap work drinks

With Christmas party season underway, employers told of need to ensure alcohol drunk safely.

Inquiry told of Treaty breaches

The Crown has denied they were party to a pact that guaranteed King Country Maori their sovereignty.

Labour at inequality crossroad

OPINION: It's a truth universally acknowledged that your average OECD report can be used by either major party to justify its plans.

More work against violence needed

Global report on violence prevention shows NZ is ticking the right boxes, but work still to do

2014 political year wraps up

MPs have called time on the 2014 political year - but not before a few good-natured and not so good-natured digs at each other.

Back to the future with Waitangi logo

Gardener Maggie Barry knows a thing or two about re-potting and that's not changing now that she is in cabinet

Commissioner Rennie apologises for Sutton press conference

Following his apology, Minister of State Services Paula Bennett says expects "absolutely no repeat" of bungled sexual harassment probe.

What a year: Political class of 2014

It's the last sitting day Parliament for the year - and what a year it's been.

'Lack of leadership' over prostitution bylaw

Community leaders are disappointed that a long-awaited street prostitution law has been scrapped.

NZ economy hard hit by inequality, OECD

NZ has the widest growth in the gap between the haves and have-nots, and it hurts us all.
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