Job fairs across the Tasman, tax cuts and helping first home buyers are part of the Government's priorities for its next term.
The House is back in session after today's opening of Parliament.
Trevor Mallard, who has a reputation as one Parliament's worst-behaved MPs, was elected unanimously.
Can Labour compete with the Greens and NZ First, both hungry for more parliamentary presence?
Delivered by His Excellency Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand, on the occasion of the State Opening of Parliament, Tuesday 21 October 2014
There are four candidates in the running to be the next Labour leader, but who's got what it takes?
Jacinda Ardern may emerge as Labour deputy whoever wins the top job, but her nomination as Grant Robertson’s running mate is seen as a risk.
Prime Minister John Key is keeping the prospect of working with the Green Party alive.
Nicknames, middles names and the jet-setting lifestyle as the Parliamentary term gets under way.
OPINION: Parliament's pre-opening swearing-in of MPs is always a hybrid of Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe and the first day at kindy.
NZ troops could soon follow Australia in training Iraqi security forces to fight Islamic State.
Parliament's opening today has meant a speech heckling by Winston Peters for new MP David Seymour.
MPs voice dissatisfaction they aren't able to swear to uphold the Treaty at the opening of Parliament.
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New Zealand's largest trade union has unanimously backed MP Andrew Little to be the next Labour leader.
Labour MP Jacinda Ardern rejects "beltway babies" jibe, saying she's "worked longer in a fish and chip shop" than as parliamentary staffer.
Former British politician Bryan Gould will head an independent inquiry into Labour's election result.
Labour leadership hopeful David Parker has admitted there were a "few glitches" with his capital gains tax policy in the lead-up to the election.
A cat called Buddy is taking a lion's share of Andrew Little's limelight.
Grant Robertson says if he was picked as Labour leader he would be recommending Jacinda Ardern as deputy. | New generation needed
Grant Robertson declared Labour party is in need of a new generation of leadership at his campaign launch today.
Labour leadership contender David Parker defends his tax policy in face rivals' criticism.
National's former "black ops" specialist Jason Ede has resurfaced working for a company with links to National Party figures.
There are 10,000 fewer people around the country using the welfare system compared to this time last year.
US press freedom group offers support for Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager, raising more than $12,000.
Team behind NZ's Security Council bid had inkling something big was afoot when twice as many guests turned up to their party.
OPINION: Jim McLay looks overcome in photos of the moment NZ won UN Security Council seat, but it'll be no easy ride.
Leaked document reveals differences between NZ and the US on the proposed trade bloc, with implications for medicines.
NZ lands stunning victory, securing non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council in first round of secret ballot.
Murray McCully vows to push for Security Council reform after winning a spot on the UN body.
Winning a seat on the UN Security Council is a "stunning" result, says Prime Minister John Key.
Ex-party president Andrew Little appears to be just ahead in race for new Labour leader.
Defence expert believes NZ already committed "in principle" to fight against Islamic State.
OPINION: If NZ loses the vote overnight for a UN security council seat, it may be decades before we get another shot.
Labour's four leadership contenders promise a respectful campaign as they vie for the party's top job.
Less than 24 hours from vote on NZ's UN Security Council bid, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully still campaigning.
The big names and key supporters in New Zealand's bid for a UN security council seat.
Your guide to New Zealand's winning bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
As New Zealand pitches for a seat on the UN Security Council, we look at some of the Kiwis who have made a mark on the organisation.
Opposition accuses PM of misleading public over NZ's role in global summit on action against Islamic State.
OPINION: Labour's three-ringed circus has taken the limelight away from the Government's handling of things, writes Vernon Small.
PM insists NZ hasn't yet decided to join battle against Islamic State, despite meeting of world's defence commanders.
PM admits his office may have mishandled the matter of former Justice Minister Judith Collins' 'honourable' title.
The first of two votes on the national flag is planned for next year, PM John Key says.
John Key pushes for flag change, while our defence chief is to meet US President Barack Obama to discuss fight against IS.
Activist Penny Bright successfully delays Auckland Council from selling her home according to ally.
Nanaia Mahuta says she offers a 'point of difference' to the three men already running to be Labour leader.
Nanaia Mahuta has sent Labour a signal not to ignore its Maori and Pasifika voters.
Opposition MPs call on PM to justify need for urgent overhaul of terror and surveillance laws.
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