Politics

Prime Minister Bill English hopeful of reviving TPP, keen for quick EU deal

PM wants the agreement to go ahead, even without the US, and he's keen for a quick EU trade deal, too.

Government heads towards ban on microbeads

Government moves towards ban on microbeads in products like bodywash and toothpaste.

Police to revise information requests following watchdog complaint

Police have agreed to change the way they request personal information from companies following privacy concerns.

Labour leader Andrew Little not giving 'false hope' to Pike River families ahead of visit to the West Coast

Andrew Little travelling to Pike River following Winston Peters' sledging of his position.

Little flags away Rongotai, New Plymouth to go list-only for 2017 election

Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle handed inside running for Labour in Rongotai seat.

Wealth inequality in NZ worse than Australia

Kiwis are worse off in wealth inequality than across the Tasman, new data shows.

MPs' hidden talents: Paul Foster-Bell is Parliament's culinary connoisseur

Paul Foster-Bell says cooking is his chance to reflect and experiment.

Denise Lee seeking Maungakiekie MP nomination

Winning the majority vote for her second term as Maungakiekie-Tamaki Councillor has made Denise Lee confident of an MP nomination.

Prime Minister Bill English to attend Ratana a day early because of clash with first Cabinet meeting

The Prime Minister will have his own day at Ratana ahead of other political leaders.

New Zealand First MP Darroch Ball to fight for Palmerston North seat again

NZ First's Darroch Ball plans to run for the Palmerston North seat in this year's election.

Government at 'high risk' of losing $10 million annually if tobacco black market surges

If the growing supply of black market tobacco spirals, it could end up costing the Government millions.

MPs' hidden talents: Shane Reti in tune with his family

A family musical performance is always on the cards with National MP Shane Reti.

Winston Peters visits Pike River protest

The NZ First leader is backing families' calls for mine re-entry and body recovery.

Oscar Kightley: English should change his mind and front up to Waitangi

OPINION: Avoiding Waitangi might mean Bill English misses out on some unpleasantness, but it's also a huge sign of disrespect.

Danielle McLaughlin: Youthful Obama vows to fight on for American values

OPINION: He was a boy. Fresh out of college. He worked on Chicago's impoverished south side, fighting for a job centre and clean water.

Spy vs spy as foreign intelligence officer attempt to infiltrate highest levels of Government

Revelations of foreign spies in New Zealand show the "security threats New Zealand faces".

Trump inauguration: The beginning of the end – or the end of the beginning?

Donald Trump’s inauguration this week will be as notable for those absent as for those present. We report from the Divided States of America.

David v Jacinda: Gold cards taking taxpayers for a ride

OPINION: Giving pensioners a free ride is nothing more than a clever bribe and a political distraction.

Trade deals will be fast-tracked but immigration restrictions unlikely to change

Kiwis' rights to live and work in the UK not on British PM's agenda.

PM Bill English wants to sign free-trade deal with Britain 'as soon as possible' after Brexit

Prime Minister Bill English wants a new agreement as soon as possible after the Brexit.

Hastings' mayor Lawrence Yule to seek Tukituki nomination

Lawrence Yule has announced he intends to run for National in the election.

National portrait: Eric Crampton, economist and original thinker

Eric Crampton has an original take on some pressing economic matters.

MPs' hidden talents: David Seymour hits the road in his homemade car

ACT leader David Seymour risks Epsom votes every time he takes his car for a spin.

Phil Quin: Donald Trump's press conference uncovers ethical swamp

OPINION: So how did Donald Trump's first press conference as president elect go?

Councillor Cooper seeking Helensville nod

Waitakere Ward councillor Linda Cooper wants National Party nod.

The left to battle it out in Mt Albert - Jacinda Ardern v Julie Anne Genter

High-profile MPs Jacinda Ardern and Julie Anne Genter will battle it out for Mt Albert.

Jacinda Ardern Labour's sole nominee for Mt Albert by-election

Jacinda Ardern was Labour's only nomination for the Mt Albert by-election.

Push to create new humanitarian medal for Kiwis working overseas

Kiwis who provide vital aid overseas deserve "pat on the back", former Red Cross worker says.

US ambassador drops epic selfie video to say goodbye to New Zealand

The outgoing US ambassador has dropped an epic selfie video to say goodbye to New Zealand

Frontrunner emerges in race to replace Key

An early frontrunner has emerged in the race to replace former prime minister John Key in Helensville.

MPs' hidden talents: Paul Goldsmith hits the right notes with piano and taekwondo

MP Paul Goldsmith says taekwondo and piano are a good mix - as long as you don't break your fingers.

Canterbury University vice-chancellor receives $90,001 jump in remuneration

Rise of at least $90,000 for Canterbury's Rod Carr's rise reflects resized role and quake duties.

Road access issues, harbour still top of the list for Kaikoura businesses

 Local Kaikoura business owners told Steven Joyce road access, harbour access and making the town a destination were key.

Union slams Transport Minister over diesel locos

Electric transport is good enough for the Transport Minister but not for KiwiRail, a union says.

Illegal Uber drivers hit with $93,000 fines as company continues to ignore licensing laws

NZTA vows to keep pursuing drivers working without passenger endorsements.

Cameron Brewer rules himself out in Helensville

Rodney Local Board member Cameon Brewer has announced that he will not try and fill John Key's shoes.

New candidate selected to contest National's East Coast Bays electorate

Long-standing East Coast Bays Electorate seat holder, Murray McCully is retiring.

Ngapuhi elder Kingi Taurua 'ashamed' of his iwi's treatment of Bill English

Ngapuhi elder called Bill English a "spoiled child" for saying he won't attend Waitangi. Now he's embarrassed.

Doctors' group criticises size of DHB chief executives' pay cheques

Doctors facing pay strike take aim at bosses' 2.6 per cent average rise last year.

Commonwealth Ombudsman releases scathing reports on treatment of Kiwis in Australian detention centres

Scathing reports slam Australian government's treatment of Kiwis in detention centres.

Queenstown Lakes council slaps 144 businesses with pink sticker warning

Council rules see more than 100 warnings and fines handed out for "ugly'' and "hazardous" illegal signs.

Judith Collins rejects Green Party concerns over tax behaviour of high-earners

Government and Greens disagree over whether cluster of people declaring income at $70k represents a problem.

Outgoing MP Chester Borrows to exhibit his paintings in Hawera art space

One MP prefers the paintbrush to the golf course to work out stress from their political life.

Gareth Morgan registers political party to prepare for potential early election

Millionaire economist brings forward registration of his political party in case we go to the polls early.

MPs' hidden talents: Finance Minister Steven Joyce does the numbers on the pool table

Steven Joyce's dad told him "keep your chin on the cue, and no need to bash the hell out of it!"

Waitangi Day 'cringe' comes from lack of understanding, Maori Party says

Bill English's claims our national day is cringeworthy are "unfortunate", the Maori Party says.

Hirini Kaa: Why cringe at Waitangi?

OPINION: Reflecting on who we are as a nation hasn't always been pretty, but it has been profound.

Prime Minister Bill English not having a bar of 'cringe' political protests at Waitangi

OPINION: Bill English might have just started a new tradition at Waitangi - the PM not attending.

MP's hidden talents: Peter Dunne shows the secret to the perfect bow tie

Dunne's bow tie knowledge is so extensive, high schoolers come to him for help.

PM Bill English defends Waitangi Day no-show, says Kiwis 'cringe' at protests

Bill English defends no-show and says many Kiwis "cringe a bit" at Waitangi Day protests and events.
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