Politics

PM not fazed by poor turnout at flag meetings

PM John Key is unfazed by a lack of interest in the flag debate after forcing it on to the political agenda with a $26 million road show and referendum.

Asset sales fund over-committed by $424 million, Labour claims

Government faces $424m gap for spending promises from asset sales cash, Labour says.

MPs to get pay rise, but by much less than expected

MPs have delivered themselves a pay cut of sorts, trimming back pay increases that sparked a law change.

Prime Minister John Key warns property speculators will get caught

Property speculators warned they won't be able to dodge capital gains by selling after two years and five days.

Plastic bag phase-out plan rubbished

A push to phase out single-use plastic bags has been shot down by the environment minister who says it's not justified.

Police cleared over Banks investigation

Police investigation into John Banks' Auckland mayoral campaign funding cleared by police conduct authority.

Beehive Live: Focus on Saudi deal

The questions and criticism of the Government's involvement in a deal with a Saudi Arabian businessman keep coming.

What you need to know about the Government's deal with the Saudi businessman

The NZ Government has made a multi-million dollar deal with an influential businessman from Saudi Arabia, and set up an agribusiness hub in the desert.  

NZ to open embassy in Iraq

Embassy is opening in Iraq next week to provide diplomatic support to Kiwi troops training the Iraqi army. 

Auckland Council boss gets more spending power

Auckland Council boss Stephen Town will soon be able to sign cheques worth up to $20 million without the say-so of councillors.

'Zero' chance of key RMA reforms going ahead: John Key

Prime Minister confirms that changes to key parts of the RMA will not go ahead.

Labour joins call to bring troops home from Iraq

Calls are growing for New Zealand's troops to be pulled out of Iraq.

Christchurch flag meeting attracts 14 people

A public meeting on whether to change the New Zealand flag, held in Christchurch, attracted just 14 people.

No reward from Little risk

OPINION: They say politics is the art of the possible, but it's equally the art of deciding what it's possible to risk.

Parents reflect on the 'short lives' of triplets killed in Doha blaze

Parents of triplets killed in Doha fire will spend anniversary reflecting on their short lives.

Accusations fly over Government's Saudi farm deal

Opposition MPs are labelling a $4 million payment to a Saudi businessman a "bribe".

Public servant numbers hit new high, or drop, depending on measure

Public Services Association dismisses a lower government measure as "smoke and mirrors".

Calls for parliamentary inquiry into use of surgical mesh

Two women suffering after surgical mesh procedures went awry plead for a formal inquiry.

Green MP James Shaw claims National undermine him with love

Green Party co-leadership candidate James Shaw claims Nats are trying to kill him with kindness.

Alliance Party deregistered

Once boasting the deputy PM and several Cabinet Ministers, the Alliance Party is officially no more.

Maurice Williamson: 'I don't want to join ACT'

Maurice Williamson breaks silence over ACT rumours, and Judith Collins rejects claims of disunity within National.

Winston Peters releases Speaker's naughty list

NZ First leader Winston Peters has collated a list of every MP who has been kicked out since National took power in 2008.

Fire Services under pressure: Review

Pressure on fire services spark health and safety issues for rural firefighters, shortages of volunteers, inefficiencies, and unclear lines of responsibility.

Beehive Live: Budget marathon

Budget debate continues in the House today, with a full morning of select committees and other political news keeping the Beehive buzzing. 

TV journalism will be poorer for John Campbell's departure: Peter Dunne

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne is lamenting the loss of broadcaster John Campbell from TV3.

Housing Minister defends plan to free up Auckland Crown land amid 'unsuitable' claims

Claims Crown land tagged to build new Auckland homes includes a cemetery and a power substation that "exploded" in 2013.

It's time for a pay rise, say teachers

Counting every dollar and being stressed about the next bill shouldn't be a concern for a working professional, says school teacher.

Kelvin Davis walking the talk highlighting sexual and domestic violence

Labour MP Kelvin Davis hasn't done much training ahead of walking a half-marathon for 17 days but he says the pain will be worth it if it puts a stop to sexual violence.

Govt names new providers to replace Relationships Aotearoa

Five major organisations will take on the counselling work of Relationships Aotearoa, which is to seek liquidation in the High Court.

Saudis threatened to sue Government for $20-$30m

Saudi businessmen who was thwarted in exporting live sheep for slaughter to the Middle East wanted to sue the Government for $20-$30 million compensation.

Call to withdraw New Zealand troops from Iraq

Prime minister says if Kiwi troops in Iraq were under increased threat he would act to protect them.

Editorial: Stripping citizenship a step too far

OPINION: The war on Isis is less than a year old, but its consequences keep rippling around the world.

Four new replacements as Relationships Aotearoa ditched

Relationships Aotearoa says it has been 'betrayed' by the Government.

National MPs' concerns prompt delay to health and safety law

Disquiet among National MPs looks set to delay planned changes to health and safety law.

New Teachers' Council not representative of teachers - Labour

It's not surprising teachers have turned their back on the controversial new body replacing the Teachers' Council, Opposition says.

Parliament workload 'lightest for 20 years'

While Parliament sat on Saturday to ram through Budget legislation, study suggests Parliament business at lowest ebb since before 1996.

Govt greenlights SkyCity Convention Centre

SkyCity comes up with a new convention centre design that doesn't require a taxpayer top-up.

Beehive Live: Maurice Williamson trouble-making?

National MP Maurice Williamson is causing headaches for PM John Key after he reportedly unsuccessfully tried to jump ship to ACT.

Rangitikei MP Ian McKelvie apologises over human trafficking, sheep rustling comparison

"I wonder whether there's a great deal of difference between stealing someone's person and someone's sheep."

Family presents Chester Borrows with abortion petition

Mother urges law change so parents know about underage kids having abortions.

NZ woman suspected of fighting with terrorist groups could return

Australia is seeking to make a woman with dual citizenship, returning from Syria, New Zealand's problem.

ACT rejects National MP Maurice Williamson

ACT closes the door on a potential defection from National MP Maurice Williamson.

Pike River health and safety law changes set to be watered down

Health and safety law changes prompted by the Pike River tragedy are set to be watered down.

NZ could not ban woman returning from Syria - John Key

Legislation would not allow woman returning from Syria to be stripped of citizenship, says John Key.

Passports for adults to be valid for 10 years

Passports will be valid for 10 years from the end of this year and cost $180, Peter Dunne has confirmed.

Dave Armstrong: New flag needs to be about more than rebranding

OPINION: NZ is not really being asked to change its identity, but to take part in a costly corporate rebranding.

National leaving super 'squeeze' for future govts - Little

Labour leader Andrew Little accuses National of leaving a "major superannuation squeeze" for future governments to fix.

NZ hands tied on foreign home buyers under Korea FTA "bungle"

Korean buyers may have open access to New Zealand's housing market assured under a new trade deal.

John Key: Taranaki's economic woes temporary

John Key is confident Taranaki's economy will quickly bounce back from low dairy payouts and oil prices. 

Editorial: Middle-class ignorance jeopardises children's lives

It seems so simple: if we give ourselves and our children the jab, they and our communities are protected.
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