Politics

Napier and Hastings rejected for refugee settlement over 'safety concerns'

Govt decision not to send refugees to Napier and Hastings due to "community safety" concerns outrages Hawke's Bay mayors.

Negotiator refuses to say if NZ sought right to ban foreign house buyers under TPP

Chief trade negotiator keeps mum on whether NZ sought the right to ban foreign buyers of residential property under TPP.

AgResearch axed climate change researchers in restructure

Sixteen AgResearch staff laid off after funding-induced restructure, government reveals.

NZ First leader Winston Peters blocked from bus ride 'due to health and safety'

Health and safety, not a political conspiracy, put the brakes on NZ First leader's trip, officials say.

SkyCity convention centre deal starting to pay off

Casino operator quickly profits from extra gaming machines under government deal.

Tuna treaty negotiations signal grave consequences for Pacific

Government hopes the US and Pacific nations can come to an agreement on fishing rights.

Solid Energy has decision "pending" on whether to close Stockton

Solid Energy says its West Coast mine is still losing money and it's looking at its closure.

ACT three strikes for burglary bill struck out of Parliament

MPs pan ACT bill that would see any burglar convicted for their third offence face a mandatory jail sentence.

Councils oppose Easter shop trading bylaws

New Easter shop rules get support, but bylaws needed to make them work make it "costly" and "complicated".

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee not happy with advice from NZDF officials

Poor scorecard for NZDF officials from Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee, who rated their advice.

Vandals target Michael Woodhouse's Dunedin electorate office

Vandals attack a third cabinet minister's electorate office, this time in Dunedin.

Environment ministry CEO Vicky Robertson tests the waters

The state of the country's fresh water is at the top of the agenda for this public service boss.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority defends $2.5 million PR spend

Cera has 19 in-house comms staff. So why did it spend $1.6m on hiring PR and media consultants?

Anti-smacking law has 'failed to reduce child abuse': Family First report

Family First says law has done nothing to tackle child abuse, but claims dismissed as "ridiculous" by Sue Bradford.

National MP Simon O'Connor to marry Minister Simon Bridges' sister

National MP Simon O'Connor left the priesthood for politics and now he's marrying a Cabinet Minister's sister.

New Zealand soldiers Korea-bound

Kiwi soldiers are Korea-bound for exercises with Republic's troops and US marines.

New National MP Maureen Pugh delivers maiden speech

As Parliament's newest MP, Maureen Pugh also has an unusual claim to fame

Police slammed for not doing enough to solve burglaries

Number of burglaries solved drops below 10 per cent in some parts of NZ.

An open letter to TPP protesters from Steven Joyce

OPINION: I've been listening to you over the past few years, months and weeks. So, I'd like to set the record straight on a few matters.

Sex toy thrower's boss won't comment on disciplinary actions

Employer of woman who threw a dildo at Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce refuses to say if she will be disciplined.

Police watchdog IPCA skips investigations due to financial pressures

IPCA unable to investigate claims of excessive force from police due to financial pressures.

Ministry of Education boss says $19.5 million on office revamp couldn't be spent on teachers

Education ministry boss says he couldn't spend money on teachers that had been allocated to a $19.5m office revamp.

Police dismiss independent watchdog calls to change policy on fleeing drivers

Independent police watchdog "urges" police to alter rules on pursuing drivers, but Police Commissioner is unmoved.

Taranaki DHB may get smaller cut of health funding pie

Funding to rise for 7 DHBs, and dip for 4 others including Auckland, after changes to health budget's allocation formula.

Te Puni Kokiri limited in monitoring government impact on Maori

The Maori policy agency needs to cut back on the money it spends on contractors.

New hope for Hawaiki or Bluesky cable after Pacific Island leaders meet in Auckland

Internet access in the Pacific is expensive and limited, but with NZ's help that may change.

Housing NZ suing over alleged fraudulent invoices for state-housing work

Sub-contractor alleged to have invoiced agency for maintenance work that was never carried out.

Govt should raise tobacco taxes by up to 50 per cent: smoking opponents

Raising tobacco taxes by up to 50 per cent could be key to helping NZ reach smoke-free target.

No repeat of controversial NZ live sheep shipment to Mexico this season

Controversial shipment of live NZ sheep to Mexico won't be repeated this year but not because of welfare concerns.

The political year has kicked off so here are 10 things to watch out for

OPINION: The prime minister's opening statement to Parliament may have fallen flat but there will still be plenty of fireworks in 2016.

Metiria Turei returns with a surprise after a four-week sabbatical

Why the Green Party co-leader took sabbatical for four weeks.

Max Key's less-than-luxurious Waitangi weekend holiday

Max Key's holiday snaps usually induce envy but not this one.

The sale of an Abel Tasman beach and other gaps in the Queen's chain

The Abel Tasman beach for sale may soon be given to the Crown - what are they missing?

Prime Minister John Key outlines the Government's priorities for the year

But the PM says the Government is committed to tax cuts as hostilities resume at Parliament.

Finance Minister Bill English sees no reason to change Reserve Bank agreement

Low inflation isn't inhibiting businesses, so English has no plans to change Reserve Bank rules.

NZ considering aid boost to help Tonga contain Zika virus

NZ considers boosting aid to Tonga to help the island battle the spread of the Zika virus. 

TPPA: Labour will not pull out of trade deal if Govt - Andrew Little

But Andrew Little says the party would fight "tooth and nail" for changes if it became Government.

Govt unlikely to impose reciprocal health surcharge on UK visitors

Government unlikely to impose reciprocal charge for healthcare on UK residents here.

Labour leader weighs in on dildo-gate and Steven Joyce

"What if it wasn't [a dildo], what if it was something much harder?, Andrew Little says.

Gerry Brownlee heads to anti-Islamic State coalition meeting in Belgium

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the meeting will help guide the fight against "barbaric organisation".

John Key: Calls to move Govt's Waitangi welcome off Te Tii Marae 'fair'

PM says he's made no calls on whether to attend Waitangi next year, but critics have "a legitimate point".

Motueka man travels New Zealand on 21-month-long TPPA protest

A Motueka protester has been travelling the country battling what he considers "a crisis of democracy".

Woman who threw dildo at Steven Joyce explains her actions

Josie Butler opens up on why she threw a sex toy at Steven Joyce.

Shane Jones throws weight behind shifting Government welcome to Waitangi away from Ti Tii marae

Shane Jones is among calls to shift Waitangi celebrations away from Ti Tii Marae. 

Government has weakened Emissions Trading scheme 'to point of ineffectiveness' - Greens

The Greens say National has weakened the Emissions Trading Scheme so its no longer effective.

Should the Government start charging UK migrants a health surcharge on their visa?

OPINION: Should New Zealand reciprocate new rules in the UK to apply a health surcharge on UK migrants?

New Zealand joins international chorus of condemnation against North Korea missile launch

New Zealand has condemned a suspected long-range missile test by North Korea, calling the action "irresponsible".

Labour calling on Government to stump up for Abel Tasman beach bid

Labour is calling on the Government to stump up the remaining $1 million to purchase Awaroa Beach. 

David v Jacinda: Spread the love – take Waitangi Day on the road

In his first column for Fairfax, ACT leader David Seymour has a bold new plan for marking Waitangi Day.
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