Politics

KiwiRail cost-saving plan 'nuts'

Cash-strapped KiwiRail is proposing to replace electric trains with more diesel-powered engines, which could cost hundreds of jobs, union warns.

Cera spent $1.8m on extra land

Cera spent $1.82 million buying heritage properties on High St it no longer needs.

Minister berates capital's DHB

Jonathan Coleman has admonished Wellington's DHB for its "recurring pattern of poor performance".

NZ fishery catch may be three times more than reported

Level of fish caught in NZ waters could be three times higher than recorded, leaked report says.

Winston Peters responds to TPPA protestors

A loud mob of Kerikeri TPPA protesters took their message to Northland by-election candidate Winston Peters.

NZ ambassador hauled before Brazilian foreign minister

NZ's ambassador to Brazil hauled before officials to explain Tim Groser GCSB leaks.

Northland by-election: Peters counts his chickens

The election isn't until Saturday - but Winston Peters is already planning his next steps as MP for Northland.

Christchurch alcoholic jailed for drunken email threats to MPs

An alcoholic Christchurch man has been jailed after threatening MPs including

Labour supports South Korea free trade deal

With Labour on board, Parliament overwhelmingly supports the South Korea free trade agreement.

I won't pick up the phone: John Key dismisses Winston Peters

PM says he won't be calling on Winston Peters if the power balance shifts after the Northland by-election.

Northland campaign: One way or another, there'll be tears on Sunday

One way or another, it will end in tears on Sunday.

Peter Dunne takes on New Zealand comedians

MP Peter Dunne dismisses all Kiwi comedians, then expresses dismay to find himself the butt of their jokes.

Northland by-election: John Key admits National pulled back on promises

Prime Minister John Key says media forced National to hold back on more Northland promises.

Northland by-election: When 'safe' seats go rogue

By-elections have a tendency to turn up the unexpected, even in traditionally safe seats.

Polls continue to favour Winston Peters in Northland

Polls continue to favour Winston Peters in Northland, but National's Steven Joyce says it's not over.

Bob Clarkson: The man who beat Winston Peters

In 2005, Bob Clarkson beat Winston Peters by 730 votes in the electorate he had held for 21 years.

Crunch time for Northland campaign

OPINION: The final day of the Northland by-election campaign has come down to one thing. Winston Peters versus John Key.

Politics in brief: March 27

Simon Bridges has taken on an increasingly Elvis-like look with his hair, and yesterday he walked into wisecracks from the Opposition.

GCSB will be investigated over claims New Zealanders spied on in Pacific

Spying watchdog will head an inquiry into allegations the GCSB spied on New Zealanders working in the Pacific. 

Northland by-election: Rocky start for John Key's tour

PM John Key greeted by protesters in Northland as he makes a last effort against Winston Peters.

Rising bribery and corruption tarnishing NZ image: Deloitte

Influx of migrants from countries where such practices are normal may be partly to blame.

Chai Chuah confirmed in top Ministry of Health role

After almost 18 months Chai Chuah has been confirmed as director general of the Ministry of Health.

NZ could be sued by overseas companies - leaked TPPA docs

Governments could be open to legal action from foreign companies, leaked TPPA docs say.

Wairarapa could hold super-city back: Porirua mayor Nick Leggett

Mayor of Porirua Nick Leggett says Wairarapa could hold the rest of a Wellington super-city back.

Employers who exploit workers to face tougher sanctions

Employers who exploit workers or breach employment standards will face harsher penalties.

Winston Peters on the brink of winning Northland by-election

Winston Peters is deep in the heart of National country and can barely make it down the street for locals stopping to tell him he is about to do the unthinkable and seize the Northland seat.

Beehive Live: Crunchtime in Northland

From Japan to Northland, the PM is wasting no time in trying to gain the almost certain lead NZ First leader Winston Peters has in the race for the Northland seat.

Which government department pays staff an average of $126,000 a year?

Average salaries at the State Services Commission hit $126,000 in 2014, up $13,000 in a year and 15 per cent more than any other department.

Peters poised for Northland win

OPINION: The signs, the anecdotes, even the way National is framing its messages are all pointing one way.

Reputations riding on Northland outcome

OPINION: Did National pick the wrong candidate? Was it a blunder to make too many big spending promises? Did it choose the wrong campaign team?

Peters ahead in Northland by-election - poll

New poll has NZ First leader Winston Peters holding a commanding lead over National's novice candidate in Northland by-election.

NZ First to put forward bill stripping paedophile name suppression

A new bill to remove name suppression from paedophiles when the victims want their attacker named, is to be introduced to Parliament by NZ First.

Teachers' union criticises fee for police vetting

Passing cost of police vetting on to school communities will only increase inequity and vulnerability of children, says teacher union president.

Anti-cyber bullying bill progresses

A new law to stamp out cyber bullying has passed through another parliamentary stage.

Beehive Live: Wednesday 25 March

It's going to be tough to match the excitement of last night's Black Caps win today, given even the halls of Parliament will be dominated by chat of the historic victory.

Review to cast light on high value of NZ intelligence networks

OPINION: Livelihoods rely on protecting NZ's IT infrastructure, explain Andrew Colarik and Rhys Ball.

Govt challenges decision not to investigate CTV engineer

The Government has lodged a legal challenge against a decision not to investigate the Christchurch engineer involved in the failed CTV building design.

National slams Peters as it hints NZ First leader is ahead in Northland

National is ramping up its attacks on Winston Peters, claiming he would  "kill off jobs and growth" in Northland.

Cotton On staff will not lose tea breaks

Union sceptical of suggestions Cotton On has backed down from plans to strip workers of tea breaks.

Losing Northland won't end National's RMA plans

National will push ahead with plans to reform the Resource Management Act even if it loses the Northland by-election.

Iraq troop deployment talks completed

Foreign Minister completes talks with the Iraq government but there is no word on legal protection for troops.

Kids' lunch should come from parents - Government

Minister of Local Government Paula Bennett says she expects parents to send their children to school with lunch.

Fears cyberbullying law will criminalise children

Concerns new cyberbullying law is too harsh and will "criminalise children".

Beehive Live: Tuesday 24 March

Govt refusing to comment on allegations NZ spy agency snooped on competitors vying against Trade Minister Tim Groser for the top job at the World Trade Organisation.

Former Labour leader David Cunliffe separates from wife Karen Price

Former Labour leader David Cunliffe has separated from his wife Karen Price.

No official denial of GCSB spying on WTO candidates on Tim Groser's behalf

Govt refuses to deny it called on the GCSB to help lever Cabinet minister into an overseas job.

Tea break move could spark industrial action

New legislation stripping tea breaks from workers is expected to see staff at fashion chain Cotton On walk off the job.   

Govt to ease ex-state housing rules

The Government is set to loosen a requirement that former state houses be kept as low-income rentals for those most in need.

Business may be key to social housing: Developers

Property developers say developers or organisations could help keep Government's plans alive.

Government accused of spying on WTO top job candidates

Opposition parties have slammed the Government's reported use of its spy agency to snoop on rival candidates for a top World Trade Organisation job.
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