Politics

The regions where you're most likely to miss out on surgery

The Government's latest figures provide detailed picture of who's missing out on surgery and why.

Where do capital's mayoral candidates stand on a Wellington-Porirua merger?

Wellington's mayoral candidates have revealed where they stand on a council merger with Porirua.

Maori needed at top levels of Corrections to reduce reoffending

An adviser to the the Department of Corrections says Maori aren't present in decision-making roles.

Every student to get a 'personalised career plan' under a Labour Government

A Labour Government would spend $30 million to "professionalise careers advice'' in schools.

Weird coincidence: Andrew Little gets dodgy chair on Breakfast - again

Andrew Little's TV seat gets the wobbles - and not for the first time.

National MP Maurice Williamson to retire at election

From big gay rainbows, to leaky homes success and a major breach of the Cabinet Manual. Maurice Williamson bows out.

Predator-free New Zealand 'unrealistic' - NZ First

John Key has a plan to rid the country of pests - is it ambitious or unachievable?

Government sets target to make New Zealand 'predator-free' by 2050

The government is planning to eradicate the country of all pests threatening native birds by 2050.

McClay rebuked by PM after failing to reveal wider fears of China retribution

John Key has publicly reprimanded Trade Minister Todd McClay after he downplayed China trade retaliation fears.

Councils call for a return to the days when we were paid to recycle

Councils urge Government to adopt national cash-for-bottles scheme.

John Key wants to put the brakes on Kevin Rudd in UN race

John Key says even Australians know which former PM should get the UN top job.

Labour MP Trevor Mallard vacates Hutt South electorate to apply for Speaker position

He says he wants Speaker's job, but John Key says he's "waving the white flag".

Faces of Innocents: CYF facing 'unfunded cost pressures' of millions, Government admits

The agency charged with protecting vulnerable children is short of the cash it says it needs to meet increased demand.

Corrections failing Maori, needs drastic culture change - claim

A retired probation officer says Corrections needs a dramatic culture change to reduce Maori reoffending.

John Key: Don't write Helen Clark off yet, after UN polling

John Key says UN security council members are wrong to vote "tactically" against Helen Clark.

Labour leader Andrew Little's New Plymouth billboard defaced by vandals

 The new face of the Labour Party leadership is small, furry and named Stuart.

Nick Smith reveals he gargled paint stripper as mouthwash

If an accidental poisoning can happen to a minister, it can happen to toddlers, Nick Smith says. 

Reserve Bank mandate no longer cutting it - Labour

The Reserve Bank needs the ability to focus on more than just inflation, says Labour.

Foreign Minister Murray McCully contracted Zika

Foreign Minister Murray McCully was infected by the Zika before it became a global health concern.

Veteran Taranaki regional councillor will not contest seat in upcoming election

"Being able to bring farmers' concerns to the table and understand how council decisions affect them is extremely important."

PM's department warned of Chinese trade threats, but didn't brief him

It was told about the reprisals over China's steel stoush, but didn't tell him.

Legal cannabis could collect $150 million a year but Bill English isn't pursuing it

It could bring in a $150 million windfall in tax revenue. So why is the Government not interested?

Failed leadership coup exposes more 'toxic culture' at Wellington City Council

Electioneering set to get ugly as failed council coup reveals rifts in capital.

Tracy Watkins: Helen Clark's down but not out in the race to lead the UN

OPINION: Helen Clark's staying mum on her next move in the race to lead the UN, but things just got a lot harder.

Patrick Gower admits man crush on Donald Trump's son in weird live video from RNC

The TV political editor delivers a part news report, part travel diary, part stand-up skit from the Republican convention in the US.

Helen Kelly: 'My back is broken and I only have months to live but I'm pain free'

Helen Kelly has a broken back after tumours pushed through her spinal cord. She says cannabis is helping her cope with the pain.

US Vice President Joe Biden accepts challenge at Government House

US Vice President Joe Biden didn't miss a beat during a powhiri at Government House this week.

Prime Minister John Key visits South Canterbury

Prime Minister John Key has made a whirlwind visit to South Canterbury.

Kermadec ocean sanctuary gets the go-ahead from committee

Tweak the name, make a few adjustments, and continue on, the Environment Minister is told.

Number of Kiwis with severe social housing needs rises on Social Housing Register

The number of people coming to the govt with severe housing needs has increased.

Stacey Kirk: Is New Zealand's mental health service doing more harm than good?

OPINION: Locking someone up for 23 hours in a day can only make their mental illness worse.

US ship visit standoff all over bar the screening - but what about China?

OPINION: The three-decade-long self-imposed freeze on United States ship visits has been declared over.

RNC is like 'politics on speed' say New Zealand MPs

New Zealand MPs at the event say divisions in the party have made for an electric atmosphere.

NZ steel bid 'courageous', says US steel workers' union

American steel workers are throwing their support behind New Zealand's industry.

Below the beltway: The week in politics

OPINION: Who's up and who's down in the week of politics?

NZ First leader Winston Peters calls for Finance Minister Bill English to resign

"That country drawl is no longer cutting it" - Winston Peters rips into Bill English over housing.

Helen Clark lags as Security Council holds first ballot to choose next UN Secretary General

There are claims the "old boys network" has nobbled Helen Clark in a shock result in the first vote for the UN's top job.

US naval ship visit a 'victory' for anti-nuclear campaigners

Prominent anti-nuclear activists are celebrating the end of a 30-year stand off with the United States over ship visits.

Helen Clark to go through first UN Security Council vote

The Security Council will endorse who they think should be the next UN secretary-general.

Kiwi farmers face more difficult years according to OECD - Labour

Dairy farmers face three more years of pain if OECD forecasts are right, warns Labour.

US Vice-President Joe Biden signals end to 30 year cold shoulder over ship visits

US Vice-President Joe Biden formally accepts invite to send naval vessel to NZ later this year.

US Vice-President Joe Biden hangs with All Blacks

"I don't mean to offend any of you," said the US Veep. "But this is the reason I came."

NZ was the 'mouse that roared' on foreign policy but now it's 'mute' on China - Peter Dunne

Peter Dunne says the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' fear of upsetting China is "downright humiliating".

Greens would set up Minister for Manufacturing within MBIE, if in Government

Racing has a minister so why shouldn't manufacturing, say the Greens.

David Cameron's sad exit: Turns up in jeans and t-shirt to meet John Key

John Key reveals Britain's former PM David Cameron had no time to dress up for their appointment.

Interest rate cuts "likely" as the Reserve Bank warns dollar needs to drop

Reserve Bank says low inflation is likely to prompt it to cut the cost of borrowing.

United States naval ship to visit New Zealand

The US is expected to send a military vessel into NZ waters, ending a 30-year standoff.

Naval ship visit restores common sense to NZ-US relations

OPINION: Times have moved on. In an increasingly uncertain world, polls show overwhelming support for US ship visits.

There's a bigger game than steel dumping at play in China trade stoush

OPINION: Reprisals against New Zealand's key exports by China are about as serious as a trade dispute could get.

Explosive resignation email exposes Wellington City Council's 'toxic culture'

Cycleway adviser's resignation email blasts council engagement as worse than Kazakhstan's.
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