Politics News

MPs eager to join AB scrum

John Key, with Sports Minister Jonathan Coleman in the background, was never going to turn down the opportunity to be at the announcement.

Politicians are scarce in Parliament on a Sunday, but this was no ordinary Sunday.

Mainfreight boss swipes at Joyce

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce speaks during the opening ceremony for the 2015 Winter Games NZ at Coronet Peak.

New Zealand needs a transport policy that links road, port and rail, Don Braid says.

City council balk at voting trial costs

Voting returns in the 2013 local authority elections was down on average across the Waikato.

Hamilton City Council has opted out of a proposed online voting trial.

Police spy gets secret 'payout'

Former police informant Rob Gilchrist, pictured here in Hagley Park in 2008, has reached a secret settlement with police.

Former spy who sued police after his decade of deception is believed to have been awarded a settlement.

Editorial: Midwifery is about the joy of childbirth – but not the pay

Christchurch midwife Jacqui Anderson with two-week-old Oliver Huband.


Oscar Kightley: TV a brutal mirror of our times

A tribute to slain journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward.

OPINION: I didn't know this woman who was shot dead on live TV. I had no business seeing her draw her last breaths.

National gets third-termitis

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse: likeable, but out of his depth.

OPINION: John Key warned Cabinet not to be arrogant and contract the dreaded disease.

Judith Collins v Phil Goff: Organ donation is the gift that keeps on giving

Surgeons perform a kidney transplant. The donor will be left with minimal financial support.

OPINION: Donating an organ is less risky than farming – but unlike farming, ACC won't cover a donor's lost earnings.

State house sell-off underway

State Housing shake-up

The biggest shake up of State housing in decades is about to get underway.

David Slack: Wish you were here, please send Marmite

If you aren't keen on footy, waddarya? That's the question used in the play Foreskin's Lament as a challenge to rugby itself.

OPINION: It seems people have been filling the heads of ambitious young Kiwis with cruel fantasies about their big OE in Britain ...

Alps 2 Ocean boost announced

28082015 News. John Bisset/Fairfax NZ.  Prime Minister John Key visit to Oamaru where he visited Scotts Brewing. Announced an $  935.000 funding for the Alps to Ocean cycle trail. He also visited Gillies foundry and engineering,  and opened a new Oamaru business Park. Pictured

The tracks of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail will be completed, with a $935,000 cash injection from the government confirmed.

New law to confirm ECan governance

Labour's Environment spokesperson Megan Woods is trying to stop the Government's mixed governance model for Environment Canterbury.

Bill on table to confirm Government's governance model for Environment Canterbury

Protection order expiry date a 'terrible idea'

Domestic violence law overhaul could see an expiry date for protection orders.

Protection orders should have an expiry date, MPs have recommended.

Chorus of concern over secret courts

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse

More lawyers and human rights activists have added their voice to the chorus of concerns over secret courts.

New domestic violence courts considered

Justice Minister Amy Adams ants to "shake-up" the system to deal better with family violence.

New domestic violence courts - with specially trained judges and lawyers - may be in the works to bring down New Zealand's horrific record of attacks in the home.

Nanaia Mahuta, Maori Queen?

Nanaia Mahuta contested the Labour leadership with Andrew Little. There is now speculation that she might leave the party to become the Maori queen.

Will the Labour MP be royalty or casualty as Labour revamps its lineup?

Mighty River Power profit slips

Mighty River Power's gas-fired Southdown power station in Auckland is being closed down and the company wrote off $44m as a result.

Power company will pay about $34m to investors in a special dividend, though operating profits fell 4 per cent.

David Seymour is no longer a laughing stock

ACT MP David Seymour secured every rugby fan's right to drink and watch rugby.

David Seymour's the dude that got pubs to stay open for the Rugby World Cup!

Kiwibank boosts NZ Post's profits

Business mail is responsible for 95 per cent of NZ Post deliveries.

New Zealand Post's profit of $128 million is almost 100 per cent reliant on Kiwibank.

Government to outlaw animal test

Animal rights campaigners said the Draize test left some rabbits with such badly irritated eyes they had to be killed.

The Government is removing a testing regime for hazardous substances that leaves rabbits with irritated eyes.

Below the beltway gallery

Is rugby or politics the winner on the day here? Does anyone really win in this shirt?

After a week of politics, who's up and who's down?

'Waiotahi' corrected to 'Waiotahe'

Former National Party leader Don Brash with  MP Anne Tolley on what was formerly Waiotahi Beach, Opotiki.

The people of Bay of Plenty's Waiotahi may not have noticed a difference, but on Thursday their town's name changed to Waiotahe. 

Health and safety legislation passes

New health and safety legislation will not define cattle farms as high risk, despite many deaths on New Zealand farms.

Controversial health and safety legislation, which does does not classify farms as high risk, has passed in Parliament.

Start again with flag design

The flag consideration panel's longlist includes many designs that look like advertising logos, including one very similar to Business.govt.nz

OPINION: It's not too late to ditch the proposed flag designs and start again.

SkyCity prepares for last hurdle

Artist's impressions of the redesigned SkyCity International Convention Centre.

SkyCity's consent application to build the Auckland convention centre is heard today.

PM faces Dunedin protesters

Protesters gather outside Dunedin Public Art Gallery during a visit by Prime Minister John Key.

Protesters have interrupted Prime Minister John Key's visit to Dunedin.

Church rejects Easter trading change video

05082014 News Photo:Scott Hammond/The Marlborough Express.
House and Garden
Selme's Road Garden Centre Nursery.

Catholic social justice agency is "appalled" by proposed changes to Easter Sunday trading restrictions.

Inquiry a welcome barometer

Wellington lawyer Lecretia Seales died from cancer, shortly after hearing that a High Court bid to allow her doctor to help her die without criminal prosecution had failed.

OPINION: Terms of reference for a parliamentary inquiry into euthanasia conveys robust intent.

Parents 'robbed' of their job

Taranaki mother Hillary Kieft is seeking a change to the law that allows teenagers to have abortions without their parents' knowledge. Whanganui MP Chester Borrows presented the petition to Parliament.

A Taranaki mother who has endured years of sleepless nights fearing her teenage daughter was taking her own life is calling for abortion law changes.

Eleven more SHAs announced

The Avondale RSA, which was sold for $9m in April, is to be a Special Housing Area

This summer will be the busiest for earthworks Auckland has ever seen, Minister predicts.

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