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How Ardern could change Labour

Jacinda Ardern is the candidate to watch on Saturday's by-election. Largely expected to win, it's understood some ...

It's an election with very little heat, and much congeniality. But what will happen after Jacinda Ardern wins?

National wades away from water woes video

Prime Minister Bill English and Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announce their new targets for clean waterways.

OPINION: Fresh-water targets designed to 'inoculate' National against key election threat

New water target 'challenging' video

Environment Minister Nick Smith announces new swimmable fresh water targets.

The Government wants 90 per cent of New Zealand's lakes and rivers to be swimmable by 2040.

Kaye's new competition

Helen White is the new Labour candidate for Auckland central.

Nikki Kaye's main competition for the Auckland Central seat has been named.

Firefighters should handle disasters - Dunne

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne has suggested merging Civil Defence's functions within the new Fire and Emergency ...

Peter Dunne says overhauled fire organisation should become our "premier emergency management service".

Stand-down for rogue bosses

Indian students face deportation from New Zealand after their Indian agent filed fraudulent documents.

But new measures to stop employers exploiting migrant workers don't go far enough, unions say.

$1 billion goes begging

Auckland still needs more houses.

OPINION: Why aren't there takers for money to build infrastructure in fast-growing cities?

Teasing us with tax cuts

Finance Minister Steven Joyce using a tried and true formula with his tax cut tease.

OPINION: Joyce is playing the tax cut card, but it's looking more like an election play than a pot of gold.

Little's divide and conquer method stuff nation video

Andrew Little's divisive rhetoric itself is not kaupapa Māori, as it seeks to label good or bad Māori regardless of ...

OPINION: For Labour and Andrew Little, the strategy appears closer to "divide and conquer" than earnest discussion on what matters to the Māori electorate.

New law to force drug rehab

A recent law change has simplified the process for forcing drug addicts into rehabilitation.

Law change could force more drug addicts into rehab, but will centres be able to cope?

Raroa School gets $1.1m

Raroa Normal Intermediate School, in the northern Wellington suburb of Johnsonville, will get $1.1m from the Government ...

Taxpayer funding will see two new classrooms built at northern Wellington school.

Turnbull flicks NZ over Israel stance video

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (left) met  with NZ PM Bill English in Queenstown this month.

But New Zealand is holding firm on its involvement to sponsor UN resolution against Israeli settlements.

Top five emerging for Helensville seat

Auckland Council councillor for Waitakere Linda Cooper announced she would seek the National Party's selection to stand ...

Sources say Waitakere ward councillor Linda Cooper is the only woman left in the battle for former prime minister John Key's Helensville seat.

CEO's shock departure

Hawke's Bay Regional Council chief executive Andrew Newman.

On Friday his pending resignation was written off as 'malicious gossip'. Today he resigned.

Minister not keen on drive video

A "tourist" driver on the wrong side of the road on the Crown Range in January 26.

Simon Bridges called "naive" as he rejects offer from Queenstown man to take him on a tour of NZ's horror roads.

Ministry must come clean

Former MoT manager Joanne Harrison was finally forced out of the shadows. When will MoT say what it knew?

OPINION: She was hired as a senior public servant despite her past. How could this happen?

Public service vs cash

Adrian Orr, CEO NZ Super Fund.

OPINION: Bill English would be right to sack members of the board of the Super Fund.

E Kore Ano, Never Again

Respectful public inquiries can provide closure, as well as new openings, for victims of abuse, their families and ...

Opinion: The Open Letter to Prime Minister Bill English, calling for an independent inquiry to deal with abuse of children under state care, has been steadfastly downplayed by the Government. Why?

TOP cleared of 'treating'

The Opportunities Party Mt Albert candidate Geoff Simmons speaks at a candidate lunch earlier this year.

The Electoral Commission found there was a "lack of corrupt intent" in giving voters free rides.

Striking the right chord with Maori Party video

In partnership: Mana Party leader Hone Harawira, Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Hauauru Howie Tamati, Maori Party ...

OPINION: The fight between Labour and the Maori Party is heating up. National will happily stoke it.

The cult of Adrian Orr video

Adrian Orr's salary is below what he could earn elsewhere, but those other jobs would come with downsides he does not ...

OPINION: If the NZ Super Fund boss was motivated by salary, we should let him go.

Quake aid up in the air

A Kaikoura business owner says the town will need on-going financial assistance until access is restored on State ...

Kaikoura business owners say they need it, but Government's tight-lipped about the future of its payment for quake-hit firms.

No resignation over pay boost

NZ Super Fund chief executive Adrian Orr was granted a 35.6 per cent salary increase last year over the objections of ...

Chairwoman who signed off NZ Super Fund boss's salary hike says she isn't going anywhere.

Barry heading to Auckland Islands

Minister of Conservation Maggie Barry on board the HMNZS Otago, in Bluff on Tuesday, before travelling to the ...

Conservation minister Maggie Barry is hanging out to see the "mega herbs" on the Auckland Islands.

Sign-off for mental health social bond

Finance minister Steven Joyce has announced the first social bonds pilot to come on line. The Government has allowed ...

The social bond will see bonuses paid if mental health patients are helped back into work.

Maori Party 'hopeless' - Little

Labour Party leader Andrew Little says he's not even contemplating working with the Maori Party in a future government.

Andrew Little has come out swinging at the Maori Party and Marama Fox has hit back.

Mercury customer boost

The Maraetai 2 (front) and Maraetai 1 power stations, near Taupo. Mercury says good North Island hydro conditions helped ...

Fixed contracts and Air NZ's Airpoints scheme help the electricity giant pick up 11,000 customers.

School starts and kids' well-being

Moving to an earlier age for starting school  could mean less choice, less flexibility, and lower ability to be ...

OPINION: Having children start school before their fifth birthday may not really be good for them.

Deep State, big trouble

The Ataturkian legacy is being smashed to pieces by Turkey's Islamist President, Tayyip Erdogan. Will America's ...

OPINION: Situation in Turkey shows what happens when a populist president believes himself to be in the cross-hairs. Will America's democratic legacy be next?

Mum sues over son's death

Lyn Copland at Wellington's High Court. She is taking legal action against Capital & Coast DHB, for failing to prevent ...

Lyn Copland can't get her boy back, but she's determined to expose the mental health system's flaws.

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