Avon site for quake memorial

'A special place for all New Zealanders'

avon river

Christchurch's quake memorial will have a river setting, it has been confirmed today.

No punishment for food blunder


Council unlikely to face consequences for a blunder which left food outlets unlicensed.

DOC hits back at Greens' claims

DOC, Department of Conservation

DOC rejects claims a performance review indicated a restructure was not well implemented.

Greener for Harre on the other side

Laila Harre

OPINION: In her previous life, the new Internet Party leader was the Left's darling of her time, their warrior princess at the Cabinet table.

Stand tall: that's us, says Flavell

Te Ururoa Flavell

Maori Party adopts that theme, Tu Maori Mai (Stand as Maori), as its rallying cry for the election.

Labour says refugees could not reach NZ


A group of 41 asylum seekers may have been overly optimistic about landing on our shores.

Envoy's bail terms unable to be applied

Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail

Police asked courts to lift bail conditions on Malaysian diplomat at the centre of a sexual assualt case.

Today in politics: Saturday, July 12

steven joyce

Greens suggest National may repeal gay marriage, Steven Joyce in a smock, and more humpback sightings.

MPs, media under cone of silence

Increased security around MPs in the wake of the release of a journalist's and minister's email and phone records.

Labour tech pledge gets B+


Labour promises “garage grants” of up to $10,000 for novice IT entrepreneurs and 1200 ICT apprenticeships.

Malaysian diplomat case inquiry head named


Former top public servant John Whitehead to head probe into why Malaysian diplomat allowed to leave NZ while facing attempted-rape charge.

$40m wall bill for cash-strapped city


A $40m seismic upgrade to Auckland's downtown seawall is the latest expense for the city.

Diplomat case coverage concerns

Tania Billingsley

The Law Society says the media must consider whether a quest for exclusive stories is harming "fundamental rights enjoyed by all New Zealanders" after a televised interview of the complainant in an alleged attempted rape was broadcast before a trial.

Beehive Live: July 11, 2014

Winston Peters

Would you like some ice with your morning run Prime Minister? And why so angry Winston?

Beneficiaries dip out on baby help

A baby

Beneficiaries won't be included in a package for families with newborn babies, despite advice they were most vulnerable.

Reins on cowboy builders to be tightened

Construction worker/ Hard hat

New measures aimed at clamping down on shoddy builders will be imposed from next year.

Today in politics: Friday, July 11


Mana Party apologises for calling the row over the sexual assault case involving Malaysian diplomat ‘‘bugger all’’.

Peters lets off salvo at sale of properties

Winston Peters

Winston Peters slams deal in which NZ's largest private property fund is selling $1bn of local property to Canadian pension group.

New building laws to corral cowboys


New measures aimed at clamping down on shoddy builders will be imposed from next year.

Cunliffe slams health board over birthing unit

David Cunliffe

David Cunliffe had harsh words for the Waikato DHB over its decision to close the birthing unit in Morrinsville.

Beehive Live: July 10, 2014


Bare-chested Brash, Mallard's got the moves, and Goff's got a mo' in this politics flashback.

Labour would axe earthquake authority

David Cunliffe talking

Cunliffe promises to remove Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority in 2016 if Labour wins the election.

Harawira U-turn in diplomat sex case

Hone Harawira

Mana Party leader apologises for calling diplomat sex assault case "bugger all." | PM blasted

NZ needs net neutrality debate


Communications Minister says New Zealand needs to have a debate on ISPs charging for internet “fast lanes”.

McCully should stand down - Greens


Greens join call for Foreign Affairs minister to stand down after diplomat charged in relation to attack on woman. | Key 'bored', McCully 'incompetent'

Election needs 18,000 vote counters

Ballot box

The Electoral Commission is hiring more than 18,000 people to help out during the election in September.

Alleged diplomat victim criticises John Key

Tania Billingsley

Woman in diplomat sex case calls PM insincere and wants foreign minister to resign.

Needs must when deals are wrought

Vernon Small

OPINION: Memo to voters: look less at what they say they will do and more at what they may need to do to win power.

Cunliffe's apology patting himself on the back

David Cunliffe

OPINION: I doubt very much that rapists and violent offenders will respond to Cunliffe's battle cry of "stop this bullshit!"

Today in politics: Thursday, July 10


David Shearer's dead snapper makes list of unusual parliamentary props, and will Labour's adhere to "sledge pledge"?

Husband of MP faces investigation

dennis taylor

Husband of NZ First MP faces claims the criminal records of ex-party official were accessed.

Labour insurance policy 'mixed bag'

insurance 300x200

Insurance industry opposes Labour plan for an independent insurance commissioner, but welcomes review.

Clare Curran ripped into rivals

Labour MP breaks positive campaign promise, branding rival MPs nasty and homophobic.

NZ's outlook turns positive

Generic money

Credit ratings agency Fitch revised New Zealand's rating outlook from stable to positive overnight.

Beehive Live: July 9, 2014

Bill english

Labour announces a new IT chief officer to advise the Prime Minister, and the Finance Minister can't believe his luck at the timing of a positive credit outlook revision.

Today in politics: Wednesday, July 9

beehive parliament

Colin Craig is not the only one dipping in to his pocket to help fund the Conservative Party.

Pressure to lower stats - MP


Police were allegedly under government orders to "minimise" the number of domestic violence charges they lay.

Labour MPs visit health centres

"Communities understand their own needs"

Iain Lees-Galloway

Labour MPs have been looking closely at the work of two groundbreaking Taranaki organisations.

Christchurch council 'needs to lift game'

Nick Smith

Housing Minister Nick Smith says Christchurch council's consent systems still fall short of national standards.

John Key confident diplomat will return

John Key in Petone

Prime Minister John Key does not have an update on when Malaysian diplomat Muhammad Rizalman will be returned to face sexual assault and burglary charges.

Key confident about surplus

Generic money

PM says the Government will get back into surplus, despite a worse-than-expected Budget deficit.

Rich-poor gap not growing: report


No "discernable" increase in income inequality, but financial crisis hit poorer families harder.

Auckland council seeks $2.8b cuts

dollar coin

No decisions made on what projects and services will be cut to help Auckland Council find the billions in savings it needs.

Tech generation wants online voting

Ballot box

The tech generation is more likely to vote if it is made convenient, survey shows.

Beehive Live: July 8, 2014


Was our whaling message strong enough? And is David Cunliffe still sorry for being a man?

Politicians need lessons in education

Teaching, teacher, whiteboard

Politicians need a lesson in education from the coal-face with teachers, Carly Avery writes.

Diplomat still under evaluation

Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail

Just when a Malaysian diplomat accused of sex crimes may return to New Zealand remains uncertain.

Today in politics: Tuesday, July 8

Classroom, students, pupils, learning, high school, secondary school

Principals and boards of trustees have united to try to halt the Government’s $359 million programme to reward expert teachers and principals.

Small classes 'not world we're working in'

Teaching, teacher, whiteboard

Convincing parents that open-plan classrooms are good for learning is a tough sell, a principal says.

Shinzo Abe talks tough on tariffs

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

OPINION: Key and his Japanese counterpart seem to agree on trade. In reality, they are as far apart as on whaling.
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