Wagner 'agnostic' on cathedral rebuild

nicky wagner

A cartoon image on a campaign flier nods to Nicky Wagner's campaign slogan: "Keeping Christchurch Central in Good Shape for the Future".

Three MPs, 50 questions: Part two

Ray Calver

Aimie Cronin rapid-fired questions at Hamilton's candidates in the coming election.

Peters has been taken in, says Staples

Bryan Staples

Christchurch's own "Robin Hood" figure, Bryan Staples speaks out against Winston Peters.

A week is a long time in politics


OPINION: It has been a topsy-turvy three years since the last election. One more week and time will be called on the 50th New Zealand Parliament.

Today in politics: Saturday, July 25

David Cunliffe

Labour leader David Cunliffe says he has accepted Television New Zealand's assurances about presenter Mike Hosking.

When to hold ‘em . . . when to fold 'em

National party

OPINION: If there are too many more weeks like this on the campaign trail, the election may well end up closer than everyone expects.

'No need' to screen Brownlee at airport

Gerry Brownlee

An aviation officer gave a pilot the all-clear to fly despite Gerry Brownlee's security breach.

MPs seeking to ramp up expenses


The hard-done-by politicians are also asking for 30 free flights a year for their families- on top of their at-least $150,000-a-year salaries.

Maori Party 'only way' for influence

Maori Party logo

The Maori Party’s Tai Tokerau candidate claims a vote for his party is the only way to ensure a Maori presence in power.

Cunliffe accepts TVNZ assurances

Mike Hosking

Labour leader David Cunliffe says he has accepted TVNZ assurances about presenter Mike Hosking.

Labour pushes community voice


Labour confirms it will restore the rights of individual communities to decide on council amalgamations.

Key stands by Brownlee

Gerry Brownlee

Labour calls for transport minister to stand down while authorities investigate his security breach. | 'Zero tolerance'

'Holiday Highway' approved

Northern Motorway traffic jam

The controversial "Holiday Highway" north of Auckland has been given the go-ahead.

Civil aviation has 'zero tolerance' on breaches

gerry brownlee

CAA has "no sense of humour'' about security breaches, no matter who you are, industry leader says.

Conservatives introduce Nelson candidate John Green, 81

John Green

Addressing a mostly older audience in Nelson, Conservative Party leader Colin Craig introduced the town's candidate, age 81.

Green Party: You don't love NZ enough

Greens Love NZ oil

Greens election campaign juxtaposes Rena cleanup and shoe-less kids with the slogan "Love NZ".

Nicky Wagner fails to get money owed

Nicky Wagner

Christchurch MP Nicky Wagner will not get the $340k she says an Auckland businessman owes her.

Beehive Live: July 25, 2014

david cunliffe and john key

It's been a week of apologies, valedictories and late resignations. Our politics team is live from the Beehive.

John Key offers hope for Flockton

john key

Central and local government could join forces to pay for flood mitigation for Christchurch homes, PM says.

Religious teaching review ruled out


Education Minister rules out review of the law allowing religious instruction in state schools. | Bible class stoush

CAA to investigate own minister's actions

Gerry Brownlee

Gerry Brownlee made an airport faux pas - and now his own department is investigating him.| Bulletproof Brownlee

National education standards need time - Parata

Schoolboy test, exam, test results, exam results, student, pupil

Three-quarters of children tested for the latest achievement information report were at or above national standards.

Maori Party co-founders leave parliament

Maori Party logo

Maori Party co-founders Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples have ended their careers in Parliament surrounded by the people they represented.

Today in politics: Friday, July 25


Why did the MP cross the road?

No decision on possible flyover appeal

Basin Reserve flyover

The Government is staying tight-lipped about whether it will appeal the Basin Reserve flyover decision.

'Safer' cars earn benefits in ACC cuts


Less frequent drivers with safer cars will benefit most from tweaks to proposed ACC levy cuts.

Bulletproof Brownlee

Gerry Brownlee

OPINION: Is PM's refusal to accept Gerry Brownlee's resignation a sign National thinks it's bulletproof? | In through out door

Colin Craig chastises candidate over name threat

Colin Craig

Conservative leader hauls candidate into line for threatening to name prominent Kiwi with name suppression.

The ups and downs of National and its allies

Gerry Brownlee

Even before Gerry Brownlee's Gaffe today, there's been no shortage of hot water for National MPs and their allies to get into.

Brownlee offers to resign over airport drama

Gerry Brownlee

Gerry Brownlee faces investigation after airport security breach which he offered to resign over.

Cartoons 'provocative, negative, insulting'

Louisa Wall

MP Louisa Wall is appalled the Human Rights Commission has not upheld a single complaint under its race relations section.

Mana Party: Make Maori compulsory

 Maori language week

Mana wants Maori made compulsory in all schools and more funding for Maori immersion schools.

Blunder a case of second-term-itis?

gerry brownlee

OPINION: A contrite Gerry Brownlee must have skated very close to losing his job after his breach of airline security.

Top 10 Gerry Brownlee gaffes

Gerry Brownlee

We look through the baggage of Gerry Brownlee's political career and come up with his top 10 cringeworthy moments.

National claims superior broadband plan


Government hits back at Labour criticism of its broadband policy.

ACC levy cut plan benefits drivers


Motorists who drive less and those with safer vehicles will benefit most from tweaks to proposed ACC levy cuts.

Beehive Live: July 24, 2014

gerry brownlee

Live reaction to Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach and offer of resignation.

Horan served papers in defamation case


Brendan Horan went down to the pub to get served - a $350,000 damages claim.

Far North lags in national standards

School classroom

Otago kids best at reading, writing and maths, while others are lagging behind, national standards data shows.

Labour pledge $21m to improve broadband

Labour Party promises three contestable funds costing $21.1 million over four years to improve broadband connectivity.

Harawira must remove crest from billboards

hone harawira

Mana leader must remove Parliamentary crest from campaign hoardings after taxpayer funding claims.

Greens: Put solar panels in schools

Solar panels

The Green Party wants to spend $20m putting solar panels into 500 schools over three years.

Dotcom kicks off Internet Party party

Kim Dotcom

Jess McAllen partied at the Internet Party's party last night. Was she inspired to vote?

Today in politics: Thursday, July 24

National party

The National Party's Napier candidate, Wayne Walford, has been referred to police by the Electoral Commission for unauthorised campaign material.

Peters claims quake workers weren't paid

Winston Peters

Winston Peters tells Parliament that Earthquake Services boss told his staff not to pay tax.

Welcome to David Cunliffe's nightmare

David Cunliffe

OPINION: Some of Cunliffe's woes are self-inflicted, but others, such as the recent indiscipline, are what happens when you're down.

Map: Voter enrolment rates declining


Voter enrolment is declining in almost every electorate, despite the general election being just two months away.

Joe Hockey's learning experience in NZ

Australian treasurer Joe Hockey

Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey's trip to NZ was a reminder of how closely our two countries are intertwined.

MPs to use party funds for campaigning travel

NZ money, cash

Members of Parliament face a crackdown on using their taxpayer-funded travel perks for electioneering.

Labour claims Hosking's biased

Mike Hosking

Labour in standoff with TVNZ over plans to use Mike Hosking to moderate leaders' debates.
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