Politics

PM gifts food hamper to Helen Clark

chocolate fish

If you're PM, what do you give the woman who has everything - including a plum job in New York?

NZ well-prepared against Ebola: Coleman

stethoscope

Risk of the disease reaching NZ is remote, but we should be prepared for the worst, minister says.

Labour leadership selection woes

David Parker leadership race

OPINION: It's becoming clear that Labour's leadership selection process may be adding to its long list of woes.

Nicky Hager challenges police raid

nicky hager

Nicky Hager claims the police raid on his house was illegal and is taking legal action.

NZ Parliament closes doors after Canadian shooting

John Key

Parliament tightens security in wake of shooting at Canada's parliament in Ottawa today.

Today in Politics: October 23

Top hat

The many hats of Prime Minister John Key have caused Opposition MPs a bit of a headache.

Labour leadership race: Focussing the message

Tracy Watkins

OPINION: Labour Party rank and file know what impresses them in leadership race may not impress voters.

Beehive Live: Employment law clash

John Key

More fireworks in House expected after Government carries on with controversial changes to employment law.

Live chat: Labour leadership candidate Nanaia Mahuta

Nanaia Mahuta

Labour leadership hopeful Nanaia Mahuta joined us for a live chat this morning. See how she answered your questions.

Labour change needed: Candidates

Grant Robertson, Nanaia Mahuta, Andrew Little and David Parker Getty

Labour's leadership hopefuls each push different message, but all agree that appraisal of the party's direction is needed.

Opening is about symbolism, not reality

Beehive

OPINION: Credit where it's due, our politicians certainly got into the spirit of pomp and pageantry that marks the opening of Parliament.

Nats persist with new labour law

MPs in Parliament

National has quickly pushed ahead with controversial changes to employment law.

Legal highs process 'wasteful, crazy'

Legal high

Controls over the sale of psychoactive substances are 'wasteful, embarrassing, stupid' say councils.

Prime minister only when he wants to be

John Key

OPINION: Prime Minister John Key apparently morphed into "the leader of the National Party" the minute he heard Cameron Slater's voice.

Minister: No need to arm all police

Police

Police minister bats away a call to arm all police after a standoff in Waikato.

Candidates pledge Labour change

Grant Robertson, Nanaia Mahuta, Andrew Little and David Parker Getty

The first of 15 "hustings meetings" for Labour's leadership hopefuls kicked off in Wellington tonight with all four candidates saying the party had to change to win government in 2017.

Beehive Live: And now to work

beehive

The first of the Labour leadership primaries is under way. Join us for live coverage.

Turbo boost for Wellington trains

Wellington trains

Wellington's trains are being turbo charged, with an increased top speed of 110kmh.

Government to lure skilled Kiwis home

Australian flag, Australia

The Government is wasting no time in attempting to lure skilled New Zealanders back home.

ACC posts $2.1 billion surplus

acc

ACC's annual surplus is almost $300m ahead of budget, and will enable 'significant' cuts to levies.

Judith Collins relegated to lowly select committee

Judith Collins

Former ministers Judith Collins and Maurice Williamson have been relegated to lowly select committee roles.

Live chat: Labour leadership candidate David Parker

STANDING IN: David Parker.

Labour leadership hopeful David Parker came in for a live chat this afternoon. See what he had to say.

JP ticked rest home resident's vote form

voting

A rest-home resident says a voting official cast a vote in her name, but against her wishes.

Today in Politics: October 22

Shane Jones

Another Parliament, another scrap between NZ First leader Winston Peters and National's Gerry Brownlee.

Parliament's deja vu

Tracy Watkins

OPINION: This National Government looks a lot like the last one, writes Tracy Watkins.

Housing, tax cuts, jobs focus of next term

John Key

Job fairs across the Tasman, tax cuts and helping first home buyers are part of the Government's priorities for its next term.

Beehive Live: Back in business

Beehive

The House is back in session after today's opening of Parliament.

Trevor Mallard elected assistant Speaker

Trevor Mallard

Trevor Mallard, who has a reputation as one Parliament's worst-behaved MPs, was elected unanimously.

Who is the Opposition?

Peters

Can Labour compete with the Greens and NZ First, both hungry for more parliamentary presence?

Speech from the Throne

Beehive

Delivered by His Excellency Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand, on the occasion of the State Opening of Parliament, Tuesday 21 October 2014

Who's got what it takes to lead Labour?

Labour contenders

There are four candidates in the running to be the next Labour leader, but who's got what it takes?

Robertson's risk with Ardern

Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern may emerge as Labour deputy whoever wins the top job, but her nomination as Grant Robertson’s running mate is seen as a risk.

Key cool on Greens

Greens leaders

Prime Minister John Key is keeping the prospect of working with the Green Party alive.

Today in politics: Tuesday, October 21

Murray McCully

Nicknames, middles names and the jet-setting lifestyle as the Parliamentary term gets under way.

No beheadings, one Stoner, and the usual rabble

beehive

OPINION: Parliament's pre-opening swearing-in of MPs is always a hybrid of Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe and the first day at kindy.

Islamic State fight: PM ramps up talk of troops in Iraq

NZ troops could soon follow Australia in training Iraqi security forces to fight Islamic State.

Beehive Live: Parliament re-opens

pm

Parliament's opening today has meant a speech heckling by Winston Peters for new MP David Seymour.

History for women as Parliament opens

beehive

Pomp and ceremony as Parliament officially opens. | Live coverage | Quiz: the new MPs

Oath wording strikes MP discord

MARAMA FOX

MPs voice dissatisfaction they aren't able to swear to uphold the Treaty at the opening of Parliament.

Quiz: Who are our new MPs?

Debating chamber

Think you know our new MPs?

Union backs Andrew Little for Labour leadership

Andrew Little

New Zealand's largest trade union has unanimously backed MP Andrew Little to be the next Labour leader.

Jacinda Ardern bites back at 'Beltway babies' branding

Jacinda Ardern

Labour MP Jacinda Ardern rejects "beltway babies" jibe, saying she's "worked longer in a fish and chip shop" than as parliamentary staffer.

Ex-MP to head panel of inquiry

Labour Party

Former British politician Bryan Gould will head an independent inquiry into Labour's election result.

Sales pitch was wrong, says Parker

STANDING IN: David Parker.

Labour leadership hopeful David Parker has admitted there were a "few glitches" with his capital gains tax policy in the lead-up to the election.

Buddy upstages Little

Andrew Little

A cat called Buddy is taking a lion's share of Andrew Little's limelight.

Robertson picks Ardern as running mate

Grant Robertson

Grant Robertson says if he was picked as Labour leader he would be recommending Jacinda Ardern as deputy. | New generation needed

Labour needs new generation - Robertson

Grant Robertson declared Labour party is in need of a new generation of leadership at his campaign launch today.

Labour hopefuls trade policy blows

STANDING IN: David Parker.

Labour leadership contender David Parker defends his tax policy in face rivals' criticism.

Political influence denied in Ede's work

Jason Ede

National's former "black ops" specialist Jason Ede has resurfaced working for a company with links to National Party figures.

Govt 'playing the figures' on welfare

Anne Tolley

There are 10,000 fewer people around the country using the welfare system compared to this time last year.
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