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Jobless rate stubbornly high

The Reserve Bank is watching wages closely and has said that official interest rates could be cut if demand is weak and wages rises remain low.

The Reserve Bank will likely cut official interest rates twice this year, according to economists, throwing more fuel on the housing market fire.

$98m for more surgery in Budget video

John Key announces $98 million will be invested in to elective surgery.

Boost in spending promised to meet concerns about waiting lists for elective surgery.

Key: I raised human rights in Saudi Arabia

Prime Minister John Key meets the King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdul Aziz.

PM says his efforts at raising human rights issues in Saudi better than Obama's.

Kiwi soldiers have died under the NZ flag - RSA

The debate over whether the country needs a new flag continues in Parliament on Thursday.

If New Zealanders really wanted a change of flag there would have been a march on Parliament demanding it, says the RSA.

Minister dismisses 'middle-aged, white, Pakeha men'

Minister of Police Anne Tolley has let fly at Labour male MPs.

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has slammed "middle-aged, white, Pakeha" MPs for their criticism of Whanau Ora.

Mine job cuts expected

The beleaguered state-owned miner has already slashed jobs at the West Coast coal mine.

Stockton Mine workers have been called to a meeting in Westport on Thursday.

Alcohol and drug monitoring 'major infringement of liberty'

The Law Society says proposed monitoring of the alcohol and drug use of offenders needs to be overseen.

Proposed monitoring of the alcohol and drug use of offenders and people on bail is a "major infringement of liberty", the Law Society says.

Prisoners allowed phones, computers in cells

Phones would be installed in cells for prisoners to make calls to prearranged numbers, and computers would be available to increase education and skills.

Inmates around the country could have phones and computers installed in their cells if the innovation proves a success at the Wiri correctional facility, opening in Auckland on Friday.

Labour calls for Whanau Ora probe

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says teething problems were expected in the early stages of Whanau Ora

Labour is calling for an investigation into Whanau Ora, claiming its performance "must now be of the highest priority for the Government".

IPCA finishes Banks investigation

The IPCA has finished its investigation into the police handling of complaints about John Banks' election donations, but is unable to make its findings public yet.

The Independent Police Conduct Authority's findings about the police investigation into John Banks' Auckland mayoral campaign funding have to stay under wraps for now.

First state house sales in Invercargill, Tauranga

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English, and Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett talk about National's housing policies at the Rendezvous in Auckland.

First sale of hundreds of state houses to community housing providers announced.

Not much in the cupboard for English to dine on

Bill English, scrimping and saving.

OPINION: Bill English must feel a little like Mother Hubbard when he looks at the Budget he will bring down in two weeks time. So much to do, such an empty cupboard.

Key role for Wellington principal

Former Wellington High principal Prue Kelly.

Prue Kelly, of Wellington High School, will pick teachers in Government's flagship education policy.

Beehive Live: Members' day

NZ First MP Ria Bond will make her maiden speech to Parliament Wednesday afternoon.

It's a full day of activities here in Parliament, with Select Committees sitting this morning, and the House considering Members' Bills this afternoon. 

TPK criticised over Whanau Ora admin spending

Finance Minister Bill English says teething issues with a concept like Whanau Ora can be expected.

The auditor-general has questioned the management of the flagship Maori Party policy Whanau Ora, saying it is difficult to work out what it is doing.

MPs told to avoid Falun Gong events

Falun Gong members protest outside Government House in Wellington last year.

Foreign Affairs Minister tells MPs not to attend spiritual movement Falun Gong events because the Chinese Embassy will monitor them.

National raises more than Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom made the largest political donation of 2014 but overall National raised more.

Donations to the National Party in 2014 jumped by more than half from the last election year, as the party's fundraiser outgunned Kim Dotcom's largesse.

Govt could go ahead with housing

Housing Minister Nick Smith says the Government has the power to approve special housing areas in Auckland without the council's consent if they overplay their demands.

Auckland special housing areas could go ahead if council "overplay cards" with infrastructure demands, MP says.

Spotless to dump zero-hours contracts

Labour Andrew Little.

Parliament's catering contractors have moved to dump zero hour contracts after Andrew Little intervened.

ACT 'messed up' in late donation declaration

The Electoral Commission is questioning why the ACT Party was slow to declare donations from businessman Alan Gibbs

The ACT Party admits it "messed up" as it took nine months to declare a major donation.

Flag debate opens to public

Have a design for a new Kiwi flag? You can send in your ideas now.

Kiwis can now make suggestions for a new flag design, as the public engagement process over a possible flag change begins.

Parliament's 'disgrace'

Labour leader Andrew Little calls for end to zero hour contracts in Parliament

Labour calls for an end to zero hour contracts in Parliament.

Aussie execs flying into rockstar economy

RBNZ Governor Graeme Wheeler.

Dozens of top Australian executives are flying into Wellington for a two-day briefing on investing in the rockstar economy.

Live: Flag designs and fasting

The debate over New Zealand's flag opens to the public.

It's Prime Minister John Key's first day back in the House since it emerged he repeatedly pulled the pontail of Auckland waitress Amanda Bailey. 

Salt tax could raise $450 million


Public health advocates want a "salt tax" that could hit everything from hot chips to cheese.

Referendum votes rolling in

New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd.

The idea of a Maori ward seat has "hit a nerve" with the public, who are returning their referendum votes at rapid speed.

Schools advised on child restraint

John Russell, principal of Naenae College.

Guidelines for schools are being developed to help them deal with students who need to be secluded when aggression gets out of hand.

$100k bill for former PMs' travel

The domestic travel of former Prime Ministers carries an annual bill of $100,000 a year.

Jim Bolger has cost taxpayers more than the median income in his annual travel expenses.

Trickle turns into an avalanche

Prime Minister John Key.

OPINION: Problems no longer come in threes for John Key. They are piling up at his door. 

PM: Cabinet minister won't step down over brother

John Key says the official advice is that there is no conflict.

Prime Minister John Key has known a Cabinet Minister’s brother is facing indecency charges for over a month, but insists there is no need to stand the minister down based on official advice.

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