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Spy inquiry covers all of Govt

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has expanded an inquiry into the state sector use of a controversial private ...

Evidence emerges of "serious staff misconduct" at public agencies dealing with a private eye company.

Robertson 'disappointed' with Super Fund

NZ Super Fund chief investment officer Matt Whineray has been named as the fund's new chief executive.

Fund hires new CEO on terms unlikely to be approved once new legislation is passed later this year.

Emissions cuts may hurt poor

Climate Change Minister James Shaw said any "marginal" economic effect would be "entirely reasonable price to pay for ...

Official economic modelling shows reducing emissions could impact on growth, but it wouldn't stop it.

World watches NZ's refugee plan

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway is working on a Cabinet proposal to double the refugee quota.

As other countries close their borders, New Zealand is doubling its quota.

Euthanasia bill fatally flawed

End of Life Choice Bill sponsor David Seymour helping to launch the Euthanasia public campaign on Parliament steps last ...

OPINION: David Seymour is open to amending his bill but even the safest version of this bill would be dangerous.

Foreign buyers ban relaxed

Trade Minister David Parker has announced a relaxing of the foreign buyers ban as it relates to apartments.

Foreigners still able to buy and rent out apartments in relaxed version of ban.

Doctors 'shouldn't be punished'

ACT leader David Seymour says he's open to select committee recommendations that strengthen his End of Life Choice Bill.

GPs say a change needed to proposed euthanasia bill that punishes reluctant doctors if they refuse to refer patients.

Mayor eyes another run

Mayor John Leggett says rumours he will not run for mayor again are "not correct".

Mayor quashes rumours he will be one-and-done with the mayoral chain.

How the coalition lost its bottle

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Generic photos of potable drinking water from the tap. This is water from ...

OPINION: Vocal in Opposition, the Government seems to have watered down its stance on water.

The Greens' water dilemma

Under-fire minister Eugenie Sage had little choice other than to grant water rights to  Chinese interests.

OPINION: When it comes to granting water rights to Chinese interests, the Greens are damned if they do and damned if they don't.

Time for a national tourism taskforce

Tourists photographing the view in the Eglinton Valley on the Milford road.

OPINION: A genuinely sustainable tourism industry would ensure international visitors' enjoyment and New Zealanders' goodwill.

Nice soundbite or sound offer?

National leader Simon Bridges at Fieldays, where he told the audience that his party was ready to step up on tackling ...

OPINION: National leader has offered the hand of partnership on climate change, but has he got enough skin in the game?

PM can't stop working

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will take six weeks off work after the baby arrives (file).

In her own words, Jacinda Ardern is "#waiting", but she's not staying cooped up at home.

Winston's in charge

Ardern is working from home up till the birth.

OPINION: Winston Peters tries out the PM's shoes for size, giving us a glimpse into the coming weeks.

Winston Peters steps up

Winston Peters, who will take over as acting prime minister when Jacinda Ardern goes into hospital, chaired Monday's ...

Winston Peters heads his first post-Cabinet press conference, as nurses gear up to possibly strike.

Why Winston's still deputy

PM Jacinda Ardern is to hand Winston Peters the throne as Acting Prime Minister ...

Peters explains why he's not acting PM, and how he will find out when that changes.

Why civil servants want to strike

Employees at MBIE protest in Hamilton in 2015. Union workers at the government department, along with thousands of ...

What is driving public service staff to strike?

Addiction funding will save lives stuff nation

Doubling detox beds is a life-saving move by Labour, writes Chloe King.

Many Kiwis feel deep shame about our addictions which prevents many of us from seeking help.

PM's still working ahead of baby

Jacinda Ardern's workload involves both cabinet papers and also letters from children.

The PM may have been due to give birth over the weekend but Jacinda Ardern is still spending her time reading briefings and children's letters.

Being a mum in Parliament

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Labour MP Kiri Allan with her five-month-old baby Hiwa-i-te-rangi Allan-Coates.

It's probably the best it's ever been - but that's still very, very hard.

Tax confusion 'stressing' investors


Unexpected capital gains tax support from business amid confusion over existing system.

Economy in 'danger zone'

Lone construction worker

A downturn in construction and weak confidence could see businesses talk their way into a slowdown.

Navigating a trade war

The US has been clear that it takes bilateral trade (deficit) seriously.

OPINION: You may need to revise your strategy as big players face off.

In the muck at Fieldays

Shane Jones: If in doubt, keep digging.

OPINION: Jacinda struggles to calm the farm as ministers keep stepping in cowpats.

More strike headaches for Government

Employees at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment protest in Hamilton in 2015. Union workers at the ...

Thousands of public servants to vote on strike action across two big government departments.

GPs keen on slice of 'tourist tax'

The tourist boom is putting pressure on some healthcare services, and rural GPs say the Government's proposed tourist ...

Proposed tourist tax should address more than just the strain on toilets and car parks, GPs says.

Political allegiance over mental health

Mental health advocate Zoe Palmer, 18, with New Zealand First's Sue Sara, left, Green Party's Matt Lawrey, National MP ...

In an apparent first for Nelson, four political parties have bandied together an alliance to call a halt on a controversial mental health restructure.

Peters the beating heart of controversy

PM Jacinda Ardern is to hand Winston Peters the throne as Acting Prime Minister while Jacinda Ardern is on maternity ...

OPINION: It's been a horror week for the Government on many fronts. For better or worse, there's one common denominator.

Nigel & Winston, the Brex Pistols

"Mr Brexit" Nigel Farage is now a  globetrotting speaker for hire, playing Auckland on September 4.

Anti-globalism more than a "one-off, short outburst of anger", UK firebrand says as he plans Winston Peters meeting.

When a minister isn't a minister

OPINION: The perception that those with enough money can buy access to ministers is corrosive to our democracy, writes Jonathan Milne.

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