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$50 boost for students

The Government is making good on its promise of boosting student loans and allowances by $50 from the start of next year.

Cash-strapped uni students will have an extra $50 in their pockets from January 1.

Don't use te reo to trash our heritage stuff nation

Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard reads out the new prayer in Parliament.

For nearly 170 years our Parliament has opened each session with a Christian prayer. Last week, the new Speaker unilaterally ditched it.

Hope after immigration scare video

Teresa Danson went for a routine mammogram and found out she was not a New Zealand citizen.

A woman who discovered issues with her immigration status when she tried to book a mammogram can finally see light at the end of the tunnel.

Is Mr Twyford talented enough?

Phil Twyford doesn't accept his reliance on the private sector will ensure Kiwibuild becomes a fatal political failure, ...

OPINION: Phil Twyford doesn't accept his reliance on the private sector will ensure Kiwibuild becomes a fatal political failure.

Welfare sanctions move a rort

Mike Yardley: "Why should the taxpayer be left holding the baby for sole parents claiming a benefit, who refuse to ...

OPINION: Why should the taxpayer be left holding the baby for sole parents claiming a benefit, who refuse to disclose the identity of the child's father?

Canberra's Killing Season

OPINION: Canberra is underwhelmed by the timing and tone of the Kiwi commentary on Manus Island.

Pawns in Aussies' Manus machine

Tracey Barnett

OPINION: The Aussies are masters at media chess - and we're their pawns.

Same old problem at Pike River

Pike River Re-entry Minister Andrew Little.

A new group of politicians is promising to re-enter the Pike River Mine to retrieve the bodies of the miners. So once again the grieving families of the miners are hoping to find their loved ones.

How to tackle road toll video

Julie Anne Genter, of the Green Party.

High risk roads could be targeted for reallocated investment as road toll tracks toward seven-year high.

Tame v Ardern: Do better mate video

Jack Tame grilled the PM on what she said about someone who has no idea she said it until Jack Tame brought it up. Like ...

OPINION: If your job is really to ask the hard questions, maybe you could start with questions worth asking?

The plan to tackle our tragic road toll

Julie Anne Genter, Associate Minister of Transport, says she might not be able to fix the problem in the next two months ...

ANALYSIS: The Government is taking immediate action over roads, as NZ faces the prospect of the highest death toll in a decade.

Down the mine by 2019 video

"There's going to be risk [re-entering Pike River mine] ... Let's be clear on that. It's just about whether or not it's ...

PM says re-entry to Pike River mine should be carried out and completed by March, 2019.

Big trucks bring rural costs

State highways have been upgraded to take bigger trucks, and now parts of the rural road network need improving to ...

Hastings District Council is spending $5m on upgrading bridges to take bigger trucks.

NZ, Aus talk screening for Manus refugees

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has offered to take 150 Manus Island refugees.

Australia might not have ruled out NZ's offer to take 150 Manus Island detainees, with talks about screening processes underway.

Twist in Sri Lankan family's reprieve

Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker receives a petition signed by more than 2000 people urging the Government to allow the ...

They can stay for now but the parents cannot work and the children can't attend school next year.

Chart: Priced out of internet

InternetNZ data shows most households earning more than $100,000 have the internet at home and work, but most of those ...

Internet is an unaffordable luxury for some families on under $50k a year.

Desperate for action

Iain Lees-Galloway says the Government will not adopt National's idea about splitting parental leave. Not yet, anyway.

OPINION: New Government must keep busy and keep opposing National's ideas.

Tame grills Ardern on Trump

Jack Tame grills Jacinda Ardern on what Tom Sainsbury said she said.

Did Ardern really get mistaken for Justin Trudeau's wife by Donald Trump? Jack Tame really, really wanted to know.

Saying no to corporate welfare

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester favours Wellington having ''a truly international airport''.

OPINION: Old Chinese proverb say: A Wellington fool and his money are soon grounded.

We aren't recognising Asian children's potential

Executive director of the Asia New Zealand Foundation Simon Draper.

OPINION: We need Asia-competent people to be able to maximise the opportunities in the region.

NZ gig 'best job I ever had'

US Ambassador Scott Brown twells the Boston Globe this is the best job he's ever had.

US Ambassador Scott Brown is paid US$155,000 a year, but says the benefits are priceless.

Dennis Ngawhare: Of missionaries and Māori

The chiefs Waikato and Hongi Hika with missionary Thomas Kendall in England, oil painting by James Barry, 1820.

OPINION: Exploring the effect of missionaries on Maori.

Govt will build 27 houses a day

Twyford is working towards 2000 extra state houses a year. Before the election, Labour was promising 1000 a year.

Plans for more affordable housing includes building 2000 extra state houses a year.

NZ doing what's right: Ardern video

Jacinda Ardern says she'll use her voice to speak up for what's right, and represent New Zealand on the international stage.

PM says the issue over Manus Island isn't complicated: Simply do what we believe is right.

Time for free dental care: Clark

Clark has urged the Government to consider fully funding dental care for all New Zealanders.

Hospital care is free for New Zealanders, so why not dental care, asks former prime minister.

Pike River families get keys

Sonya Rockhouse lost her son Benjamin David Rockhouse in the Pike River Mine disaster of 2010. Her son Daniel James ...

The new Government has committed to a Pike River re-entry, but that will only happen if it's safe enough.

Talk is cheap in Opposition video

Offering to take 150 refugees: Jacinda Ardern with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull earlier this month. The ...

OPINION: Freedom is one of the only perks. It's a different story in Government – as Labour is quickly finding out.

Big pharma spends big on election

General manager of Pharma lobby group Medicines NZ Graeme Jarvis refused to say what the $151,000 was spent on.

Drug lobby group refuses to say where $150,000 election funding went.

$4.5b industry fears blow

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adventure, airport, alien, ...

Big drop in Indian student visas forces a major NZ education provider to close a campus.

New Zealand's own 'grumpy grandpa'

Gareth Morgan pulls no punches on Twitter, earning himself comparisons with fellow political outsider Donald Trump.

Gareth Morgan donated $2.13 million to his own political party. So how did it all go so wrong?

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