Politics

Surplus-drunk National are spending like sailors

A centre-right Government shouldn't boast about throwing $53 million at a Spanish business expo, says ACT Leader David Seymour. "National are looking like Labour lite, throwing money around like they've forgotten it belongs to the taxpayer,"...... Read More

Defence Minister ’North Korea has evil intent’

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee told Corin Dann on TVNZ 1’s Q+A programme, ‘'that it will be sanctions and continued diplomacy that should be first called upon to try and resolve the situation there. ‘'The difficulty is here...... Read More

Green Party slams Pacific trade deal

New Zealand appears to have pushed for a trade deal that could undermine Pacific Island countries’ ability to support their local economies and restrict their right to regulate in their own interests, the Green Party says. Negotiations for the...... Read More

PM opens new training centre

Prime Minister Bill English opened the new EmployNZ training centre in Tauranga this afternoon - an official duty on a short trip that also included an art gallery visit this morning. Employ NZ transitions people from benefit dependency to higher levels...... Read More

Eight-year wait for Pacific trade deal over

Australia has finally wrapped negotiations with New Zealand and 12 Pacific Island countries to reach an historic trade and development deal, but two of the region's major players have opted out. Negotiations for the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic...... Read More

Queenstown’s VIP mystery solved

The mysterious "senior officials" coming to Queenstown for a conference this weekend are the heads of agencies involved in the Five Eyes spy network, according to an unconfirmed report. NZME says it believes they include FBI director James...... Read More

Labour: New Zealanders are “worse off“

Labour have taken a swipe at the government after claiming new inflation data shows that too many New Zealanders are worse off under the current regime. Grant Robertson, Labour’s finance and employment spokesperson and MP for Wellington...... Read More

Gareth Morgan’s Tauranga roadshow

Maori own the water, all wealth needs to be taxed, and if you’re rich, expect your superannuation to be cut. Those were some of the policies on offer at this afternoon’s public meeting for The Opportunities Party. Party leader Gareth Morgan...... Read More

Pay Equity Bill released for consultation

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse today released an exposure draft of the Pay Equity Bill for public consultation. “The Government is committed to achieving pay equity in New Zealand and providing a practical and fair...... Read More

Difference of opinion on mental health report

The Health Minister has rejected calls for an inquiry into mental health services, despite a new report finding more than 90 per cent of respondents were frustrated by the system. The People's Mental Health Review collected stories from 500 Kiwis...... Read More