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Power Play - Both Labour and National campaigned on multi-billion dollar social packages. Ultimately, both parties have been trying to achieve a very similar result, Jane Patterson writes.
New Zealand First was the only party involved in coalition talks not to make any requests for information from government officials.
The National Party is warning the Labour coalition government is going to struggle to cover basic costs in the future, after the books were opened for a post election update.
The government has confirmed details about a families income package that it expects will lift about 88,000 New Zealand children out of poverty.
Power Play - It hasn't been smooth sailing for the new government in its first eight weeks in office, writes Jane Patterson but it appears largely on track to deliver its 100-day plan.
New Zealand should have "strings attached" for its training work in Iraq, and push for political reform in the country, a visiting expert says.
People living near Ohakea and Woodbourne defence bases are being told not to drink their tap water for at least a month while the supply is tested for contamination.
New Zealand students who finish school this year or will finish during next year will be eligible for a year's free tertiary study or industry training.
The government's current plans to raise revenue won't be enough to deliver on its promises without cutting or changing some existing programmes, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. Video
Power Play - Neither National nor Labour can afford to be too self-righteous about open government and transparency.
'Sensitive land' restrictions will soon have to be applied to the purchase of farmland larger than 5ha by overseas buyers.
A font change was the reason Labour and New Zealand First's 'secret' coalition document shrank from 38 to 33 pages, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says.
The Energy Minister is flagging potential action on fuel prices which could include referring the matter to the Commerce Commission.
The government will set out in the next few days how it will deal with existing applications from overseas buyers of farmland.
GST on online goods caused the government further embarrassment in Parliament this afternoon, but that was balanced out by National's own goal on paid parental leave, writes Jane Patterson.
The opposition is sceptical of claims by the Prime Minister that progress has been made on New Zealand's offer to Australia to resettle 150 refugees from offshore detention centres.
The Prime Minister has hit back at claims New Zealand has become a soft target for people smugglers with the change of government, saying this country is helping to combat the problem on the ground.
The Green Party remains opposed to the TPP trade deal, despite the changes negotiated at APEC over the weekend. Video
It was a shaky start for some of the new Labour Party government ministers this afternoon, as opposition MPs launched into the first question time of the new term.
References to the Queen and Jesus Christ have been dropped from the parliamentary prayer delivered in Te Reo by the new Speaker of the House.
Housing, climate change and reducing child poverty were among government priorities outlined at the State Opening of Parliament.
Finance Minister Grant Robertson has started the ball rolling to change monetary policy so the Reserve Bank has to take employment into account when setting the official cash rate.
Power Play - The ingredients were all there for a tense encounter, but a new trans-Tasman bond appears to have been forged over brunch on a drizzly day in Sydney, Jane Patterson writes.
Labour and National have their first major disagreement in the new Parliament over the number of MPs serving on select committees.
The Prime Minister has ruled out negotiating directly with the Papua New Guinea government over taking Manus Island detainees.