Focus on Politics
18:35 This week the Finance Minister, Bill English, delivered his seventh Budget and it included a surprise pay increase for beneficiaries with children.
18:35 Six months after becoming the leader of the Labour Party, Andrew Little is forging new links with the business community as he makes economic growth his top priority.
18:35 The challenge of solving the Auckland housing crisis continues to dog the Government, with it now publicly butting heads with the Auckland Council.
18:33 The past week should have been a good one for the Prime Minister John Key. He attended a peace conference in Istanbul, the Anzac centennary ceremonies at Gallipoli and then visited the Gulf states to try to break a deadlock in free trade negotiations.
18:36 Alarm, strong rolling earthquake has hit central New Zealand. Seismologist on quake. Top police commander says Livingstone case will cause great change. Auckland Council responds to Port chairman's resignation threat. Parade marks the beginning of in the Anzac centenary.
18:33 Since 2012 when the then Mana Party leader Hone Harawira had his Feed the Kids bill drawn from the ballot, the debate on children going to school hungry has been heated.
18:35 Dentists say they're sick and tired of taking out teeth from young children and are calling on the Government to take action to improve the state of the nation's teeth.
18:37 The conduct of the Government's electronic spy agency has again come under scrutiny this week with allegations that in 2013 it spied on those competing for the job as the director-general of the World Trade Organisation in an effort to help Trade Minister Tim Groser's campaign.
18:35 There's just one week left for candidates to campaign in the Northland by-election - and next Saturday we'll know the result.
18:34 The Government is still negotiating with Iraq to secure legal protections for New Zealand soldiers going to Taji Camp north of Baghdad.
18:35 Claims that New Zealand is involved in the mass collection of data across the Pacific, then passing it on to America's National Security Agency, have re-ignited the debate about the actions of the Government Communications Security Bureau.
18:35 This week the Government has officially told New Zealanders it will deploy a training force of 143 troops to Iraq, as its contribution to the US-led coalition against Islamic State.
18:35 A spat broke out this week between Labour and the Greens over the membership of the top-level Intelligence and Security Committee.
18:28 The Iraqi Government has formally asked New Zealand for help in the fight against Islamic State. New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key, announced last year that his Government was considering what role it could play in Iraq. Today's request moves those considerations up a notch, and a final decision is likely in less than a fortnight.
18:35 It's been 175 years since the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, and the Crown and Maori are still grappling with what it means and how the agreement should be honoured.
18:36 This week both the Prime Minister, John Key, and the Labour Party leader, Andrew Little, delivered their state-of-the-nation speeches in Auckland, with Mr Key outlining more details of the Government's plan to sell State houses.