Friday, 16 December 2011
Minister for Social Development Paula Bennett has retained her seat of Waitakere.
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Prime Minister John Key says one of the first matters the new National-led Government will consider is the partial sale of state assets. Audio
The Maori Party has re-appointed Pita Sharples and Tariana Turia as its co-leaders.
Christchurch Central National Party candidate Nicky Wagner has been confirmed as the winner of the seat following a judicial recount of votes. Her majority is increased by two, to 47.
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
David Shearer says his election as Labour leader is a fresh start for the party and that he has a mandate for change. Audio
Monday, 12 December 2011
The new Government will have three new faces on its front bench after a Cabinet reshuffle announced by Prime Minister John Key. Audio
Prime Minister John Key says there will always be some MPs who lose out when the Cabinet is reshuffled.
The 5% threshold that parties have to cross to make it into Parliament will be looked at as part of the review of MMP.
A group representing the deaf community hopes changes will be made at Parliament following the election of New Zealand's first deaf MP.
Opposition parties say a high-level committee will do nothing to alleviate poverty in New Zealand.
The Prime Minister says being unable to rely on the Maori Party's support for planned partial asset sales should not affect the National Party's ability to implement the policy. Audio
The Maori Party says it will expect members of the Ministerial Committee on Poverty to hold their Government agencies to account.
One of the candidates for the Labour Party leadership, David Cunliffe, says the race will go down to the wire.
Sunday, 11 December 2011
A new Government will be sworn in on Wednesday now that the Maori Party has pledged its support to the National Party.
The pro-MMP campaign says the proportional voting system needs to be tweaked to make it fit the New Zealand situation.
Saturday, 10 December 2011
National candidate Nicky Wagner has taken Christchurch Central and Labour candidate Carmel Sepuloni has won Waitakere in the final count of votes from last month's election. Both defeated candidates are seeking recounts.
The National Party has lost a seat in the final results from last month's general election.
Friday, 9 December 2011
Several Labour Party MPs will find out if they are in or out of the next Parliament when the final election count is made public on Saturday.
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says welfare reforms set out in its deal with the ACT Party are in line with what National campaigned on. Audio
The Green Party says it still wants to negotiate an agreement with the National Party despite opposing its education and welfare policies.
Prime Minister John Key says National needs partners to form a Government and makes no apology for the gains secured by ACT and United Future. Audio
Monday, 5 December 2011
United Future leader Peter Dunne and ACT Party MP John Banks will be ministers outside cabinet under agreements reached with National on the shape of the next government. Audio
Labour Party members in Waikato heard from the two candidates vying for the position of leader of the party at a meeting on Monday.
The Maori Party says it should know by the end of this week whether it will enter a supply and confidence agreement with the National Party, after a series of hui around the country.
Saturday, 3 December 2011
Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia is supporting the Green Party's call for an inquiry into the low voter turnout at the general election.