Political headlines with summaries.
An emergency grant to house homeless people in motels may be brought in earlier than September, Prime Minister John Key says. (AUDIO)
Home ownership rates are collapsing in Auckland and the government should do more in the Budget to dampen down the house prices, says Labour. (AUDIO)
More building inspections are failing as new house construction ramps up, the Minister for Housing and Building says.
The Building and Housing Minister is seeking more money from Thursday's Budget to free up Crown land for house-building in Auckland. (COMMENTS)
Airlines will not stop breaching New Zealand's border rules unless they are likely to face prosecution, Labour says.
Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy has asked officials to fast-track better camera and electronic reporting on fishing vessels in New Zealand waters.
Police have put the hard word on the firm in charge of an IT project that is running months late and is now millions of dollars over budget.
It should be no surprise that New Zealand's electronic spy agency maintains a close relationship with its Five Eyes partners, says the new head of the GCSB.
Senior doctors and unions say health spending needs to rise by $700 million in this week's Budget.
The Labour Party will reveal a tax package before next year's election, to show how a Labour government would boost funding for health, education and housing.
The Conservation Minister has hit back at suggestions more New Zealand species are facing extinction because of a lack of funding. (AUDIO)
There has been a total policy failure during the past decade to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Green Party says.
The Labour Party has challenged the government to deliver a Budget this week that benefits middle New Zealand and stops the squeeze on working families.
Seafood NZ has swung into damage control mode, contacting top customers like McDonalds after revelations of fish dumping and other illegal behaviour in the sector.
Next week's Budget will include funding for seven new charter schools, a move teacher and principals groups are unhappy about. (COMMENTS)
Labour leader Andrew Little is to face legal action over allegations he defamed the owners of the Scenic Hotel Group.
Power Play - Rhetoric has ramped up a notch with the Finance Minister putting its housing whipping boy on notice, says Jane Patterson (COMMENTS)
A programme that has helped tens of thousands of parents during its 25 years is to be scrapped.
The Māori Party plans to oppose the Labour Party's bill seeking to abolish Kura Hourua or charter schools.
A poll shows 86 percent of Māori support the proposed Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary, the World Wildlife Fund says.
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