Political News

Labour highlights risks of armed police

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Labour Party MP Kelvin Davis says arming police could put officers' lives in even more danger and an unarmed force highlights the trust between the police and the public.

Call for security for MP offices

Hone Harawira

Mana leader Hone Harawira is calling for a review of parliamentary security in the wake of the Canadian shootings to be extended to cover MPs' electorate offices.

Joining IS fight 'could threaten NZ security'

Canada shooting

An analyst says New Zealand joining the fight against the Islamic State could increase the risk of a terrorist attack in this country following the killing of a Canadian soldier. (AUDIO)

Minister threatened special legislation

Amy Adams.

Former Environment Minister Amy Adams threatened to pass legislation to fast-track planning rules if Christchurch City Council did not do the job itself. (AUDIO)

Key's blogger response questioned

100914. Photo Diego Opatowski / RNZ. Winston Peters talking about police numbers at Hutt Gables Retirement Village.

The Government continues to defend the Prime Minister's right to refuse to answer questions about his contact with a blogger after criticism from NZ First leader Winston Peters. (AUDIO)

Access to Parliament to be restricted

The outside of Parliament

New Zealand's Parliament is restricting access to only two entry points in light of the events in Ottawa. Visitors to Parliament could find it will take longer than usual to get in. (AUDIO)

Watch the Labour leadership hopefuls

Labour leadership candidates

Under the grill - Nanaia Mahuta, Grant Robertson, David Parker and Andrew Little are all vying for leadership of the Labour Party. But do any of them have what it takes? (VIDEO)

Employment law debate 'cynical'

Michael Woodhouse

The Government is being accused of cynically wasting no time in debating proposed employment law changes after Employment Relations Amendment bill was the first to be debated.

Labour leadership hopefuls hit the road

 Labour leadership candidates talk to the media. (LR) Grant Robertson, Nanaia Mahuta, Andrew Little, and David Parker

The Labour Party leadership roadshow is in full swing, with the first campaign meeting held last night in Wellington where the four contenders pitched for the top job.

Labour Party at a crossroads

David Cunliffe

The revision of history has already begun. Read the blogs and tweets of some hardcore Labour Party supporters and you would believe the election result had nothing to do with Labour.

Election Night LIVE - As it happened

John Key declares victory for the National Party.

The National Party has won the 2014 election by a broad margin. It is set to have 61 seats in a 121 seat Parliament, with enough support to govern alone. Political Reporter Liz Banas watched events unfold. (VIDEO)

PM refuses to answer Slater questions

John Key

John Key is refusing to answer questions in Parliament about his contact with Cameron Slater, saying he never called or texted him in his capacity as Prime Minister. (AUDIO)

Turei to take on Feed the Kids bill

Metiria Turei.

Parliament's Speaker has agreed for another MP to pick up Hone Harawira's Feed the Kids member's bill for breakfast and lunch to be provided in decile one to two schools. (AUDIO)

PM to brief parties on Islamic State

Prime Minister John Key announces his third-term Cabinet.

Prime Minister John Key says he will brief Labour and other parties as he gets more information on what assistance New Zealand could provide in the fight against Islamic State.

Greens hoping to work with National

Metiria Turei.

The Green Party has made another approach to National about working more closely on specific issues - but Prime Minister John Key says he sees little point in it.

Governor-General outlines Govt plans

The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae Governor General of New Zealand inspect the guard during the official opening of Parliament

The Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, has laid out the Government's plan on behalf of the Prime Minister in the official state opening of Parliament today. (AUDIO)

New Zealanders 'in the dark over TPP'

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman speaks to media after the official election results.

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman says New Zealanders are being kept in the dark about key aspects of the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. (AUDIO)

Shane Jones appointed ambassador

Shane Jones.

New Zealand's High Commissioner-designate to Nauru, former Labour MP Shane Jones, has today presented his credentials to President Baron Waqa.