Political headlines with summaries.
He previously insisted NZ was already doing its bit for refugees, but now John Key says the Government could consider lifting the country's refugee quota. (AUDIO, COMMENTS)
National MP Maurice Williamson has admitted he "overstepped the line" and caused offence at a conference dinner in Auckland last week. (AUDIO)
Foreign Minister Murray McCully has suspended the funding for Nauru's justice system because of ongoing concerns about civil rights abuses. (AUDIO)
Prime Minister John Key has defended New Zealand's emission reduction targets after the Green Party released a plan it says can dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Green Party is upset that the Government withheld some information when it was consulting on a new climate change target. (COMMENTS)
Laws to make sure motorists give cyclists more space when overtaking them have worked overseas, a cycling advocate says. (AUDIO)
Labour MP Kelvin Davis has accused Serco of under-reporting serious assaults at Mt Eden Prison.
All three of the Government's support partners say there is a strong case for New Zealand's annual refugee quota to be increased from the current 750 to at least 1000. (AUDIO)
Two Labour MPs made an error of judgment in attending a fundraiser for a trust which has established a charter school, party leader Andrew Little says. (COMMENTS)
The Prime Minister is flatly rejecting an emergency intake of refugees despite the escalating migration crisis in Europe. (AUDIO, COMMENTS)
In an unprecedented move, Education Minister Hekia Parata has dealt directly with Kohanga learning centres, sidelining the National Trust board. (AUDIO)
The Prime Minister says significant change is needed in Child, Youth and Family, and he's not ruling out more of its responsibilities being shifted to the private sector. (AUDIO, COMMENTS)
Labour Party leader Andrew Little is joining renewed calls for the Government to increase its refugee quota as huge numbers flood into Europe. (COMMENTS)
The Government is about to begin selling up to 2000 state houses to social housing providers, with homes in Tauranga and Invercargill first on the block.
An Al-Jazeera journalist jailed in Egypt for broadcasting so-called false news would not qualify for New Zealand citizenship, the Internal Affairs Minister says, despite calls for him to be granted it.
The Labour Party is calling for an inquiry into the growing margin petrol companies are earning on fuel. (COMMENTS)
There is growing public disenchantment with politics, but how much of it is due to the cynical way politics is conducted now, wonders Brent Edwards in Power Play . (COMMENTS)
The controversial health and safety law has passed its final hurdle with opposition MPs saying so many corners have been cut, workers will pay with their lives. (COMMENTS)
The Principal Youth Court Judge believes there is a profoundly concerning link between children who have experienced care and crime. (AUDIO, COMMENTS)
In our Newsmaker series, we talk to the people who are dominating the news headlines. This week: the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Michael Woodhouse. (COMMENTS)