Political News

SIS report set to criticise agency

Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater.

A report on the SIS is expected to heavily criticise both the spy agency and the Prime Minister's office over the release of information to right-wing blogger Cameron Slater. (AUDIO)

Little's first test as Labour leader

Labour Leader Andrew Little announcing Labours new caucus.(LR) Grant Robertson and Andrew Little.

Power Play with Brent Edwards - Andrew Little faced his first major test since becoming Labour Party leader in deciding who would get the plum jobs in his new line-up.

Annette King new Labour deputy

Labour Party leader Andrew Little (left) and new deputy Annette King.

Long-serving Labour MP Annette King is the new Labour Party deputy leader, but only for the coming year. The announcement this morning was delayed by a fire alarm. (AUDIO)

Labour to give IS bill initial support

Labour Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer.

The Labour Party will give initial support for new anti-terror legislation, even though it considers it rushed and has reservations about some of the specifics. (AUDIO)

Collins inquiry results due this week

Judith Collins.

The findings of an inquiry into allegations former Justice Minister Judith Collins was involved in a smear campaign are expected this week. Ms Collins resigned in September.

Little will reveal new caucus line-up

Andrew Little has been announced as the new Labour Party leader.

New Labour Party leader Andrew Little will announce his caucus line-up this morning and says there may be some surprises. He will also indicate to caucus who he would like as deputy.

Norman's warning over Chinese trade

Russel Norman

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman warns New Zealand should not compromise its principles on human rights for trade with its biggest export market China.

Foreign fighter draft legislation released

John Key.

The Prime Minister has released the final draft of legislation which addresses the rising threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters. The final draft contains previously announced proposals.

Delegates 'not told to vote for Little'

New Labour Party leader Andrew Little has said the caucus will back him.

The head of the largest union affiliated to the Labour Party says delegats were not instructed to support Andrew Little in his successful bid for the party's leadership.

Harre quits as Internet Party leader

Laila Harre.

Laila Harre has announced she is quitting as the Internet Party leader and will step down next month. She has revealed she tried to stop Kim Dotcom from forming the Internet Party.

Joyce heads to job fair in Australia

300714. Photo Diego Opatowski / RNZ. Steven Joyce  during a press conference regarding Novopay next steps.

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce is heading to Perth to attend the first of four job fairs being held across Australia to try and persuade skilled workers to come to NZ.

Key elected chair of conservative union

John Key

New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key has been unanimously elected chair of the International Democrat Union, a global group of conservative and centre-right political parties.

No surplus a problem for National

Brent Edwards, Political Editor

Power Play with Brent Edwards - Slowly but surely, the Government appears to be softening the public up to break its promise of getting its finances back into surplus this financial year.

Joint therapeutic regulator canned

Jonathan Coleman.

A long-running initiative by the Australian and New Zealand governments to set up a joint regulator for the therapeutic products market has been abandoned.

Terrorism a threat - but lest we forget

Brent Edwards, Political Editor

Power Play with Brent Edwards - The Prime Minister is adamant New Zealand won't be sending troops to Iraq to help fight against Islamic State insurgents. Well, he was in June.

English hints surplus may be elusive

Finance Minister Bill English releasing the Government financial statements.

Finance Minister Bill English has given the clearest hint yet that the Government's books might not get into surplus this financial year.

Change ahead for tertiary funding

Steven Joyce  during a press conference regarding Novopay next steps.

The Government says tertiary institutions' funding could soon be influenced by their graduate employment rates and the success of Maori and Pasifika students.

Little to set out 'clear mission'

Andrew Little has said he is determined to ensure the caucus is unified.

New Labour Party leader Andrew Little intends to be open and transparent and will not fudge on the big issues, he tells Morning Report. (VIDEO)