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Poverty committee not fully supported - Turia

Associate health minister Tariana Turia.

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia is critical of Government ministers for failing to fully support a parliamentary group set up to tackle poverty.

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Govt accused of supporting power price rises

Labour is accusing the Government of encouraging the electricity industry to put up power prices just as winter hits.

Meeting disclosure on Green agenda

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei.

The Green Party wants to introduce a scheme that would require Government ministers to regularly disclose who they meet.

POWER PLAY, with Brent Edwards

Brent Edwards, Political Editor

Voters deserve a rational economic debate from politicians in the lead up to the election in September, not polemic and rhetoric.

Labour reveals manufacturing policy

David Cunliffe.

The Labour Party has unveiled its manufacturing policy saying tax deferrals should be given to manufacturing companies that invest in new technology.

Electoral boundaries finalised

The Electoral Commission has finalised the electoral boundaries for the next two general elections.

Collins questioned over help for Oravida

Judith Collins.

The Justice Minister continues to face questions about whether she gave a New Zealand milk exporting company favourable treatment following her trip to China in 2013.

Meditation promoted at MPs' inquiry

MPs have been told that meditation could help parents get more involved in their children's learning and a trial should be funded for schools.

Ardern ready to fight for Auckland

Jacinda Ardern.

The Labour Party's Auckland Central candidate, Jacinda Ardern, says electoral boundary changes will make her fight for the marginal seat even harder.

Labour accuses justice minister of corruption

Labour is accusing Justice Minister Judith Collins of corruption.

68,000 buy shares in Genesis

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Finance Minister Bill English has shrugged off concerns the Government might have sold shares in Genesis Energy, at $1.50 each, too cheaply.

Counselling groups make funding plea

A Parliamentary inquiry into the funding of specialist sexual violence services has been told the sector is starving and in desperate need of help.

Sex assault services say sector starving

MPs have been told that sexual assault services are seriously under-funded and many victims aren't getting the help they need.

MPs approve haka legislation

The All Blacks perform the Haka meeting Australia in a Bledisloe Cup match in Dunedin last October.

Parliament has passed Treaty of Waitangi legislation that lays down conditions for the use of the Ka Mate haka performed by the All Blacks.

Countdown now accused of threatening Lotto

Labour MP Shane Jones.

Labour MP Shane Jones has accused the Countdown supermarket chain of intimidating Lotto New Zealand into handing over hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Fishing rule change could hit iwi hard

The Government will drive iwi fishing operators out of business by banning them from using foreign boats with low-wage crews, Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples says.

Cigarette art work sparks debate

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Colourful artworks and suggested packaging for plain pack tobacco have sparked a debate at Parliament about the rights of children to express their opinions.

Maori Party plays down PM's dinner

The Maori Party denies it is wedded to the National Party, despite the Prime Minister being the star turn at one of its fundraising dinners.