Political News

Labour encouraged by poll result

David Cunliffe.

The Labour Party leader David Cunliffe has been buoyed by a boost in support for Labour in the latest Roy Morgan poll which gives the party 30 percent support.

Labour claims McCully knew earlier

David Shearer.

Labour's foreign affairs spokesperson, David Shearer, says the Foreign Minister Murray McCully knew more about the Malaysian diplomat case than he has admitted.

Foreign-owned boats to adopt NZ law

Scott Gallacher.

A bill passed into law will make foreign-owned fishing boats adopt New Zealand labour and safety laws and give the MPI new powers, deputy director-general Scott Gallacher says. (AUDIO)

Disgraced MP among highest spenders

Claudette Hauiti

Disgraced National backbencher Claudette Hauiti ranks among the highest spending MPs over the last quarter, with $30,800 on travel and accommodation.

Fashion features as MPs farewelled

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The 50th Parliament will sit for the last time on Thursday and for some MPs it marks the end of a political career. Six long-standing MPs said farewell on Wednesday night.

POWER PLAY with Jane Patterson

Jane Patterson, Parliamentary Chief Reporter.

You know the election is not far away when political parties start ramping up the rhetoric on race relations. The race debate has flared on two different fronts this week.

McCully knew more about diplomat - Labour

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully.

The Labour Party says the release of ministerial credit card details reveal that Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully knew more about the Malayasian diplomat case than he has let on.

Match-fixing bill passes first hurdle

cricket ball and stumps

Parliament has passed the first reading of legislation to address what the Government says are match-fixing risks when New Zealand hosts international sporting events.

$40m pledge for tertiary training

Grant Robertson.

The Labour Party has pledged $40 million to set up 10 Centres of Vocational Excellence by end of its first term in government if it wins the general election on 20 September.

Novopay under Government control

Steven Joyce  during a press conference regarding Novopay next steps.

The Government will take over the running of the Novopay payroll system and has reached a settlement with Australian company Talent2. Principals welcome the change. (AUDIO)

Delay in opening email on diplomat

Murray McCully talking to reporters on Wednesday.

New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has been questioned in Parliament over when his office was first told of the Malaysian diplomat botch-up.

ACT leader rejects comments racist

Jamie Whyte.

ACT Party leader Jamie Whyte has rejected any suggestion he is racist for calling for the abolition of the Maori seats despite being criticised by the Race Relations Commissioner.

Labour to set up wages inquiry

David Cunliffe.

The Labour Party has announced it would set up a Commission of Inquiry into wages and collective bargaining if it is elected to Government, as part of its work and wages policy.

Parliament adjourns ahead of election

The debating chamber at Parliament.

Parliament's 50th Parliament has adjourned as the electorate prepares for a general election on 20 September and will resume when a new Government is formed.

Lower drink-driving limit passed

glass of beer and bottle

Legislation lowering the blood alcohol limit for drivers from 80 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood to 50mg for those aged over 20 has passed its third and final reading in Parliament.

Deal with European Union formalised

Murray McCully.

The European Union and New Zealand have finalised a formal agreement for co-operation which Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully hopes will be a springboard to a free trade deal.

Brendan Horan launches new party

Brendan Horan.

Independent MP Brendan Horan is confident he will get his new political party off the ground despite still being the focus of a police investigation.

Greens pledge $20m for dolphins

A Maui's dolphin

The Green Party wants to spend up to $20 million helping fishers adapt to new rules to protect the critically endangered Maui's dolphin - which it plans to introduce if elected.

Dairy industry steps up on water - Key

An effluent pond on a dairy farm.

Prime Minister John Key is adamant water quality does not have to be sacrificed for increased dairy production, and says the industry is stepping up on the issue.

NZ First shuns race-based parties

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says his party won't be part of any deal involving either the Maori Party or Mana following the general election on 20 September. (AUDIO)

Harré to stand in Key's electorate

Internet Party leader Laila Harré.

Internet Party leader Laila Harré is to stand in the Prime Minister's electorate of Hellensville, saying she wants a proper candidates' debate away from his army of spin doctors.

English rejects criticism of economy

Finance Minister Bill English.

Finance Minister Bill English has rejected Labour Party criticism that the economy has got worse, not better, under the National-led Government.

Govt hosted oil executives at World Cup

Simon Bridges: ad hoc discounting makes a significant saving.

Energy Minister Simon Bridges has defended the Government hosting international oil executives at the 2011 Rugby World Cup as guests and showcasing New Zealand as a good place to explore.