Political News

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)

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)

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.

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.

Speaker named as Parliament sworn in

Parliament opening

MPs were officially sworn in at Parliament today and a Speaker of the House was also elected at today's ceremony marks the first meeting of the 51st Parliament. (AUDIO)

NZ troops could train Iraqis - PM

John Key at today's media standup.

Prime Minister John Key has confirmed training Iraqi troops is one of the options being considered in helping in the fight against Islamic State insurgents. Opposition parties oppose the move. (AUDIO)

Kim Dotcom's legal bid dismissed

Kim Dotcom speaks to media after his "Moment of Truth" event at Auckland's Town Hall.

The Court of Appeal has dismissed Kim Dotcom's legal bid to stop Hollywood movie and recording studios obtaining details of everything he owns, in a written decision.

EPMU backs Little as Labour leader

Andrew Little

The Labour Party's largest affiliated union -The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union - has decided to support Andrew Little to lead the political party.

Labour needs bold ideas says Ardern

Jacinda Ardern.

The Labour MP Jacinda Ardern says the party's policies at last month's election were not bad ideas but they weren't sold well to the public and that the party needs bold ideas. (AUDIO)

Key to be briefed on IS meeting

Prime Minister John Key.

The Prime Minister, John Key, expects a briefing soon from Chief of Defence Force, Tim Keating, on last week's multinational meeting of 22 countries in Washington.

Team to review Labour's election result

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

The convenor of the Labour Party's post-election review, Bryan Gould, says he is expecting the results to be so compelling the party will not be able to ignore them. (AUDIO)