Political News

Curb stratospheric salaries, says Little

Opposition parties are calling on the Government to rein in pay increases for public sector chief executives as well as for MPs. (AUDIO)

NZ Muslims extend hand to PM

The Federation of Islamic Associations says it still wants to meet Prime Minister John Key so it can help efforts to combat Islamic State.

Solid Energy in 'delicate' position - Key

Prime Minister John Key says Solid Energy remains in a very delicate position but the Government does not plan to bail it out.

Support for law change to stop MP pay hikes

Just days after it was announced that MPs would yet again be receiving a very healthy annual pay rise the Government has stepped in to stop it.

Fundraising 'wake-up call' for Labour

The Labour Party says it needs to become as slick as National in sourcing donations if it wants to be in Government. (AUDIO)

Govt to change law to stop MP pay hikes

The Government is changing the law to stop MPs receiving big annual pay rises. (VIDEO)

Govt watchlist number grows

The number of people on a Government watchlist has increased, Prime Minister John Key says. (AUDIO)

Harawira tops election donation list

Mana Movement leader Hone Harawira raised the most in donations of any candidate at last year's election but spent only a fraction of it on advertising.

Australia, NZ to share info on criminals

Justice Minister Amy Adams says exchanging information on violent criminals with the Australian government is a work in progress. (AUDIO)

Iraq joint mission announcement imminent

An announcement on whether Australian troops will work alongside New Zealanders in Iraq could be made as soon as tomorrow.

Abbott dismisses leadership threat

The Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has dismissed speculation his leadership is under threat, saying he believes he has the full confidence of his colleagues.

Labour set to become government-in-waiting

The new president of the Labour party says his priority will be to sell the opposition as the government in waiting.

National selects by-election candidate

The National Party has selected Mark Osborne as its candidate for the Northland by-election.

Case put for Iraq deployment

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop have met in Auckland and discussed New Zealand's deployment to Iraq.

Solid Energy delays half-year results

The Government has warned Solid Energy it is not prepared to expose taxpayers to ongoing losses indefinitely.

Peters to stand in Northland by-election

New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, is urging Northland voters to elect him their next MP so they can have a stronger voice in Parliament. (AUDIO)

Tony Abbott officially welcomed

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been formally welcomed at Government House in Auckland. (VIDEO)

PM says pay raise about right

The Prime Minister says the pay rates of MPs and Ministers are now about right - despite yesterday saying they did not need any increase. (VIDEO)

Bishop quizzed over leadership

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop faced a barrage of questions over the leadership of Tony Abbott when she fronted a joint media conference in Auckland today.

Not time for foreign investor fee - Minister

The Finance Minister says the housing market's supply conditions need to be improved before a thought can be given to introducing a fee for foreign investors.