Political News

Free trade deal with Korea closer

A free trade deal between New Zealand and Korea has taken another step with the chief negotiators from both countries signing legal documents.

Some SkyCity public funding looks likely - academic

A tourism professor says it is hard to see the SkyCity convention centre going ahead without some public funding now. The cost of building the centre in Auckland has soared by $130 million. (AUDIO)

Super-ministry problems 'inevitable'

The Government's 'super ministry' was bound to suffer problems now revealed in a scathing review, a business group and the Labour Party say. (AUDIO)

Police tight-lipped about assault allegation

Police are staying tight-lipped about an allegation of assault against the MP for Northland Mike Sabin.

Backlash over SkyCity funding gap

Opposition parties say it is unacceptable SkyCity could receive taxpayer money to meet the cost of building its international convention centre in Auckland. (AUDIO)

More work to fix gaps - Justice Minister

Justice Minister Amy Adams says more work is needed to plug gaps in the system following a report into murderer and paedophile Phillip Smith's flight overseas.

Govt promising to measure up over surplus

Power play with Jane Patterson - While the promised government surplus is still elusive, Bill English is stubbornly clinging to the hope the books will be back in the black this year.

Documents released to Nicky Hager's lawyers

A High Court judge has today ruled on which documents police have to disclose to author Nicky Hager's lawyers relating to a raid on his Wellington home in October.

New trans-Tasman cable work confirmed

Three telecommunications giants have confirmed plans to start work on a new trans-Tasman broadband cable early next year. (AUDIO)

Goff off the hook over leak

Labour MP Phil Goff has escaped sanction for leaking parts of a report by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security. (AUDIO)

Media body takes aim at Govt OIA delay tactics

Editors say a major review by the Ombudsman of how Official Information Act requests are handled must address what they call the Government's delaying tactics.

MFAT boss told to consider disciplinary action

The head of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade has been told to consider taking disciplinary action over the Malaysian diplomat botch-up. (AUDIO)

One email behind diplomat bungle - McCully

A single email is at the heart of an inquiry into the Malaysian diplomat botch-up, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says. (AUDIO)

Surplus threatened by dairy

Finance Minister Bill English insists he can still deliver a budget surplus, despite a major shift in the forecast in just a few months. (VIDEO)

Wide-ranging review of Official Information Act

The Chief Ombudsman, Dame Beverley Wakem, has launched a major review of the Official Information Act as it relates to the public sector. (AUDIO)

Terrorist influence a risk - Key

Siege - The Sydney siege is the kind of situation the Government had in mind when strengthening anti-terrorism law, according to Prime Minister John Key. (AUDIO)

120 voters referred for voting twice

More than 120 voters have been referred to the police for voting twice in September's general election. Dual voting is an offence under the Electoral Act.

DHBs may face more funding cuts

District Health Boards may have to cut up to $200 million from their spending next year on official advice to the Government.

Polar bear quip lands minister in hot water

Tim Groser is under fire for not knowing about an international index he said could have been produced by green activists " in polar bear suits." (AUDIO)

John Key slammed for single apology

The Prime Minister has been criticised for writing his only letter of apology this year to the right-wing blogger Cameron Slater.