Political News

Maori Party's difficult balancing act

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Power Play with Chris Bramwell - If the National Party had got its way three elections ago, then this year the Maori seats would have been abolished.

Government considers holiday changes

A boat builder and apprentice on the job.

The ink is only just dry on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill and the Government's next focus is changes to the way holiday pay and annual leave are calculated.

Mothers weigh in to Labour leadership

Some of the audience at the Labour hustings Dunedin 30 October.

Two Labour leadership contenders had a personal advantage last night when the party's contest roadshow reached Dunedin - they brought their mothers. (AUDIO)

MP retracts Ebola homeopathy support

Steffan Browning

Green MP Steffan Browning has admitted he was unwise to support and then promote a petition calling on the World Health Organisation to fight Ebola with homeopathy. (AUDIO)

Minister admits drink-drive conviction

Michael Woodhouse

Police Minister Michael Woodhouse learned an important lesson and became more aware of the risks on the road after being convicted of drink-driving when he was 21, he says.

Hager challenges search legality

Author Nicky Hager says it's the era of dirty tricks.

A lawyer for Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager has filed papers in the High Court challenging the legality of the police search of his client's home.

Employment bill passes by 62-58

Cup of tea and biscuits

Parliament has passed the Government's controversial Employment Relations Amendment Bill. The Labour Party claims it effectively scraps tea break entitlements.

Call to review sex case prosecutions

Metiria Turei.

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says the decision not to press charges in a high-profile teenage sex ring case in Auckland highlights systemic failures.

Two referendums on flag change

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Cabinet has approved the process for deciding on whether to change the country's flag, which will involve two referendums and cost nearly $26 million.

Crown to replace BMW limo fleet

The Model S Tesla electric car.

The government is replacing its VIP transport fleet, and ministers will be travelling in electric cars rather than their current $200,000 BMWs if the Greens get their way.

Fiji MPs in NZ to observe Parliament

nz flags and parliament

A delegation of Fijian MPs is in New Zealand to school up on Parliamentary procedures after going years without democracy. It is the first visit since the Pacific nation's election last month.

No border crackdown over Ebola - Key

Police and medical staff at an Ivory Coast airport waiting for passengers flying in from Guinea.

New Zealand will continue with voluntary reporting on Ebola and will not follow Australia's lead on stronger border and quarantine measures, according to the Prime Minister. (AUDIO)

Norman pledges to keep on at PM

Russel Norman.

New Zealanders expect their Prime Minister to be open, Green Party co-leader Russel Norman says as he pledges to keep asking John Key questions about blogger Cameron Slater. (AUDIO)

Fiji delegation visits NZ Parliament

Figures from the minister of immigration's office show MPs are increasingly involved in lobbying for ministerial intervention in immigration cases. Insight reports.

A delegation from the Fiji Parliament is visiting the New Zealand Parliament this week, marking the resumption of official engagement between the two countries.

Caravan parks 'not suitable' housing

 Paula Bennett

It is not suitable for families to have to sleep in caravans, cars, garages or caravan parks, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.

PM's decision on IS fight weeks away

John Key.

Prime Minister John Key says it will be weeks before New Zealand decides whether to support the international fight against Islamic State. (AUDIO)

'Finish line in sight' for trade deal

Tim Groser

Talks toward achieving a Pacific wide trade deal have made good progress but there is still still much to be done, Trade Negotiations Minister Tim Groser says. (AUDIO)

Another union endorsing Little

Andrew Little

The national executive of the Dairy Workers Union has today endorsed Andrew Little in his bid to become leader of the Labour Party.