Political News

John Key in Wellington in November 2014.

Advice sought on PM destroying texts

The Green Party has asked the Chief Archivist to look into whether Prime Minister John Key is destroying public records by deleting all of his text messages. (AUDIO)

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are attacking Islamic State positions near Mosul, Iraq.

Muslim leaders argue against bill

Islamic community leaders have made an emotional plea to the parliamentary committee considering the proposed Countering Terrorist Fighters legislation.

Prime Minister John Key

PM's oversight not very intelligent

Power Play with Brent Edwards - The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security apparently wrote two reports into the SIS release of information embarrassing to former Labour Party leader Phil Goff.

Waihopai spy base

MPs warned over new anti-terror laws

MPs have been warned by the Privacy Commissioner John Edwards that new anti-terror legislation, as it stands, would allow spies to go on fishing expeditions for information.

John Key

'Not fair on me' - PM on text messages

Prime Minister John Key has defended misleading the public over text exchanges with blogger Cameron Slater, saying he cannot be expected to remember all his texts. (AUDIO)

Rebecca Kitteridge, Director of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service

Terrorism law changes justified - SIS

Security Intelligence Service head Rebecca Kitteridge says the higher threat level in New Zealand justifies proposed changes to terrorism laws. (AUDIO)

John Key in Wellington in November 2014.

PM, blogger in contact several times

Prime Minister John Key has admitted being in contact with Cameron Slater a "handful" of times since the launch of two inquiries relating to information given to the blogger.

John Key

PM's contact with blogger questioned

Prime Minister John Key's contact with blogger Cameron Slater about a report on the SIS the night before it was released beggars belief, the leader of the Labour Party says. (AUDIO)

MFAT chief executive John Allen has ordered an inquiry.

Pressure over new MFAT boss decision

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully must appoint a career diplomat to replace MFAT's outgoing chief executive, according to a former ambassador to the UN.

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Government IT project cost balloons

A major government information technology project is close to $30 million over its original budget, and a year away from being fully operational.

beehive and parliament building

Anti-terror bill 'rammed through'

Public submissions are open on legislation the Government claims will protect NZ from the threat of foreign fighters but submitters will have to be quick as the deadline is tomorrow. (AUDIO)

Labour Party president Moira Coatesworth.

Coatsworth quits as Labour president

Moira Coatsworth has resigned as president of the Labour Party, little more than a week after Andrew Little was elected its new leader. She has had three-and-a-half years in the post. (AUDIO)

Labour Leader Andrew Little announcing Labours new caucus

'Cut the crap' and say sorry, Little tells PM

Labour Party leader Andrew Little has told Prime Minister John Key to "cut the crap" and apologise over his office's links with the Security Intelligence Service. (AUDIO)

Prime Minister John Key

PM under fire over 'grubby' dealings

Prime Minister John Key is refusing to apologise or quit in the wake of a critical report on the activities of his senior staff. (AUDIO)

Bill may improve info sharing, MPs told

A senior Corrections official has told a select committee a proposed bill could lead to better sharing of information on prisoners between government departments.

Concern at corporate iwi role in te reo

A Māori language group has told MPs at a select committee at Parliament today that corporate iwi leaders cannot be put in charge of promoting te reo.

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Cheryl Gwyn.

Report slams SIS over info release

The SIS released inaccurate and misleading information on former Labour Party leader Phil Goff but there is no evidence it was playing politics, an inquiry by the Inspector-General has found. (VIDEO)

John Key at the APEC summit in Beijing.

John Key refuses to accept Slater link

Prime Minister John Key is refusing to accept there was a link between his office and right-wing blogger Cameron Slater, despite the SIS watchdog finding his official passed on information. (VIDEO)

Judith Collins

PM's call on Cabinet return - Collins

It is up to Prime Minister John Key whether former Justice Minister Judith Collins returns to Cabinet after being cleared of wrong-doing, the Papakura MP says. (AUDIO)

beehive and parliament building

Anti-terror bill passes first hurdle

Legislation the Government believes will protect New Zealand from the threat of foreign fighters has passed its first reading in Parliament this evening. Only the Greens opposed it.

Aroha Harris

'Peaceful settlement' view challenged

Historians say the Prime Minister is misrepresenting New Zealand's past by saying it was settled peacefully. But John Key says he stands by his comments to an iwi radio station.

TVNZ screengrab. Blogger Cameron Slater.

Labour wants apology from PM

The new leader of the Labour Party says an apology about the release of information to a right-wing blogger should come from the Prime Minister, not the Security Intelligence Service. (AUDIO)

Labour Leader Andrew Little announcing Labours new caucus.(LR) Grant Robertson and Andrew Little.

Little's first test as Labour leader

Power Play with Brent Edwards - Andrew Little faced his first major test since becoming Labour Party leader in deciding who would get the plum jobs in his new line-up.