Political News

PM holidaying in Hawaii when office briefed

John Key

Prime Minister John Key was holidaying in Hawaii when his office was briefed by the Security Intelligence Service on the release of information to a right-wing blogger, he says. (AUDIO)

NZEI rejects key Government policy

primary school class and teacher

Thousands of primary school teachers and principals have rejected the Government's flagship education policy that pays counterparts to raise achievement. (AUDIO)

Inequality between races 'widening'

Maori obesity

A new study by Victoria University shows that the gap in inequality between Maori and Pacific people and Pakeha has widened on a number of measures, including obesity and unemployment.

National's support up in latest poll

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Support for the National Party has edged back up in the latest Roy Morgan poll while both the Labour and Green Parties have slipped. In an average of polls, National is on 50 percent support.

Inspector-General to look into SIS release

Author Nicky Hager.

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security will investigate claims the Security Intelligence Service declassified information and gave it to a blogger. (VIDEO)

Candidates debate council merger

Wellington cable car.

The National Party is opposing the amalgamation of Wellington's nine councils, but there is widespread support among other major parties represented at a debate in the capital last night.

Judith Collins focus 'drowns' policy debate

Judith Collins questioned by journalists over Oravida in May.

Some of the smaller parties say policy debates are being drowned out by the clamour surrounding the behaviour of Justice Minister Judith Collins. (VIDEO)

Labour's plan for Aged Care changes

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Election 2014 - The Labour Party will establish an Aged Care Working Group to implement a range of changes in the sector if elected to government, leader David Cunliffe says.

POLL of POLLS with Colin James

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Election 2014 - National's polling average was steady up to early August in the poll-of-polls at 50.2% while Labour's average dropped to 26.4%. Two new polls were released on Sunday.

National's campaign not harmed - English

Bill English during the G20 meeting in Sydney in February.

The National Party's election campaign is not being derailed by fallout from the Dirty Politics book, the party's deputy leader Bill English says. (AUDIO)

Labour pushing later retirement age

Labour Party leader David Cunliffe (right) and finance spokesperson David Parker outlining the KiwiSaver policy.

The Labour Party is using the latest information on the state of the Government's books to push its policy of gradually raising the retirement age to 67.

Police union says frozen budget biting

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Money constraints are having a serious impact on crime-fighting, according to the Police Association, which says resources are stretched too thinly.

Key, English distance themselves from Collins

John Key

Prime Minister John Key and deputy Bill English are distancing themselves from Justice Minister Judith Collins' actions in passing a public servant's information to a blogger. (AUDIO)

Govt being tricky with books - Greens

Bill English during the G20 meeting in Sydney in February..

NZ is too reliant on raw commodities, and the Government is being tricky with the books, opposition parties say following the latest Treasury forecast. (AUDIO)

Police union's election year wishlist

The Police Association wants tougher restrictions on alcohol including raising the drinking age.

Tougher penalties for fleeing drivers, a blanket ban on gang patches and raising the drinking age to 20 are top of the election year wishlist from the Police Association.

Cunliffe pledges higher standards

David Cunliffe.

Justice Minister Judith Collins would be gone under a Labour government, and ministers would be held to a higher standard, party leader David Cunliffe says. (AUDIO)

Twitter email dump set up in advance

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The release of emails and Facebook messages that formed the basis of book Dirty Politics were programmed several days in advance, according to a security expert.

Court challenge to climate voter ruling

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Environmental groups have joined forces in High Court action against the Electoral Commission over its ruling that a climate voter initiative falls under election advertising.

PM sticking to line over blogger

Prime Minister John Key

The Prime Minister is sticking to his line that there is nothing untoward about his office's links to right-wing blogger Cameron Slater, whom he describes as a shock jock.

PM continues to defend staff after email release

Prime Minister John Key.

Prime Minister John Key is continuing to defend his staff despite emails being released confirming some of the allegations made in the recently released book, Dirty Politics. (AUDIO)

Internet-Mana releases party list

Hone Harawira and Laila Harre.

The Internet-Mana alliance has confirmed Hone Harawira in the number one spot as Mana leader. The Internet Party's leader, Laila Harre, is at number two on the list.

National pledges $100m for cycleways

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The National Party says if it's re-elected it will spend $100 million over the next four years on building cycleways in urban centres where it says they are often fragmented.

Parties challenged to back poverty plan

Green Party co-leader's Russel Norman and Metiria Turei arrive at the party's election campaign Launch in Auckland.

The Green Party is challenging other left-wing parties to back its plan to end child poverty to prove they are prepared to make the bold changes it believes are necessary. (AUDIO)

Conservatives challenge air time

Colin Craig.

The Conservative Party is challenging the amount of broadcasting time and public money allocated to it through the Electoral Commission in the upcoming election.

Internet-Mana cheered by poll results

Laila Harre and Kim Dotcom.

A television poll putting Internet-Mana on four percent support shows the campaign is gaining momentum, the alliance says, though another survey had its support at half that.

No details on Hager allegations - Key

John Key.

The PM is refusing to condemn anyone associated with his Government or party for anything in Dirty Politics, telling Morning Report he does not know the details. (AUDIO)

United Future releases election manifesto

Peter Dunne

The United Future party says it has released a detailed election manifesto, because policies are what matter to people - not what it calls side-shows about dirty politics.

Support for National falls in two polls

John Key talking to the Otago Chamber of Commerce at Forsyth Barr stadium in Dunedin.

Support for the National Party has fallen in two television polls out tonight but it's still at or close to 50 percent. National got 50 percent in one poll and 47.5 percent in another.

Greens pledge new top tax rate

Metiria Turei.

The Green Party wants to introduce a new top tax rate with every cent of the more than $1 billion raised going toward fighting child poverty. It was unveiled at the party's campaign launch.