Political News

Key to raise concerns with Saudi Arabia

Prime Minister John Key says he will raise human-rights concerns with Saudi Arabia when he becomes the first New Zealand Prime Minister to go there.

'End game' for Trans-Pacific Partnership

Trade Minister Tim Groser is optimistic the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal will be reached by mid-2015.

Taking stock after ponytail pulls

Powerplay: As John Key becomes known internationally for pulling on a ponytail, Brent Edwards takes a closer look at the questions it raises about power.

Increase in refugee numbers unlikely - PM

The Prime Minister says it is unlikely there will be an increase in the number of refugees New Zealand takes.

Flavell labels Christchurch rentals a disgrace

The Māori Development Minister says he is outraged by the squalid state of some private rental properties in Christchurch.

Call for Key to face investigation

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters believes Prime Minister John Key should face a police investigation after repeatedly pulling the hair of a waitress. (AUDIO)

Finance Minister admits tough budget ahead

Finance Minister Bill English says the Government's upcoming budget will be the toughest he has had to present.

Council of Women: 'Dear John'

The National Council of Women is disappointed that the Prime Minister is downplaying his repeated pulling of an Auckland waitress' hair as just ''horsing around''. (AUDIO)

Collins says hair-pulling wasn't right

It wasn't right for the Prime Minister to repeatedly pull the hair of a waitress, even though he apologised, says National Party MP Judith Collins. (AUDIO)

Ria Bond NZ First's new MP

New Zealand First has announced its new list MP as Invercargill-based Ria Bond after leader Winston Peters gained another seat by winning the Northland by-election.

How will #ponytailgate hit Key?

OPINION: It's already been called #ponytailgate on Twitter but it won't bring John Key down - at least not directly, according to Matthew Hooton. (AUDIO)

Ponytail pulling was just 'horsing around'

The Prime Minister has described his repeated pulling of an Auckland waitress' hair as just ''horsing around''. (VIDEO)

Harassment or harmless?

New Zealanders are trying to decide whether the Prime Minister's ponytail-pulling was innocent fun or a major political mishap. (VIDEO)

Iraq deployment case weak - Labour

The Labour Party says a newly released Cabinet paper reveals how weak the case is to send troops to Iraq. (AUDIO)

'Unimaginable human suffering' in Syria

New Zealand has challenged the UN Security Council to use its authority to alleviate ongoing carnage in Syria.

NZ already vigilant over terrorism - Brownlee

Security in New Zealand is already at a high level as troops head to Iraq as part of a joint deployment with Australia, the Defence Minister says.

Under-13s free medical care available - Minister

The Minister of Health has rejected criticism that not all children under 13 can get free medical care. (AUDIO)

Govt warned of Iraq risks

As New Zealand troops head to Iraq, a Cabinet paper reveals the Government was advised sending them could make New Zealand a target of Islamic State. (AUDIO)

Churches call for more info on TPP

The Anglican and Catholic churches are urging the Government to tell the public more about the trans-Pacific trade negotiations.

Doctor visit promise falls short

An estimated 10 percent of injured children will miss out on free doctors' visits despite a Government promise to cover all primary school aged children.