Political News

CAA investigating its own minister

Gerry Brownlee.

The Public Service Association is calling for a wider review into Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee's breach of security at Christchurch Airport, in which he skipped a check.

Turia still keen for Maori Party role

Tariana Turia.

Tariana Turia would stay on after the election as Maori Party co-leader if no women from the party are elected to Parliament, she says. She and Pita Sharples are retiring as MPs. (AUDIO)

Brownlee keeps job after airport breach

Gerry Brownlee speaking to media at Parliament on Thursday.

The man responsible for aviation security has kept his job despite breaching it at Christchurch airport. Gerry Brownlee offered to resign - but only after officials contacted him. (AUDIO)

Major Treaty claims enshrined in law

The final reading of the legislation was held at Parliament on Thursday.

Parliament has passed two important Treaty settlements - one involving Te Urewera National Park with Tuhoe; the other Auckland's volcanic cones with Tamaki Makaurau iwi. (AUDIO)

Greens pledge solar panels for schools

Russel Norman and Laingholm Primary School students looking at solar equipment.

The Green Party wants to invest millions to help about 500 schools install solar panels and sell the power they make. Co-leader Russel Norman said schools' electricity bills were too high.

Govt accused of dismantling Te Reo law

Annette Sykes

The Mana movement is accusing the Government of dismantling the law protecting Te Reo Maori. Mana candidate for Waiariki Annette Sykes says the language is being put in jeopardy.

National candidate referred to police

Wayne Walford

The Electoral Commission has referred Napier's National Party candidate Wayne Walford to police for an alleged breach of the Electoral Act over advertising on his vehicle.

Taskforce to tackle 'loopy' rules

home renovation

Local Government Minister Paula Bennett is to introduce a taskforce to tackle what she describes as "loopy" rules and regulations which frustrate property owners and councils.

MPs express condolences over MH17

Flowers placed in remembrance for the victims of the MH17 plane crash at Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam.

New Zealand MPs have expressed their condolences to families of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers and crew. (AUDIO)

Greens announce ECE policy

Boy listening to story at kindergarten

The Green Party has announced it would extend the 20 hours of subsidised early childhood education to two-year-olds. At present, it applies to children aged three and over.

Craig throws down gauntlet to Peters

Colin Craig

Conservative leader Colin Craig is challenging New Zealand First's Winston Peters to stand against him in East Coast Bays, saying he should come clean on his intentions. (AUDIO)

Claudette Hauiti confirms misspending

Claudette Hauiti

Prime Minister John Key says National list MP Claudette Hauiti has been held to account for misspending taxpayer funds. She will not be seeking re-election in September. (AUDIO)

POWER PLAY with Brent Edwards

Brent Edwards, Political Editor

It appears the opinion polls and many news media organisations have already decided the outcome of the general election. Labour and the Greens are trailing National in the polls.

Call for Harawira to reject flag burning

Hone Harawira.

Political opponents of the Mana Movement, and its allies, are calling on leader Hone Harawira to denounce the burning of an Israeli flag during a protest over Gaza at the weekend. (AUDIO)

Parliament adopts information protocol

Beehive and Parliament building.

Parliament has adopted a protocol that will give MPs and journalists working in the parliamentary precinct complete control over the release of any information that relates to them.

Cunliffe 'regrets' taking ski holiday

David Cunliffe.

Labour leader David Cunliffe has told his caucus he regrets taking a holiday during the party's poor showing in the polls and has reminded some MPs to stick to core election messages. (AUDIO)

Labour supports disability law repeal

man pushing woman in wheelchair

The Labour Party is joining the Green Party and promising to repeal the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill if it's elected. Labour says it's a draconian law.

'Progress' on public services targets

Jonathan Coleman.

State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government is making good progress in reducing long-term welfare dependency and ensuring more young people get higher qualifications.

Cunliffe defends time off decision

David Cunliffe.

Labour Party leader David Cunliffe is defending his decision to take three days off work to go skiing - nine weeks before the general election and with his party languishing in the polls. (AUDIO)

Labour concerned at Hosking role


TVNZ has requested more information from Labour about its concerns over a presenter moderating the channel's televised leaders' debates before the general election on 20 September.

Labour promises to review broadband

David Cunliffe.

The Labour Party has promised to review the roll-out of ultra-fast broadband and introduce tougher internet copyright laws if it leads the next government.

PM under pressure over Hauiti

Claudette Hauiti

The Prime Minister is coming under increasing pressure to disclose how much taxpayers' money errant list MP Claudette Hauiti misspent, but John Key says he does not know. (AUDIO)

PM accused of breaking word

John Key.

Prime Minister John Key has been accused of breaking his word by now refusing to apologise to the Wellington woman at the centre of the Malaysian diplomat case. (AUDIO)

National MP to stand down

Claudette Hauiti.

National will choose a new candidate for the Kelston seat to replace list MP Claudette Hauiti in the next few weeks. She recently apologised for misusing an expenses credit card. (AUDIO)

Labour promises $200m regions fund

David Cunliffe.

The Labour Party says it would set up a $200 million fund to invest in the regions to help boost economic growth and jobs, if elected to Government.

ACT leader to stand in Pakuranga

Jamie Whyte.

ACT leader Jamie Whyte has announced he will stand as a candidate in Pakuranga in the election, saying his party's policies will help make the electorate more prosperous and safer.