Political News

Is the GCSB focusing on what matters?

Powerplay with Brent Edwards - Is our security being compromised by the spy agency's failure to focus solely on potential and real threats?

Candidates drum up last-minute support

The two frontrunners in the Northland by-election have spent the last day of the official campaign trying to win some last-minute votes. (AUDIO)

Dunne suspects secret agenda on RMA

United Future's Peter Dunne has suggested National will not agree to compromise on its Resource Management Act plans because it has a secret agenda. (AUDIO)

John Key heckled in Northland

Prime Minister John Key headed straight to Dargaville today after returning from Japan, only to be faced with disgruntled by-election voters. (AUDIO)

Investigation into complaints about GCSB

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security will investigate complaints of GCSB surveying New Zealanders in the South Pacific. (AUDIO)

Govt announces employment law changes

Workplace Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse has announced changes to employment laws designed to protect vulnerable workers from exploitation. (AUDIO)

Chai Chuah permanent head of Health Ministry

After a year-and-a-half as the acting head of the Health Ministry, Chai Chuah has been appointed as its permanent head.

English backs Osborne as better skilled

National's Northland candidate Mark Osborne is best equipped to deal with the electorate's issues, says deputy Prime Minister Bill English.

Key acknowledges National trailing

Prime Minister John Key has conceded the National Party is in trouble in the Northland by-election and could struggle to hold the seat.

NZ to sign government procurement deal

The Government is set to sign up to an international deal it says will open up a major market to New Zealand exporters.

Poll shows Peters with massive lead

A new voter poll on the Northland by-election has New Zealand First leader Winston Peters in the lead.

Govt denies strong-arming Sallies

The Social Housing Minister is rejecting accusations that the Government put pressure on the Salvation Army to buy up its state housing stock. (AUDIO)

PM affirms NZ hostage strategy

The Prime Minister has reiterated New Zealand's refusal to pay ransoms for people taken hostage, after meeting with his Japanese counterpart in Tokyo. (AUDIO)

Police charges may put children at risk

MPs have been told vulnerable children could be put at risk by proposed legislation allowing the police to charge community groups for vetting checks.

No threat to stability if NZ First win - Peters

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has reassured Northland voters government stability will not be threatened if he wins the seat on Saturday. (AUDIO)

Japan meeting boosts TPP confidence

Prime Minister John Key is encouraged about the likelihood of concluding the Trans Pacific Partnership trade talks after meeting with his Japanese counterpart, he says.

Peters moots Marsden Point port expansion

With three days left until the Northland by-election, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has been campaigning on infrastructure and job creation.

Govt wants IPENZ decision overturned

The Government is asking the High Court to overturn IPENZ's decision to drop its investigation into the man whose company designed the CTV Building.

Govt accused of spying for political purposes

Opposition parties have used Parliament's question time to accuse the Government of using the country's spy agencies for its own political purposes. (AUDIO)

Minister defends state house sell-off

The Government is not ruling out selling off thousands of state houses to private developers.