Dr Jan Wright is approaching the end of a decade-long stint as the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. As Newsroom’s watchdog series continues, she explains why a Government Minister’s admission could be her sweetest moment yet.
Foreign Minister Murray McCully steps down from Cabinet on Monday, after more than eight years in the job and thousands of air miles. He spoke to Newsroom about the legacy he leaves behind, and his plans after three terms leading New Zealand’s international agenda.
New Zealanders on the pathway to Australian citizenship have been given a boost, with news they are exempt from immigration reforms announced by Malcolm Turnbull’s government last week.
New Zealand should not get its hopes up about being a testing ground for autonomous cars, a leading car futurist believes.
In today's email we check out the size of the kitchen sink finance minister Steven Joyce may lob at the electorate with the upcoming Budget.
The Government has lowered its target for the debt to GDP ratio, effectively shifting one of the anchors of its economic policy. Bernard Hickey looks at why the Government made the change and how it might restrict its choices over the long run around tax cuts, infrastructure spending and social spending.
Proposed changes to Australia's citizenship laws have angered New Zealanders who have lived there for years without the same rights as others - but it's just the latest in a series of setbacks for expat Kiwis over the years.
The first detailed report on New Zealand’s fresh water is out from the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics NZ. It’s the second big report to be issued under the Environmental Reporting Act 2015, which requires the ministries to report on the state of, and pressures on, our environment (the first was on the marine environment). The full series will be bundled together for a combined environmental assessment in 2019. Eloise Gibson picks the top five takeaways from today's water assessment.
The Government says nobody owns the water, but that hasn’t stopped people making hundreds of thousands of dollars selling it, reports Eloise Gibson
Finance Minister Steven Joyce has announced Budget 2017 on May 25 will include $11 billion worth of new capital infrastructure spending over the next four years, which is an effective $2 billion upgrade in forecast spending since the Government's last forecasts in December.
In today's email we detail another batch of migration statistics, and the stoush they set off.
A damning international report has identified degrading segregation and restraint practices across New Zealand’s detention facilities. But will it lead to any changes?
In today's email we look into the ministerial line up heading into the election, note how the government's nervousness over migration issues resulted in a temporary suspension of some of Immigration New Zealand's powers, and preview the looming Commerce Commission decision on the proposed NZME-Fairfax merger.
The Government has reshuffled its line-up as this year's election crawls closer.
In today's email we detail the latest in the ongoing immigration debate, look into the issue of wage theft, and highlight a one big beneficiary of untaxed capital gains.