Rod Oram celebrates the technology companies bursting onto the scene in New Zealand. They had their chance to shine this week at TechWeek. He finds a vibrant and growing sector that is now our third largest export earner.

Life insurance companies have less than a month to come up with information to reassure regulators that misconduct being unveiled by the Hayne Royal Commission in Australia isn’t happening here - or is being addressed.

Back by popular demand after a week out for the Budget, here's a few longer reads for the weekend about political, economic and social issues.

Newsroom's Shane Cowlishaw has another life besides being our National Affairs Editor and the father of infant twin boys. He is a beer podcaster.

Plans to restrict the pay of Crown entity chief executives could put New Zealand’s superannuation fund at risk of political interference, the board’s chairwoman has warned MPs.

Until now, getting a clear picture of how the country's banks stack up against each other could be a tortuous process, involving trawling through various bank sites, or a large and relatively incomprehensible spreadsheet on the Reserve Bank site. Not any more, promises the Reserve Bank.

A shake-up of the support offered to Kiwi veterans may be on the way, with Defence Minister Ron Mark saying he is open to widening eligibility rules for who can qualify.

In the news this morning, Transpower has warned New Zealand could not cope with winter electricity shortages if it moved to 100 percent renewable power, Fonterra increased its milk price forecasts and the Ministry of Health has a new boss. Also, the EU agreed to start free trade talks with New Zealand and Australia. See more on that below from Newsroom's Sam Sachdeva.

New Zealand’s long pursuit of a free trade deal with the European Union has moved closer to reality, with the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council approving the launch of negotiations.

Sometimes the internet's meme-makers can capture a moment in history better than any headline writer or editorialist.

May 28 decision - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said yesterday the Government and industry leaders would have to make a decision within seven days on whether to try to keep eradicating mycoplasma bovis, or whether to accept it is here to stay and manage its effects. A final decision looks set to be made at next Monday's cabinet meeting, which is just four days before the June 1 'Gypsy Day' when sharemilkers move thousands of cows around the country.

New Zealand’s Pacific reset has been praised by a top United States diplomat, who has warned Pacific countries against becoming “saddled with debt” as China boosts its spending in the region.

There will be no mega-prison at Waikeria. So where will all the inmates go? Shane Cowlishaw explores the alternative options, and the potential political fallout of the Government’s decision that include a painful reopening of the debates around bail and sentencing laws.


The euthanasia bill risks sending a message to the disabled that their lives are less valued than the lives of abled-bodied New Zealanders, the Disability Rights Commissioner says.


The big political and economic events and data this include the last week of the Budget session of Parliament and migration figures.

A speech by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell as well as the minutes from the latest US central bank meeting will form a key focus for investors trying to gauge how many more interest rate hikes might follow the one they’re expecting next month.

The news that mattered this morning included Phil Twyford's criticism of Treasury's advice on housing investment, Kelvin Davis ruling out a mega-prison at Waikeria, news of a house building factory in Auckland, confirmation of a major scale-down of grants from Callaghan Innovation and America putting its trade war with China on hold.

Newsroom technology columnist Richard MacManus looks at how Google is using data provided by its users to build its artificial intelligence-driven tools. We're helping Google more than we realise. He wonders whether that's a good thing.