A $2 billion decision on whether to purchase new maritime surveillance aircraft for the NZ Defence Force has been kicked down the road, with Defence Minister Ron Mark saying he has secured “a window” to review his predecessor’s plans.

Employers used immigration of cheap workers to keep growing at the end of 2017, putting off the tough decisions and investment needed to boost productivity and real wages. Thomas Coughlan reports. 

A group of political and legal academics has urged the Government to scrap its controversial waka-jumping bill, calling it an “undesirable and harmful” law which could damage New Zealand’s democracy.

The GDP numbers released by Statistics NZ on Thursday morning make for mixed reading, with a hot summer hitting New Zealand's dairy industry.


Michael Cullen's Tax Working Group has warned of unsustainable deficits without tax reform. He says an ageing population and the gig economy will blow out pension and health costs and cut tax revenues. Thomas Coughlan reports.

Local councils are facing a string of daunting challenges, ranging from sea level rise to massive infrastructure bills. Shane Cowlishaw explores how their relationship with the new Government will be integral in how they handle those challenges.

The Tax Working Group has released its Future of Tax background paper, which will guide submissions to the group. The paper is divided into seven sections and considers everything from the current state of the tax system, the challenges it faces in the future, and what might be done moving forward.

The Labour Party is far from poor. In fact, the latest political funding and spending news suggests it’s actually flush with cash. Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University looks at how modern political finance trends mean that “money follows power” rather than just going to the parties of the right.

The Government's Tax Working Group is gearing up to take submissions on how to improve the structure and fairness of the tax system, and today it releases a backgrounder on the challenges facing the current system. Thomas Coughlan looks at what it might contain.

Online voting could feature at the next local council elections, but local bodies want the Government to share the costs after an earlier trial was axed. Shane Cowlishaw reports.