The Government's push for any child to be allowed to opt for full-time online learning rather than going to school is facing intense criticism, in part because of bad experiences in the United States, Lynn Grieveson reports.

In the first of a Newsroom series of interviews with New Zealand’s “watchdogs”, Shane Cowlishaw talks to Privacy Commissioner John Edwards about his role and why we shouldn’t fear Facebook.

Prime Minister Bill English and Premier Li Keqiang unveiled a start date for negotiations to upgrade the China-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement at their formal signing ceremony and joint news conference at Premier House in Wellington on Monday, but it was Premier Li's rejection of accusations about steel dumping that stood out.