Gang insignia has been banned from government buildings, schools, and hospitals since 2013. As Australian gangs arrive in New Zealand, officials are looking to amend the law to ensure it keeps up.

Facing growing calls from local government and even from within the National Party for Government leadership on the issue of single-use plastic bags, new Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson looks likely to opt for a levy rather than a ban - and that could be good news for local charities.

Mark Mitchell has completed his first trip to Iraq as Defence Minister, saying Kiwi trainers are having a significant impact on the morale and quality of Iraqi troops. However, Mitchell warns the battle to defeat Islamic State won’t be easy, and is coming at a significant human cost, as Sam Sachdeva reports.