After less than a decade of service, the NZ Defence Force’s fleet of armoured Pinzgauer vehicles is headed to its final resting place - as target practice for Kiwi soldiers.

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.

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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.

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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.