At his party's recent conference, ACT leader David Seymour made the case for reducing the size of Parliament. But smaller government doesn't always equal small government, Liam Hehir writes, arguing that doubling the number of MPs could be a better call.


With the news a Queen’s Counsel will head the investigation into the leak of MPs’ expenses, the affair has taken on added significance. National appears confident the leaker isn’t one of their own, but a definitive answer may be hard to find, as Sam Sachdeva writes.

Last month New Zealand on Air announced $31 million in funding to broadcasters, but National MP Melissa Lee says there is not enough scrutiny over how that money is spent, Thomas Coughlan reports.


Fonterra Cooperative Group's new chair John Monaghan says the dairy giant's biggest challenge is to change the law which forces it to accept milk from any farmer and sell it to rivals at a subsidised price, according to a report in Dairy News.


Pre-qualification for KiwiBuild homes opened on Monday, with Kiwibank swiftly announcing a new home loan catering to prospective buyers, Thomas Coughlan reports.

The Greens have won a big concession from the One Billion Trees programme, forcing Shane Jones to accept that two-thirds of the trees planted will be natives, Thomas Coughlan reports.

Flyer documents are being sent out to buyers who will receive information memorandums for the business next month, with the hope a sale is finalised by Christmas, the newspaper said without detailing where it got the information. The newspaper named buyout funds such as Lone Star, which owns building materials firm Arclin, Bain Capital and Platinum among potential buyers.

Former MP Peter Dunne has seen many business cycles while in Government. He says Jacinda Ardern should genuinely listen to the business whiners and naggers, not just pay lip-service to hearing their concerns.

Here's my pick of the links from from news and analysis sites around New Zealand and the world at 8 am this morning, with the key quotes in the article.

Technology columnist Richard MacManus is wary of alarmist talk that digital devices are completely 'rewiring' childrens' brains, but argues parents should take an active approach to managing use of these devices.