The Government launched reviews of employment law and climate change law aimed at soothing the nerves of employers and farmers respectively. It appeared to rule out a breakup of the Reserve Bank and started considering introducing a deposit insurance scheme. Better foreign ownership data showed almost 20 percent of property buyers in central Auckland in the last year were not citizens. Documents showed officials advised the Government against its decision to stop issuing new offshore oil and gas drilling licenses, saying it would actually increase emissions because coal would be used instead of gas. The economy may have slowed a bit in the March quarter as construction sector activity and confidence continues to wane. Donald Trump waged trade wars ahead of G7 meetings and his summit with Kim Jong Un.

The Government has announced it will create a standalone housing ministry, as it seeks to deliver on its big promises to address the housing crisis.

Among developed nations we are arguably the most dependent on our natural environment for earning our living. This reliance goes well beyond the primary sector on land and at sea to attracting tourists, students, immigrants and investors. Above all, our natural assets help define us as a nation.

Allegations of Chinese interference in New Zealand politics have reared their head again, with suggestions the country is a “soft underbelly” for interference efforts. But one Kiwi expert suggests we need more evidence to back up the “hype” around the allegations.

Newsroom's Sam Sachdeva found himself in an amusing twitter exchange with the Education Minister this week over a can of coke.


Political-watchers are either appalled or saluting the government’s pragmatism in appointing Jim Bolger to head their industrial relations law rewrite. But Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University says Bolger’s appointment is entirely appropriate, as the former National prime minister is probably to the left of many MPs in the new government.

Tempers flared in Wellington on Wednesday as Grant Robertson fronted up to a select committee to defend his first Budget, but the dispute yet again highlighted the political positioning of both parties over debt.

State Services Minister Chris Hipkins says public servants should provide more candid advice to the Government, encouraging ministers to “embrace disagreement” in the name of better policy.

These satirical US websites have their work cut out for them these days trying to make stuff up which is weirder than what is actually happening.


Before the election, Labour’s proposed Fair Pay Agreements were painted by critics as a return to the days of industrial strife and strikes. With a Jim Bolger-led working group convened to flesh out the details, Shane Cowlishaw explores whether it will really plunge the country into darkness.

Newsroom's Sasha Borissenko looks at whether the Law Society did enough to investigate sexual misconduct allegations against Russell McVeagh lawyers, given the Society received a complaint 16 months before Newsroom published reports on the incidents and could have launched its own investigation.

Dairy product prices fell at the Global Dairy Trade auction this morning, as whole milk powder slid amid higher-than-anticipated supply.


The Labour Government softened its policy on student work visas. Agents for international colleges report faking English language tests for students from China. The Government launched a plan with industry leaders to reduce plastics waste. ASB's parent agreed to pay a A$700 million fine for breaching laws to stop money laundering.

Newsroom's technology columnist Richard MacManus argues big tech firms such as Google and Facebook should audit their algorithms in the same way our Government has asked for audits of how its departments use artificial intelligence.

While National continues to ride high in the polls, the jury is still out on new leader Simon Bridges. Sam Sachdeva was at one of Bridges’ community events as he spoke about National’s lack of friends and how it will bring “some sizzle with the sausage” come 2020.