Immigration New Zealand is struggling under the weight of a massive influx of visa fraud and migrant abuse complaints. Shane Cowlishaw reports.

Trevor Mallard says he wants to be a hands-off Speaker in Parliament - if MPs are prepared to play ball. Mallard spoke to Sam Sachdeva about which predecessor is his role model and his plans for parliamentary reform.

Grant Robertson has delivered his first major speech as Finance Minister, telling an audience of bankers and fund managers in Auckland that he would unveil the new Government's half yearly fiscal update and Budget policy statement on December 14.


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New Zealand's immigration system “lacks integrity” and is so financially hamstrung it can’t investigate fraud and exploitation cases, its new Minister says. Shane Cowlishaw speaks to Iain Lees-Galloway about his challenging role ahead.

The UK’s High Commissioner to New Zealand Jonathan Sinclair is heading back to London after three years in the role. Sinclair spoke to Sam Sachdeva about the “adult” relationship between the two countries and what Brexit means for our existing ties.


The Reserve Bank has announced it will slightly relax its Loan to Value Restrictions (LVRs) on owner occupiers and rental property investors from January 1 because of a moderation in house price inflation.

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The Government has announced stricter tests for New Zealand's overseas investment regime to further limit the sale of rural land to foreigners, with Associate Finance Minister David Parker saying Kiwis should be prioritised over "a one per center from overseas".


The Reserve Bank is widely expected to signal a relaxation of its unloved Loan to Value Ratio restrictions on home buyers. Politicians and first home buyers hope any relaxation will help them buy a house sooner, but they should be careful what they wish for, writes Bernard Hickey.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson is hopeful the Reserve Bank will ease restrictions on Loan To Value Ratios for first home buyers, in part because other measures being taken by the Government to take pressure off house prices could give the regulator room to breathe easier.