New Zealand’s long pursuit of a free trade deal with the European Union has moved closer to reality, with the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council approving the launch of negotiations.
Shane Jones has been rebuked for his attacks on Air New Zealand’s board of directors, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying calling for their resignations was “a step too far”.
The first real-world tests of 5G mobile technology in New Zealand have begun on the streets of Wellington. However, there are still a number of hurdles - both technological and bureaucratic - to overcome before consumer access becomes a reality.
The Treasury has shed further light on how it is developing wellbeing measures to guide government policy, with the organisation’s head saying New Zealand is leading the world in its efforts.
A proposal to place tighter controls on the pay of crown entity chief executives will provide “more teeth” to keep any increases in line with the wider public sector, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.
Comment: Tucking himself into bed on Tuesday night, Bill English would have been looking forward to discussing a topic dear to his heart - numbers, in all their manifest glory,
Bill English has warned the Government his party will closely watch whether it lives up to its bold promises, saying New Zealand’s future “isn’t written in good intentions”.
After an election campaign stoked by immigration fears from both Labour and New Zealand First, the coalition partner’s stance on the topic appears to be softening. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
New Zealand mayors have talked up the benefits of increased collaboration with their Chinese counterparts, while steering clear of concerns about a soft power push from China.
The Government’s plans to introduce a royalty on bottled water exports has hit a major stumbling block, with New Zealand’s chief trade negotiator for the TPP suggesting such a move would violate existing free trade deals.