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.
Analysis: Sam Sachdeva, who traveled to Da Nang and Manila for the Apec and East Asia Summit assesses Jacinda Ardern's first foray into global leader summitry as largely positive.
After a few fraught days, the TPP was given new life. However, the struggles to get the deal across the line and other issues raise questions about obstacles to multilateral trade and what that means for New Zealand, as Sam Sachdeva reports.
After a dramatic few days of talks, the 11 TPP countries have reached an agreement on “the core elements” of the trade deal. But what has changed from the original text, and what issues remain to be resolved? Sam Sachdeva reports from the Apec summit in Da Nang, Vietnam.
The TPP has a new name and a new lease of life, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says, with Canada returning to the table after initially seeming to deliver a critical blow to the fate of the deal.