As the Government holds talks on how to fix the criminal justice system, political pressure and public sentiment loom as the biggest obstacles to be overcome, Sam Sachdeva writes.
Corrections is in the spotlight after placing a child sex offender in a motel housing vulnerable families, a sign of a wider problem it faces. Dozens of houses may have to be built on prison land as the housing crisis and community opposition bite, Sam Sachdeva reports.
National leader Simon Bridges has wrapped up a two-month tour of New Zealand, saying the community events have given him a better sense of the issues on Kiwis’ minds. Sam Sachdeva spoke to him about how National must change and the road ahead.
Peter Ellis, the former childcare worker who claims he was wrongfully convicted of child sex abuse, has a new advocate - National leader Simon Bridges.
Former policeman and ex-National MP Chester Borrows will lead an advisory group tasked with fixing New Zealand's "broken" criminal justice system, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced.
Compensation payments to some of New Zealand’s most high-profile offenders have been quietly paid for abuse they suffered while in state care, but plans to restrict how they can use that money have been shelved. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
US interest rates rose above New Zealand interest rates for the first time as house prices continued to rise here. Winston Peters led the Government in Parliament and is set to become acting Prime Minister. Labour's political vulnerability over justice and corrections issues was exposed. The Public Service staged a "manny-go-round." Shane Jones triggered a debate about Fonterra's future by attacking its performance and chairman. Trump got played by Kim Jong Un, but it may not matter.
After months of delays, the Government has finally announced its plans around the dilapidated Waikeria Prison. But its goal of reforming the justice system could prove to be its most difficult task.
New Zealand First blocked Andrew Little's proposal to repeal the three strikes law. Winston Peters is pushing ahead with damages claims against MSD, Paula Bennett and Anne Tolley. Manufacturing figures suggested GDP growth slowed a little to 2.7 percent in the March quarter. Kim Jong Un went for a walk around Singapore overnight.