The broad swathe of Government and industry fell in behind a 10 year plan costing $886 million to eradicate mycoplasma bovis, the Salvation Army called on the Government to urgently convene an expert group (rather than an MBIE one) to kickstart KiwiSaver, Jacinda Ardern is riding high in the polls (while Simon Bridges isn't) and political turmoil in Italy is threatening to force a referendum on it staying in the euro zone.
DairyNZ, supported by Fonterra and the Government, has formulated a "Dairy Action for Climate Change" plan, but it is unlikely to slow down the calls from environmental groups for a cut in cow numbers, reports Lynn Grieveson.
In today's email we look at why the comments by rookie minister Alfred Ngaro throw a spotlight on one of the weaknesses of Bill English's social investment approach.
Eloise Gibson looks under the bonnet of the Waikato Regional Council's Plan Change 1 to explain what it means for farmers and the quality of water in our longest river. She finds plenty that is worrying the players on all sides of the debate about dairying and nitrogen leaching into our waterways.
Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler has issued his toughest warning yet that the bank could intervene in currency markets to sell the New Zealand down if it continues to remain high despite falls in commodity prices.