Agriculture, Food Safety and Biosecurity Minister Damien O'Connor has decided to keep the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) intact as one ministry, but it will reorganise it into four branches.
Officials have warned the Government that meeting its greenhouse gas commitments under the Paris Agreement could cost up to $36 billion by 2030 and it should do as much to adapt to climate change as it does on preventing it, Eloise Gibson reports from the Briefing for the Incoming Minister for Climate Change.
With John Key away in New York to chair the UN Security Council this week, Bill English is in charge at home and having to deal with the questions over last week's near-death experience for its governing agreement with the Maori Party over the Kermadec Marine Sanctuary.
The Maori Party yesterday came as close as it ever has to walking away from its confidence and supply agreement that has kept National in power for eight years.
Steven Joyce unveiled the 'New Zealand Story' package of online resources for exporters to promote New Zealand, Metiria Turei lodged a Privileges Committee complaint against John Banks over his SkyCity conflicts, Winston Peters called the Aratere a lemon, Pita Sharples announced reforms to refocus a "thinly-spread" Te Puni Kokiri, Paula Bennett trumpeted the return to work of 7,000 beneficiaries and the Commerce Commission told Allan Hawkins' finance companies to stop repossessing stuff.