The news that matters this morning
The Government has made the first big decision on its way to tackling climate change, but the serious test still awaits.
Labour has stopped issuing new permits for offshore drilling, but will keep issuing new onshore permits and will let existing ones run for decades to keep Taranaki jobs. Bernard Hickey and Shane Cowlishaw report.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said that she is opposed to militarisation in the Pacific when asked about a potential Chinese base in Vanuatu.
Bernard Hickey argues Labour should respond to Auckland's man-made infrastructure disaster the same way National responded to Christchurch's natural disaster: by using its strong balance sheet to borrow and build.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has issued a stark warning ahead of the May 17 Budget, saying the Government had discovered the budget situations in Health and Education were much worse than she expected when in Opposition.
The draft Government Policy Statement on transport has received plaudits for its vision on public transport and logistics, but some say the proposals will fail to improve the lives of those on low incomes that will be hit hard by fuel tax increases. Thomas Coughlan reports.
In this morning's email we watch as Jacinda Ardern and her transport ministers begin to thread their way through a political minefield.
The Government’s draft land transport policy promises big rail investments paid for by an increase in petrol taxes, Thomas Coughlan reports.
Broadcasting and communications minister Clare Curran has again found herself in hot water after it emerged that she contacted RNZ Chair Richard Griffin last week about correcting an inaccurate claim Griffin made in select committee. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it would have been preferable if someone else had contacted Griffin.