With 33 days to go until the election, United Future leader and Ohariu MP Peter Dunne has pulled his nomination, clearing the way for National to win the electorate after Dunne realised he was likely to lose to Labour's Greg O'Connor.
Just four months ago, the Government described its $2 billion deal with Kristine Bartlett and her fellow aged care workers as an historic first step towards achieving pay equity. But Bartlett, who was overjoyed when she celebrated the deal with Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, now says she feels betrayed by the Government. Andre Chumko reports.
In today's email we find out what prompted Metiria Turei's benefit fraud revelation, look into what is happening with wages, and peek into a potentially signficant drinks cabinet.
In today's email we detail how Ministry of Health CEO Cai Chuah ignored his own MInister's advice.
The DHB funding blunder will not go away, with fresh details raising questions about a rogue Ministry and when exactly the Government knew something was wrong. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
The Government knew about a blunder that saw DHBs allocated incorrect funding the day before the Budget, but released statements boasting about the individual cash injections anyway.
It’s a debate with no sign of abating - is the Government doing enough to tackle the rising demand for mental health services?
Prime Minister Bill English and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman have jointly announced the Government will contribute 91 percent of the $2.048 billion needed to fund pay increases of between 15 to 49 percent for health care workers over the next five years. ACC will contribute the remaining $192 million in the deal agreed with unions to settle the TerraNova pay equity claim, which could see ACC levies increase as a result. A third of aged care residents (those who are unsubsidised and pay for their own care) will see their fees rise around six percent.
Cabinet sources are telling media today that Bill English has a clear majority of support within the National caucus ahead of next Monday's vote.
It's game on, as they say in sports commentating, now that Bill English faces a real contest for the Prime Minister's job from Jonathan Coleman and Judith Collins.