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.
State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has announced a raft of senior appointments in New Zealand's public service all at once, with five CEOs bouncing into other ministries.
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.
An embarrassing back down has made the Government’s planned justice reforms even more difficult and illustrated just how politically sensitive the issue can be. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
Justice Minister Andrew Little's plans to repeal the controversial Three Strikes law have been scuppered after coalition partner New Zealand First said it would not give its support.
Newsroom's Sasha Borissenko looks at whether the Law Society did enough to investigate sexual misconduct allegations against Russell McVeagh lawyers, given the Society received a complaint 16 months before Newsroom published reports on the incidents and could have launched its own investigation.
A stinging attack by the Chief District Court Judge Jan-Marie Doogue has again highlighted serious problems in the Family Court. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
Here are the eight news events that mattered this week in New Zealand's political economy.
There will be no mega-prison at Waikeria. So where will all the inmates go? Shane Cowlishaw explores the alternative options, and the potential political fallout of the Government’s decision that include a painful reopening of the debates around bail and sentencing laws.