Corrections is in the spotlight after placing a child sex offender in a motel housing vulnerable families, a sign of a wider problem it faces. Dozens of houses may have to be built on prison land as the housing crisis and community opposition bite, Sam Sachdeva reports.
Strong Governments have strong enforcers and Labour lacks one right now, former MP Peter Dunne points out in this week's column arguing Grant Robertson should step up.
The Government has announced a levy for international tourists, but has also snuck in a proposal that would increase costs for New Zealand citizens as well. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
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.
Visitors heading to New Zealand for work or play may face price hikes at the border, as the Government tries to tackle rising pressure on the country’s infrastructure and immigration system. Sam Sachdeva reports.
After months of delays, the Government has finally announced its plans around the dilapidated Waikeria Prison. But its goal of reforming the justice system could prove to be its most difficult task.
The Government is looking to institute a tourist levy on international visitors by Budget 2019, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Labour promised the levy before the election.
COMMENT: The Government faces a billion dollar conundrum.
Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis has brushed off a formal complaint from one of the charter schools in the Government’s firing line, saying he is not showing any favouritism to those within his electorate.