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.
Labour's Maori caucus faced down criticism on Tuesday that the Government's policy to abolish charter schools would mean a return to the dark days of the state education system failing Maori youth.
Jacinda Ardern hopes a compromise will resolve a potentially nasty clash with Labour's Maori MPs and iwi leaders over the future of charter schools. Thomas Coughlan reports the two sides remain far apart.
New Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis is seen as a great hope by many in the justice reform sector. But being viewed as soft on crime has historically been like swallowing a dead rat for the government. Can he make a difference? Shane Cowlishaw reports.