As the Greens get ready for their annual conference, its MPs may be preparing for tough questions from supporters after taking some lumps in recent months. The party may need to fight its corner more often if it is to survive and thrive in government, Sam Sachdeva writes.
A proposal to make Matariki a national holiday has gone to Labour’s Maori Caucus.
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 Reserve Bank held interest rates at record lows and repeated its neutral view that it could either raise or cut rates. Business confidence fell again back to its post-election low. Labour scrapped its KiwiBuild visa policy forcing employers to take on an apprentice for each migrant. Instead, it will streamline the hiring of migrant workers to fill a 30,000 construction workers shortage. Shane Jones said John Key lobbied him to exempt the Te Arai land development from foreign buyer rules.
Looming strike action from public sector employees could start driving up wages across the board as private sector employers take heed of the industrial action in what's becoming a tighter labour market, says Bank of New Zealand head of research Stephen Toplis.
Fresh research suggests the public is becoming more trusting of Government and politicians again. Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University highlights new studies on trust, and says that “Jacindamania” still appears to be having a positive impact on society’s view of politics.
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.
The Government has announced it will create a standalone housing ministry, as it seeks to deliver on its big promises to address the housing crisis.
Former MP (and Minister) Peter Dunne argues in his column this week for Newsroom that the Government’s sidelining of officials is a risky approach that could rebound painfully