Talkback host, union delegate, and occasional firebrand Willie Jackson is back in Parliament after a 15-year hiatus - and is now a Minister to boot. He tells Shane Cowlishaw about his plans for the Employment portfolio and the evolution of Maori politics.
After almost a decade in Government, the Maori Party are no more. Born from the ashes of the foreshore and seabed controversy, their future now hangs in the balance and has forced National to kowtow to Winston Peters. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
In today's email we ask whether, despite the final poll showing National poised to win a fourth term in government, a 'youthquake' of people enrolling as they vote could yet upend the result.
In this email we wrap up yet another surprising day in Parliament.
The Maori Party has spent nine years in government, and co-leader Marama Fox believes it’s well past time for the training wheels to come off. As part of Newsroom’s election coverage, Fox speaks about her growing impatience and the catching up New Zealand still has to do.
As election day creeps closer, the coalition planning is starting to gather pace. National’s preferences are no surprise but hint at the complex arithmetic lying ahead after September 23, as Sam Sachdeva reports.
Water dominates today's email: we look at the probable fate of the Ruataniwha Dam scheme and dig into the water levies debate.
In today's email, we detail at what Nick Smith had to do to get his RMA reform bill over the line, we look at the latest business confidence and house price statistics and at some interesting news about gene tests and insurance - and how the headlines were instead grabbed by a spaghetti pizza.
Environment Minister Nick Smith has finally secured the two Māori Party votes he needed to get the Government's long-touted Resource Management Act reforms over its final Parliamentary hurdle, but it came at a cost.
In today's email we look at how the Maori Party could end up taking the role of kingmaker in post-coalition negotiations, we preview the Chinese Premier's visit and we examine the latest OECD reports on New Zealand's poor productivity.