Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is unconcerned by reports of people smugglers sending boats to New Zealand, saying she is unable to answer whether the leak is an attempt from Australian spies to undermine her stance on the Manus refugee crisis.
Today's email is a special round up of the main points out of the coalition agreements signed and released yesterday.
In today's email we dig into which of Winston Peters' big and small ticket items the coalition negotiations might hinge on.
In today's email, we preview what might be covered in the coalition negotiations between Winston Peters and both National and Labour.
New Zealand First is in the box seat to help form the next Government - and, in exchange, will be looking to exact key policy concessions. Shane Cowlishaw explores how one of their pillars, cutting immigration, could affect industries reliant on foreign labour and what businesses are doing to prepare for any changes.
It's like deja vu all over again for the Auckland housing market and the conditions are now in place for another post-election surge. Bernard Hickey surveys the real estate and political landscape and finds Bill English just lit the fuse for another boom if the Government is re-elected in its current form and a rudderless Reserve Bank loses its nerve.
In today's email, the focus is on how water is shaping up as one of the hot election topics.
In today's email we detail how Ministry of Health CEO Cai Chuah ignored his own MInister's advice.
The Government has watered down its plans to tighten rules for temporary work visas, but dairy farmers remain unhappy because 60 percent of their migrant workers will still have to leave after three years and can't bring their families with them, Bernard Hickey reports.
Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has announced a slight weakening of new rules aimed at discouraging low-skilled temporary migrants after employers complained they would not be able to find enough workers to grow their businesses.