Israel has restored full diplomatic relations with New Zealand, following the months-long fallout from a UN Security Council resolution. However, opposition parties are accusing the Government of abandoning its principles, as Sam Sachdeva reports.
In today's email we catch up with the latest political and economic news, including the Pike River drift video, rising dwelling consents in Auckland and a drop in business confidence.
Foreign Minister Murray McCully steps down from Cabinet on Monday, after more than eight years in the job and thousands of air miles. He spoke to Newsroom about the legacy he leaves behind, and his plans after three terms leading New Zealand’s international agenda.
Circle it in your calendar. Bill English confirmed September 23 as the election date yesterday and set his guidelines for who National might or might not team up with in Government, and which policies were potentially up for negotiation.
Good morning all on the day after Bill English named his first ministry.
Bill English used his first trip out of Wellington as Prime Minister to visit affected communities along the Kaikoura Coast yesterday, including at Kekerengu on the coast between Kaikoura and Ward, but his welcome was far from friendly or honeymoon-like.
Much of Parliament and the Beehive were focused yesterday on the Auditor General's report on Murray McCully and the Saudi Sheep deal. It found no evidence of corruption, but criticised the "significant shortcomings" in the deal and a lack of transparency, which it said the public was right to be concerned about and had yet to be resolved.
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