Steven Joyce, National’s “Mr Fix-It”, bids farewell to Parliament after almost a decade in politics. His valedictory speech covers his career highlights, viral fame, and the personal toll of the job. Sam Sachdeva reports.
A group of political and legal academics has urged the Government to scrap its controversial waka-jumping bill, calling it an “undesirable and harmful” law which could damage New Zealand’s democracy.
With Parliament currently considering a "waka-jumping" law to prevent MPs from switching parties, Liam Hehir argues voters, not party leaders, should hold politicians accountable for any defections.
Trevor Mallard says he wants to be a hands-off Speaker in Parliament - if MPs are prepared to play ball. Mallard spoke to Sam Sachdeva about which predecessor is his role model and his plans for parliamentary reform.
Speaker Trevor Mallard has put both sides of Parliament on notice in the war over written questions, warning them he expects a higher standard once the House resumes in 2018.
A parliamentary battle is brewing over the Government’s plans to shrink the size of select committees, with National suggesting the move is undemocratic and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, in return, accusing the National party of hypocrisy.
Police reported a man set himself on fire in the grounds outside Parliament this afternoon and is in a critical condition at the scene. Bernard Hickey reports from the campaign trail.
BNZ's consumer trends survey showed little improvement in consumer spending intentions in October and a rise in house price inflation expectations to a record high, while ANZ's Property Investors' survey found 92% expected property values to rise over the next year. Statistics NZ said population growth meant an extra North Island electorate would have to be created at the expense of a list MP.
Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse introduced a new Immigration Amendment Bill to Parliament that is designed to crack down on employers who exploited migrant workers.