To some Kiwis, Waitangi Day commemorations have become synonymous with protest and political squabbling. With a new prime minister and government, how might that change? And what are the wider implications for Crown-Maori relations? Sam Sachdeva reports.
In today's email we looked at the detail of the proposed legislation to ban foreign buyers, and detail what Defence Minister Ron Mark claims is "the biggest blowout" yet found by the new Government.
In today's email we looked into how the new Government's unallocated capital spending is being eaten away by unexpected dead rats left by the departing Government.
Around Parliament, there’s no-one quite like Shane Jones. He explains to Shane Cowlishaw how he will plant a billion trees and spend a billion dollars, likely ruffling feathers along the way.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent earlier on Thursday morning, including news net migration is headed over 40,000 and some highlights from Shane Jones' valedictory speech.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent on the morning of April 23, including the latest on Shane Jones' shock departure, the surge in net migration that is already an economic and political issue, some useful long weekend reads (particularly on the Piketty book) and the usual quotes and numbers of the day.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent on the morning of April 23, including the latest on Shane Jones' shock departure, the detail from John Key's post cabinet news conference, quote of the day, number of the day, what's coming up later today and a few useful links.
Finance Minister Bill English is keen to look at reform of Section 36 of the Commerce Act, agreeing with the early recommendations of the Productivity Commission and Commerce Commission that reform is needed to increase competition in the services sector in particular.
For the convenience of email subscribers, here's my full Herald on Sunday column, in which I doubt any of Countdown's behaviour will be prosecuted and the ugliness revealed in Shane Jones' allegation is a reflection of the Wal-Martisation of our supermarket industry.
Shane Jones ramped up his attack on the 'Countdown Shakedown' under parliamentary privilege on Wednesday, zeroing in on an Australian manager working for Progressive in New Zealand, although he stopped short of naming him.