Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters doubled down on last week's New Zealand First party attacks on the performance and leadership of Fonterra, saying the country's largest business was costing the economy more than $2 billion from food safety and animal welfare scares.
The viticulture industry is crying foul over new overseas investment rules, claiming it is unfair forestry is being given special treatment
US interest rates rose above New Zealand interest rates for the first time as house prices continued to rise here. Winston Peters led the Government in Parliament and is set to become acting Prime Minister. Labour's political vulnerability over justice and corrections issues was exposed. The Public Service staged a "manny-go-round." Shane Jones triggered a debate about Fonterra's future by attacking its performance and chairman. Trump got played by Kim Jong Un, but it may not matter.
Shane Jones' attack on the Fonterra chairman was defended by his boss on the grounds he was speaking in a personal capacity. The Government may want to think twice about that approach given its aversion to John Key's hat-switching in the past, as Sam Sachdeva writes.
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones accused Fonterra of being disconnected from farmers and called on Chairman John Wilson to resign. The US Federal Reserve raised its key cash rate to around 2.0 percent and signaled two more hikes this year. This if the first time New Zealand's OCR has been below America's official rate.
They say allegations of pork barrel politics can stick to a politician, so it pays to be prepared.
Former MP (and Minister) Peter Dunne argues in his column this week for Newsroom that the Government’s sidelining of officials is a risky approach that could rebound painfully
The government announced a key step towards fulfilment of one of its coalition agreement promises, committing $500,000 for a study into the potential to upgrade and expand rail services north of Auckland, including a new spur line to connect Whangarei's Northport to the rail system.
The possibility of rejuvenating the rail line north of Auckland will be investigated as part of the latest tranche of announcements from the Provincial Growth Fund.