Nurses and teachers are pushing the Labour Government for massive pay increases, but the Government is rejecting their claims on the grounds of being fiscally responsible -- for now. Thomas Coughlan reports.
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.
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.
Former MP Peter Dunne analyses how National might handle soon-to-be-Prime Minister Winston Peters, and why the former governing party is still struggling for relevance.
Winston Peters' new court action over his seven year superannuation overpayment is actually claiming a total of $1.8 million from bureaucrats and former ministers - damages that ultimately may have to be paid by the taxpayer if he is successful. Tim Murphy reports.
Jacinda Ardern is not yet on maternity leave, but her departure from Wellington means Winston Peters’ tenure as acting Prime Minister has effectively begun when it comes to question time.
New Zealand First blocked Andrew Little's proposal to repeal the three strikes law. Winston Peters is pushing ahead with damages claims against MSD, Paula Bennett and Anne Tolley. Manufacturing figures suggested GDP growth slowed a little to 2.7 percent in the March quarter. Kim Jong Un went for a walk around Singapore overnight.
An embarrassing back down has made the Government’s planned justice reforms even more difficult and illustrated just how politically sensitive the issue can be. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
The decision to ban offshore oil and gas exploration will likely increase global emissions, officials say.
New Zealand’s Pacific reset has been praised by a top United States diplomat, who has warned Pacific countries against becoming “saddled with debt” as China boosts its spending in the region.