The Government has added an opt-out clause to the new Winter Energy Payment that will be available to superannuitants and beneficiaries from July next year.
Metiria Turei's revelations of historic benefit fraud may have forced her to quit as Green Party co-leader and seen her party plummet in the opinion polls, but the rise in support for Labour may yet see her dream of benefit reform realised. Lynn Grieveson reports.
Bill English's 8th Budget will be revealed at 2pm and we'll put out a Hive News Alert shortly after then as I'm in the 'lock-up' in the Beehive Banquet Hall.
The Government came under sustained and intense attack over the Auckland housing issue in and around Parliament yesterday on the eve of a Budget that is set to feature a significant announcement on social housing.
Mike Wesley-Smith's report on The Nation on Saturday on a growing number of Auckland families living in cars and garages has set the agenda for the week, and added to the growing sense of crisis around Auckland's housing market as prices and rents take off and the shortage grows ever larger.
National MP Shane Ardern announced he wouldn't seek re-election in 2014, Chester Borrows announced over 5,300 beneficiaries had been cut off after IRD and MSD shared their data, Michael Woodhouse announced a review of immigration advisers, Tim Groser announced South Korea had restarted free trade talks with New Zealand and Hekia Parata announced a review of the NZ$70 million spent on professional development for teachers.