New Zealand and World Politics

No lawful basis for SIS to access data – MSN

No lawful basis for SIS to access data – MSN

The New Zealand Security Intelligence Service has accepted criticism that it unlawfully accessed Customs and Immigration NZ databases to keep tabs on people entering and leaving the country. The ̶... »

Putin says U.S. gripped by fabricated spymania, praises Trump – MSN

Putin says U.S. gripped by fabricated spymania, praises Trump – MSN

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the United States was in the grip of a fabricated spymania whipped up by President Donald Trump’s opponents but he thought battered U.S.-Russia ... »

Super-Ministry’s super spending revealed – NZ Herald

Super-Ministry’s super spending revealed – NZ Herald

A major leak of internal financial information from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has revealed the super-Ministry’s increasing reliance on recruitment firms — and sparked a... »

Jacinda Ardern wants to ‘lift every child out of poverty’ – MSN

Jacinda Ardern wants to ‘lift every child out of poverty’ – MSN

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was quizzed live on TV about her pledge to lift 88,000 children out of poverty. Ms Ardern was attending The Nation’s last show of the year, which was broadcasted li... »

Government unveils fees-free cost to taxpayers – MSN

Government unveils fees-free cost to taxpayers – MSN

The Government will spend $2.5b on its fees-free tertiary education package over the next five years. That cost does not include the reinstatement of post-graduate allowances, Education Minister Chris... »

Surplus shrinks and Crown debt rises – MSN

Surplus shrinks and Crown debt rises – MSN

The previous Government’s $4.1b surplus will shrink under the new Labour-led Government to $2.5b in 2018. Core Crown debt is also forecast to rise under the new Government’s projections an... »

Govt unveils $9.5m package to tackle teacher shortage – MSN

Govt unveils $9.5m package to tackle teacher shortage – MSN

The government has announced a $9.5 million package to tackle the teacher shortage. Some Auckland schools are getting no applicants for their vacancies, while rural schools are also struggling to find... »

NZ house sales rise 17.8pc in November – MSN

NZ house sales rise 17.8pc in November – MSN

New Zealand’s housing market has continued to show signs of life, with the number of properties sold up 17.8 per cent in November. But the figures were still down 8.9 per cent on the year. A tot... »

Housing ‘halo’ effect shines a light on new hotspot – MSN

Housing ‘halo’ effect shines a light on new hotspot – MSN

The Far North town of Kaitaia is accustomed to being in the economic doldrums, but is now experiencing the unfamiliar phenomenon of growth, thanks to the ‘halo’ effect of the Auckland hous... »

Nurses say no to pay offer – MSN

Nurses say no to pay offer – MSN

The union representing nurses has said no to an offer that would have given its members a 2 per cent pay increase each of the next three years. The New Zealand Nurses Organisation, who represent more ... »

Crown CEOs paid too much – Commissioner – MSN

Crown CEOs paid too much – Commissioner – MSN

Crown agencies that pay their chief executives too much have been put on notice by the State Services Commissioner. Peter Hughes warned earlier this year that he would name and shame agencies after it... »

Tax avoidance bill passes first reading – MSN

Tax avoidance bill passes first reading – MSN

Parliament has unanimously passed the first reading of the bill that will stop multinational companies avoiding tax by shifting profits offshore. It was introduced by Revenue Minister Stuart Nash, who... »

National Standards has sent kids’ education backwards – Education Minister – MSN

National Standards has sent kids’ education backwards – Education Minister – MSN

The Government has ditched the National Standards reporting system, blaming it for setting children’s education back with excessive testing and “arbitrary hurdles”. National Standard... »

Bitcoin will mean a fascinating few years – MSN

Bitcoin will mean a fascinating few years – MSN

Bubble or not, Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies will make an interesting few years for financial services, financially-minded MPs agree. Acting Reserve Bank Governor Grant Spencer said over the weekend th... »

Australia ‘most pervasive influence’ on NZ – Bill English – Newshub

Australia ‘most pervasive influence’ on NZ – Bill English – Newshub

When it comes to foreign influence, Australia is “by far the most pervasive influence” on New Zealand Opposition leader Bill English says. In the security briefing to the incoming Prime Mi... »

Drowning dreams: Billions at stake as Govt mulls sea level rules – Newsroom

Drowning dreams: Billions at stake as Govt mulls sea level rules – Newsroom

We know the seas are rising, yet we’re still building large developments within a few metres of present-day sea levels. The tough decisions faced by one coastal council illustrate the struggles going ... »

Drowning dreams: What will happen when the seas rise? – Newsroom

Drowning dreams: What will happen when the seas rise? – Newsroom

A storm surge is a slow-moving bulge in the sea’s surface, like the massive swelling that sank the Wahine in 1968. Rising sea levels set a higher baseline for storm surges, pushing them further inland... »

Robertson reiterates plans ahead of update – MSN

Robertson reiterates plans ahead of update – MSN

Finance Minister Grant Robertson has reiterated the government’s budget priorities, saying the base projections in the Treasury’s half-year update cover its ‘100-day-plan’ incl... »

HYEFU will show debt rising: English – MSN

HYEFU will show debt rising: English – MSN

National expects the Treasury’s half-year economic and fiscal update (HYEFU) will show government debt rising to close to $70 billion. The HYEFU is due to be released on Thursday and opposition ... »

National still has solid support: poll – MSN

National still has solid support: poll – MSN

National is still enjoying solid support from New Zealanders despite September’s election loss. In the latest 1News/Colmar Brunton poll, published on Sunday, National leads the party support on ... »

Mass eviction leads to rare Bejing public display of rage – Tribune News Service

Mass eviction leads to rare Bejing public display of rage – Tribune News Service

BEIJING — Sun Di arrived in Beijing with a dream. In May, the 28-year-old moved to Zhouying village, a swath of low-budget apartment blocks on the city’s outskirts. He found a menial job at a pharmace... »

Labour struggling to ‘run Parliament’ – Bill English – MSN

Labour struggling to ‘run Parliament’ – Bill English – MSN

Bill English has defended the confrontational approach his party has taken against Labour and NZ First since the coalition took power, saying they’re simply doing their job as opposition. “... »