New Zealand and World Politics

Blue Springs water bottling on hold – MSN

Blue Springs water bottling on hold – MSN

An application to take millions of litres water from a spring in the South Waikato is on hold after a local iwi said the operation would diminish “the mauri, wairua and mana” of the spring... »

Housing crisis hits kids’ schoolwork – NZ herald

Housing crisis hits kids’ schoolwork – NZ herald

Children are falling behind other students in their schoolwork as rising rents and a housing crisis force record numbers of low-income families to change schools. New data shows that almost 36,000 chi... »

‘Corporate tax too high’: corporates – MSN

‘Corporate tax too high’: corporates – MSN

Some of New Zealand’s largest companies are calling on any future government to lower the corporate tax rate, which they say is becoming high compared to other countries. Published jointly by pe... »

Parliament sits for the last time – Msn

Parliament sits for the last time – Msn

Parliament is about to sit for the last time before the election. Thursday is its final sitting day and it will be dissolved on Tuesday, which has to happen before an election can be held. The Governo... »

Parliament pushes through treaty bills – MSN

Parliament pushes through treaty bills – MSN

Parliament is sitting for longer today to push through three treaty bills before the House rises for the election. The Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa Claims Settlement Bill settles the treaty claim for about ... »

Todd Barclay’s Clutha-Southland replacement chosen – Newshub

Todd Barclay’s Clutha-Southland replacement chosen – Newshub

The replacement candidate for embattled National MP Todd Barclay’s electorate has been chosen. Mr Barclay announced he wasn’t going to stand for Clutha-Southland at the upcoming election, ... »

10 transgressions of New Zealand politicians – Newshub

10 transgressions of New Zealand politicians – Newshub

Recent weeks have been dominated by news stories about MPs whose conduct has been questioned – Metiria Turei, who fell on her sword after revealing she had not disclosed flatmates to Work and In... »

NZ First backing a new, multi-purpose Christchurch stadium

NZ First backing a new, multi-purpose Christchurch stadium

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has given those in Christchurch a sweetener heading into next month’s election, putting his party’s full support behind a new multi-purpose stadium.... »

Barnaby renounces his NZ citizenship – MSN

Barnaby renounces his NZ citizenship – MSN

Barnaby Joyce has told parliament he is no longer a New Zealand citizen after completing the renunciation process at the weekend. “We’ve received verbal communication from New Zealand befo... »

Australia threatens Labour Party over citizenship scandal – Newshub

Australia threatens Labour Party over citizenship scandal – Newshub

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says it would be “very difficult to build trust” with Labour if they form a government after September’s election. After speaking to a... »

Super Fund sells shares to cut climate change exposure – MSN

Super Fund sells shares to cut climate change exposure – MSN

The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has sold shares in some of the world’s biggest companies to reduce exposure to firms emitting greenhouse gases. The fund is quitting or reducing holdings in 3... »

Ardern meets with Australian High Commissioner over citizenship spat – MSN

Ardern meets with Australian High Commissioner over citizenship spat – MSN

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has told the Australian High Commissioner that the behaviour of one of her MPs was unacceptable. Ms Ardern spoke to Peter Woolcott on Tuesday afternoon to clear up her par... »

After Charlottesville, Trump retweets – then deletes – image of train running over CNN reporter – NZ herald

After Charlottesville, Trump retweets – then deletes – image of train running over CNN reporter – NZ herald

US President Donald Trump’s war with CNN went off the rails Tuesday morning after he retweeted an image of a Trump train running over a CNN reporter, then quickly deleted it after the meme spark... »

Less than one quarter of all Waikato dairy farms meet their effluent obligations – Stuff

Less than one quarter of all Waikato dairy farms meet their effluent obligations – Stuff

The Waikato Regional Council says dairy farm effluent compliance rates are heading in the right direction despite less than one quarter of farms monitored last year deemed fully compliant. The figures... »

Bannon in Limbo as Trump Faces Growing Calls for the Strategist’s Ouster – Times

Bannon in Limbo as Trump Faces Growing Calls for the Strategist’s Ouster – Times

Rupert Murdoch has repeatedly urged President Trump to fire him. Anthony Scaramucci, the president’s former communications director, thrashed him on television as a white nationalist. Lt. Gen. H. R. M... »

Iran’s threat to United States: Sanction us and nuclear deal is off – NZ herald

Iran’s threat to United States: Sanction us and nuclear deal is off – NZ herald

Iran could abandon its nuclear agreement with world powers “within hours” if the United States imposes any more new sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says. “If America want... »

Labour’s plan for a water tax has politicians wading in on Maori claims – Stuff

Labour’s plan for a water tax has politicians wading in on Maori claims – Stuff

ANALYSIS: With politicians wading in left, right and centre as to who has rights to water – where exactly do Maori sit on ownership? First came warnings of $18 cabbages and $75 bottles of wine w... »

Devoy asks UN to take action on NZ state care abuse – MSN

Devoy asks UN to take action on NZ state care abuse – MSN

Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy has told the United Nations it must urge the New Zealand government to hold an independent inquiry into the abuse of children and people with disabilities in st... »

Months-long delays for rape victims’ ACC support – MSN

Months-long delays for rape victims’ ACC support – MSN

People who have been raped or sexually assaulted are sometimes having to wait months to access ACC-funded specialist support services. Some counsellors and therapists in Auckland have lengthy waiting ... »

Queenstown considers radical solutions as housing dreams fade – MSN

Queenstown considers radical solutions as housing dreams fade – MSN

Queenstown’s council is considering more radical solutions to the town’s housing crisis after the government’s Special Housing Areas (SHAs) failed to bring down prices. No houses hav... »

City councillor to stand for NZ First – MSN

City councillor to stand for NZ First – MSN

Long-serving Wellington City Councillor Andy Foster will stand for NZ First in the September 23 election. The party has announced he’s been selected to contest the Wellington Central seat. Mr Fo... »

Labour boss denies asking of citizenship – MSN

Labour boss denies asking of citizenship – MSN

The New Zealand Labour Party’s president has denied knowing anything about inquiries made by his party into the citizenship of Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. Mr Joyce told Austr... »