New Zealand and World Politics

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. “... »

Trade minister to attend WTO conference – MSN

Trade minister to attend WTO conference – MSN

Trade Minister David Parker will try to secure better rules to limit subsidisation of agriculture and fisheries when he attends a World Trade Organisation ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires. Mr Parke... »

Costly MBIE pay mistakes – MSN

Costly MBIE pay mistakes – MSN

Holiday pay mistakes at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment are expected to cost at least $10 million to set right. A “best estimate” of $10.15 million has been made to add... »

Who will pay for cleaner water? – Newsroom

Who will pay for cleaner water? – Newsroom

The Government is setting higher standards that mean councils will have to spend over $15 billion on replacing and improving water infrastructure over the next decade. But Bernard Hickey argues they c... »

ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell paid no tax in Australia for 2016 – MSN

ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell paid no tax in Australia for 2016 – MSN

Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) and Chevron Corp (CVX.N) paid no tax in Australia in the 2016 financial year, the third year in a row, despite reporting billions of dollars in income from operations in the c... »

Mystery Buyer of $450 Million ‘Salvator Mundi’ Was a Saudi Prince – NY Times

Mystery Buyer of $450 Million ‘Salvator Mundi’ Was a Saudi Prince – NY Times

He is a little-known Saudi prince from a remote branch of the royal family, with no history as a major art collector, and no publicly known source of great wealth. But the prince, Bader bin Abdullah b... »

Reserve Bank wants to preserve Act – MSN

Reserve Bank wants to preserve Act – MSN

The Reserve Bank has told the finance minister that changes to its decision-making approach should be by “evolution” and it doesn’t want to lose control of its governing legislation.... »

More government money for RSAs – MSN

More government money for RSAs – MSN

Veterans Minister Ron Mark has made good on his promise to give Returned Services Associations more money. He made the pledge soon after the election and now he’s announced the RSAs will get $25... »

Government wasting parliament’s time: Nats – MSN

Government wasting parliament’s time: Nats – MSN

National says there’s no precedent for the way the government deliberately wasted parliament’s time on Wednesday night. Labour MPs dragged out debate on government bills, called filibuster... »

What slowdown? Housing prices accelerate – MSN

What slowdown? Housing prices accelerate – MSN

The housing market has picked up pace again, according to the latest QV data. The data reveals house price growth rose 6.4 percent nationally in the year to November, compared with last month’s ... »

Govt cracks down on multinationals – MSN

Govt cracks down on multinationals – MSN

The government has introduced legislation to parliament that will stop multinational companies avoiding tax by shifting profits offshore. The bill will be given its first reading on Tuesday next week.... »

Govt asks MPI, Crown Irrigation for review – MSN

Govt asks MPI, Crown Irrigation for review – MSN

The Ministry for Primary Industries and Crown Irrigation Investments Ltd are reviewing the previous government’s mechanism for funding water storage schemes to figure out what the new government... »

Dip in NZ’s child poverty rate a start – Newsroom

Dip in NZ’s child poverty rate a start – Newsroom

The 2017 Child Poverty Monitor showed a slight reduction in the number of children living in New Zealand’s poorest households, but Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft says much more needs to ... »

Families’ Pike River re-entry plans don’t reflect full risk- MBIE – NZ Herald

Families’ Pike River re-entry plans don’t reflect full risk- MBIE – NZ Herald

Hundreds of documents briefing new Government ministers on key policies have been released. Herald journalists have been analysing the Briefings to Incoming Ministers (Bims). Here we look at Pike Rive... »

Briefings: Aussie PM Malcolm Turnbull ‘champion for NZ’ according to NZ officials – NZ Herald

Briefings: Aussie PM Malcolm Turnbull ‘champion for NZ’ according to NZ officials – NZ Herald

Hundreds of documents briefing new Government ministers on key policies have been released. Herald journalists have been analysing the Briefings to Incoming Ministers (Bims). Here we look at the Minis... »