Bill English

Outdated blasphemy law to be repealed

New Zealand's archaic anti-blasphemy law is to be scrapped under the new government.<p>Justice Minister Andrew Little introduced legislation on Monday …

Stephen Fry

Big plan for 23,300 new homes in Auckland making slow progress

A $600 million scheme to help Auckland's housing crisis by bringing forward 23,300 new houses in the north and south of the city is still some time …

New Zealand

'This is about safety' - Angry Southland mums band together to save local birthing unit

Mothers in Southland are fighting to save their rural birthing unit after the District Health Board proposed a possible downgrade.<p>The Lumsden …


Who are the better human beings – left or right?

<b>OPINION:</b> A scandal involving a Left-wing political party is always more surprising and outrageous than one relating to a Right-wing party.

Jacinda Ardern

Southland parents fight to save Lumsden birth centre

Parents around northern Southland are vowing to fight a plan to close a baby birthing centre in Lumsden.


High-ranking Kiwi diplomat under fire for telling US to 'get your s..t together'

Two of Caroline Beresford's tweets about the Democratic Party, since deleted.<p><b>This story was originally published on and is republished</b> …

Donald Trump

Wellingtonians get their first glimpse of their new bus fleet

A woman wrote to a Northland family to say she'd found the message while holidaying in Spain - eight years after it was hurled into Whangārei harbour.<p>…

Palmerston North

Editorial: Simon Bridges' shadow Cabinet reshuffle a case of the bold and the useful

New National party leader Simon Bridges has signalled it is time for change with a bold shadow Cabinet reshuffle, far more radical than the …

Simon Bridges

'Zero-energy' Glenorchy campground opens

The first guest accommodation design according to the Living Building challenge in the world - sustainable Camp Glenorchy.<p>A township of 200 people …

Take a tour of the campground all about sustainability just outside Queenstown

The town of Glenorchy, just outside of Queenstown, has witnessed the opening of a new campground which could set global standards in terms of …


Maternity centre petition draws 2400 signatures

A petition to save the Lumsden Maternity Centre had received 2400 signatures by Tuesday afternoon.


MP spending released: The highest and lowest spenders

The recent spending by Members of Parliament has been released.<p>The MP expenses are from October 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017, collected by Internal …

Jacinda Ardern

Crown cars go down a treat for Labour - NZ First Government

The first release of expenses since the Labour – NZ First coalition took over in Government shows some ministers are clearly relishing the Crown car …

Jacinda Ardern

Willie Jackson: National are a party still in 'pure denial'

Newly elected National Party leader Simon Bridges and deputy Paula Bennett.<p><b>OPINION:</b> So Simon Bridges is the new leader of the National Party and Amy …

Simon Bridges

NZ Festival: Tom Scott gets roasted

<b>Tom Scott Sunday Roast<br>Festival Club, March 11</b>

New Zealand

Rangitikei and Whanganui MPs get roles in National Party's new line-up

Rangitikei MP Ian McKelvie and Whanganui MP Harete Hipango have picked up new spokesperson roles in the National Party's reshuffle of …


National prepares for epic re-election battle with new lineup

<b>OPINION:</b> Keep your friends close, your enemies closer and the deadwood seated near the aisle for a fuss-free exit.

Jacinda Ardern

Bridges' reshuffle reveals 'insight and guts'

<b>By Brigitte Morten*</b><p><i>Opinion</i> - Following Simon Bridges elevation to Leader of the Opposition, we got the standard get to know him fluff pieces - …

Simon Bridges

Audrey Young: Amy Adams was the right choice but she has plenty of homework to do

Simon Bridges had no sooner warmed the leather in the Opposition Leader's chair than he was declared irrelevant by one columnist.It was a sentiment …

Jacinda Ardern

Editorial: Peter's new deputy could be a stayer

New Zealand First is often the forgotten party in our politics. That is partly because it lives so much in the shadow of its founder that it appears …

Jacinda Ardern

Week in Review: Creatures from the news lagoon


Winston Churchill

Mike Williams: Jacinda effect opens wallets

As if to bracket a truly remarkable year for the New Zealand Labour Party, The Electoral Commission this week released the party and candidate …

New Zealand Labour Party

Bill English skateboards with dog, shows off post-politics life

Former Prime Minister Bill English is apparently enjoying his life after politics.<p>He left Parliament in February after spending 28 years as an MP and …

Former PM Bill English goes skateboarding with canine chum

Former Prime Minister Bill English has befriended a skateboarding dog and been taught a new trick.

New Zealand

Lawyers chase Sir Ngātata Love over unpaid bills from criminal trial

Sir Ngātata Love's troubles continue to be played out in court, with the disgraced knight under pressure to settle unpaid legal bills of at least …

Jacinda Ardern

Claire Trevett: National leader Simon Bridges looks to XX Factor

News of the retirement of National's campaign guru Steven Joyce prompted one observer to quip National's caucus would be like Lance Corporal Jones …

Jacinda Ardern

National leader Simon Bridges appoints Amy Adams to finance portfolio

New Opposition finance spokeswoman Amy Adams will be a "fierce" marksman against a Government in danger of "squandering" New Zealand's economic …

New Zealand

Joyce's departure puts spotlight on National's generation gap

<i>Power Play</i> - The generational power shift within National continues with the departure of campaign strategist and all-round trouble shooter Steven …

Simon Bridges

Amy Adams appointed as National's new finance spokeswoman

National leader Simon Bridges has appointed Amy Adams as his finance spokeswoman and the third ranked MP on his front bench.Bridges announced the …

Simon Bridges

Steven Joyce, Minister for Everything, exits

National MP Steven Joyce is leaving Parliament with a vote of confidence in Simon Bridges and a tacit warning to others not to wait and hope for a …

Simon Bridges