Minister responds to Bridges’ claims

Housing Minister Phil Twyford has attacked the truthfulness of a Weekend Sun column written by National Party leader and Tauranga MP Simon Bridges. In his column titled ‘KiwiBuild on life support’, Simon claimed the popularity of the...... Read More

National and Labour at odds over policing

National MP Scott Simpson is hitting out at the Government over a decision he says will reduce police capability in Thames. Labour is introducing something called 24/demand – demand meaning however many days a station is required to be manned...... Read More

Weighing up approaches to drug decriminalisation

How other countries adopted health-based approaches to drug use was one issue considered by the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction report released this week. One of those was Portugal, which in 2001, decriminalised the purchase, possession...... Read More

Bridges kicked out of House

Opposition leader Simon Bridges has been kicked out of the House after asking the prime minister if she was ducking for cover over the Karel Sroubek "fiasco". During Question Time, National leader Simon Bridges was asking Prime Minister...... Read More

Tax reforms focus on fairness, says Govt

New tax legislation has been introduced to Parliament to ensure greater fairness in the way the tax system shapes commerce, investment decisions and social policies. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has introduced the Taxation (Annual Rates for 2019-20,...... Read More

Half of public service executives now women

  Women are also tackling some of the largest roles in the public sector, as they exceed 50 per cent for the first time, Ministers say. The number of chief executives in public service departments has for the first time exceeded 50 percent. Of...... Read More

Te Puke folk stump up

Listen to Karen Summerhays, of the Te Puke Centre Working Group, and the deal is done - bar licking the stamps. The numbers stack up. “This town is buying that Post Office,” says Karen. “We are so excited, and so proud. It’s...... Read More

Formal apologies to take place this weekend

The Anglican Church will make the last of its formal apologies this weekend, for relinquishing land gifted by local iwi to the crown. On November 30 1838, local iwi transferred the land known as Te Papa to the Church Missionary Society. After the...... Read More

Court strikes halt after bargaining stalemate ends

Nationwide strike action at courts throughout the country has come to a halt Friday afternoon after a bargaining deadlock was broken. Court staff have repeatedly walked off the job, in conjunction with work-to-rule action, amid an ongoing industrial...... Read More

Family Planning nurses to go on strike

About 100 members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation will go on strike for a day next month. Their negotiations for a collective agreement with the Family Planning Association have broken down. The members - who include nurses, community health...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Do you think free parking in the CBD on Saturdays will bring more business to retailers?

No it’s going to add to the parking problems
Yes and it should be extended throughout the week