Politics

More than double the number of people who will vote in this year's local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn't have.

Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it

As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number of measures to help boost turnout in an effort to give local bodies more legitimacy. Chief amongst those measures is the idea of banning voting […]

Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green.

Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black

As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at SkyCity Casino later this year. While most Cabinet ministers agree that a 50% chance of having a $15 […]

An awkward and at times meandering conversation was the most interest the president has ever shown in political asylum.

Trump repeatedly asked Ardern if New Zealand gives asylum very often

During his 20-minute closed door meeting with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, United States President and trigger-event for shifting timelines, Donald Trump, jarringly and repeatedly pressed Ardern about requirements for asylum in New Zealand or at its Washington, DC embassy. Even when Ardern tried to turn the topic to other conversations, Trump […]

Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it "probably won't be that nice."

Government says it will now build just one really nice home

As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister Megan Woods says the number of houses to be built in the next 8 years has been “scaled back” from 100,000 affordable homes to just one really nice home. Woods was forced into formally declaring a […]

Bridges: If kids become reliant on free lunches, how will they cope when we’re in power?

Bridges: If kids become reliant on free lunches, how will they cope when we’re in power?

Opposition leader Simon Bridges has criticized the Government’s plan to give primary and intermediate school children free lunches, saying that they could “become dependent” on them, and not know how to fare for themselves when National takes power. Bridges, who has been riding a wave of momentum afforded to him […]

None of the other four Parliamentary parties have reacted to Seymour's policy.

David Seymour says ACT would make retirement age 69

Responding to National’s announcement that it would raise the retirement age from 65 to 67 in 2037, ACT leader David Seymour has announced his party’s intention to see the age raised to 69. “After extensive consultation with caucus, and with my friends of ACT on Campus, I’m proud to announce […]