Politics

Winston Peters learns to cook Chinese food, insists no more need for immigrants

Winston Peters learns to cook Chinese food, insists no more need for immigrants

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has told a North Shore Grey Power meeting this afternoon that he has learned how to cook “that Chinese rubbish, or whatever it is these kids like to eat,” thus removing any possible need for Chinese immigrants to enter the New Zealand economy. He […]

Government to introduce charter hospitals

Government to introduce charter hospitals

The National Government has today announced plans to introduce a number of charter hospitals, similar to their charter school counterparts, in major population centres around the country. The hospitals, which would be owned, operated or sponsored by private enterprises, would dissociate themselves from the current public health system and not […]

The Civilian takes a look at what you’ll find in this year’s Budget.

What’s in the Budget?

$1.7 billion to buy back Mighty River Power after Tony Ryall began missing it. $1 billion to build roads that go around Hamilton instead of through it. $200 million for construction of single unaffordable house. $125,000 to Christopher Finlayson’s ongoing investigation into who framed Roger Rabbit. $88 for Steven Joyce […]

Bill English explains to Speaker David Carter that he wasn’t able to bring his budget to Parliament today.

Bill English leaves Budget at home, says printer broke

Finance Minister Bill English has failed to present the written copy of his 2013 Budget today after he left it at home, citing the malfunction of his printer as the reason he couldn’t bring it. At a private media event unveiling the Budget this afternoon, English told reporters that he […]

Budget 2013: New Zealanders hope for state-owned Georgie Pie, concerned about possibility of llama tax

Budget 2013: New Zealanders hope for state-owned Georgie Pie, concerned about possibility of llama tax

A poll conducted by The Civilian has revealed that New Zealanders are looking to this year’s budget to provide them with colourful illustrations and a state-owned Georgie Pie enterprise, but are also fearful of the possibility of a new tax on llama ownership. The scientific poll off 444 respondents was […]

Russel Norman accidentally sits with Labour caucus

Russel Norman accidentally sits with Labour caucus

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman has taken the wrong seat in Parliament this afternoon, accidentally sitting amongst the Labour caucus instead of with his own colleagues. Norman has been stuck in the seat since Question Time began, and has been repeatedly ignored by MPs on either side of him who […]