Politics

GCSB changes to allow information sharing with Target

GCSB changes to allow information sharing with Target

Prime Minister John Key last night announced a series of sweeping changes to the laws governing the Government Communications Security Bureau that will allow it to legally spy on New Zealand citizens, as well as engage in two-way sharing of surveillance information with consumer affairs television show Target. A report […]

Thousands of unemployed are fearful they might soon have a job.

Unemployed strike over cuts to unemployment

New Zealand’s unemployed have gone on strike today in protest of thousands of cuts to unemployment jobs that were announced over the weekend. Minister of Social Development Paula Bennett said yesterday that around 29,000 New Zealanders had left the benefit roles and entered work since 2009, including more than 17,000 […]

Acting Prime Minister Bill English enjoys answering a question about the stagnant unemployment rate

Bill English pleased to have House to himself

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English is pleased to have New Zealand’s House of Representatives all to himself this week as Prime Minister John Key embarks on an overseas trip to China. English, who is currently Acting Prime Minister in Key’s absence, has held more than six press conferences in the […]

Teddums, the current director of the GCSB, was once the close personal confidante of a young John Key

Prime Minister faces questions over appointment of teddy bear to GCSB

Prime Minister John Key is facing questions this morning over the appointment of his childhood friend and two foot stuffed teddy bear Teddums to the directorship of the Government Communication Security Bureau, New Zealand’s state intelligence agency. Teddums, who has served as the director of the GCSB for more than […]

Government to sell Peter Dunne

Government to sell Peter Dunne

Despite complications caused by the ongoing Rio Tinto debacle, the National government is pushing ahead today with its state asset sales strategy, announcing plans to expand the program to include the partial privatization of United Future Leader and Revenue Minister of eight years Peter Dunne. The announcement that Dunne would […]

The government hopes that the allure of a delicious chocolate treat will persuade Rio Tinto to keep its Tiwai aluminium smelter operational for years to come

Government hopes to sweeten Rio Tinto deal with chocolate fish

Just one day after international mining giant Rio Tinto rejected a government subsidy offer to keep its Southland aluminium factory in operation, Prime Minister John Key is promising he’ll return to the negotiating table with a tasty chocolate fish. The factory, located just south of Invercargill at Tiwai Point, is […]