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Auditor General leads battle against Three Waters

The Auditor General, John Ryan, yesterday delivered a broadside to the Government over the accountability arrangements in its proposed There Waters legislation. That legislation will make its first public appearance in front of the Finance and Expenditure Committee today, where the majority of local Government submissions either totally oppose it...

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Co-governance for golf coruse

The original Māori owners of a New Plymouth golf course have teed up an agreement...

Rotorua reserve hearings heat up

Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick took “offence” to phrasing from submitters on the second day of...

Treaty claim looming over Tauranga racecourse

The future of Tauranga’s racecourse is once again out for public consultation, but council’s preferred...

O’Connor in trouble over flood comments

West Coast-Tasman MP Damien O'Connor says those investing in flood prone areas like the Waiho...

Three Waters must happen says Mayor

A district mayor says Local Government New Zealand’s annual conference has confirmed that his council...

National breathes a sigh of relief

When more than 700 National Party delegates left their two-day annual conference in Christchurch yesterday afternoon, you could almost hear their sighs of relief. After...

The mysterious missing $689,000 public servant

Slowly, as more facts emerge, it appears that the mega polytech, Te Pukenga, is one of the Government’s big delivery embarrassments. A Select Committee...

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National goes to conference on back foot

National heads towards this weekend’s annual party conference on the back foot with a poll published yesterday showing a dramatic fall in its support. The...

Ardern backs off White House China statement

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Chinese Ambassador Wang Xiaolong appeared to have restored some sense of order to our relationship with China yesterday when...

Reserve Bank “played with fire”

The Government is under siege from Opposition parties and the Greens over the Reserve Bank. The parties want an independent inquiry into the Bank’s actions, particularly in 2020, to prevent a Covid recession. They are getting support from some of the...

Did Orr get it wrong?

The publication yesterday of a review of monetary policy here and overseas has led to a rare response from Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr and calls from three political parties for an inquiry into the Bank. At the heart of...

How the Greens are changing and why Shaw may be losing...

The Greens' new constitution, which has just been filed with the Electoral Commission, offers a revealing insight into how the Party is changing and, therefore, why James Shaw may be losing support as co-leader. Shaw confirmed yesterday he would stand...

Just when you thought the next election might be straightforward

A series of events that began last Friday has redrawn the map that leads to next year's election. On Friday, a High Court judge found two New Zealand First officials not guilty of fraud, thus clearing the way for the...

Paying the price to curb climate change

Climate Change Minister James Shaw yesterday moved to tighten up the so-called “free” allocations of Emissions Trading Scheme units to highly polluting industries. In the process, he is revealing the real costs that combatting climate change might impose on the...

Why the Government needs Three Waters

The Government has finally changed its pitch on There Waters and begun to focus on the economics of the proposals. Up until now, the Prime Minister has tended to argue the reforms would make water safer to drink. But yesterday, speaking...

Willis begins to redefine National

With new inflation figures due today, the Government moved yesterday to ease both the cost of living and some of its own probable political embarrassment at the same time. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Energy Resources Minister Megan Woods said...

Only tourists coming back will avoid recession

The reality of the battle against inflation became evident yesterday as banks began to raise mortgage interest rates. Those raises – rates are near double what they were a year ago --- mean that household incomes are starting to get...

The big migration has begun; NZers leave for Australia

More New Zealanders are now leaving for Australia. That is now official, with new statistics yesterday from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing that 5800 left for Australia last year. StatisticsNZ were yesterday downplaying the numbers. “Traditionally, there is a net...

There are still clouds over the Tasman

The Australian Prime Minister's announcement on Friday that he would look at the way New Zealand migrants were treated marks a big thaw in relations between our two Governments. But though the atmospherics have undoubtedly changed, the issues that divide...

Ardern avoids Aussie questions

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s major foreign policy speech yesterday ended up leaving some key questions unanswered. Perhaps that was more obvious because she made the speech in Australia, the United States' closest ally in the Indo-Pacific region. Her refusal to argue...

Everybody is worried about Groundswell

As the Government sends out  Minister Kieran McAnulty to try and calm provincial New Zealand over Three Waters, the Climate Change Commission yesterday further complicated the debate over how farmers should pay for their greenhouse gas emissions. Last night Climate...

Grandad’s army; why our air force planes can’t fly

With the Australian and New Zealand Prime Ministers due to meet on Friday with regional security issues at the top of their agenda, New Zealand’s Defence chiefs have given a revealing account of the state of the country's defence...

Ardern silent on new US Pacific deal

Almost exactly 36 years after the United States effectively kicked New Zealand out of ANZUS, New Zealand has signed up to a new alliance with the US. “The Partners in the Blue Pacific” alliance involving the US, Australia, Japan and...

China hits back

The Chinese Embassy in Wellington last night, in an unusual move, issued a formal press statement directly criticising comments from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the NATO summit in Madrid. The statement called Ardern’s comments “wrong and thus regrettable” and...

Dairy industry chief slams EU Free Trade Agreement

The New Zealand dairy industry early this morning slammed the new free trade deal with the European Union, saying it fell well short of being commercially meaningful for the industry. The criticism is particularly relevant today as new tensions enter...

Get rid of the pine trees!

The politics of climate change is more complex than they may look at first sight. The first casualty may be Shane Jones’ “One Billion Trees” campaign as an unholy alliance of farmers and environmentalists move to sink it or at...

Auditor General says no-one knows how many billions Auckland rail link...

Six and a half years ago, the then National Government agreed with the Auckland Council to fund Auckland's Central Rail Link, which they expected to open in 2024. Its original budget was $2.2 billion, but the Auditor General reported yesterday...