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STRANGE DAYS IN NZ FIRST

NZ First is beset with tension and speculation as observers wait to see whether Ron Mark has displaced Tracey Martin as deputy leader. Sources close...

BENNETT PROPOSES HIGHER RENTS FOR DIFFICULT TENNANTS TO HOUSING NZ HOUSE BUYERS

The Government will pay a higher rent for anti-social and troublesome tenants when it sells social houses to non-Government buyers. Social Housing Minister Paul Bennett...

COULD ISRAEL AND PALESTINE SAVE McCULLY'S POLITICAL REPUTATION

Beleaguered Foreign Minister Murray McCully, under fire in Wellington over the Saudi sheep deal, could yet emerge as a hero of the Israel/Palestine peace...

HALF A BILLION TO SOLVE SAUDI SHEEP EXPORT BAN

The Saudi  Arabia live sheep trade appears to have been worth so much to the Saudis that one of those named in the saga...

TENSIONS EASE: NICK SMITH MAY GET HIS HOUSES YET

There is a chance the Government and Ngati Whatua and Tainui may yet avoid a court case over sales of Auckland crown land. Talks between...

POLICY BRIEF – WHY THE GOVERNMENT DIDN’T REALLY NEED TO BRING IN A NEW...

The Prime Minister says concerns about the Health and Safety Reform Bill first surfaced round the Cabinet table. Judith Collins says it was the...

AUCKLAND HOUSING: IWI HIRE HOOTON WHILE OTHER MAORI HINT AT DEALS

A big hint today that the way forward out of the Government’s problems with Auckland Maori over housing may be to make local iwi...

GOVERNMENT STANDS FIRM AGAINST MAORI LEGAL THREATS

The Government’s answers to the Auckland housing crisis are coming under constant fire as values rise with apparently no stopping. Yesterday the Prime Minister was...

IS IT A THINK TANK — OR A FACTION? LABOUR'S NEW GROUPING.

Controversy within the Labour Party over moves by some right wing members and MPs to set up a think tank aligned with the party. Some...

GOVERNMENT TRYING TO DEFUSE WIDESPREAD CONCERN OVER BILL

Prime Minister John Key says the Health and Safety Reform Bill is being brought up by just about every organisation he visits. But answering questions...

JIM ANDERTON DENIES KEY'S CLAIMS

The main Minister involved in the Clark Government’s banning of the live sheep trade to Saudi Arabia says that Government never received any advice...

CALL FOR TOUGHER ACTION ON CLIMATE

Labour is promising a tough response to greenhouse gas emissions in its submission to the Government’s Climate Change consultation process. But it stops short of...

LABOUR REPORT LEAKED BEFORE LEADER SEES IT

Another major Labour Party document has apparently come as a surprise to Leader Andrew Little. The review of the Election Report was leaked on Wednesday...

BRITISH SMALL GOVERNMENT LOBBYIST SCEPTICAL ABOUT SOCIAL IMPACT BONDS

The founder of Britain’s’ Taxpayers’ Alliance believes the last election there shows that a political party can campaign to lower spending and win. And he...

SHAW'S ELECTION SUGGESTS NEW ERA FOR GREENS

The election of James Shaw as Co-Leader of the Greens marks their coming of age as a mainstream political party. He campaigned unashamedly calling for...