Will foreign speculator ban work?

The government's announcement of a ban on foreigners buying existing residential housing has had a mixed response. When SunLive revealed the news on Tuesday, Facebook users were quick to endorse the idea. The story received more than 120 ‘likes',... Read More

Muller welcomes lowest unemployment rate

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller is welcoming the announcement the unemployment rate is now the lowest since the beginning of the global financial crisis. “A strong labour market and dropping unemployment is great news for kiwi families, businesses... Read More

Govt to halt equal pay legislation

The Government has released a statement reaffirming its commitment to halting the Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill that was introduced by the previous Government. “All three Government parties were clear during the Bill's first... Read More

Scrapping National Standards concerns MP

New Minister of Education Chris Hipkins has indicated his government will scrap the controversial National Standards policy introduced under John Key's prime ministership. National Standards were introduced in 2010, and were designed to show parents... Read More

Government bans foreign buyers from 2018

Foreign speculators will no longer be able to buy houses in New Zealand from early next year. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the government is determined to make it easier for Kiwis to buy their first home. “So we are stopping foreign speculators... Read More

From opposition to government

New Zealand First list MP Clayton Mitchell is moving across to the other side of parliament, swapping the opposition benches for government. He was among MPs present at the new government's swearing in at Government House on Thursday morning. Although... Read More

Simon signs off as a minister

Today the country's sixth Labour government will officially be sworn in at Government House, ending nine years of National rule. For Tauranga MP Simon Bridges, it will be the start of a new chapter in his political career, as he swaps his ministerial... Read More

New government ministers revealed

The incoming Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has revealed her government's new ministerial line up. Jacinda last week named the Labour MPs who would become ministers, but not their portfolios. Under its coalition deal with Labour, New Zealand First... Read More

Financial assurances for councillors

City councillors are seeking assurances today from treasurer Mohan de Mel that there has been no significant ripples in financial markets, following Thursday night's announced change of government. Mayor Greg Brownless asked Mohan at Tuesday's... Read More

Labour-New Zealand First deal

Labour and New Zealand First have signed their coalition agreement, which contains significant policy gains for New Zealand First. The policy wins for New Zealand First include keeping the age of superannuation at 65, re-establishing a forestry service,... Read More



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On the ’Bird Walk’, Katikati looking over the Uretara stream to the Kaimai ranges. Photo: Glenice McDonald.

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