Politics

Controversial health and safety bill passes in parliament

After a final rowdy debate parliament has passed the government's new workplace health and safety laws.

00:56

Mike's view: 'Isn't David Seymour of Act turning out to be a mover and a shaker'

The young MP has proved minor players can make an impact with his Rugby World cup bar hours bill and input on paid parental leave.

00:47

Toni’s view: It's time for Kiwi parents to be given 26 weeks paid parental leave

I personally think it would be a mistake for the Govt to veto Sue Moroney’s bill to extend paid parental leave.

Barack Obama gives Joe Biden his 'blessing' for White House bid

US Vice President Joe Biden has received Obama's "blessing" for a 2016 bid for the White House, CNN reports.

RWC bar opening hours to be extended for all matches

The last two stages of ACT leader David Seymour’s bill will be rushed through Parliament tonight.

00:38

Labour MP 'on edge of seat' awaiting today's vote on paid parental leave

United Future leader Peter Dunne is refusing to say which way he'll vote on the Bill.

Fast-tracked RWC bar bill back in parliament

The final stages of David Seymour's bill that will allow bars to open during Rugby World Cup games will be debated today.

03:33

China's market fall a short term benefit for Kiwis, but rough ride lies ahead

The drop sees the average Kiwi paying less in the short term for consumer items such as petrol, and food.

00:40

'I think he's got it terribly wrong' - union slams new Easter trading laws

Locals councils to decide whether shops can open on Easter Sunday.

Steven Joyce justifies cost of $600K government website

Just two months ago MBIE was under fire for putting up a sign outside its new premises that cost $67,000.

02:12

Minister was warned of safety risk in agriculture, documents show

Michael Woodhouse still decided to exclude most agriculture from rules facing high risk sectors.

Brownlee must go over poorly repaired Canterbury homes, says NZ First

Of the 90 homes checked, only 35 were fully compliant.

00:29

'It's just too dirty' - TPP protesters wash minister's windows

TPP protesters have gone to new lengths in their demand for transparency on the trade deal.

00:15

New Vladimir Putin stunt sees him diving to bottom of Black Sea in a bathyscaphe

The President checked out an ancient shipwreck with the Russian Geographic Society.

01:04

'Think of the poor animals that suffer' - fireworks ban backed after top vet's call

Most Facebook reaction backs either a total ban or allowing only professional public displays.

02:09

Government tells state owned enterprises to use it or lose it

Labour has accused the Government of looking at back-door efforts to sell off billions of dollars in state assets.

Ashley Madison govt.nz email addresses revealed

The personal data of those who signed up to the adultery website was reportedly released in the dark net today.

01:04

Leading vet advocates fireworks ban despite petition knock-back

Dr Bullen this morning renewed his calls for banning fireworks in both urban and rural areas.

02:03

Wasted trip: Families of workplace victims disappointed with trip to Parliament

The families were expecting debate on proposed changes to safety laws today.

02:23

Labour wants Murray McCully stood down during Saudi sheep deal inquiry

Over 10,000 signed a petition demanding an investigation into the deal.

00:43

Pike River families disappointed as workplace law debate pushed back

Opponents of the Health and Safety Reform Bill say it has been watered down.

02:19

Canadians revealed as the biggest foreign investors in the country

Canadians account for 22 percent of foreign investment with China coming in second.

00:28

Good people are 'worth it': John Key defends six-figure salaries for ministerial staff

Mr Key says it's important to have quality staff because "we make some pretty serious decisions".

00:40

'How is NZ going to get rich selling things to each other?' - Key slams TPPA opponents

The Prime Minister has tried to calm opponents' fears about several aspects of the TPPA.

00:30

'A day of love' - Trump descends on Iowa State Fair

The Republican presidential front runner gave kids free rides in his helicopter.

Kiwi ministers 'unimpressed' with Abbott government - Aussie journalist

Peter Hartcher says after a joint Cabinet meeting, the NZ leadership predicted "it will all end in tears" for Tony Abbott.

02:45

TPP protesters push through barriers at Parliament

Extra police were called to stop the protesters going up Parliament's steps.

00:27

Wind test: What do our flag designs look like in a raging southerly?

Two graphic designers have put our 10,292 designs to the test, a blistering southerly wind test.

00:39

Toni's view: It's baffling in 2015 that there is still such a gender pay gap

Labour MP Jacinda Ardern was voted by over 100 top business people as Labour’s second most impressive MP.

03:02

Taxpayers kiss goodbye to $128m bailout for Solid Energy

Bill English says the Government is not in line to recover anything from the sale of Solid Energy's assets.

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