Andrea Vance

02:12
Critics argue it's a dangerous idea and police should just put more paid and trained officers in the countryside.

Concerns about 'cowboy cops' as Labour floats idea of volunteer rural constabulary

The government is investigating if some form of volunteer law enforcement could be in introduced.

02:07
Finance Minister Grant Robertson delivered his mini-budget outlining a families package to lift 88,000 children out of poverty.

'Feel-good' Budget promises to slash child poverty and make nearly 400,000 families better off by $75 a week

The Government is promising to cut in half the number of children living in poverty within the next five years.

01:16
Labour MP Chris Hipkins says he'll be revealing new measures to improve teacher supply before the new parliamentary term begins.

'Watch this space' - Government to announce package to tackle chronic teacher shortage

One in five Auckland primary schools will start the new year without enough teachers.

02:11
Education Minister Chris Hipkins says reading and maths skills have fallen since they were introduced, but National says confusion will reign.

Government to scrap controversial and 'too narrow' National Standards in schools

The Education Minister says "schools and parents have lost confidence" in the model.

02:00
The Ministry waved diplomatic immunity for one of its staff so her custody battle could be heard in a US court.

MFAT mistake costs Kiwi taxpayers $262,000

The ministry twice waved diplomatic immunity for a staffer so her custody battle could be heard in the US.

00:40
Trade Minister David Parker.

'Don't want to cause undue panic' – David Parker says testing has begun on toxic foam used by NZ Defence Force

There are fears the foam could have contaminated ground-water near Ohakea and Woodbourne airbases.

02:07
New Zealand was at the forefront of the push for fishing restrictions in the Ross Sea.

World's second largest marine sanctuary created 'effectively in New Zealand's back yard'

The government admits monitoring the remote Ross Sea area will be challenging.

02:32
That's because Lauer needed to demonstrate good character to the Overseas Investment Office.

NZ officials following sex allegations against US TV host and Wanaka property owner Matt Lauer

That's because Lauer needed to demonstrate good character to the Overseas Investment Office.

01:59
She has plenty of fresh talent as she looks to negotiate with Winston Peters.

Bitter-sweet return to parliament for Labour's Jacinda Ardern

She has plenty of fresh talent as she looks to negotiate with Winston Peters.

02:11
The plea comes as Labour ratchets up the pressure on National's health care record.

'Patients are dying' – worried Wellington GPs say mental health services under strain

The plea comes as Labour ratchets up the pressure on National's health care record.

02:21
The Labour leader's campaigning came ahead of a major farmers protest in Morrinsville tomorrow.

Jacinda Ardern in Waikato to soothe farmers' fears

The Labour leader's campaigning came ahead of a major farmers protest in Morrinsville tomorrow.

01:48
New Zealand First has slid to six per cent in the latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll.

Video: New poll shows Winston Peters no longer king or queen-maker as party support slumps to six per cent

In today's 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll, NZ First had just six per cent approval.

00:34
ony Gibb of the Howard League for Penal Reform says the plan is "going hard on education".

Prison reform group says National's early release plan not going soft on crime but 'hard on education'

The Howard League welcomes the plan to grant early release to some low risk prisoners if they complete training and treatment.

03:02
If Labour can snag the Maori seat of Waiariki, that could be the end of the Maori Party in Parliament.

Ex-weatherman Tamati Coffey in tough battle for Maori seat – but could swing election

If Labour can snag the Maori seat of Waiariki, that could be the end of the Maori Party in Parliament.

02:04
Labour has rubbished the accusation, saying the figures stack up.

National slams Labour's spending plans, claiming basic accounting errors

Labour has rubbished the accusation, saying the figures stack up.

00:46
Prime Minister Bill English has today announced $27 million for a new 80 unit complex for the Auckland City Mission.

Government pledges $27 million to help Auckland City Mission build 80 unit complex for rough sleepers

The centre will cost $75 million in total and is expected to be completed by 2020.

Jacinda Ardern plans to cut doctors fees and Bill English announced a crackdown on freedom campers.

Tight election race underway in three key Christchurch electorates

Over the next few weeks in the lead up to the September 23 election Christchurch will be a political battleground.

02:31
Jacinda Ardern plans to cut doctors fees and Bill English announced a crackdown on freedom campers.

Doctors' visits and freedom campers the focus of Labour and National on the election campaign trail

Jacinda Ardern plans to cut doctors fees and Bill English announced a crackdown on freedom campers.

03:14
Jacinda Ardern made the $1.4 billion promise in the southern city today.

Labour matches National's promise of new Dunedin hospital - fully funded by the taxpayer

National leader Bill English last week visited the city and pledged to rebuild the facility.

01:53
It comes after a surprise move by the Greens to enter a last-minute candidate for Ohariu electorate.

The latest from the election campaign: Greens and Labour keen to show there's no bad blood

It comes after a surprise move by the Greens to enter a last-minute candidate for Ohariu.

01:09
Surf lifesaver Danielle MacKay now has a chance to save her hearing with a cochlear implant.

Kiwi woman given life-changing chance to save her hearing, after Health Minister steps in with last minute cash injection

Surf lifesaver Danielle MacKay now has a chance to save her hearing with a cochlear implant.

01:12
Danielle Mackey has been on the waiting list for an implant since 2015.

'How am I ineligible?' Health officials leave 22-year-old in tears after rejecting bid for cochlear implant to save her hearing

Just months away from going deaf, cash-strapped health officials say Danielle MacKay still doesn't qualify for crucial operation.

Temperatures cool on both sides of Tasman after extraordinary citizenship saga

Australia's politicians are turning their fire on each other over Barnaby Joyce.

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Danielle Mackey has been on the waiting list for an implant since 2015.

'It does make me angry, very frustrated' - 22-year-old's call to PM to save her hearing with cochlear implant

She thought she'd have her implant by now after being told the wait time was two years.

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