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Andrew Little says people in prison with nowhere to go are choking the system, but not everyone backs his idea.

Waikeria Prison decision: What should be done to combat New Zealand's rising prison population?

With the future of the Waikato prison set to be announced today, 1 NEWS went to groups and experts to ask how NZ should deal with the rocketing prison population.

Mr Bidois replaces former MP Jonathan Coleman.

'I have been a fighter my entire life' - New Zealand's newest MP Dan Bidois takes out Northcote by-election

1 NEWS found out a little more about Auckland's new MP, such as how he planned to celebrate the win and whose shoes he'd like to fill for a day.

Local Govt NZ have criticised the way councils are forced to implement Maori wards in order to increase Maori representation.

Maori Ward polls: 'Discriminatory' or a 'democratic process' - a look at both sides of the argument

"The polls reduce a complex issue to a simple binary choice," say Local Govt NZ. But Hobson's Pledge say it ensures "a democratic process" is followed.

Te Reo Maori education given $12.5 million bump in Budget 2018

Labour's support partners have widely differing views on the issue, however.

Grant Robertson showed off the front page to journalists in Wellington.

Budget 2018: Health, housing and education the big winners

Education, health and housing were emphasised prior to the Budget announcement. They proved to be big winners today.

Budget 2018: Five things you need to know about where the Government is spending your cash

Here are five talking points from Grant Robertson's first Budget, released today.

'We are silent' - politics littered with challenges for deaf/hard of hearing, new Bill aimed at breaking down barriers passes first hurdle

The Election Access Fund Bill aims to establish funding for disability-related costs of standing in general elections.

Jenny Marcroft and Nikki Kaye.

National welcomes withdrawal of 'severely flawed' NZ First bill to restrict 'teacher' title

It was intended as a "simple clarification" to lift teachers' status, according to MP Jenny Marcroft.

'It's critical that this Bill be amended' – Disability Commissioner concerned about impact of euthanasia bill, that it might capture those not suffering terminal illness

David Seymour, however, says his Bill means a person with a disability would be unable to access euthanasia based solely on their condition.

The English star says the social media platform is full of people being mean.

Review: Ed Sheeran starts NZ tour with a bang, leaving a drenched Auckland audience mesmerised

He even whipped out an All Blacks t-shirt and a mention of Wellington.

1 NEWS sat down with the MPs to see their thoughts on a range of issues.

Watch: Pay rises for teachers, smoking and the NZ Land Wars - Quick questions with Labour’s Louisa Wall and National’s Paul Goldsmith

We go to both sides of the House for their view on some topical issues and check out what they get up to while they're not in parliament.

Everything is covered from the MP’s view on compulsory Te Reo Maori, if 16-year-olds should vote, and if they’d every go on Dancing with the Stars.

Quick fire questions with National's Nikki Kaye and Labour's Michael Wood

We cover compulsory Te Reo Maori, if 16-year-olds should vote, and if they'd ever go on Dancing with the Stars.

Steven Joyce's announcement means there are now five candidates for the soon-to-be vacant position of National Party leader.

Five quick-fire questions with Steven Joyce: What was his greatest achievement - and his biggest disappointment after a decade in politics?

During the National Party leadership race, 1 NEWS put to Steven Joyce a series of questions. Some of his answers might surprise.

Blanket ban on prisoner voting goes to Supreme Court today - what MPs have said about the ban in the past

In 2010 the now-Minister of Finance called the blanket ban "a petty, spiteful attempt to try to curry favour with a populist issue". The Bill was found to be inconsistent with the Bill of Rights in 2015, now the Crown are appealing that declaration.

Photos of the five National Party MPs in contention for the role of National Party leader

10 quick questions: The National Party leadership contenders

Find out what they were like at school and the most courageous thing they've ever done.

Julie Anne Genter and Marama Davidson.

Meet the Green Party co-leader contenders: 10 quick questions with Julie Anne Genter and Marama Davidson

Find out their secret skills, favourite Opposition MP and why they became MPs.

The new law addresses non-physical forms of abuse or 'coercive control'. Domestic violence support groups here are keeping a close eye on the way the law is being applied there.

'I've never hated myself more in my life' - Revenge porn law, does it really protect the victim?

There are rising levels of revenge porn cases, with 16 to 29-year-olds at a higher risk.

Assil Russell spent two months in Kaeo, providing free care to those who need it.

'It is so sad that we see that in NZ' – charity dentist sees weekly DIY tooth extractions

"Hard working" New Zealanders are unable to afford the treatment, says Dr Assil Russell.

Cash-strapped residents of the Hawke's Bay town are keen to take up the volunteer dentists' services.

The cost of dental care in New Zealand: Jim Anderton's 'unfinished project'

Free oral care, wider fluoridation, and introducing subsidies are just some proposals from across the political spectrum.

National’s Judith Collins and Labour’s Phil Twyford.

National warns of roading threat, but Government calls it 'pure Opposition politicking'

Last week, the National Party launched a bid to "save" regional highway projects.

Lisa-Marie Karlseng Utland of Norway Women U23 and Kristin Grubka of United States of America USA Women U23.

Waikato researcher delves into 'taboo' topic of periods in elite athletes

Menstrual cycles of elite athletes can be anywhere between 20 days and three months.

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