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Andersen over-stepped in comments about Mark Mitchell ‘killing people’ – Hipkins

  Labour Party leader Chris Hipkins has said that the party's police spokeswoman Ginny Andersen over-stepped when she accused Police Minister Mark Mitchell of being...

Greens candidate Geordie Rogers ‘declared winner’ of Wellington CC by-election

The Green Party's Geordie Rogers has won the by-election for the Pukehīnau / Lambton General Ward of Wellington, filling the vacancy left by Tamatha...

Robertson to retire from politics

Former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced his retirement from politics. Robertson was the 'right-hand man' of former Prime Minister Jacinda...

Hipkins’ popularity plummets according to latest poll

The latest 1News-Verian poll reveals minor shifts in party seats since the October election, with Labour gaining one seat while ACT and NZ First...

Luxon delivers ‘State of the Nation’ speech

Luxon delivered the speech today in Auckland In his inaugural 'State of the Nation' speech, PM Christopher Luxon outlined a comprehensive plan he claims will...

Budget will be delivered on 30 May – Willis

Plans to deliver tax relief to hard-working New Zealanders, rebuild business confidence and restore the Crown’s finances to order will be unveiled on 30...

Proposed Quay Park Precinct Stadium design to be ‘Auckland’s Sydney Opera House’

A global design team envisions the proposed new stadium at Quay Park, dubbed Te Tōangaroa, as potentially becoming Auckland's answer to the Sydney Opera...

Guy Hatchard: Have we lost our minds?

It used to be the case that kindergarten children played at ‘connecting the dots’ to make drawings, these days this activity is considered to...

COVID Inquiry: Submissions now open for feedback on expanded terms of reference

The Royal Commission into COVID-19 Lessons Learned is seeking public feedback. 'We're expanding the COVID-19's inquiry terms of reference and we want to hear from...

COVID Royal Commission: Expanded terms of reference must include vaccine safety – NZ Outdoors & Freedoms Party

While it's good news that the new government has belatedly announced a wider inquiry into the Covid NZ response, it still falls short says...

Public urged to make submissions on COVID jab safety and injuries from Feb 8

Yesterday the government announced changes to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the COVID-19 Response. In a press release yesterday, Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke...

Swarbrick confirms shot at Greens co-leadership

Green MP Chloe Swarbrick has declared her candidacy for the Green Party’s co-leadership, aiming to succeed James Shaw. Swarbrick’s announcement comes with a commitment to...

When will it be called treason?

Fear not the path of truth for the lack of people walking on it. — Robert Kennedy On a warm day in the spring of...

David Seymour: State of the Nation 2024

Full text and video of ACT Party leader David Seymour's 'State of the Nation 2024' speech delivered this morning. https://youtu.be/AAB2KJCRpKo?si=OJldpJnM8RTjH2IE Introduction Good morning, fellow New Zealanders. Today I’d...

New Associate Minister and Under-Secretary portfolio allocations

Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced a number of additional portfolio allocations of Associate Ministers and Parliamentary Under-Secretaries. “Ministers have hit the ground running since...

Is the government really serious about condemning Genocide?

Genocide is a violation of human rights and a crime against humanity. The New Zealand government is publicly opposed to genocide and is a signatory...

Minister formally requests water information from Wellington and Upper Hutt councils

The Minister of Local Government Simeon Brown has written to Wellington Mayor Tory Whanau and Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy to formally request further...

‘Dopey’: ACT responds to Independent Electoral Review

'ACT’s Democracy Policy a step closer to implementation.' “The Independent Electoral Review’s endorsement of ACT’s plan for a referendum on the Parliamentary term is a...

Independent Electoral Review final report released

Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith has today released the final report of the Independent Electoral Review. “The final report has over 140 recommendations that cover many...

The Indomitable Human Spirit

The Indomitable Human Spirit that, against all odds, either finds a way or makes one. — MH Many years ago, as a first-year student nurse...

Bryce Edwards: The Liberal Vs Conservative anguish over the direction of NZ politics

With the new conservative government well into its first 100 days, there’s been rising anguish from liberals about what all this means. As they come...

Thank you for 2023. Now for 2024

I would like to thank all our readers, supporters and contributors for their support of DTNZ in 2023. Our readership grows month-to-month despite operating in...

NZ report card 2023: near the top of the class in some areas, room for improvement elsewhere

End-of-year results aren’t only for school and university students. Countries, too, can be measured for their progress – or lack of it – across...

New Year’s Honours List 2024 – Mallard gets a knighthood

The New Year's Honours list for 2024 was published today. The full list is below. Dame Companion (DNZM) Sarai-Paea Bareman – of Zürich, Switzerland. For services...

The courage to admit mistakes in public

Dear friends, A few weeks ago I was invited to give a speech at the fourth International Crisis Summit in the Romanian parliament – you...

Bryce Edwards: The Influencers and ideas getting New Zealand politics “back on track”

The role of lobbyists, interest groups and advocacy campaigners is in the spotlight a lot at the moment, especially with the new government forming,...

Financial support for more homeowners displaced by extreme weather events

The Government will extend financial support to more displaced homeowners affected by the severe weather events in late 2022 and early 2023, Social Development...

SFO alleges bribery and corruption of public official over lucrative construction contracts

The Serious Fraud Office has filed charges against a former project manager and two associates alleging bribery and corruption were involved in the award...

Bryce Edwards: Poll results, micro-budget, foreign affairs

The Labour Party’s decline continues, according to the latest opinion poll released by Roy Morgan, which shows its support has slipped to just 21%...

‘Fiscal repair job underway’ – Willis

The coalition Government is taking decisive action to repair the Government books and support income tax relief in next year’s Budget, Finance Minister Nicola...

What would it take for Labour to win?

Surveying Labour's savagely diminished caucus, only two MPs stand out as credible future leaders: Keiran McAnulty and Ginny Andersen. Before such a combination could accede...

Independent Review into Kāinga Ora announced

The Government has announced an independent review into Kāinga Ora, fulfilling another of its first 100-day plan commitments. Housing Minister Chris Bishop has today announced...

‘Let’s Get Wellington Moving’ to be officially dissolved

An agreement to dissolve Let’s Get Wellington Moving has been reached by Infrastructure & Housing Minister Chris Bishop, Transport Minister Simeon Brown, Mayor of...

Courage under fire

One man with courage makes a majority — Anon On Monday, 18 December 2023, New Zealand whistleblower Barry Young had a second appearance in Court...

Chris Trotter: Contested ground

Last week the Waitangi Tribunal released Tino Rangatiratanga me te Kāwanatanga: The Report on Stage 2 of the Te Paparahi o Te Raki Inquiry(Wai...

Ditching Paul Hunt a good start, but not enough to fix the HRC – ACT

“The Justice Minister’s decision not to reappoint Paul Hunt is a good start, but doesn’t go far enough to acknowledge the Human Rights Commission’s...

Watch: Winston calls out Maori Party ‘claptrap’

Peters noted with just 3% of the party vote, 5 ouf o 6 people with Maori ancestry rejected Te Pati Maori. Winston Peters took the...

‘ACT priorities populate 100-day plan’ – Seymour

“The ACT Party’s coalition commitments will form a core part of the government’s first 100 days of office,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “ACT, National...

Tory Whanau has ‘lost trust and confidence of Wellingtonians’ – Councillor

Wellington Mayor Tory Whanau revealed this week she is getting professional help for a drinking problem. The admission came as news of a second incident...

Wayne Brown proposes Auckland Future Fund for financial and physical resilience

Mayor Wayne Brown is proposing to consult Aucklanders on a new regional wealth fund that would provide a better return on investment from Auckland...

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