The 2017 election campaign is starting on Sunday for Labour, a day after their worst polling day result since 1922.
It's straight back to business today for John Key, as he shores up support for his new government.
The number of New Zealanders voting increased on the last election, but was still one of the lowest on record.
The government's budget legislation that implements its family support package is going through parliament with only Labour voting against it.
The Internet Party has revealed plans to contest this year's election, but founder Kim Dotcom looks unlikely to be involved.
Labour is the only party in parliament opposing the government's family support package, and it's anxious to explain why.
Labour's response to the government's family support package is that it will develop its own and put it in front of voters before the election.
A US Senate panel has approved former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown to be the next US ambassador to New Zealand, all but assuring he gets the job.
Labour won't support the bill that implements the government's family support package, while the Greens say it's flawed but they're voting for it.
The New Zealand Education Institute says the budget is "a devastating blow" to a sector struggling to make ends meet.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has been funded as New Zealand's 'lead space agency' in this year's budget.
Radio New Zealand will get its first funding boost in nine years, with the Kaikoura earthquakes reminding the government of its public value.
Justice funding in this year's budget includes improving support for prisoners to reduce recidivism but also new prison places.
New roads, prisons, schools, a navy ship and more rail spending are being put on the government's credit card in the coming years.
Vacant and under-utilised crown land will be used to make way for 1200 homes as part of the government's Auckland housing plan.
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Dissolution of Parliament
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