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    State sector productivity growth 'poor' and some public servants 'hostile', reports says

    State sector productivity growth 'poor' and some public servants 'hostile', reports says


    Productivity growth in the public sector appears to be "poor" and some public servants are "actively hostile" to the idea of measuring efficiency, the Productivity Commission...

    Productivity growth in the public sector appears to be "poor" and some public servants are "actively hostile" to the idea of measuring efficiency, the Productivity Commission says.
    Waka Jumping: Former MPs hope Greens conference will make party pull support

    Waka Jumping: Former MPs hope Greens conference will make party pull support


    Green Party co-founder and former leader Jeanette Fitzsimons still wants the party to pull their support for the Waka Jumping bill – but says she has hit a "brick...

    Green Party co-founder and former leader Jeanette Fitzsimons still wants the party to pull their support for the Waka Jumping bill – but says she has hit a "brick wall".
    Greens push for 'water test' on foreign land sales in bid to stop bottling plants

    Greens push for 'water test' on foreign land sales in bid to stop bottling plants


    The Greens are pushing for a "water test" to be included on land sales to foreigners, meaning the Government would be able to stop people buying land for water...

    The Greens are pushing for a "water test" to be included on land sales to foreigners, meaning the Government would be able to stop people buying land for water bottling.
    Super-regions or a special tax - how the Government plans to fix New Zealand's broken water systems

    Super-regions or a special tax - how the Government plans to fix New Zealand's broken water systems


    Fixing New Zealand's water infrastructure will cost billions of dollars. Could new super-regions or even a special tax be the answer? Dominic Harris speaks to those charged with finding a...

    Fixing New Zealand's water infrastructure will cost billions of dollars. Could new super-regions or even a special tax be the answer? Dominic Harris speaks to those charged with finding a solution.
    Below the beltway

    Below the beltway


    Parliament has limped into the final week of a four-week sitting programme not with a whimper but a bang. Limogate, the teachers' strike, the foreign buyers ban - no wonder everyone is hanging out for a breather. So who's up and who's down this...

    Parliament has limped into the final week of a four-week sitting programme not with a whimper but a bang. Limogate, the teachers' strike, the foreign buyers ban - no wonder everyone is hanging out for a breather. So who's up and who's down this week?
    Don Brash and the cloak of respectability

    Don Brash and the cloak of respectability


    EDITORIAL: F Scott Fitzgerald famously said there are no second acts in American life. But New Zealand life? Here, a career can run to four acts, or maybe even...

    EDITORIAL: F Scott Fitzgerald famously said there are no second acts in American life. But New Zealand life? Here, a career can run to four acts, or maybe even five. 
    Government to set up infrastructure agency to tackle deficit

    Government to set up infrastructure agency to tackle deficit


    Minister for Regional Economic Development Shane Jones has announced the formation of a new independent infrastructure entity to help drive economic...

    Minister for Regional Economic Development Shane Jones has announced the formation of a new independent infrastructure entity to help drive economic growth.
    Justice Ministry apologises over Wellington's 'mess' of a bus system tweet

    Justice Ministry apologises over Wellington's 'mess' of a bus system tweet


    The Ministry of Justice has apologised to Metlink, after one of its employees tweeted about what "a mess" Wellington's bus system was from the Government agency's official Twitter...

    The Ministry of Justice has apologised to Metlink, after one of its employees tweeted about what "a mess" Wellington's bus system was from the Government agency's official Twitter account.
    Greens to oppose, Labour to back Waimea dam local bill

    Greens to oppose, Labour to back Waimea dam local bill


    The Greens will not support a local bill designed to enable the construction of the proposed Waimea dam, near...

    The Greens will not support a local bill designed to enable the construction of the proposed Waimea dam, near Nelson.
    Manukau bus station in south Auckland sheltering rough sleepers at night

    Manukau bus station in south Auckland sheltering rough sleepers at night


    An initiative to offer rough sleepers overnight shelter at a public transport facility in south Auckland is being described as a "mixed success" by one of the people...

    An initiative to offer rough sleepers overnight shelter at a public transport facility in south Auckland is being described as a "mixed success" by one of the people involved.
    Domestic violence bill: Survivor questions its practicality in the workplace

    Domestic violence bill: Survivor questions its practicality in the workplace


    Sarah isn't sure how many days she lay unconscious on her bedroom floor. After her ex-partner violently attacked her she woke up concussed, traumatised and in...

    Sarah isn't sure how many days she lay unconscious on her bedroom floor. After her ex-partner violently attacked her she woke up concussed, traumatised and in fear. 
    Saudi agribusiness hub stalled after neighbour objects to abattoir

    Saudi agribusiness hub stalled after neighbour objects to abattoir


    The final step in creating the controversial New Zealand taxpayer-funded $11.5 million Saudi agribusiness hub is stalled because a neighbour of businessman Hmood Alali Al-Khalaf objects to the building of an...

    The final step in creating the controversial New Zealand taxpayer-funded $11.5 million Saudi agribusiness hub is stalled because a neighbour of businessman Hmood Alali Al-Khalaf objects to the building of an abattoir.
    Weaver may 'throw TV out the window' if Don Brash wins NZer of the Year

    Weaver may 'throw TV out the window' if Don Brash wins NZer of the Year


    A Māori weaver who made the kaitaka huaki the next New Zealander of the Year will wear says she might throw her TV out the window if Don Brash wins the...

    A Māori weaver who made the kaitaka huaki the next New Zealander of the Year will wear says she might throw her TV out the window if Don Brash wins the award.
    Experts question make-up of criminal justice advisory group ahead of summit

    Experts question make-up of criminal justice advisory group ahead of summit


    Those who work with some of New Zealand's hardest to reach communities say the make-up of the Government's criminal justice group doesn't include those on the...

    Those who work with some of New Zealand's hardest to reach communities say the make-up of the Government's criminal justice group doesn't include those on the frontlines.
    National, Govt spar over solutions for the construction crisis

    National, Govt spar over solutions for the construction crisis


    National party leader Simon Bridges is wooing the construction industry with a promise to "double down" on infrastructure and planning...

    National party leader Simon Bridges is wooing the construction industry with a promise to "double down" on infrastructure and planning reforms.