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Budget the real test of new government

Political management is another test of the government and most of the responsibility lies on the shoulders of the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Domestically, it has been a rough couple of months – on the whole it has been up to Ms Ardern to defend the failings of some of her ministers, and balance the … … … 19 more words

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After awful April, Phil Twyford emerges with $28b of wins

This is strictly how things should happen of course, but in the real world politicians telling folks on the ground the bureaucrats will be making the big decisions instead of their elected representatives doesn't really work. 31 more words

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Is The Hobbit trilogy really that bad? Yes – here’s why

"What's really nuts to me," Lindsay Ellis says, "is that a sovereign nation changed its laws to benefit one production. It's bonkers." Ellis, a popular American YouTube movie reviewer and video essayist, is talking about our notorious Hobbit law, which she deep dives into in her brand new, three-part, … from Google Alert – politics… 28 more words

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$28b Auckland transport plan welcomed

News | Politics. 26 Apr 2018 13:28. | outlook hotmail | yahoo mail | gmail | news | weather | finance | shopping | about nzcity | Search |. 29 more words

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Shane Jones to take public service appointment idea to Chris Hipkins

Government Minister Shane Jones says he will go to State Services Minister Chris Hipkins with his idea that politicians should be able to pick their own public service bosses rather than the State Services Commissioner. 46 more words

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Jones wants more ministerial influence in public sector.

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones wants more control by politicians over the state sector to achieve outcomes more quickly. But National says calls by Jones to soften the line between government and bureaucracy is code for removing restraints from him as a politician. 23 more words

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Opinion: Stop telling Melania Trump to smile

OPINION: The expectation that Melania Trump must smile at her husband's public appearances is sexist, invasive and outdated. There is nothing more condescending than demanding a grown woman smile, like she's a child in a Christmas ballet recital. 30 more words

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