The Opportunities Party (TOP) and the Māori Party both fell short in last year's general election. However, TOP hopes they can work together for 2020.
Treasury's Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update figures show the coalition government's books are in order. However, Finance Minister Grant Robertson wants to see the well-being of New Zealanders improved too. Today the minister announced his plans for next year's "Wellbeing" budget.
The government is tackling the increase of drug-related deaths by dealing with synthetic drugs suppliers and making it easier for those with addiction problems to get treatment following an announcement by Health Minister Dr David Clark and Police Minister Stuart Nash.
The only Māori company with a medicinal cannabis growing licence says the passing of the government's medicinal cannabis bill is a step in the right direction. Hikurangi Enterprises Managing Director Panapa Ehau says New Zealand could be a world leader in the medicinal cannabis space.
A new report by the prime minister's chief science advisor says it is possible to prevent and end family violence in New Zealand. The report, titled Every 4 Minutes, acknowledges the link between the trauma of colonisation and prejudice to the high rates of family violence and incarceration among Māori.
The Government has announced more than $15 million to boost renovations at Porirua's Mana College. Education Minister Chris Hipkins says staff and students have put up with leaky buildings too long.
"We're wasting food that can be utilised by some of our whānau" says Whangārei community trust CEO, Martin Kaipo, who is challenging the government to tackle New Zealand's food wastage problem.
Climate change has been signalled by the New Zealand Defence Force as one of the country's greatest security threats, one that is already having adverse impacts here and in the Pacific
Parihaka Papakainga Trust has signed its $9mil reconciliation funding agreement with the Crown, a package to support future community development and help heal the relationship between the parties given historic grievances.
Te Puni Kōkiri appeared before the Māori Affairs Select Committee today for its annual review where questions were raised about the allocation of surplus funds under the Whānau Ora scheme.
A Māori health provider is slamming the new Mental Health and Addictions report released by the government. Te Rau Matatini chief executive Maria Baker says Māori have the worst outcomes but recommendations fail to give them a voice.