politics

Parker bites back at Collins

Environment Minister David Parker pooh-poohs National MP Judith Collins' promise to overhaul the Resource Management Act to reduce costs and speed up the planning process. "They had nine years and they didn't fix it." Collins, in Queenstown last week, also...
A Czech drug-smuggler at the centre of a political storm married in Queenstown two years ago. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway is under fire for cancelling Karel Sroubek's deportation order and reconfirming his New Zealand residency. Months before he was jailed in...

Labour looks to set up shop

The Labour Party's looking to muscle in on National's territory and set up a local branch. A meeting's being held tonight to see if there's enough interest in setting up shop. Party member and meeting organiser Gordon Dickson says it's a...
New Zealand's money man doesn't seem to know what Queenstown needs financial help for – despite a 410-page plan its council just adopted, outlining exactly that. Finance Minister Grant Robertson was in Queenstown on Tuesday and told Chamber of Commerce...
Queenstown's mayor hopes he'll know how the new Labour-led government's policies will affect the resort as soon as possible. Jim Boult says he understands new ministers need to get their feet under the Cabinet table, but he's already asked Tourism...
Doubling government grants to first-home buyers has drawn a tepid response from Queenstown-Lakes Mayor Jim Boult, who believes his council needs to step in to help solve the resort’s housing crisis. Yesterday, the National Party announced its HomeStart grants would...
OPINION: Every three years we see a classic centre-left, centre-right debate, and 2017 is no different, Esther Whitehead, Sustainable Queenstown NFP founder writes. This I find intriguing in a MMP system, which is not a de facto two-party structure. Whilst there...
New Zealand's most chased politician is walking into the lion's den. Disgraced Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay tells Mountain Scene he's heading back to Parliament. "Contrary to recent speculation, I will be returning to Wellington," he confirms by email. He'll head to the...
Prime Minister Bill English has revealed that Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay offered to play him the tape of his electorate agent's conversations last year. English says he didn't take up the offer. English made the admissions at a press conference in...
National Party officials are checking the rules to see who will replace fallen local MP Todd Barclay. Barclay announced yesterday he wouldn't stand as the Clutha-Southland candidate in the upcoming general election amid claims he recorded former staffer Glenys Dickson's...
Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett has signalled central government will pour millions into special Queenstown projects if they stack up. Bennett, who's also tourism minister, was in the resort yesterday to hear again about the challenges of growth. While she categorically...

I’ve got no regrets: MP

Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay says he has no regrets about his handling of allegations he secretly recorded staff in his electorate office. He decided not to speak to police about the allegations because his lawyer told him he did not have...
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