Otago Daily Times: Political News

PM to visit Fiji next week

PM to visit Fiji next week

Prime Minister John Key will visit Fiji next week, saying Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama's 2006 coup that sparked a 10-year long gap between top-level visits was "ancient history".

Govt to roll out plain packaging plans

Govt to roll out plain packaging plans

The Government is to press ahead with plain-packaging for tobacco, and more detail on how such a regime might work will be revealed tomorrow.

Smoking tax rise not racist: Turia

Smoking tax rise not racist: Turia

The architect of higher tobacco taxes, Maori Party co-founder Dame Tariana Turia, has hit back at claims by a Maori smoking researcher that continued tax hikes are "racist".

Canterbury schools allocated $276m

The rebuild of Canterbury's schools has been allocated more than $276 million over four years as part of Budget 2016.

US navy visits a positive step - Key

US navy visits a positive step - Key

Prime Minister John Key would rely on advice from foreign affairs officials before deciding on whether to sign-off on a historic visit by a United States Navy ship.

English disputes Labour claims on state house costs

English disputes Labour claims on state house costs

The Government has disputed claims by Labour that the bill for the offload of state houses is nearly $29 million and climbing.

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