Otago Daily Times: Political News

Treasury against Saudi farm payment

Treasury against Saudi farm payment

A controversial deal that saw $11.5 million in taxpayer money spent on a businessman's private farm in Saudi Arabia was opposed by the Treasury which flagged its concerns to Fiance Minister Bill English, documents show.

NZ commits $11.7 million to Cook Island school

NZ commits $11.7 million to Cook Island school

The next generation of Cook Islanders are getting a boost, with New Zealand committing $11.7 million to helping rebuild its national secondary school.

Saudi farm documents released

Saudi farm documents released

Documents detailing why $11.5 million of taxpayer money was spent on a Saudi businessman's farm have been released after the Ombudsman intervened.

MPs stick to strict suicide reporting rules

MPs have rejected calls to further relax the rules on reporting of suicides, and tightened one aspect of the law in a bid to prevent copycat deaths.

Key picks quick return to TPP talks

Key picks quick return to TPP talks

Trans Pacific Partnership talks could be under way again within the month as negotiators rush to sign off a deal before momentum is lost.

Online GST threshold could be cut

Online GST threshold could be cut

The threshold for paying GST on foreign products bought online could be cut to $20 or even zero, Prime Minister John Key says.

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