Otago Daily Times: Political News

Carter denies interest in diplomatic post

Carter denies interest in diplomatic post

Speaker David Carter has slapped down speculation he wants a top diplomatic posting - after New Zealand First leader Winston Peters intimated he would block such an appointment if in power.

$22m pledge tackle cyberattacks

$22m pledge tackle cyberattacks

An emergency response group that will be a first port of call for organisations that have had computer security concerns will be set up after the Government pledged $22 million.

Card petitioning to extend parental leave

About 20 mothers, babies and supporters have signed a giant Mother's Day card asking Prime Minister John Key to extend paid parental leave to six months.

PM signals increase to refugee quota

PM signals increase to refugee quota

Prime Minister John Key has signalled New Zealand's annual refugee quota will be lifted from the current levels of 750.

Independent review into farmland sale

The decision to approve the sale of New Zealand farmland to foreign investors who had previously been prosecuted overseas for toxic pollution will be independently reviewed, the Government says.

Hughes named head of public service

Hughes named head of public service

A highly respected chief executive who is leading an overhaul of the Ministry of Education has been named the new head of public service.

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