Many people are starting to believe that the National-led Government is preparing to partially privatise several state-owned enterprises, with Finance Minister Bill English indicating there would be strong demand for Kiwibank shares. Business editor Dene Mackenzie investigates what is on offer.
You be the judge. Imagine for a few moments that you are an official in the Overseas Investment Office with the power to say yes or no to applications from foreign interests wanting to buy parcels of New Zealand land.
The National Party seems intent on trying to stage manage its way to electoral victory on November 26, judging from the secrecy surrounding the party's Mainland conference held in Christchurch during the weekend.
The word "reform" drips readily off the tongues of politicians.
Unemployment would have peaked at well over 7% without the Government's multibillion investment in big construction projects, Finance Minister Bill English says.
Southern union leaders have cried foul over the National Government's far-reaching changes to employment law, calling some aspects an attack on fundamental human rights.
Prime Minister John Key is not buckling in the face of opposition to partial state-asset sales, telling a National Party conference in Auckland yesterday they had to win the debate and be proud of the policy heading into the November election.
What a difference a year makes for the National Party - a change for the better as far as involving its members and being decidedly more open than for many years.
National and Labour were on a tax collision course yesterday as the 2011 election campaign took a tentative first step.
The left-wing activists who stormed the Sky City Hotel last Sunday in an inevitably futile attempt to force their way into the National Party conference should take a good hard look at themselves.
The Privacy and Education Acts would be amended, and schools would be forced to tell the Government when 16 and 17-year-olds left during the year, Prime Minister John Key announced yesterday.
The South Island would benefit from visitors to the SkyCity Convention Centre, which could be linked to proposed convention centres in Queenstown and Christchurch, the Prime Minister says.
Prime Minister John Key yesterday announced a business-friendly line-up of front bench Cabinet ministers, with the six top-ranked MPs set to drive the economy forward from their allocated portfolios.
Shame on National. That party's behaviour in Parliament over the past couple of weeks has on occasion veered close to being a disgrace, both to itself and the institution.
How will Finance Minister Bill English handle unhappy news next Tuesday when Treasury updates its Budget forecasts, as it is obliged to do before next month's election?
Make no mistake. Prime Minister John Key will dump the Hon John Archibald Banks QSO CNZM from his ministry if circumstances so dictate.
The National Party has received another $50,000 from the head of milk exporter Oravida, which was once caught up in a conflict of interest claim.
The Government plans to make progress on its "private-public partnerships" proposals, having previously said it will use the system to construct a prison at Wiri, Auckland, and may do so when new schools are considered.
Prime Minister John Key said yesterday he totally rejected any suggestion the National Party did not have a mandate to partially sell off the state-owned assets about which National campaigned.