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Distributing portfolios among the six ministers more fairly would be a sensible approach rather than appointing a seventh minister, says the Democratic Party.

Speaker Niki Rattle says Parliamentary rule changes will allow for more sitting days. And that's backed by the prime minister.

Disputes with landowners over the multi-million dollar Te Mato Vai project can be resolved, government says.

Government will move to amend its Budget today, to provide an extra $300,000 for refurbishments to Parliament’s debating chamber.

Speaker Rattle returns

Monday June 10, 2019

Parliament’s Speaker Niki Rattle returns today to preside over the rest of the session, after travelling to Auckland with her sick husband who needed hospital treatment.

The onus is on parents to ensure their children wear helmets at all times while riding a motorbike, says police minister Mac Mokoroa.

“You know nothing about the north.” Those were the words of prime minister Henry Puna to Opposition MP Tamaiva Tuavera as they got into a brief heated exchange in Parliament.

Local companies can now bid for projects funded by China, in what the government says is a world-first.

The Opposition Democratic Party had a productive meeting with the New Zealand ministerial delegation led by its deputy prime minister Winston Peters last week, says party leader Tina Browne.

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