A working group was formed to solve the problem of taxing water for export, but no report was ever written.
In case you missed Thursday, here are some of the best bits from The Long Lunch July 19th 2018.
The youth sections of the Labour and Green Parties are calling for the ban of gay conversion therapy.
Around 10,000 people and organisations have expressed their view on the proposed 2050 carbon-neutral target.
The Free Speech Coalition has launched legal action against Auckland Council for banning right-wing speakers from a Council venue.
Mitch Harris talks with Paul Buchanan, former intelligence and defence policy analyst at the White House, on the latest regarding Trump.
A Free Speech Coalition has filed legal papers against Phil Goff's ban of controversial Canadian speakers from council venues.
The President's press conference comments were labelled "nothing short of treasonous".
The Government has been slammed for ending a plan to send mental health workers out with police.
Donald Trump is facing one of the greatest tests of his presidency, according to Newshub correspondent Lloyd Burr.
Dr David Clark said the extra $200 million the Govt has put into existing services is a big step towards their goal.
Former PM John Key said it was the most ambitious conservation project in the world, but experts say it is not possible.
Mr Bridges didn't approve of the Health Minister's absence during the nurses' strike.
Police have had to dump a proposal to send mental workers on crisis callouts.
The Greens are wanting to deliver warm, dry, healthy homes while they are in government.
NZ Pork calls Farmwatch's video footage misleading, where mating stalls are insinuated to be compromising animal welfare.
Conservative organisation Right Minds NZ will launch a series of "free speech rallies" in response to the Council's decision.
Labour and National MPs clashed on The AM Show on Friday over funding for nurses, following yesterday's nationwide strike.
Local councils have put in their requests for their slice of the $25 million in the bank for tourism infrastructure.
Justice Minister Andrew Little has started the process of reform to New Zealand's criminal justice system - a working group and a summit.
The chair of a newly created criminal justice reform advisory group says politics has "derailed sensible debate" long enough.
Around 30,000 nurses across New Zealand will join the nationwide strike today, bringing all non-essential hospital care to a halt.
The Finance Minister confirmed that negotiations are focused on whether the offer can be “re-organised”.
Some nurses say the union has not listened to the interests of its members.
An international relations expert says Brexit is "the politics of delusion".
A woman banned from entering the United Kingdom after displaying signs stating “Allah is a gay god” is planning to come to New Zealand.
The National Party leader joins Wendyl Nissen on The Long Lunch to talk about how he is not focusing on bagging the opposition.
In case you missed The long Lunch today, here are some of the best bits from Thursday July 5th 2018.
Over 90 percent of households will qualify for the flagship KiwiBuild policy and over 6000 applications have already been submitted.
The Government has been accused of trying to hide a report claiming the prison population is set to skyrocket.
A group of principals took out full-page newspaper ads saying the NCEA review process has been rushed.
Kiwifruit growers could be entitled to hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation after winning a class action.
NZ First MP Darroch Ball says the new lower drink drive limits are targeting the wrong people.
A landmark court decision has found government negligence led to the spread of the deadly Psa. It could cost taxpayers hundreds of millions.
A former Auckland high school teacher has accused the Ministry of Health of suppressing evidence that shows cannabis is actually good for us.
Kiwifruit growers devastated by the vine-killing disease Psa could be entitled to hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation.
Louise Nicholas says the appointment of Wally Haumaha to the position of Deputy Police Commissioner should never have been allowed to happen.
A south Auckland-based Labour MP says she "feels wonderful" about the upcoming regional fuel tax.
A shooter has opened fire at the the Capital Gazette newspaper offices south of Baltimore, according to reports.