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Damien O'Connor wraps up 2018 for the rural sector

It's been a year of ups and downs for the rural sector, and we take a look back at it all with Damien O'Connor.

16/12/2018

Mark Richardson hands his wallet over to the Finance Minister

Grant Robertson, who cancelled National's planned tax cuts, accepted Richardson's generous offer.

14/12/2018

Simon Bridges doubles down on Jacinda Ardern's 'dishonest' text

The text was sent after media coverage of Immigration Minister Iain-Lees Galloway's original decision.

14/12/2018

Collins calls for 'proper debate' on when police can prosecute drug users

She said changing the law will create "big legal arguments" about under what circumstances police can and can't prosecute.

14/12/2018

Government considers life-shortening conditions in KiwiSaver criteria

A man with Down syndrome argued that people with his condition won't typically live beyond the withdrawal age of 65.

12/12/2018

National MP slams Shane Jones for 'handing out cash'

Shane Jones has been compared to notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar by National MP Paul Goldsmith.

12/12/2018

Medicinal cannabis Bill passes in Parliament

The Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament on Tuesday afternoon.

11/12/2018

The Long Lunch: In case you missed Tuesday

If you missed The Long Lunch today with Carly Flynn you can listen back to the interviews here from Tuesday, December 11th 2018.

11/12/2018

Coalition Government will 'not be used and abused' - Winston Peters

Over 40,000 Air New Zealand customers could be affected if the strike on December 21 goes forward.

11/12/2018

Cannabis as medicine 'belongs to the people' - campaigner

A medicinal cannabis campaigner has slammed the Coalition Government's Bill on the medicine as weak.

11/12/2018

The inquiry Simon Bridges actually backs

He thinks the Government is spending way too much, but not all of it is a waste.

10/12/2018

Landcorp tax submission 'a cup of cold sick' - Nathan Guy

Landcorp has suggested to the Tax Working Party that New Zealand farmers should pay more taxes.

09/12/2018

The Long Lunch: In case you missed Friday

If you missed The Long Lunch today with Lynda Hallinan, you can listen back to the interviews here from Friday December 7th, 2018.

07/12/2018

Rural police aren’t being withdrawn - Stuart Nash

The Government has come under fire for quietly scrapping plans for seven regional stations to be manned 24/7.

07/12/2018

'Every Speaker has their own style' - Judith Collins

Judith Collins said she wouldn't comment further on accusations of bias against Mr Mallard.

07/12/2018

Councillor to stand against Tim Shadbolt for Invercargill mayoralty

Toni Biddle is the first to publicly announce plans to run against long-serving mayor, Tim Shadbolt, next year.

06/12/2018

The Long Lunch: In case you missed Thursday

Missed The Long Lunch with Lynda Hallinan? Don't panic - listen now to the best bits from Thursday, 6 December 2018.

06/12/2018

PM not answering questions about Sroubek case - Gerry Brownlee

Senior National MP Gerry Brownlee has lashed out at media coverage of his party's Parliament walkout, but made a false claim in the process.

06/12/2018

The Long Lunch: In case you missed Wednesday

If you missed The Long Lunch today with Lynda Hallinan, you can listen back to the interviews here from Wednesday December 5th 2018.

05/12/2018

'Worthwhile': David Parker on extra $22.5m funding for America's Cup

It brings the total investment to making $136.5 million.

05/12/2018

Teachers may need to consider cash for time 'trade-off' - Education Secretary

Primary school teachers will have to sacrifice some of their money for additional time, the Secretary for Education says.

05/12/2018

Suicide victim's family slams Govt mental health targets

A Hamilton couple says the current target to reduce suicide by 20 percent isn't good enough.

05/12/2018

The Long Lunch: In case you missed Tuesday

If you missed The Long Lunch today with Lynda Hallinan, you can listen back to the interviews here from Tuesday December 4th, 2018.

04/12/2018

Winston Peters 'can't say' whether he's innocent of bullying

"I can't say that I am innocent either, but it comes down to whether it is bullying."

04/12/2018

The Long Lunch: In case you missed Monday

If you missed The Long Lunch today with Lynda Hallinan, you can listen back to the interviews here from Monday December 3rd, 2018.

03/12/2018

Maggie Barry bullying claims possibly an inside attack - Bryce Edwards

Reports of Maggie Barry's alleged bullying probably came from someone within the National Party, it has been claimed.

03/12/2018

'You're so cruel' - Simon Bridges calls out The AM Show's Duncan Garner

The National Party leader and The AM Show host exchanged barbs after latest Colmar Brunton poll result.

03/12/2018

Weekend Life: In case you missed Sunday

In case you missed it, here's a look back at the best bits from Weekend Life with Trudi Nelson for Sunday 2nd December, 2018.

02/12/2018

Medicinal cannabis legislation expanded for faster, better access

The Government has proposed changes to its medicinal cannabis legislation to improve how eligible Kiwis can access the products.

30/11/2018

Should New Zealand lower the voting age to 16?

One expert says it's actually a pretty good idea.

30/11/2018

Sroubek would have ‘a very good case’ to stay – Judith Collins

"Speaking as a lawyer, I would think he'd have a very good case [to stay]."

30/11/2018

Foreign-owned banks letting regional New Zealand down – Shane Jones

He says the regions are suffering under foreign-owned banks, which lack the Government's "wellness approach".

30/11/2018

Key vs Bridges: Outgoing National MP’s telling response

He paused for a while before giving his answer.

29/11/2018

Mark Mitchell doubles down on Immigration Minister

“There is no way, on any level, that this decision ever stacked up."

29/11/2018

Iain Lees-Galloway ‘just stuffed up’ – immigration lawyer

He argues that Iain Lees-Galloway's handling of the Karel Sroubek case makes New Zealand look like a "banana republic".

29/11/2018

Christine Rankin accuses Trevor Mallard of 'very intense' bullying

The biggest inquiry into bullying at Parliament was ordered by a man accused of being New Zealand's biggest bully himself.

28/11/2018

Drinking, sex, humiliation to be revealed in Parliament review - Garner

"Parliament could be a bomb site by the end of this inquiry."

28/11/2018

The Long Lunch: In case you missed Tuesday

If you missed The Long Lunch today with Lynda Hallinan, listen back to the interviews from Tuesday, November 27th 2018.

27/11/2018

Suspicions of Chinese influence due to racism – Winston Peters

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says spying from foreign nations is inevitable, but any fixation on Chinese influence boils down to racism.

Jacinda Ardern defends meningococcal response for Northland outbreak

The Prime Minister is defending a DHB's decision to keep rising meningococcal levels a secret.

27/11/2018