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Q+A: Minister Judith Collins interviewed by Corin Dann

Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins told Q+A there’s a 1-4% chance that people will be asked to make some voluntary reductions in electricity usage. Judith Collins was speaking to Corin Dann about low lake levels and the impact this might have on power bills. ‘And if that happens, retailers have to pay their customers over $10 a week as …

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The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Simon Bridges

Transport minister Simon Bridges says the Cost Benefit Ratio for Auckland’s East West Link is 1.9. He says he doesn’t have an up to date CBR for the rail alternative, but the road option is going ahead. Bridges won’t be drawn on whether Auckland Council should sell off assets to pay for infrastructure, saying that’s a decision for the mayor …

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Q+A: Gareth Morgan interviewed by Corin Dann

Philanthropist turned political party founder Gareth Morgan is pledging a million dollars of his own money to charities in exchange for the contact details of potential voters. Speaking on TVNZ’s Q+A programme this morning, Mr Morgan told Corin Dann the donations would be made instead of spending on pre-election advertising for The Opportunities Party. “I sort of put my mind …

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson NZ visit: addressing “pockets of doubt”

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Wellington today – the first visit to New Zealand by a member of the Trump Administration. His visit comes at a time where the world is increasingly uncertain about the role the US will play in global leadership. Last week in Singapore, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke of U.S. “global leadership,” …

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The Nation: Lisa Owen and four hopeful MPs

Lisa Owen: Come election day on September 23rd, many of our MPs will be returned to Parliament. But there will also be a whole lot of new MPs turning up in Wellington, all fresh-faced, full of optimism and energy, and this morning we have four in the studio who hope they’ll be there. The Greens’ Golriz Ghahraman; Kiri Allan from …

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The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Gerry Brownlee

Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee says his meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this week will focus on trading relations, the war on terrorism and relative positions on climate change. Despite US President Donald Trump pulling out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the door has been left open for negotiations. He also says business will continue …

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Q+A: Winston Peters on the Government’s “disastrous” budget

Although New Zealand First voted to support the budget on Thursday night leader Winston Peters described the government’s budget as “disastrous”. Jessica Mutch: I want to start off by asking you – the budget that was delivered this week, what would you have done differently? Winston Peters: A whole lot of things. I’d have faced up to the fact that …

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Q+A: Opposition leaders on the Government’s budget

Labour and the Greens say they’re still committed to changing the government at this year’s election even though they held differing views on the Government’s budget this week. James Shaw explained to Jessica Mutch that his party felt it had to support National’s budget this week. Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson said that although his party voted against the budget, …

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Q+A: Jessica Mutch interviews Steven Joyce post-budget

Finance Minister Steven Joyce has defended criticism that his maiden budget this week was stepping on territory traditionally held by the Labour party, saying family tax credits had been a part of New Zealand for decades. Jessica Mutch: I want to start off by asking you – in 2008, you talked about a brighter future. Is this the kind of …

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