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Talking points - With consensus on eliminating Covid-19 Delta showing signs of wavering this week, RNZ asked politicians, scientists and officials if it's time to double down or change tack.
Scientists have shot down calls from New Zealanders overseas who want fewer border restrictions, warning such action right now would risk another Delta outbreak.
Experts have warned of a few sticking points that could hinder parts of the country from shifting down alert levels this weekend.
New Zealand's Covid-19 quarantine hotels are under increasing pressure with more than 200 infected with the virus and predictions the number could hit 1000.
Monday's media conference contained a sobering admission: many infected in the Delta outbreak had not been vaccinated as they were not yet eligible, Craig McCulloch writes.
Former National leader Simon Bridges says his time in charge was "damned and doomed" due to the "circling wolves" and MPs who thought themselves bigger than the party.
National leader Judith Collins has used a speech to party members to signal a shift in focus away from race matters and on to seven "big issues" facing New Zealanders.
National Party president Peter Goodfellow has been re-elected to the position, prompting his challenger David Carter to resign from the board.
Education officials have warned their ministers that students are "falling through the cracks" because the curriculum does not clearly signal when they need more support.
About 3000 requests for emergency housing were rejected by the government last year, nearly triple the number the year before. Audio
Cabinet ministers have convened a special virtual meeting this afternoon to discuss the trans-Tasman bubble, including a potential pause of the entire arrangement.
The ACT Party wants to strip some gang members of their freedoms, introducing "gang injunction orders" which could ban them from certain areas or activities.
Foreign policy watchers have high hopes for tonight's "extraordinary" APEC meeting which will bring together the globe's heavy-hitters to discuss the Covid-19 crisis.
MBIE confirms the government rejected "numerous proposals" to custom-build quarantine facilities, but ministers insist the idea is being genuinely considered.
The Chinese embassy has hit back at claims spies are infiltrating universities in New Zealand, calling the accusations groundless and "pure hearsay". Audio
National Party leader Judith Collins says it is up to her caucus whether her predecessor Todd Muller remains in Parliament for another two years.
Tourism and hospitality operators have let out for a cry for help as the trans-Tasman bubble pause dashes hopes of a winter visitor influx. Audio
Labour and National are refusing to comment on reports that say they orchestrated the resignations of two Chinese MPs last year due to security concerns.
Beneficiaries will reap the rewards of this year's Budget with a welfare boost billed as the "biggest in a generation".
The government is dampening down expectations of any major new housing measures in tomorrow's Budget, saying it announced most of its plan in March.
National MPs are backing their leader Judith Collins following last night's dire political poll and have endorsed her persistent claims that the government is pursuing a "separatist" agenda.
The six people charged by the Serious Fraud Office over a donation made to the Labour Party are accused of trying to conceal the true identity of the donor.
The ACT party has laid out its alternative vision ahead of next week's Budget, proposing to slash spending by $11.2 billion to both reduce debt and cut taxes.
A Ministry of Health document leaked to RNZ shows officials will not even consider extending an amnesty to allow all chronically sick people to use illicit cannabis.
Senior Labour MP Chris Hipkins has denounced the unruly scenes in Parliament last night, saying they did not reflect well on anyone involved.