Talks between government and iwi could avoid court action.
It is too soon to say Labour is looking like an alternative government but for the first time in years it is looking like an alternative opposition.
Rob Hosking breaks down the political and economic week that was on NBR Radio and on demand on MyNBR Radio.
The forestry sector is the latest to be targeted by an NES or one of its companion documents, a National Policy Statement, as the government moves increasingly to use the RMA's tools for nationally dictated standards.
Not saying silly things to reporters when they ask you questions is a fairly basic political skill, and one which Dr Smith – who has been in Parliament for nearly 25 years – should have mastered by now.
Rob Hosking talks about the Government's housing policy on NBR Radio and on demand on MyNBR Radio.