This is the current difficulty for Mr English: economically, the pressures are for more immigration; politically the pressures are for less immigration.
The prime minister says business owners are telling him it’s difficult to hire young Kiwis because many can’t pass a drug test.
Ms Bennett did not directly answer whether the government is considering stripping Crown entity boards of their power to set chief executive’s wages
Heading off to the Mt Albert by-election this Saturday, Labour candidate Jacinda Ardern put up, at a fundraising auction, an artwork involving the electorate's most famous former MP, Helen Clark, mounted on a representation of the kiwi with a laser eye that somebody submitted as a flag design for last year's referendum, facing down US president Donald Trump, mounted on a dinosaur.
Labour/Green MPs seem more comfortable as well paid, posturing overgrown student politicians than as a prospective government. Do they really want to be in power, or is it all a bit of a game?
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