Politics - Radio New Zealand Local councils slammed for failing to supply information 2018-02-20T17:24:56.000000000+13:00 The chief ombudsman says local democracy is being undermined as councils fail to meet obligations to release public information. Controversial EPA scientist steps down 2018-02-20T15:04:45.000000000+13:00 The Environmental Protection Authority's controversial chief scientist - who described irrigation as a "great boon" to the environment - has resigned. Govt to release renegotiated TPP text tomorrow 2018-02-20T13:50:35.000000000+13:00 The government will release the text of the renegotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership deal tomorrow. Labour polls equal National's amid leadership race 2018-02-20T11:37:32.000000000+13:00 Poll of Polls - Labour has been firming its support this year and is now neck and neck with National in the RNZ poll of polls average, writes Colin James. Watch: Joyce on National leadership race - 'I get things done' 2018-02-20T08:23:28.000000000+13:00 Steven Joyce has confirmed he is in the mix to be the next party leader. Labour surges to new levels of support in latest poll 2018-02-19T19:27:09.000000000+13:00 A new political poll shows a big jump in support for the Labour Party. Mark Mitchell joins the National leadership race 2018-02-19T19:19:26.000000000+13:00 Rodney MP Mark Mitchell has announced he will run for the National Party leadership. PM to travel to islands in wake of Tropical Cyclone Gita 2018-02-19T18:27:16.000000000+13:00 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will travel to Tonga, Samoa, Niue, and the Cook Islands at the start of March and will discuss how the islands are recovering in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Gita. PM won't ban sex between ministers and staffers 2018-02-19T17:49:25.000000000+13:00 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has sent a clear signal to her ministers not to have sex with their staff, but won't go as far as Australia in explicitly banning such behaviour. LIVE: Mark Mitchell to stand for National Party leader 2018-02-19T14:39:01.000000000+13:00 Live blog - The National Party leadership contest is further heating up, with MP Mark Mitchell putting his name forward for the top job. Follow the latest developments here.