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Power list: The top consultants and contractors making the most money from the public sector
The top 10 consultants and contractors to core Government agencies.
Public Purse: The final $5b of the Covid fight - and the half spent on other priorities
The $5b Covid fund top-up was spent at a record clip - on mostly unrelated plans.
Ministry of Health reviewing contracts with firm linked to Labour Minister Peeni Henare
PSC declines sweeping probe, but some contracts for Henare-linked firm under review.
Chateau Tongariro’s tangled web of cost traps taxpayers
What, we must ask ourselves, is the grande dame worth?
How Govt's Ruapehu lifeline curdled to a horrible hash of bad debt and new Crown spending
OPINION: How the Crown came to write cheque after cheque for Mt Ruapehu's ski fields.
What's Chateau Tongariro's future after sobering report?
The seismic report for the Chateau Tongariro throws its future into question.
Why many of NZ’s neediest children could be missing out on free school lunch
Opinion: Free school lunches and a side of rhubarb: Why we're missing NZ's hungriest kids.
Alternative plan for water reform ready for October election
Water cycle: Taxpayers' Union hopes a new government will pick up its water reform plan.
Public Purse: The new Three Waters bosses and why their pay is so extraordinary
OPINION: Money like water - the execs now presiding over diminished Three Waters fiefdoms.
DoC and the $3500 annual bonus for civil servants’ Māori language proficiency
Gov't defends Māori language bonuses for civil servants; opposition vows to scrap them.
Billion-dollar blowout for Three Waters ‘mega-bureaucracy’
Taxpayers, and potentially ratepayers, will foot $1 billion cost overrun for water reform.
$400m Progressive Home Ownership scheme under pressure
Pushing for targets the $400m shared equity home scheme under fire over priorities.
Three Waters: New mechanism for local control in reforms deemed diluted
There are more tweaks to the Government's water reforms in the new bill.
Kate MacNamara: Provincial Growth Fund - shadow of the long black cloud
Auditor General's damning review of the last $640m spent from the Provincial Growth Fund.
DoC tackles budget shortfall with a half-million-dollar spend on consultants
Budget shortfall prompts the Department of Conservation to call in the consultants
Big hopes but some doubts about new supermarket watchdog
Unprecedented interest likely in Commerce Commission’s grocery watchdog patrol.
Budget 2023: Scrapped car scheme proves costly for Kiwis
OPINION: The Government's 'scrap and replace' budgeting came at a sunk cost of $46m.
Cost of free school lunches a hungry hole in Budget 2023
Covid money funded free school lunches, now the chicken (wraps) are coming home to roost.
Revealed: Huge cost of Govt’s shelved Income Insurance Scheme
A trail of redundancies and contractor termination costs follow in its wake.
Nanaia Mahuta’s husband fails in bid for apology from DoC
Gannin Ormsby failed to win apology over terminated contract.
Revealed: New figures show extent of Three Waters consultant spending
Three Waters Reform a fountain of funds for the hourly crowd advising the government.
Official advice: Govt’s fuel tax reductions too broad, too expensive
Fuel tax reductions were Ministers' choice, Ministry of Transport preferred targeted help.
Red flags raised over couple's roles in $16.5m Covid health contract
The marriage at the heart of the conflict in evaluating U of Auckland vaccinator training.
Kate MacNamara: The unspent Covid money now paying for fuel tax reductions
Covid underspends: the long tail of emergency funding and fuel tax cuts.
Kate MacNamara: How to reform the Three Waters Reform
Reforming the Three Waters Reform will take more than a new(ish) ministerial face.
Forced sale of supermarket assets still on the table
Gov't declines to release cost-benefit case for supermarket break-up, but idea persists.
The repair movement and hopes for a hands-on fix to a mountain of waste
How a burgeoning repair movement hopes to mend our clothes and our throw-away habits
Kate MacNamara: Why Mahuta family contracts warrant scrutiny
Top five columns of the year from Kate MacNamara.
Kate MacNamara: Three Waters and a small window on what the big budgets buy
$2m and the riddle of how many consultants it takes to prepare for one interview.
Substandard processes but no bias with govt contracts linked to Mahuta family
Substandard processes but no evidence of favouritism in contracts with minister's family.
Concern over MfE process related to Mahuta family contracts
Public Service Commission advice unheeded in MfE review of Mahuta family contracts.
Embattled firm We Are Indigo gets new $5.3m contract
We Are Indigo wins multi-million dollar public contract despite past difficulties.
$2b raid: How emergency Covid funds were redirected to bolster Budget '22
Former Treasury adviser says it was an “accounting trick”.
Ballooning number of managers at Kāinga Ora costs $103m per year
Crown housing agency thickens management layer by 86 per cent in two years.
Chateau Tongariro mired in lease negotiations with Govt and iwi
Uncertainty for the iconic hotel in need of urgent capital investment.
Nanaia Mahuta's role in family appointment and the disclosure she made
Minister Nanaia Mahuta's hand in relative's appointment controversial despite disclosure.
Govt probes allegations of mistreatment at Chateau Tongariro
Govt investigation probes allegations of staff mistreatment at iconic Tongariro hotel.
Mahuta family contracts: What taxpayers got in return for $237,000
Documents reveal more about Govt contracts to firms linked to relatives of Nanaia Mahuta.
Fourth Government agency to review contract to Nanaia Mahuta's husband's firm
A $28,000 grant made from a suicide prevention fund is being looked into.
'Some of the focus unfair': Deputy PM defends Mahuta as probe launched into family contracts
National's Simeon Brown first asked public service commissioner to investigate in August.
Kāinga Ora latest to review contract to Nanaia Mahuta's husband's firm
Review follows error in process of contract award to Minister's spouse's firm.
The battle to rein in supermarkets and why Katherine Rich is moving on
Katherine Rich on fighting supermarket power and passing the torch.
DoC reviews contract awarded to minister's husband's company
DoC scrutinising award of contracts to Gannin Ormsby consultancy.
Kate MacNamara: The politics behind Govt's move to break up supermarket duopoly
The dream of supermarket break-up is alive; its chance of coming true is as slim as ever.
Kate MacNamara: Why Mahuta family contracts warrant scrutiny
And what the Cabinet manual says.
Mahuta was associate minister when husband's firm awarded Govt contract
The contract was awarded to Nanaia Mahuta's husband on a "sole source basis".
'Huge upfront payment': Kāinga Ora's $70m farm land grab trumped private sector offers
The housing agency failed to price risk in the land purchase.
Kāinga Ora paid whopping $70m for land based on wobbly valuations
Agency under fire for above-market price.
The look of exodus: Departures plague Productivity Commission
A string of departures and claims of unhappy staff.
Nanaia Mahuta's husband's firm received second govt payment of $28,000
It is the second govt payment to the consulting firm.
'Social listening': Govt surveillance included public's private messages
Government's 'social listening' surveillance more extensive than previously disclosed.
Government seizure of Covid tests labelled bizarre
'Astonishingly slow':NZ on track to take seven months to approve popular, fast Covid test.
Kate MacNamara: The lockdown decision that taught PM to love caution
How Covid caution captured the PM, even when the advice differed.
The fisherman whose epic struggle is not with fish but with fishing regulation
The fishermen caught in the unforgiving net of regulation.
The turning point in NZ's battle for Covid elimination
Rodney Jones' pleas for more testing of Auckland Pasifika in the struggle to eliminate.
Kate MacNamara: The suffocating spin of NZ's vaccine taskforce
The public relations spend that helped the Government spin the story of vaccine buying.
Multi-million dollar Kiwi private island sold at cut price
The sale marks the return of the island to New Zealand ownership after 26 years.
Kate MacNamara: Immigration 'reset' will be a policy riddle
Will NZ's low productivity will be solved by cutting the temporary migrant count? Maybe.
Kate MacNamara: A secret mining conference and why it backfired
Miners were caught between a rock and a hard place when protests hit the Minerals Forum.
Suppliers v supermarkets: Claims of 'anti-competitive' behaviour
Research found broad dissatisfaction among supermarket suppliers.
Seasonal workers on hardship funds peaked amid harvest panic
RSE workers on government help peaked last year, just as horticultural hiring crunch hit.
Fledgling cannabis company has wings clipped by NZX
Medical cannabis company with a chequered past "not suitable" for stock exchange listing.
Labour pains: Vineyards struggle to find hands for pruning season
The wine industry is the latest sector to struggle due to a lack of foreign workers.
Kate MacNamara: Holiday driving: the myth and reality
There's nothing to suggest holiday driving is especially risky, so why the 'awareness'?
Kate MacNamara: Labour shortage an unnecessary blight on the harvest season
Scarce labour this season stems from another chronic shortage: fresh Government thinking.
Crown seeks plan to lower legacy pollution costs at NZ's largest coal mine
Government will seek a cheaper solution to treating costly acid runoff from coal mining.
Major strawberry grower calls it quits amid labour shortage
NZ horticulture stalwart, Francie Perry, is throwing in the towel on strawberry growing.
'Year of hell': West Coast Brewery owner forced to sell over closed border
Stuck in Toronto, a Canadian entrepreneur is selling his Westport brewery.
NZ importers feeling boxed in as port chaos continues
The logjam at the port is causing havoc for importers, writes Kate MacNamara.