Politics

Revitalising the wool sector

The Government and key players in the wool industry have taken a first step to revitalise the languishing sector, says Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor. Some 40 wool producers, processors and other industry players have met at Wool Summit,...... Read More

Doctor visits appalling homes of sick Kiwi kids

Leading New Zealand doctor and health system disruptor Dr Lance O’Sullivan says rental properties owned by the government are in appalling third world conditions which is directly burdening the nation’s health system. Dr O’Sullivan...... Read More

Calls for more ’localism’ by local government leaders

Local government leaders have launched a campaign to devolve more powers away from central government. They say New Zealand is one of the most centralised public sectors in the world. In New Zealand, 88 percent of public expenditure is through central...... Read More

Funding cuts for police mental health plan

Funding for a ground-breaking mental health scheme to ease strain on emergency services has been axed by the government. An $8 million co-response service would see a mental health worker attend all crisis calls along with police and ambulance staff....... Read More

Past and present parry blows over the byways

He is the Transport Minister. And he was the Transport Minister. And the two men have been toe-to-toe trading political blows over whether the region’s major roading projects have deliberately stalled.  Simon Bridges, Transport Minister...... Read More

Mangere redevelopment means 10,000 new homes

The Government will transform Mangere with an ambitious programme to build 10,000 new homes for families from all walks of life, Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford has announced. Minister Phil Twyford today opened the Mangere Development...... Read More

Makeovers considered for run-down schools

The government is considering improving the appearance of run-down, unpopular schools as a way of boosting their enrolments, and setting minimum standards for the visual appearance of school property. A Cabinet paper said the appearance of schools...... Read More