Politics

Time to turn around NZ’s rubbish record on waste

New Zealand’s position as 10th worst nation for creating urban waste per capita is shameful, says Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage, who will review how the Waste Minimisation Act is being implemented. Recent news reports have highlighted...... Read More

NZ’s top ten most connected holiday hotspots

Opito Bay has been named the most connected holiday hotspot in New Zealand, according to data that’s just been released by Vodafone. Opito Bay experienced a large spike in data usage over the summer period, up 735 percent compared to the first...... Read More

Further support for struggling farmers

Drought stricken farmers in the Lower North Island and South Island’s West Coast will have access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPs) Acting Social Development Minister Peeni Henare has announced. The drought across Taranaki, western parts of...... Read More

PM: ’It will be tough’

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she's under no illusion about the difficulty of juggling parenthood and the prime ministership. Ms Ardern, who became prime minister in October, announced this morning, via Instagram, that she and partner Clarke...... Read More

Prime Minister announces she’s pregnant

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner, Clarke Gayford, have today announced that they are expecting their first child in June.  “We’re both really happy. We wanted a family but weren’t sure it would happen for us, which...... Read More

Testing for Mycoplasma bovis spread

A testing and tracing regime for Mycoplasma bovis will provide a clearer indication of its spread and potential actions for eradication by the end of February, says Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. In a meeting yesterday,...... Read More

Minister rejects fishers’ call for footage exemption

Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash has rejected a call from the fishing industry to exempt footage gathered on boats from the Official Information Act. A proposal is currently before the government to install cameras across the entire fleet to monitor...... Read More

Renewed calls to ditch the fizz

A Waikato University study has found that sugary drinks in New Zealand contain proportionally more sugar than their overseas counterparts. Māori Public Health Organisation, Hāpai Te Hauora, says that this highlights the need for the government to...... Read More

Responding to natural disasters and emergencies

A report released by Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi will show how New Zealand responds to natural disasters and emergencies. The report will also meet key groups to discuss its recommendations. The Ministerial Review - ‘Better Responses...... Read More

Tax relief for drought affected farmers

Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has confirmed tax relief measures will be extended to farmers in drought areas. In late December and early January the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor classified the drought as a medium-scale...... Read More