Councils to consider case for Hamilton rail

Waikato councils will consider the business case for a start-up Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail service expected to begin in 2020, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. The Waikato Regional Transport Committee last week voted unanimously...... Read More

Local iwi takes blame for $160k tree planting botch-up

The local iwi have taken responsibility after about 400,000 seedlings bought by the government to plant in Northland went to waste after the land was too wild to plant on. Ngāti Hine has put its hand up with the trust chair, Pita Tipene, saying he's...... Read More

Pike River re-entry given the green light

They’re going back in. Eight years after 29 men died in a fireball of methane and other dangerous gases in the Pike River Mine explosions, the Government has given the all-clear to go back into the mine to recover the bodies. And the families...... Read More

Brexit vote prompts embassy opening in Ireland

The first New Zealand embassy in Ireland has been opened by Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters in Dublin overnight. The embassy, on Merrion Row in Dublin's city centre, will help shore up existing ties and benefit future trade relationships...... Read More

Major funding boost for Māori community repairs

The Minister of Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta has just announced 24 community-led housing repair projects will receive funding from the Māori Housing Network, totalling $5.8 million. The announcement was made at the National Māori Housing...... Read More

Biosecurity champions honoured

Minister for Biosecurity Damien O’Connor has paid tribute to the winners of the 2018 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards. “These are the people and organisations who go above and beyond to protect Aotearoa from pests and diseases to ensure our...... Read More

Abuse survivors encouraged to speak as inquiry scope widens

A victim of abuse by a Marist Brother says the expanded Royal Commission is the chance for him and many other Catholic old boys to speak up. The government has after months of pressure expanded the inquiry into historical abuse to include faith-based...... Read More