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HEATHER DU PLESSIS-ALLAN DRIVE
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University of Otago study slams Govt's Mycoplasma bovis response
The government's response to the 2017 Mycoplasma bovis outbreak was poorly managed and inflicted significant and lasting trauma on farmers whose stock was culled,...
Health Minister 'extraordinarily' frustrated with slow spend on mental health
Health Minister Andrew Little says he is "extraordinarily" frustrated at the slow pace of the Government's $1.9 billion mental health package announced in 2019. It...
Outrage at WHO's call to prevent 'child-bearing age' women from drinking
The World Health Organisation has been accused of sexism after releasing a draft report that pushed for women of "child-bearing age" to be prevented from drinking...
Pharmac forced to change epilepsy drug brands again
Pharmac's set to change another epilepsy drug -- saying the decision is beyond its control. Current primidone supplier, Apotex, is discontinuing its supply to New...
Dairy owners march over proposed tobacco sale restrictions
Big tobacco played a key role in this morning's dairy owners' march at Parliament. Dairy owners gathered on the steps of Parliament this morning to protest the Government's...
Recreational Fishing Council slams new marine protection areas for Hauraki Gulf
New marine protection areas are being created and new trawl fishing restrictions are being introduced in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf - and have confused some recreational...
Lorde announces first NZ tour in five years - including Lower Hutt
The wait will soon be over for Lorde fans - she will return to New Zealand stages for a summer tour. Lorde will embark on a tour of the country in February and March...
Barnaby Joyce's swearing-in ceremony overshadowed by toddlers
Barnaby Joyce’s toddler has attempted to gatecrash an official photograph with the Prime Minister as his father’s return as Nationals leader was rubber stamped. Mr...
SPCA backs UK government plans to ban zoos replacing elephants
The UK government looks likely to ban elephants from zoo's and safari parks. They are set to introduce a law that would make it illegal to replace elephants when...
Heather du Plessis-Allan: M. bovis study shows bureaucrats don't know how to deal with farmers
If you want a perfect example of suits in Wellington turning up on the farm with no idea, just have a look at the study into how badly the bureaucrats treated farmers...
Heather du Plessis-Allan: Has Govt set a target for the worst vaccine rollout in the world?
We’ve got to set the record straight on the vaccine roll out, because I have heard too many people now defending this vaccine roll out as a huge success - and basically...
Study finds that pre-pandemic panic buying is nothing to worry about
The panic buying pandemonium that swept the world last year is not as concerning as first thought. New research done by researchers at the University of Canterbury...
Ex-UK Speaker Bercow joins Labour, slams Boris Johnson
Former U.K. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, a longtime Conservative lawmaker who gained international fame refereeing the country's bruising political drama...
Shane Jones confident of NZ First's potential comeback
A key former New Zealand First MP is confident a High Court case won't handicap the party's comeback. Leader Winston Peters signalled the party's return with a scathing...
Deputy PM: 'Highly hypothetical' to consider a return to Labour-NZ-First coalition
The Deputy Prime Minister is not ruling out his predecessor in the role making a return to politics. NZ First leader Winston Peters has claimed his party will be...
The Huddle: Productivity Commission to launch massive review of immigration settings
Winston Peters doesn't need to appeal to everybody to make it back into Parliament. In an exclusive interview with Newstalk ZB, he says he'll lead New Zealand First...
Vaccine expert: Teens shouldn't be the focus for Covid vaccine rollout
Health officials are being urged to keep its priorities in order for the vaccine roll-out. Medsafe has granted the provisional green light for 12 to 15-year-olds...
Olympic Weightlifting NZ: Competitors 'very accepting' of Hubbard's participation
Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has become the first openly transgender athlete picked for an Olympic Games. She has been named as part of a five strong New Zealand...
Mount Olympus skifield saved by flurry of donations to fix storm-damaged road
Salvation for a small skifield whose access road was wiped out by the Canterbury floods. Mount Olympus was facing a bleak season, with $30,000 of emergency road...
Barnaby Joyce speaks after shock leadership spill
Resurrected Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce has vowed he is a “better person” after he resigned in a storm of controversy three years ago in the wake of a romantic...
Judith Collins already threatening not to return to Waitangi in 2022
The National Party leader is already threatening not to return to Waitangi next year. Judith Collins has announced today she won't show up unless she's allowed to...
Heather du Plessis-Allan: Winston Peters could be brought back as Labour's handbrake
Does Winston Peters have a path back to Parliament? Too right he does. I reckon this all comes down to how much of a mess the National Party is in 2023. If they...
Head Hunters followed road rules during funeral procession, says police superintendent
Police didn't make a single arrest after hundreds of gang members blocked roads and crisscrossed Auckland on bikes and hanging out of cars all day. The gangs were...
Regions where police are most and least likely to charge drug users
Police appear much more likely to charge people for drug use/possession in Hawke's Bay, Gisborne, Auckland city and the Bay of Plenty than in the rest of the country. The...
Police are a bit damned over Head Hunter funeral, says gang expert
A major gang member's funeral, and the procession that followed, appears to have gone off without a hitch. Hundreds gathered for a service at a church in Grey Lynn,...