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New data highlights people's attitudes towards saving post-lockdown
Young people spent less time fretting about their savings during lockdown. Research by the Commission for Financial Capability has found fewer people between 18...
Kate Hawkesby: It's time we write off New Zealand First
Can we count a poll of 500 people as valid? NZ First certainly won’t given the result, but that’s how many people were canvassed by Colmar Brunton in Northland. Northland...
'Naivety to the extreme': Housing commentator slams Greens policy
The Greens' housing policy is being called 'nonsensical naivety'. The party says it could wipe the 18,000-strong social housing list clean within five years by...
Beirut explosion bares pitfalls of sending aid to Lebanon
Hospitals and schools, then shattered and bent water pipes, then the crater that once was Lebanon's port. The rebuilding needs of Lebanon are immense, but so is...
Wellington garment manufacturer to ship recycled products to Europe
Wellington ethical garment manufacturer Little Yellow Bird will begin recycling its products when they reach the end of their wearable life, making it the first...
Health expert on CovidCard system and face masks
The Government is being accused of moving too slowly in several parts of its coronavirus response. Health Minister Chris Hipkins is urging everyone to keep face...
Retail businesses propose tax cut to boost consumer spending
Some retail business owners want a tax cut to boost consumer spending. Retail NZ's Retail Radar survey shows three-quarters of retailers are confident they'll...
Kate Hawkesby: Small businesses will shape NZ's economic recovery
I’m fascinated to see how we’re all ‘pivoting’, to use the hot new word we’ve discovered this year – along with ‘unprecedented.’ 2020 has brought all these new...
'Animals can't be furloughed': US zoos struggling during Covid
As Covid-19 decimates tourism businesses across the world, one sector contemplating its future is zoos and animal parks. Zoos across the US are now reopening, but...
Beirut likely to be permanently changed by port explosion
Beirut has long been synonymous with the word explosion. The city was the main flashpoint of Lebanon's 15-year civil war, one of the world's longest. And in the...
Neil Young sues Trump campaign for copyright infringement
Neil Young sued President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign Tuesday for copyright infringement, saying he doesn’t want his music used as a theme song for a “divisive...
Kate Hawkesby: When will the toxic cancel culture end?
As another Auckland restaurant grapples with having to change its name after criticism of cultural appropriation, I was reminded that cancel culture - and the art...
Judith Collins: "Culture of fear" the reason Kiwis want border closed
Judith Collins says New Zealanders will ultimately have to get over their fears of loosening border restrictions. A New Zealand Herald Kantar Vote 2020 poll shows...
Royal family sends Meghan Markle birthday wishes despite rift
The Queen has publicly wished Meghan Markle a happy birthday by sharing a touching picture taken during their first joint engagement. The Duchess of Sussex is celebrating...
Concern over effectiveness of Provincial Growth Fund
A wake up call. That's how the Auditor-General's report into the management of the Provincial Growth Fund is being described. It recommends MBIE evaluates its...
Kate Hawkesby: Labour is milking Covid for all it's worth
Polls pointing to a Labour landslide is the only reason I can think of that the government has given up any kind of campaigning. Campaigning on any issues I mean....
What does gymnastics do now after abuse allegations?
Gymnastics in New Zealand is a sport under pressure. More past and present gymnasts have now come forward, after allegations of abuse at one of the country's most...
Landlords express concerns over tenancy law changes
Concerns around the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill, which has its second reading in the House today. The legislation will end 90 day no-cause evictions, meaning...
Government accused of micromanaging the border
The Government's being urged to take the handbrake off at the border. Auckland Airport's announced its international terminal is being split into two zones in anticipation...
New rules as Australia panics over Victoria outbreak
Most states are going backwards in their plans to open up their economies as Victoria's severe coronavirus outbreak spooks authorities. On Monday, both South Australia...
Kate Hawkesby: Legalising cannabis - why would we be so dumb?
COMMENT: I was pleased to see some sense finally reported on the comparison between harm caused by alcohol versus that by cannabis. A Professor of Psychiatric...
Restaurant Month returns in a post-lockdown environment
It's a ride in a time machine, the set menu on offer at chef Kyle Street's Auckland restaurant Culprit next month. Auckland Restaurant Month is back from August...
Kate Hawkesby: Pedestrian-mad council has ruined Auckland's CBD
Having spoken this morning to Auckland's Heart Of the City CEO about restaurant month kicking off, I'm hopeful it does indeed draw people into Auckland, because...
UK slows reopening as Covid cases rise
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson put some of the country's next steps out of lockdown on hold Friday with just a few hours' notice, saying the number of new...
Government confirms $500 million investment into upgrading state homes
The Government has confirmed it is investing $500 million into the upgrade and renewal of state homes across the country. The multi-million dollar expansion of...