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Federated Farmers responds to Government's freshwater reforms
Changes to central Government Essential Freshwater regulations reflect farmer feedback, says Federated Farmers. "While we're still working through the detail, the...
US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people
The U.S. surpassed a jarring milestone Wednesday in the coronavirus pandemic: 100,000 deaths. That number is the best estimate and most assuredly an undercount....
Tim Dower: Farmers will be key to NZ's economic revival
Farmers have been stressing about the Government's plans to clean up rivers, streams and lakes for a long time now. And it's pretty obvious why they'd be concerned,...
Isabella Lenihin-Ikin: Greens planning inquiry into student accommodation
The Green Party are planning a select committee inquiring into student accommodation, which was exposed during the national lockdown. The sector has revealed to...
Māori waiting for elective surgery prioritised on waiting lists
Wellingtonians waiting for elective surgery may find they've been juggled on the list. Ethnicity will now be taken into account when determining a patient's clinical...
Rescued trampers endured two weeks without food
The two trampers who went missing in bush north-west of Nelson say they spent nearly two weeks without food - and their only saving grace was water they had found. An...
Tim Dower: Winston's right about moving to level 1
It's funny to be saying this in a public forum, but sometimes it's true, Winston's right about Level 1. And maybe we're ready to move even further, you know, back...
First home buyers encouraged to take advantage of favourable market
The Covid financial crisis could provide a silver lining for first home buyers. ASB's latest Housing Confidence Survey shows just 14-percent of people believe house...
UK Minister quits government over Boris Johnson aide's lockdown breach
Dominic Cummings helped Boris Johnson win power by pitting the people against the elite. Johnson’s Conservative administration has branded itself “the People’s Government.” The...
Super eligibility age debate heats up again
An economist says Super will become an increasing burden requiring nastier trade-offs, particularly with the current huge hit to the balance sheet. National Party...
Call for NZ clinical trials after Govt's $37m vaccine spend
Scientists have hailed a just-announced $37m Government spend toward a Covid-19 vaccine – and now a major clinical research organisation has called for trials to...
Kate Hawkesby: Bridges must be licking his chops after Muller's performance
Simon Bridges must be licking his chops. If the Nats new team thought a new leadership would mean a cake walk to September, they’re sadly mistaken. Not only are...
Economist on government's unemployment support scheme
A new support scheme is on the way for those who have lost their jobs due to Covid-19. From June 8, people searching for work or re-training can receive $490 a...
Australian comedian's charity blunder, sport crowds potential return
Capped crowds are part of Australian Rugby League Commission boss Peter V'landys' next plans for post-covid-19 NRL. He wants to start filling...
David Murdoch: Infectious diseases expert on moving to level 1
New Zealand will move from one new normal, to another, later this week. The Government's agreed to start permitting church services, weddings, funerals and gatherings...
Gerry Brownlee on household debt and Todd Muller's new leadership style
National's Gerry Brownlee says it's pretty easy to borrow money but much harder to pay it back. Todd Muller's announced his new shadow cabinet, after taking the...
Kate Hawkesby: Women are the winners in Muller's new line up
We can’t ignore the fact the winners in Muller’s new line up – are women. For a party accused of being pale male and stale, Muller has managed to surround himself...
How Covid-19 has affected shopping for retailers and customers
With lockdown over, kiwis can returned to a favoured hobby and a necessity for survival relatively uninterrupted - shopping. But the retail industry has a tough...
US nearing 100,000 Covid-19 deaths
On a somber Memorial Day weekend, America is approaching the grim milestone of 100,000 Covid-19 deaths in a population of 330 million. Six Asia-Pacific nations --...
Government scraps building consents for small projects
The Government has scrapped some red-tape for DIYers after ruling people no longer need consent for a variety of small projects around the home. Minister for Building...
Kate Hawkesby: Todd Muller has a battle on his hands
COMMENT: I think it’s sad National panicked 3 and half months out from an election, and I feel sorry for Simon Bridges, I believe he had the numbers Friday - a...
Tim Dower: National Party leadership battle isn't a done deal
COMMENT: It's a big day today for the National Party. Personally, I don't think this is a done deal. National MPs have a lot to consider ahead of the vote at midday. First...
Political commentator backs Muller and Kaye leadership for National
National MPs are arriving at Parliament this morning ahead of an emergency caucus meeting to decide if the party will change its leader. Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller...
Trump considering hosting G-7 summit in US after all
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he's considering holding a meeting in the U.S. with the leaders of the world's major economies after all because it would...
Extra funding proposed to support struggling NCEA students
An online learning provider is suggesting the government needs to give schools a catch up budget to support struggling NCEA students. Lock down means students have...