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Kate Hawkesby: Should kids have to stand for adults on buses?
COMMENT: Debate raged in the UK as the weekend over the issue of whether kids should stand up for older people on the bus. This came about after a woman travelling...
Survey shows one in five Kiwis can't afford Christmas
A new survey has shed light on the struggles Kiwi families face during Christmas. The Salvation Army survey shows one in five Kiwis say they can't afford to celebrate...
Prize-giving boycott could hurt high achieving students - psychologist
In what's thought to be a first for New Zealand schools, Silverdale Primary will go without an end of year prize-giving. The school, north of Auckland, is dropping...
Kate Hawkesby: It's unrealistic to expect 17-year-olds to have a 'clear career path'
Students all over the country are sitting exams at the moment, some of ours, like thousands of other kids, are doing NCEA. Many of these kids with a view to go on...
Trade unions concerned over micro-chipping of employees
Trade unions in Britain are raising concern about the number of employers considering micro-chipping their staff. They are worried that workers will be pressured...
'Tenancy fees' replacing banned letting fees
There are fears a new kind of letting fee will still hit tenants in the pocket. While letting fees are to be banned from next month, Quinovic has announced a 'tenancy...
Kate Hawkesby: From today I'm working for free
As of today, I’m effectively turning up here for free. Not just me. All women. Women work from now until the end of the year for free. That’s pay equity for you. The...
Concern low-decile students missing out on crucial support
Failure to provide kids with adequate support in schools could have a life long impact. In some schools across the country, as many as one-in-three students are...
Support for striking court staff: 'It's a really difficult job'
There is support for court staff from within the justice system as strike action escalates. About 72 court cases have been adjourned in Auckland, and that number...
Kate Hawkesby: I feel for Sroubek's mum but her plea carries no weight
I feel bad for Karel Sroubek’s mother. Every parent can empathise with the plight of having a child go rogue, fall foul of the law, get themselves into a pile of...
Brexit deal on: May presses UK Cabinet for green light
Theresa May has reached a Brexit deal with the EU, but still needs the support of her own cabinet. The British prime minister will present the deal to key cabinet...
Increased exposure to blue light negatively impacting our health
There is growing concern that the increased exposure to artificial sources of blue light from lighting and digital screens, is having an effect on our health. Auckland...
Kate Hawkesby: Finally some crystal clear advice about drinking while pregnant
Another campaign aimed at stopping pregnant women from drinking alcohol has fired up. It advises zero alcohol while pregnant - 'no alcohol equals no risk.' It’s...
Inclusion of churches in state abuse inquiry welcomed
A victims advocate says including religious organisations in the inquiry into abuse in state care is a good start. Following an outpouring of requests, the Government...
Is sheep milk the new craze?
Farmers are being urged to trade in their cows for a flock of sheep, as the sheep milk market heats up/ With the demand for sheep milk growing, a Waikato milk processing...
Repair Cafes gaining popularity worldwide
While most of us throw something away if it's broken a new type of cafe is trying to stop that. Repair cafes are popping up all over the world and allow people...
Kate Hawkesby: What's wrong with putting your Xmas tree up in November?
We put our Christmas tree up this weekend. I know. Far too early. But you try telling an excitable child that. She was unstoppable. Partly excited for Christmas,...
Teachers' strike - 'If it was just about pay we'd be really happy'
A primary school teacher says the strikes aren't just about pay with issues like workload and stress yet to be addressed by the Government. Thousands of teachers...
'Virtual' rural medical school proposed
LISTEN ABOVE AS GARRY NIXON SPEAKS TO KATE HAWKESBY Otago and Auckland universities have proposed a school of rural health to address the shortage of health professionals...
Kate Hawkesby: Women are the real winners of America's Midterms
America is a fascinating watch at the moment. They’ve taken the pulse of the people and women, in particular, have given them a strong reading. They have said no...
Iain Lees-Galloway 'made the wrong decision' over Sroubek
A former Immigration Minister says Iain Lees-Galloway is out of touch with "ordinary Kiwis" after he admitted he didn't read the full file before granting residency...
Female-only ride sharing app to launch in Auckland
Recruiting female drivers for a new ride sharing app has been no easy feat. After hearing stories from female friends about feeling unsafe in taxis, 23-year-old...
Kate Hawkesby: You can't have it both ways with immigration
I see the latest people to look at immigration to solve their employment woes is the aged care sector. Aged care workers are seeking urgent changes to immigration...
32,000 Kiwi students volunteer to help disadvantaged
At least 32,000 primary school students will be using their classrooms as volunteer hubs to help elderly, refugees and foster children. The initiative is lead by...
Trump unlikely to 'tone down' rhetoric after Midterms
Donald Trump isn't likely to tone down his inflammatory rhetoric after the Democrats flipped the House of Representatives. The US president's Republican Party...