Government to update Equal Pay Act

The Government will update the Equal Pay Act and amend the Employment Relations Act to implement recommendations of the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity. This will make it easier for women to file pay equity claims with their employers, rather than... Read More

New RMA standard for telco facilities

Changes to the National Environmental Standard (NES) for Telecommunications Facilities will make it quicker and easier for New Zealanders to get connected to new and better communications technologies. Communications Minister Amy Adams and Environment... Read More

Plan to reduce dog attacks

The Associate Minister of Local Government Louise Upston has announced a second tranche of proposals as part of the national action plan to reduce the risk and harm of dog attacks. The additional changes made in this second tranche will ensure the owners... Read More

Cleric accused of govt advisory role

New Zealand First wants the government to confirm if controversial Islamic cleric, Dr  Mohammad Anwar Sahib, is advising it on Halal issues. “New Zealand First views very seriously the kind of anti-Semitic comments that Dr Sahib delivered in... Read More

Climate change experts appointed

Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett has brought together 10 experts from government and the private sector to provide advice on how New Zealand can adapt and build resilience to the effects of climate change. The Climate Change Adaptation Technical... Read More

Visitor levy could do so much more

Following news today that the Government is considering allowing district councils the power to charge visitor levies, UnitedFuture leader Hon Peter Dunne, says a uniform national conservation levy imposed on all visitorswould be far more effective than... Read More

NZ Geographic Board appointments

A refreshed membership of the New Zealand Geographic Board will ensure that New Zealand's process for deciding official place names continues to reflect the interests of Kiwis, Land Information Minister Louise Upston says. The newcomers are Paulette... Read More

Fishery closures around Kaikoura

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced a temporary closure of shellfish and seaweed harvesting along the earthquake-affected east coast of the South Island, and a $2 million package to investigate the impact of the earthquakes on these... Read More

Talk of tax cuts is plain crazy

John Key's talk of tax cuts when the Government has $63 billion of debt, superannuation costs are rising by $1 billion a year and the cost of meeting another natural disaster, is just plain crazy, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. “Key has... Read More

Piecemeal changes letting parents down

Special needs education requires major reform, not just piecemeal changes as proposed, says New Zealand First. “There have been hours of emotional and passionate oral submissions from parents, teachers and students calling for major system change,... Read More

Opinion Poll

What did you do when quake hit the Kaikoura area early last Monday morning and a tsunami warning was sent out?

Heeded the warning and quickly made our way to higher ground.
Didn't receive a tsunami warning at all.
Received a tsunami warning from Civil Defence but was too late - when we woke that morning.
Ignored the warning.

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