Politics

Catholic Church ’disappointed’ by inquiry

The Catholic Church is disappointed a Government inquiry into state abuse of children may not expand to include faith-based institutions, including itself. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said the primary role of an inquiry would be to focus on the...... Read More

Government to divert road taxes to rail? - Collins

Transport Minister Phil Twyford has confirmed the Government is considering diverting taxes paid by motorists who want better roads to rail instead, while insisting to media this won’t happen, National’s Transport Spokesperson Judith Collins...... Read More

Peters to attend North Korea talks

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will join 20 other countries at a meeting to discuss how to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions. Mr Peters leaves tonight for Canada, which will host the meeting in Vancouver on Wednesday, NZT. The meeting,...... Read More

Bill to strengthen language learning in schools

A draft Bill to strengthen the ability of students to learn a second language at school has today been released for public consultation by National Party Education Spokesperson Nikki Kaye. “The benefits of speaking more than one language have...... Read More

Mayoral relief fund for Kaiaua storm damage

A disaster relief fund has been set up for the Hauraki community of Kaiaua, which was devastated in last week's storm. The storm damaged 241 homes in Coromandel and the Firth of Thames, leaving 15 uninhabitable, including 12 in Kaiaua. Another...... Read More

Petition to ensure Auckland to Whangarei route

National MPs Dr Shane Reti and Matt King have today launched a campaign to ensure the Auckland to Whangarei four-lane Road of National Significance proceeds as planned by the previous National Government. "The previous National-led Government...... Read More

$1m cost for govt to get back two early education centres

The Ministry of Education paid nearly $1 million to have two early education centres in Wellington transferred from Victoria University back to the Crown. The payment was made after months of wrangling. The centres - part of a former teacher training...... Read More

Abuse victim backs inquiry including religious institutions

A man who was abused at a St John of God school is backing calls for the government to include faith-based institutions in the promised inquiry into the abuse of children in state care. The government has promised to set up an independent inquiry into...... Read More

Kiwi workers call out Fijian government

More than 50 people have shown their support for Fijian workers at a protest outside the Fiji High Commission in Wellington this afternoon. The protest is in support of the international mobilisation for 200 ground handling workers at Nadi airport...... Read More

New Zealand joins international mobilising efforts

New Zealand workers will join international mobilising efforts for 250 Fijian ground handling workers at Nadi airport by hosting a protest today. The workers have been locked out since before Christmas by Fiji Government-controlled Air Terminal Services. The...... Read More