Business & Markets

False tip-off led to benefit being cut with no warning

The Ministry of Social Development is insisting it made a one-off mistake in stopping a woman's benefit before they had investigated a tip she was cheating the system. The Auckland solo mother of three was initially wrongly told her benefit had...... Read More

Another 50 years of oil exploration possible - Minister

There could still be oil and gas exploration going on in New Zealand in 50 years' time, despite government moves against the practice, says the Energy Minister. The government has decided to stop issuing new permits for offshore exploration as...... Read More

Mayors say medical school a ‘no-brainer’

Two Waikato mayors say a proposal for a Waikato Medical School will be a "game-changer" for smaller Waikato towns and the government must support it. The proposal to build a Hamilton-based medical school has come from the University of Waikato...... Read More

Whitebait at risk of quick extinction

All five species of whitebait may be extinct in 16 years, according to an open letter published online. The letter -  from the Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board - urges three ministers to take action on whitebait preservation. The letter addresses Minister...... Read More

Eat it all for Earth Day

Putting its rubbish where your mouth is, NZ burger chain Better Burger is challenging its customers to take a stand this Earth Day (Sunday April 22) and eat everything on their plate, including the packaging! The New Zealand owned and operated company...... Read More

Global engine issue affects Air NZ

Air New Zealand has now completed the engine checks required this week as part of a global inspection of some Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. European aviation regulator EASA issued a directive requiring operators of a type of Trent 1000 engine known...... Read More

Voting on Maori Wards opens

Western Bay electors will have their say on whether or not the District Council should establish Maori wards, when voting opens next week.  Western Bay of Plenty District Council is holding a binding poll to see whether Maori wards should be introduced...... Read More

Straight talking about health

Gemma McCaw, Dr Anna Rolleston, Sam the Barter Barber and Harold the Giraffe are inviting you to breakfast, and all for a good cause. Guests at the Life Education Breakfast on Friday, May 4 will be treated to breakfast before meeting and listening...... Read More

Pacific partnership for Oceania exhibition

New Zealand and Pacific Island countries will partner with the Royal Academy of Arts on the Oceania exhibition in London. Oceania will mark 250 years since the start of Captain Cook’s first voyage to the South Pacific, and runs from September...... Read More

PGF processes to be strengthened

The Provincial Development Unit has announced the Provincial Growth Fund is strengthening its systems and processes for assessing and approving requests for funding following an internal review. Provincial Development Unit head Nigel Bickle made...... Read More