Politics

Early childhood educators will be forced to get qualified

The government has told home-based early childhood businesses to get their carers qualified or lose access to subsidies totalling more than $150 million-a-year. It has announced a new requirement that all home-based carers must have at least a level...... Read More

Minister ‘disappointed’ at second fruit fly find

Minister for Biosecurity Damien O’Connor says the second find of an unwanted fruit fly is disappointing and the Government is committed to ensuring it doesn’t establish here. “Getting rid of the fruit fly is New Zealand’s most...... Read More

23 councils refuse to sign climate change commitment

A push to get local authorities to sign up to a declaration on climate change is "politically charged and driven", the Thames-Coromandel mayor says. Fifty-five councils have signed up to the Local Government Leaders' Climate Change Declaration....... Read More

Call to declare seasonal worker shortage in BOP

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller is calling for the Government to urgently declare a seasonal worker shortage in the region. He says it will allow work visas to be fast-tracked as they were late in the 2018 season. “Kiwifruit growers in the Bay...... Read More