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May 22, 2017

The Department of Conservation (DOC) will see an additional funding in the 2017 Budget. Pre-Budget announcements from the Government indicate an advanced funding model for DOC, with $76 million allocated for boosting tourism infrastructure over the next four years. The tourism infrastructure package for DOC is part of a larger package valued at $178 million […]

May 22, 2017

Recently Labour MP and Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis proposed developing a prison run according to Māori values to address the over-representation of Māori in prison statistics. However, the proposal has been met with backlash from criminal justice organisations such as JustSpeak and No Pride in Prisons.

May 15, 2017

Forest and Bird claim that amendments made in April to the Resource Management Act (RMA) could have damaging consequences for ecosystems threatened by mining. The Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 passed its final reading in Parliament on April 6 with the support of the Māori Party. Forest and Bird stated that restrictions on appeals to […]

March 27, 2017

Apple Inc. is facing allegations that it has not paid revenue tax in New Zealand for a decade. Apple have sold $4.2 billion dollars’ worth of products in New Zealand since 2007, but a New Zealand Herald investigation has uncovered an absence of tax paid to IRD over this period. As Apple NZ is a […]

March 13, 2017

The Government announced a new superannuation policy, raising the age of entitlement to 67 by 2040. The new policy would be gradually implemented from 2037. The current policy allows those who are 65 and above to claim fortnightly superannuation payments, which come from the Superannuation Fund. Between 22–23% of the country’s population will be older […]

March 3, 2017

On February 23, the Government unveiled a plan to ensure that 90% of New Zealand’s fresh waterways are “swimmable” by 2040. Presently only 72% are considered safe to swim in. The 23-year plan is estimated to cost more than $2 billion for local councils and farmers. Bill English described the proposal as an attempt to find […]

September 4, 2016

Student homelessness is not an unknown issue, and has affected many different demographics, however the housing market’s prohibitory state against students is only just being formally recognised.

August 7, 2016

VUW Foundation Studies staff are still trying to keep their jobs, despite the university finding a new provider to teach the course. According to statements published on the Tertiary Education Union’s (TEU) website, the department’s staff members cannot foresee success in this strategy, and instead urge the university to “expand the department instead of extraditing […]

April 17, 2016

The latest Child, Youth and Family (CYF) report states that vulnerable children will no longer abandoned by state when they turn 17. Minister of Social Development Anne Tolley has announced that state care will be extended to 18 year olds, with the option of staying in full care until 21. There will also be the […]