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March 12, 2018

His Honour Judge Andrew Becroft, the New Zealand Children’s Commissioner, has asked MPs to consider lowering the voting age to 16. Judge Becroft appeared before the Social Services Select Committee at Parliament in February, and urged them to lead a nationwide discussion on the issue. He told the committee that it may provide headway to […]

March 5, 2018

Justice Minister Andrew Little has highlighted a need for extensive criminal justice reform in New Zealand. Little believes the tough penalties imposed on criminals under the “so-called law-and-order policies” of the last thirty years have failed in their goal of reducing crime. “New Zealand needs to completely change the way criminal justice works,” he said […]

October 16, 2017

Both New World and Countdown, two of New Zealand’s “big three” supermarket chains, have announced that they will phase out single-use plastic bags by the end of 2018. Countdown announced its policy on October 4, with New World following suit six days later. The managing director of Countdown said that customer surveys showed 83 per […]

October 2, 2017

An eruption of one of the world’s most active volcanoes has caused at least 6000 people to flee their homes on the island of Ambae in Vanuatu. The Monaro volcano, active since 2005, has been rumbling for weeks. An increase in activity on September 23 led to the volcano’s activity being classified as a “moderate […]

September 25, 2017

The Electoral Commission has been criticised for undermining the rights of Māori voters, following nationwide complaints about the conduct of electoral staff.

September 18, 2017

Substantive changes to VUWSA’s constitution were passed at their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on August 10. The VUWSA constitution is an expansive document, delineating both the structural and administrative form of the association, and their values and goals as an organisation providing the best for students. At the AGM VUWSA President Rory Lenihan-Ikin described the […]

August 14, 2017

Synthetic cannabis, which was legal in New Zealand until May 2014, is believed to have contributed to the deaths of ten New Zealanders last month. Acting Detective Inspector Peter Florence told Stuff on July 28 that synthetic cannabis has always been prevalent, but there had been a sudden unexplained spike in recent months. He said […]

July 31, 2017

A new species of the giant ocean sunfish has been found in New Zealand waters. It was discovered and formally described by an international team of researchers led by Murdoch University student Marianne Nyegaard.