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August 21, 2017

The Gordon Wilson flats have been saved from demolition after the Environment Court upheld an appeal from the Architectural Centre which sought to retain the building’s heritage status. VUW purchased the flats from Housing New Zealand in 2014, seeking to have it rezoned as part of VUW to allow for its demolition. Wellington City Council […]

August 14, 2017

The Papua New Guinea general election that took place between June 24 and July 8 has been characterised internationally as suffering from mismanagement and inconsistencies. Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) has condemned the conduct of the election as “disheartening and completely unacceptable to the vast majority of our people who believe in good and fair actions, […]

August 7, 2017

MPs and industry representatives from Australia and New Zealand met at the Agricultural Ministers Forum on July 26 to discuss critical agricultural concerns, including the eradication of the red imported fire ant (RIFA) from Australia and New Zealand The Australian Government committed $411 million over ten years to eradicate RIFA. The decision expanded the National […]

July 31, 2017

Violence and procedural failures have marred Papua New Guinea’s 2017 general election. Voting closed on July 8, with 3332 candidates contesting 111 seats in the National Parliament, the body tasked with electing a new Prime Minister. Wabag, capital of the Enga province, remained in lockdown for five days after a gunfight between rival supporters. Police […]

July 24, 2017

The NM Cherry Blossom has been detained in Port Elizabeth since May 1, subject to a South African High Court case. It has a cargo of illegally mined phosphate rock from Western Sahara, destined for Tauranga and valued at approximately $7 million. The United Nations recognises Western Sahara as non self-governing territory. Morocco controls 80% […]