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October 16, 2017

Niue announced a new marine sanctuary that will protect 126,909 square kilometres of its oceans on October 6, seeking to safeguard the future of the nation’s unique natural environment. The sanctuary will cover 40% of Niue’s Exclusive Economic Zone, encompassing the main island, submerged atolls, and surrounding reefs — including the Beveridge Reef, habitat to […]

October 9, 2017

New Zealand police have been tapping the phones of prison abolitionist group People Against Prisons Aotearoa in what its members say is a gross breach of privacy.

September 25, 2017

Snow leopards are no longer considered an endangered species, having been reclassified for the first time in 45 years. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has moved the species into the less urgent “vulnerable” category after a three year assessment period by five international experts. IUCN estimate the global snow leopard population […]

September 18, 2017

CW: Suicide   606 shoes were laid out on Parliament’s lawn on September 10, representing the number of New Zealanders lost to suicide in 2016. The shoes had travelled from Cape Reinga and Bluff to be presented on International Suicide Prevention Day as part of the Shoe Project, an awareness campaign organised by Yes We […]

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% […]