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September 17, 2018

The Clare Curran Saga Wraps Up Two weeks after she was kicked out of cabinet, Clare Curran has resigned as a minister for the coalition government. On 7 September, Clare Curran offered her resignation to the Prime Minister, which she accepted. This comes after Curran failed to answer several questions from the National party at […]

August 20, 2018

Simon Bridges Travel Costs Leaked National Party Leader Simon Bridges has saying that he wants a full inquiry into the leak that revealed he spent over $113,000 on business travel. The information, which was leaked to Newshub, showed that the MP had spent this money on travel expenses and accommodation in April and June,. Speculation […]

August 20, 2018

It was the second post cabinet press conference for Jacinda Ardern since returning from maternity leave. She wasn’t the only one running the show on a Monday arvo; she brought along Ministers Meka Whaitiri and a taller-in-real-life Shane Jones along for the ride. Shane could not look more bored when he was talking about the […]

August 13, 2018

Nurses Accept Latest Pay Offer In a battle of negotiations that has lasted months, nurses have accepted the fifth pay offer put forward by District Health Boards (DHBs). Nurses accepted the offer on the 7 August, and it will be the most significant pay increase the New Zealand Nursing Organisation (NZNO) has seen in a […]

August 6, 2018

Simon Bridge’s First Speech as Leader National Leader Simon Bridges has made his first public speech as National Leader at National’s AGM. On 29 July, Bridges delivered a fiery speech that criticized the current Labour/NZ First Government’s economic decisions since they have been in power, including their tertiary education policy, the cutting of benefit sanctions, […]

July 30, 2018

Zero Carbon Bill Comes Closer to Reality Submissions for the Zero Carbon Bill have closed, with over 14,000 public submissions. Consultation on this bill, led by Climate Change Minister James Shaw, closed on 19th of July after six weeks of consultation. The planned bill would see, at the very least, net carbon levels drop to […]

July 23, 2018

Pike River Mine Re-entry Concept Plan Presented to Families The re-entry to the Pike River Mine has been given a tangible plan, which has been presented to the victim’s families. On 14 July, Minister responsible for Pike River re-entry Andrew Little confirmed that the plan for re-entering the mine has been completed. The “concept plan”, […]

July 16, 2018

Government Replacing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft The Ministry of Defence has announced that they will be putting aside 2.3 billion dollars to purchase new aircraft. On the 10th July, Defence Minister Ron Mark made the announcement that four Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft will be purchased from the United States Department of Defence. These aircraft will […]

June 5, 2018

Budget Opinion Call me sad, but I had been looking forward to Jacinda’s first Budget for a good long while. Of course, I had the idea that this would be a day of confirming or denying the hole in Labour’s three year plan that Minister for Everything Steven Joyce whinged to the media about last […]