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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 […]

May 28, 2018

Budget 2018 – Grant Robertson The first Budget of the Labour-NZ First Government was delivered on 17 May by Finance Minister Grant Robertson. The Budget this year had a broad focus on promoting a strong economy, and on practical and informed decision-making made by the Government for New Zealanders. Treasury predicted a forecast surplus of […]

May 21, 2018

Homelessness Prevention Programme Extended to Various Towns in New Zealand Several regions across New Zealand have been selected for a new housing initiative set up by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. On Friday 4 May the Government announced that the Housing First Programme is set to receive $63.4 million dollars, as laid out […]

May 14, 2018

Waka Jumping Bill The controversial Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill — commonly known as the “Waka Jumping” Bill — passed its first reading in the House on 30 January 2018, and is now at the select committee stage. The Bill aims to restore confidence in the integrity of Parliament and improve the way MPs are elected. […]