Whanganui River is now a person

The Maori Party says history has been made with the passing of the Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill through its third reading in the House yesterday. The river will now have its own legal identity with all the corresponding rights,... Read More

Overhaul for family violence laws

An overhaul of the Domestic Violence Act is being welcomed by a Bay of Plenty MP. Todd Muller is welcoming the introduction of The Family and Whanau Violence Legislation Bill to overhaul the Domestic Violence Act and amend five Acts and make consequential... Read More

Key and Cunliffe hand in resignations

Both John Key and David Cunliffe are set to leave parliament in April. The former Prime Minister will give his valedictory speech on March 22 and his resignation from parliament will take effect from April 14. David will deliver his final speech on... Read More

Calls to end workforce gender bias

Calls are being made to end the bias against women in the workforce. Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller says research from the Ministry for Women shows that there is a conscious and unconscious bias against women in the workplace; this has to stop. “There... Read More

Ardern new Labour deputy leader

Jacinda Ardern has been confirmed as Labour's new deputy leader. Labour's caucus met this morning to vote on the role of deputy after Annette King stepped down from the role last week. This is great news for Labour and for the country. Jacinda's... Read More

Trump issues new travel ban

US President Donald Trump has signed a new executive order on immigration today. Trump's aide, Kellyanne Conway, stated earlier that the revised order has surfaced following an earlier ban which was subsequently blocked by the Supreme Court. Unlike... Read More

Superannuation age to lift to 67

The Government will progressively lift the age of eligibility for NZ Superannuation from 65 to 67, starting in 20 years' time, Prime Minister Bill English announced today. “New Zealanders are healthier and living longer so adjusting the long-term... Read More

New $18M school for Pyes Pa

Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced Auckland, Tauranga and Canterbury will each see a new primary school opening their doors for students in 2019.   Minister Parata today signed establishment notices for Flat Bush South East School in... Read More

Little backs Peters for committee post

A question from the crowd at Wednesday night's public meeting with Labour Party leader Andrew Little was answered today with the announcement he is nominating NZ First Leader Winston Peters for a seat on the Security and Intelligence Committee. The... Read More

Dame Susan calls for abuse inquiry

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is calling on Prime Minister Bill English to begin an inquiry into the abuse of children and vulnerable adults held in state institutions over forty years. “The uplifting of Maori children from their... Read More

Opinion Poll

Should schools change their policy to appease one student?

Yes, students have a right to stand up for what they believe in.
No, the student, and parents, agrees to the policy when they decide to go to that school.

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