Funding cuts for police mental health plan

Funding for a ground-breaking mental health scheme to ease strain on emergency services has been axed by the government. An $8 million co-response service would see a mental health worker attend all crisis calls along with police and ambulance staff....... Read More

Makeovers considered for run-down schools

The government is considering improving the appearance of run-down, unpopular schools as a way of boosting their enrolments, and setting minimum standards for the visual appearance of school property. A Cabinet paper said the appearance of schools could...... Read More

Past and present parry blows over the byways

He is the Transport Minister. And he was the Transport Minister. And the two men have been toe-to-toe trading political blows over whether the region’s major roading projects have deliberately stalled.  Simon Bridges, Transport Minister...... Read More

Minister checks in on Housing First services

Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford has met face-to-face with those working on-the-ground to combat homelessness in Tauranga. The meeting was held at the People’s Project office in Grey Street and involved the Minister, along...... Read More

Mounting pressure to ban gay conversion therapy

The government is under pressure to follow Britain's lead and ban gay conversion therapies. Theresa May's Conservative government has announced it wants to outlaw the controversial practice, as part of a 75-point plan to improve the lives of...... Read More

$2.3 billion bill to replace aging fleet

The government has announced its new fleet of aircraft to replace its aging Orion planes. The Defence Minister Ron Mark made the announcement of the $2.346 billion Boeing P8 Poseidon fleet at Parliament today. They will begin operations from 2023. "The...... Read More

The Opportunities Party is no more

The Board of The Opportunities Party has decided to request that the Electoral Commission cancel TOP’s registration as a political party. TOP was formed in late 2016 to contest the 2017 election in which it polled at 2.4 per cent. Since the election...... Read More

Rotorua projects get funding boost

Rotorua has taken two steps forward towards achieving long-term goals with funding being approved for two of council’s ‘Big Moves’ projects. Rotorua Lakes Council’s ‘Big Moves’ are important, multi-year projects...... Read More

Twyford: Ballot will keep Kiwibuild equal

Requiring people to ballot for Kiwibuild homes would help to ensure those on lower incomes still have a good chance, Housing Minister Phil Twyford says. The income caps are $120,000 for sole purchasers and $180,000 for couples. To be eligible,...... Read More

Couples earning up to $180K able to buy Kiwibuild

Couples earning up to $180,000 will be able to buy KiwiBuild homes, the government has announced. Housing Minister Phil Twyford has set out the maximum income cap restricting who will be allowed to buy a home under the programme. To be eligible, buyers...... Read More




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