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Whakaari / White Island has erupted – here‘s what you need to know

Whakaari / White Island has erupted – here‘s what you need to know

Five people are dead, 18 have been rescued and potentially two dozen people are unaccounted for on Whakaari / White Island, after it erupted on Monday. Here‘s what you need to know. Whakaari / White Island after the eruption. Photo: Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there were a number of tourists on or around the […]

Bus drivers march after NZ Bus lockout cancels services

Bus drivers march after NZ Bus lockout cancels services

Thousands of commuters in Auckland will be affected again tomorrow, with the latest negotiations between the bus drivers‘ union and their employer failing to reach an agreement. Hundreds of bus drivers marched on Queen St as negotiations between the union and NZ Bus continue. Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook Drivers working for NZ Bus are asking for more pay and […]

Floods trigger renewed LGNZ call for protection work funding

Floods trigger renewed LGNZ call for protection work funding

Flooding in the South Island at the weekend has reignited a call from councils to central government to help them fund flood protection work. The flooded Rangitata river. Photo: Supplied/Peter Lyttle The Rangitata River in South Canterbury burst its banks leaving both State Highway 1 at Rangitata and the Upper Rangitata Bridge at Arundel impassable on Saturday. Just before noon […]

Health minister slammed after Napier and Hawke‘s Bay lose DHB spot

Health minister slammed after Napier and Hawke‘s Bay lose DHB spot

A lack of representation for Napier and Central Hawke‘s Bay on the newly appointed Hawke‘s Bay District Health Board is “concerning” and “disappointing”, their mayors say. Napier Mayor Kirsten Wise Photo: RNZ / Anusha Bradley The health minister confirmed on Friday his four appointments, including the chair and deputy chair to the DHB, to join the eight board members elected […]

Transport Agency hopes to re-open key West Coast road before Christmas

Transport Agency hopes to re-open key West Coast road before Christmas

Things may be looking up for Franz Josef with the New Zealand Transport Agency hoping to have the badly damaged road to the north open before Christmas. A slip at Mt Hercules, on State Highway 6, north of Franz Josef. Photo: RNZ / Conan Young It was announced today that the road from Franz Josef will re-open tomorrow for a […]

Report into 2017 general election tipped to be published shortly

Report into 2017 general election tipped to be published shortly

The long-awaited and much-delayed Parliamentary report into the 2017 general election is expected to be published in the coming days. Photo: AFP or licensors It‘s been a rough road to get the report completed by the Justice Select Committee, which has also been considering the influence of overseas actors and cash from other countries, as well as the 2016 local […]

Former Auditor-General Martin Matthews seeks redress over resignation

Former Auditor-General Martin Matthews seeks redress over resignation

Former Auditor-General Martin Matthews is petitioning Parliament to reopen his case, claiming MPs “held a gun to his head” to force his resignation. Former Auditor-General Martin Matthews, with Mary Scholtens QC. Photo: RNZ / Yvette McCullough Mr Matthews resigned in 2017, hours before the release of a damning report into his handling of fraud committed by Joanne Harrison under his […]

Normal service resumes: An amicable surge of member’s bills

Normal service resumes: An amicable surge of member’s bills

Every other Wednesday at Parliament is a Members’ Day and the legislation debated is proposed by MPs not in  government. The bills are chosen by lottery and debated in strict order, with the ones which have made the most progress going first. The End of Life Choice Bill created a bottleneck this year, taking up all of the available member‘s bill time […]

NZ‘s first High Commissioner of Cook Island  descent Tessa Temata dies

NZ‘s first High Commissioner of Cook Island descent Tessa Temata dies

New Zealand‘s High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, Tessa Temata, died in Palmerston North at the weekend. Tessa Temata was New Zealand‘s first High Commissioner of Cook Islands descent. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Ms Temata, 52, had recently returned to New Zealand for medical treatment. Deputy Prime Minister and foreign minister Winston Peters says the goverment has […]