Every time the Remuneration Authority bumps up members of
Parliament salaries the public, or at least large parts of
it, is appalled.
Overseas tourists coming to New Zealand or Australia are
often surprised by biosecurity measures.
It is easy to see why New Zealanders, just like Parliament,
are divided about this country's involvement in the Iraq
The issue of overseas drivers has flared again, and for very
good reason. Five appeared in Otago courts on Monday after a
weekend of death and injury.
The Government seems headed on a collision course with
environmentalists over its plans to amend legislation which
could open New Zealand's seabed to mining.
Political turmoil in Britain is ensuring political pundits
hedge their bets as to which party will be able to form a
government after the May 7 election.
Prime Minister John Key will face an early litmus test of how
his Government is tracking when the Northland by-election is
held on March 28.
''We're not talking about houses. We're talking about
It looks a done deal. At least part of the America's Cup
qualifying series will be raced in Auckland and the
Government will support Team New Zealand with taxpayers'
Damned if we do, and damned if we don't. That is the position
New Zealand faces on commitments to join the struggle against
the self-proclaimed Islamic State.
The colleges and flats have been filling as students flood
back to Dunedin and the University of Otago.
Is it OK now to eat piles of butter and bacon or lots of
chips and ice cream? The message in the media is that it
could well be - after studies found no obvious link between
saturated fats and heart disease.
The long-awaited declaration of a drought in parts of the
South Island has focused the attention of the country on what
will become an economic disaster if it is not handled
The phoney war is almost over. The hoopla and speeches at the
opening ceremony are behind us.
SkyCity Entertainment and Prime Minister John Key have
entered into a game of high-stakes poker over the ''missing''
millions to pay for the controversial New Zealand
International Convention Centre.
The announcement one of the major global players in the wine
industry has invested in Central Otago is exciting for the
area, and builds on the hard work of the region's winemaking
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