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  • Future-Proofing Education: Navigating IT Challenges in New Zealand’s Schools

    Future-Proofing Education: Navigating IT Challenges in New Zealand’s Schools

    In the evolving educational landscape of New Zealand, schools are at a crossroads of technological transformation. With the shift towards digital learning, the pressure on educational institutions to upgrade and maintain their IT infrastructure has never been greater. This transition is not just about embracing new technologies; it’s a fundamental shift in how we approach…

  • Assessing the Risks and Vulnerability of New Zealand’s Undersea Cables in 2024

    In 2024, the world’s increasing reliance on digital connectivity has brought to the forefront the critical issue of the security of undersea cables. New Zealand, situated in a remote part of the globe, depends heavily on these fibre optic cables for international communication and internet access. The country is served by several key undersea cables…

  • Advancements and Challenges in New Zealand’s Dental Sector

    New Zealand’s dental sector is experiencing a period of significant change and advancement, driven by technological innovations and an increasing emphasis on accessible dental care. While these developments promise enhanced services for Kiwis, the sector also faces challenges in meeting the diverse needs of the population. Recent years have seen a surge in the adoption…

  • New Zealand’s Building Industry Faces Slowdown Amid Economic Uncertainty

    New Zealand’s Building Industry Faces Slowdown Amid Economic Uncertainty

    New Zealand’s building industry is currently experiencing a significant slowdown due to various factors, including economic uncertainty and decreased demand for new residential construction. This downturn has led to reduced building activity and poses challenges for construction firms and workers. Recent trends indicate a 20% decrease in inquiries for new residential builds and similar reductions…

  • Kāpiti Coast District Council Chief Executive’s Pay Rise Sparks Controversy

    The recent $50,500 pay rise for the Kāpiti Coast District Council Chief Executive, Darren Edwards, has sparked controversy and raised questions about the council’s spending priorities. The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has criticized the decision, citing the council’s history of questionable financial decisions and the burden it places on ratepayers. The pay rise, which brings…

  • Forty rural schools get free satellite broadband connection

    Forty rural schools get free satellite broadband connection

    Kaiako/tuamki (principal) Reno Skipper of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngaringaomatariki, a remote school northwest of Wellsford, describes the free Starlink satellite connection received via the Ministry of Education’s Satellite for Schools programme as being “life changing” for teachers and students. “Even in the space of two months, it’s made a huge difference to how…

  • The Deloitte Centre Officially Opens in Auckland’s Commercial Bay

    The Deloitte Centre Officially Opens in Auckland’s Commercial Bay

    The Deloitte Centre, at One Queen Street, has officially opened its doors in the heart of Commercial Bay, Auckland. The opening ceremony included a dawn blessing by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and a ribbon-cutting led by Anne Urlwin, Chair of Precinct Properties New Zealand. When fully leased, the building is expected to attract approximately 1,500 people…

  • Auckland’s Light Rail Project Cancelled, National Focuses on Alternative Transport Plans

    The New Zealand Government, led by the National Party, has officially cancelled the Auckland Light Rail project. This move, aligning with National’s pre-election promises, pivots focus towards alternative transportation projects in Auckland. Transport Minister Simeon Brown confirmed the cancellation, citing financial considerations and project feasibility. The light rail project, initially pegged at $15 billion, faced…

  • Trail Linking Queenstown and Cromwell Begins Construction

    Trail Linking Queenstown and Cromwell Begins Construction

    Construction of the Kawarau Gorge Trail, a major development in New Zealand’s cycling and hiking infrastructure, is underway, linking Queenstown and Cromwell through a 32-kilometre route. This trail promises to be a significant addition to the region’s outdoor activities, offering breathtaking views and a unique experience through the Kawarau Gorge. The commencement of the trail…

  • Air New Zealand Chooses All-Electric ALIA Aircraft to Spearhead Sustainability Efforts

    In a significant move towards sustainability, Air New Zealand has announced the selection of BETA Technologies’ ALIA CTOL (Conventional Take-Off and Landing) as its first all-electric next-generation aircraft. This decision is part of the airline’s “Mission Next Gen Aircraft” program, which aims to introduce commercial flights using next-generation aircraft by 2026. Designed by electric aerospace…

  • Air New Zealand Tops Global Rankings as World’s Safest Airline

    Air New Zealand Tops Global Rankings as World’s Safest Airline

    Air New Zealand has been recognized as the world’s safest airline by Airlineratings.com. It’s a significant achievement that underscores the carrier’s long-standing commitment to safety and operational excellence. This accolade places Air New Zealand at the forefront of global aviation safety, reflecting its dedication to maintaining the highest standards for its passengers and crew. The…

  • New Era of Hospitality: Auckland’s Luxury Hotels Expand Offerings

    Auckland’s hospitality landscape is evolving with the addition of new luxury accommodations, enhancing the city’s appeal as a premium destination. The Pullman Auckland Airport, which opened its doors in December 2023, represents a significant joint venture between Tainui Group Holdings and Auckland Airport. This luxurious hotel offers a blend of comfort and convenience, catering to…

  • Warriors Eye Historic NRL Game in Las Vegas

    The New Zealand Warriors, a team known for their resilience and passionate fanbase, are in preliminary discussions to play a groundbreaking match in Las Vegas in 2025. This potential game, part of the NRL’s American venture, would mark a significant moment for the club and the league. In 2024, the NRL will embark on its…

  • Asbestos Cladding in New Zealand Homes: A Cautionary Tale for DIY Renovators

    Asbestos Cladding in New Zealand Homes: A Cautionary Tale for DIY Renovators

    For a substantial period of New Zealand’s building history, asbestos was a common material used in the construction of homes. While it offered durability and fire resistance, we now understand the significant health risks posed by asbestos, especially during renovations where the material can be disturbed. Historically, wood was the predominant material used for the…

  • Rising Serious Injury Rates in New Zealand Over Two Decades

    Over the past two decades, New Zealand has seen a significant increase in the number of serious injuries, according to the data provided by the Ministry of Health, Mortality Collection and National Minimum Dataset, and Stats NZ. This long-form article examines the trends and statistics from 2000 to 2022 regarding fatal, serious non-fatal, and combined…

  • 2023 Marked a Significant Uptick in International Travel for New Zealanders

    2023 Marked a Significant Uptick in International Travel for New Zealanders

    As the world opened up in 2023, New Zealanders seized the opportunity to travel abroad in numbers not seen in the previous year. Statistics New Zealand reported an unprecedented rise in New Zealand-resident traveller arrivals, with figures reaching 2.48 million by the end of September 2023—an increase of 1.66 million compared to the same period…

  • Auckland Hotels Set to Cash In on New Year’s Eve Revellers

    Auckland Hotels Set to Cash In on New Year’s Eve Revellers

    Auckland, New Zealand – As the calendar flips closer to 31 December, Auckland’s hotels are bracing for a deluge of revellers, eager to ring in the New Year amidst the city’s vibrant festivities. With a surge in bookings and an air of anticipation, the hospitality sector is set to reap significant benefits. Auckland’s reputation as…

  • Anxious moments as armed police board bus

    Passengers onboard the number one bus from Island Bay got more than they paid for this morning when armed police jumped onboard , searching for a suspected robber. Mount Cook resident Andrew Lawler says it was like being in a movie. He says when the bus pulled over several police officers with their guns were…

  • Benefit system failing the most vulnerable

    The Green Party wants to give the social welfare system a makeover Party members Marama Davidson and Jan Logie are travelling the country campaigning to put the ‘heart back into our welfare system’. They’re hoping to gather feedback to be presented to parliament later this month by the Welfare Expert Advisory Group. Jan Logie says…

  • Rainbow crossing a small step in the right direction

    Members of the rainbow community say Wellington’s new rainbow crossing is a sign of visibility and pride for the capital. The crossing which was officially opened last week was a collaborative effort between the Wellington City Council and the rainbow community. Support group, Inside Out’s national coordinator, Tabby Besley says the crossing is important for…

  • LISTEN: Calls for change to benefit system

    The Green Party is calling for a more compassionate social welfare system. Increasing baseline benefits and combining Family Tax with the In-Work Tax Credit are all part of their initiatives to change the system. Its MP, Jan Logie says they want to utilise their resources to overhaul the welfare system and support those living in…

  • LISTEN: Ratepayers likely to foot the bill for waterfront vandalism

    Wellington’s Mayor says ratepayers could pay for some of the reckless vandalism of a beloved water sculpture on the city’s waterfront. The Len Lye water sculpture was snapped off by a man who was swinging on the artwork yesterday. The sculpture was about to be turned on for summer after a three hundred thousand dollar…

  • PHOTO ESSAY: Master showcases skills for Chinese Language Week

    Master Chinese calligrapher Stan Chan spent an afternoon painting at the National Library of New Zealand Chinese Language Week. He translated people’s names into Chinese calligraphy as well as explaining the skill behind his art. “The ink block is actually like charcoal. You mix it with water to make ink,” Stan explains. “The way we…

  • No damage reported in Pacific Ocean earthquake

    There have been no reports of damage after a massive earthquake in the Pacific Ocean. The magnitude 8.2 quake was located near Tonga on Sunday. Reporter Courtney day has more.

  • Deadly drug fentanyl prompts appeal for users to get $8.50 test

    An $8.50 drug testing strip could save your life now that one of the world’s most deadly drugs has turned up in New Zealand’s illicit market. Drug checking organisation, Know Your Stuff, is urging users of illegal drugs to test them after it discovered opioid fentanyl at a festival. A drug user had Know Your…

  • Wellington remembers murdered trans woman

    Grief and disbelief were evident in Wellington’s Civic Square on Tuesday as around 100 people gathered for a vigil to remember Zena Campbell. Zena Campbell was found strangled in her car on February 11 in Aro Valley. Paddy Jonathan Woods, 30, of Lower Hutt, has been charged with her murder and is pleading not guilty.…

  • Storytellers of the Pacific challenge old societal norms

    “I realized that the thinking of a society is greatly influenced by what they read, listen to, and watch, for better or worse.” Kalafi Moala’s Pacific voice and commitment comes through loud and clear in our email interview between Nuku’alofa and Wellington. For me, these words summarise my passion for journalism and my goal of…

  • Māori students still struggling with stereotypes, racism

    ENCOURAGING a struggling Māori student to succeed could begin with teachers simply learning how to pronounce their name right. Tehani Buchanan, a recent teaching graduate, says many trainee teachers lack the confidence and initiative to apply Māori teaching principles. “When a lot of people are learning Māori pedagogy they don’t understand how to incorporate that into…

  • WATCH: Wellington open for Christmas

    CHRISTMAS in Wellington has officially begun with the lighting of the Courtney Place Christmas tree last night. Families and friends gathered in Courtney Place Park as the Wellington Brass Band filled the air with Christmas spirit. Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown thanked those who put together the decorations and festivities for Christmas in Wellington this year, including the ratepayers.…

  • Cartoonist finds his voice again in new graphic novel

    CARTOONIST DYLAN Horrocks has found his voice again in a new graphic novel, Sam Zabel And The Magic Pen. Horrocks’ new book is based on his own experience, feeling like he lost his voice while he was working for DC Comics in the US. He says Magic Pen was him trying to find his voice in…

  • ‘No religion’ is now capital’s most popular

    AN INCREASING number of people in Wellington City are living without religious belief. The latest census statistics have revealed 44.2% of people in Wellington City have no religion. This means more people in the city now have no religion than believe in Christianity, with 39.3% of the population affiliating themselves to a Christian faith. This…

  • The resurrection of tā moko raises questions for Maori

    THE drawing is almost complete. Her eyes fill with tears as she examines the Māori design drawn meticulously across her foot. Originally from France, she has spent the last four years travelling around New Zealand. Wiping an escaping tear from her cheek, she says she is getting this tattoo to show her connection to the land, and…

  • Young answers the call because politics runs in her blood

    BUSINESS woman and mayoral candidate, Nicola Young, has been campaigning since age seven. Ms Young (right) got her first taste of politics door-knocking with her father, Bill Young, who won the Miramar seat in the 1966 general election and held it until 1981. Originally only standing for Lambton Ward in the election to be decided on Saturday,…

  • Seating signs cause confusion on buses

    BUS users can be forgiven if they are confused by signs for elderly and disable seating in Wellington. Signs stating that the four seats at the front are for the elderly, disabled and those with young children, but Metlink’s website advises that it is first come, first served. Bus drivers have received several comments on…

  • New Zealand ahead of the world in EFTPOS use

    NEW ZEALANDERS are increasingly choosing to swipe their eftpos cards rather than fumbling with coins, and more so than overseas purchasers. According to Statistics New Zealand, Kiwis racked up 92 million eftpos transactions in the retail sector in January, an increase of 0.4 percent since December. “Approximately two-thirds of total spending in New Zealand is done…

  • ‘Not up to church to dictate on gay marriage’

    RELIGIOUS and  ethnic communities remain divided on MP Louisa Wall’s Marriage Amendment Bill and how it will affect marriage in New Zealand. Newswire spoke with various church leaders, ethnic communities and MPs  to get their views on marriage equality, from religious and ethical standpoints. While some church leaders strongly support the Bill, and others are considering their…

  • Mana staffer escapes Parliament punishment

    THE  SPEAKER’S office has not disciplined a Mana Party staffer who filmed a music video on Parliament grounds without permission. The  three-minute film features transsexual Georgina Beyer dressed as the pope while marrying two men. It was released by Jevan Goulter, who is employed by Parliamentary Services as executive assistant to Hone Harawira. Mr Goulter, 23, also ran…

  • Head of the fish leads the way in iwi radio broadcasting

    THE current renaissance Maori language and culture is enjoying has many to thank, but one of the main contributors will celebrate its 25th birthday this month. Iwi radio station Te Upoko o Te Ika is just one of 21 iwi stations currently broadcasting across New Zealand, but more pertinently, it was the first. Based in…

  • Contrary to belief, we may be losing ‘binge’ from our drinking culture

    Has New Zealand’s drinking culture spiralled out of control in the last decade? Statistics  suggest otherwise, so why is there a growing belief that binge-drinking in New Zealand – especially by our youth – has become seriously bad? asks ANNA WILLIAMS: ON THE TOWN: Wellington’s Courtenay Place at night. THERE is an air of anticipation. You can smell it in the freshly applied aftershave the young…

  • Green MP warns inequality at ‘crisis point’ in NZ

    GREEN MP, Holly Walker is warning that inequality poses a major threat to social cohesion and peace in New Zealand. Speaking to the bi-monthly meeting of the Waiwhetu – Lower Hutt Peace Group, Ms Walker said she is passionate about, “closing the gap between the haves and the have nots.” Those gaps have consequences for…

  • Prime Minister mines boos, jeers on street

    BOOS and jeers from about 150 protestors greeted Prime Minister John Key as he entered Bathurst Resources’ new Wellington offices late yesterday. Mr Key was there to meet the management of the Australian mining company which is planning New Zealand’s biggest open cast mine on the West Coast. The PM and Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley…

  • Blanket Man’s back story – what’s really going on with our homeless

    Homelessness made headlines when Wellington’s Ben Hana died earlier this year, but the word has a whole different meaning for those working with vulnerable people, writes TENNESSEE MANSFORD. BLANKET MAN: Ben Hana sits on Courtney Place, which was decked with in tributes after his death. HE walks along the city footpath slowly, his head down and…

  • Harawira declares war on ‘corporate takeover’ of NZ

    MANA Movement leader Hone Harawira is urging New Zealanders to use civil disobedience tactics  against what he describes as the “corporate takeover” of the country. Occupying properties, disrupting businesses, blocking motorways and closing off intersections during peak traffic are just some of the strategies Mr Harawira endorsed at a Mana meeting in Wellington’s Newtown last night. Mr Harawira (right) condemned government plans to…

  • Te Tai Tokerau’s child poverty policies revealed

    NEW ZEALAND’S poor child poverty record is under the radar as candidates in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate are defending their child health policies. A United Nation’s report released this year shows that one fifth of children in New Zealand are in poverty, which refers to households earning 60% less than the median income. Many…

  • Increase in vinyl sales helps independent music stores

    VINYL represents 30% of sales for Auckland-based music retailer Real Groovy and its owner expects that percentage to increase. Growth in vinyl sales is a welcome trend for independent music retailers in New Zealand, who have seen significant increases annually in LP sales over the past four years. “Sales of new vinyl have increased five-fold…

  • Bus drivers, cyclists swap points of view

    CRAIG Bush now knows what it’s like to have a 12-tonne bus bearing down on him on the road. He’s usually the one driving the bus, but in a road-awareness workshop in Kilbirnie he got to swap the safety of his driver’s seat for a cycle saddle. “I am used to having my rear vision…

  • The New Zealand fire service is on the lookout for a few good women

    The fire service wants more diversity in its ranks and the biggest barrier appears to be a lack of self belief among women and people from ethnic minorities, reports SAMANTHA IVES: FAMILY SURPRISED: Fire-fighter Sani Aukusitino at Brooklyn Fire Station. SANI Aukusitino’s father was shocked when she told him she was going to be a fire-fighter.…

  • Roller derby skaters get serious for worlds

    THE New Zealand Roller Derby team members will be doing away with their usual costumes and donning black singlets for their world debut in Toronto. But only if they can raise the $100,000 they need to get there. The 23-strong New Zealand Roller Derby training squad needs money for flights, accommodation and uniforms to get…

  • Island Bay snorkel trail a first for Wellington

    WELLINGTON’S first snorkel trail officially opens this weekend after a year of planning. The Island Bay snorkel trail has been organised by the Friends of Taputeranga Marine Reserve Trust. ORANGE BUOYS:Anchored down with recycled ship chain The trail is situated on the left side of Island Bay, beyond the marine education centre, and runs for about 200 metres, marked by…