Category: News

  • An Alternative Budget 1980

    In the annals of New Zealand’s economic history, few events stand out as sharply as the 1980 budget introduced by then-Finance Minister Roger Douglas. At a time when New Zealand was grappling with economic stagnation, high inflation, and rising unemployment, Douglas’s budget was a radical departure from the orthodox fiscal policies of the time. Known…

  • Australia Remains New Zealand’s Top Travel Destination, Nielsen Data Reveals

    According to the latest data from Nielsen, Australia continues to be the favourite travel destination for New Zealanders. The comprehensive survey, conducted by Nielsen in early 2024, highlights key trends and preferences in international travel among New Zealanders. Top Travel Destinations Australia tops the list of preferred destinations, with New Zealanders frequently choosing it for…

  • 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…

  • 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…