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  • Early Childhood Education in New Zealand: A Statistical Overview

    Early childhood education (ECE) plays a critical role in the development of young children in New Zealand. The Ministry of Education regularly collects and publishes data to monitor participation rates, the types of services available, and the qualifications of teaching staff. According to the 2023 data from the Ministry of Education, 62% of New Zealand’s…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Sydney team takes out roller derby bout

    SYDNEY may have won, but the crowd still favoured home team Richter City All Stars in Saturday’s first international roller derby bout. Wellington supporters dressed in orange and purple flooded the arena, and when the All Stars made their entrance the crowd exploded into cheers, applause and foot stamping so hard the stands shook. Darkness fell…

  • Pacific radio station re-launches in Capital

    PACIFIC Island radio station Niu FM has begun a major re-launch in the Capital by moving into the new NZ Whitireia Media Training Centre in Cuba St. A deal signed today  by National Pacific Radio Trust chairman Tino Pereira and Whitireia CEO Don Campbell will see the station’s newly expanded Wellington operation set up in the…

  • Christian radio praying for a money miracle

    Christian radio praying for a money miracle

    Christians around New Zealand are being asked to rally around Rhema Broadcasting Group, which faces losing radio frequencies across the country  by October 1. The network of radio stations needs to raise $6.4m over and above normal operating costs, to renew the majority of its commercial radio frequency licences for the next 20 years. If…

  • Nine contenders compete in Porirua mayoral race

    AFTER more than two decades as a councillor and mayor, Jenny Brash believes it is time for a “generational shift” in leadership for Porirua. Ms Brash’s call for change was made in a Dominion Post story, and she has since endorsed candidate Nick Leggett in another story in the Kapi Mana News. “He has the right experience…

  • Welly underbelly: world’s ‘best’ brothels not what they seem

    A pair of middle-aged English women visited NZ recently to see how our version of the world’s oldest profession compares with their own. They rated it. TASHA BLACK takes her own look at our “underbelly“:THE first time, the door wouldn’t shut properly. And *Fleur didn’t know what to do with her hands. She offered the man some…

  • New campervan sites for Rugby World Cup

    WELLINGTON’s new central city campervan site – a sealed carpark on the harbour front – has just opened for business with the highest prices in the country. And Wellington City Council council is still looking for places for temporary van sites for the Rugby World Cup. NEW HOME: Tourists can stay on Wellington’s Waterfront The…

  • Have camera, will travel – life of our top rugby photographer

    Have camera, will travel. That’s been the mantra for veteran rugby photographer Peter Bush, and it’s served him well during a career which has spanned six decades. As LEE STACE finds, he has as many stories to tell as he does pictures to illustrate them. IT WAS the height of the troubles in Northern Ireland. Peter Bush’s…

  • Slaughter on the news-stands – why our mags are in trouble

    Magazines are in trouble. Our biggest have been steadily declining since the 80s – the rise of the internet, and a recession, have only made matters worse. Where have all the readers gone and how can publishers lure them back? DANIEL SIMMONS RITCHIE talks to the kings and queens of glossy print. THEY were the cocks of…

  • Karori hydroslides into Capital’s aquatic history

    A GROUP of Karori Normal School swimmers will slide into history on Monday when Wellington’s first hydroslide is opened by Mayor Kerry Prendergast at 10am. Construction of the $450,000 slide began last October. Karori Pool manager Royce Williams put in two overnighters to help the contractors finish the platform surface, but the extra hours were…

  • Whanganui’s Laws strikes again with meds jibe

    A MONTH after his controversial letter replying to Otaki school pupils, Michael Laws has fired off more insulting correspondence to a young person challenging his views. Lewis was part of a group who set up the template for the Wanganui Youth Council in 2005, and during that time frequently reported back to council meetings attended…

  • Lower Hutt tries bus-stop vibe to grate on young ears

    BARRY MANILOW and Bach are blaring at the central Lower Hutt bus stops in a bid by the mall, city council and police to limit the number of young people hanging out there. For the past five months, Westfield Queensgate has had speakers playing older-style, easy-listening music so that groups of youngsters don’t block the…

  • The rise and rise of blogging

    DID RIGHT-wing bloggers cost Helen Clark the last election? “Traditional” commentators ridicule the idea, but some in the blogosphere see signs that it is an influential participant in politics. FOR LONG-SERVING political journalist Colin James, blog content is “trite” and “trivial”. James – until recently a columnist for the NZ Herald,  now writing for the opposition Dominion-Post – believes…

  • Mt Vic tunnel tooting gets to pedestrians, but drivers love it

    The game of tooting in Wellington’s Mt Victoria Tunnel is annoying the pedestrians, but it seems these drivers are not going to let up. The tunnel is the shortest passage linking Wellington Central to the Eastern suburbs ,which is why most pedestrians are still taking that route. Our reporter went to find out the reactions…

  • Simon and Natalie – JFK and Jackie of New Zealand politics

    NEW National MP Simon Bridges comes to Parliament with high expectations – for himself, and from supporters, who believe there is something a little special in the handsome, well-educated Tauranga representative who peppers his conversation with enthusiastic “awesomes”. SANDRA DICKSON interviewed him:  SIMON Bridges and his fashionista wife Natalie have been dubbed the John F Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy…

  • From ‘Ruthanasia’ to ‘dead fish’ – I give you Helen Clark

    How will Helen Clark be remembered?  How is New Zealand different in 2008, after nine years of Labour-led governments, to the country she inherited in 1999? Often ex-Prime Ministers eventually slip into fond places in New Zealander’s memories, even if their reign was controversial.  They end up fronting international organisations, chairing commissions or fronting diplomatic postings – and often,…