Forestry safety standards review ‘beyond urgent’
The rising number of forestry deaths has caused opposition parties and MPs to call for a review of the forestry safety standards. Independent MP Brendan Horan says not enough is being done to find out what is wrong with the industry and give workers the right to go to work and return home safe.
Lake Tarawera drowning highlights need for water safety
A 40-year-old man and his 6-year-old daughter drowned in Lake Tarawera yesterday after frantic efforts by the father to rescue his daughter after their kayak capsized. The pair only had one life-jacket between them.
Tūhoe fighter prepares for UFC bout
Three New Zealanders will take centre stage at this Saturday night's UFC Fight Night 33, to be held in Brisbane, Australia, and one of them is Tuhoe's Dylan “The Villain” Andrews.
NZDF calls on Govt to review captioning accessibility
Hundreds of thousands of hearing and visually impaired New Zealanders are losing out when it comes to watching television due to a lack of captions. The NZ Deaf Foundation wants the government to review the way it regulates captioning saying the status quo is not only lacking, but is in breach of human rights.
Boycott of NZ seafood called over Maui’s dolphins’ protection
A German conservation group is calling for a boycott of NZ seafood because our government's protection plan for Maui’s dolphins doesn't go far enough. The Maui's dolphins are the world's smallest and rarest dolphins and are found only on the west coast of NZ's North Island.
Prisoners gain skills while building family home
Habitat for Humanity has joined forces with Ngawha Prison inmates in Kaikohe and North Tec to build affordable home for families in need. Not only does this scheme help put a roof over a family, it also helps inmates to work towards gaining qualifications in the building industry.
Wellington prepares for bar closing hours law change
Extra buses, taxis and the presence of Wellington's free ambulance services are all part of a plan to cater for drunken revellers when bar closing hours change. December 18 is the date that a default closing time for bars across the country comes into play. The 4am closing time isn't permanent - Wellington City Council's decided on 5am in its local alcohol policy, but that's still to go through a notification and appeals process.
Ngaruahine’s request to move oil drilling ‘unfeasible’
In spite of countless requests by Ngaruahine iwi to TAG Oil to move their oil drilling aspirations elsewhere away from Mt Taranaki, the company says the move is economically unfeasible. The company is looking to drill eight holes just 220 meters from Mt Taranaki.