Paper mill job crisis due to expected production cuts
Norske Skog Tasman Mill in Kawerau is planning to slash its output by half, exporting more than two-thirds of its production to Asia. Now the region is bracing itself to deal with the consequences of up to 120 job cuts.
Labour education policies to provide opportunities
Labour says its education policy will increase opportunities for kids they say are missing out. This includes a $40 million plan to feed all children in low-decile schools as well as laptops for 30,000 low-decile students.
Outspoken MP puts hand up for Speaker role
National list MP Tau Henare isn't known for his restraint - verbally or physically. Now he's decided he wants to be responsible for the good conduct of our MPs, and is in the running to become the next Speaker of the House.
Te Urewera National Park to return to Tuhoe
It has been announced that Te Urewera National Park will return to Tuhoe over a five-year period. A group made up of representatives from the Crown and the iwi will manage the National Park until Tuhoe builds capacity to manage all its operations. It will include over $4mil each year over the five years.
SFO urged to widen Tenths Trust investigation
The Serious Fraud Office has been asked to widen its investigation into the Tenths Trust to include the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust. Sir Ngatata Love stood down as chairman of both trusts last month pending the outcome of a SFO investigation into the financial dealings of the Tenths Trust. We spoke to Jason Fox earlier today and asked him to explain his complaint.
Superstars bring a close to successful Paralympics
London's spectacular summer of sports was given a rousing send-off this morning. Coldplay and an all-star support cast brought the curtain down on the most-watched and best-attended Paralympic Games of all time, ending a six-week-long festival of sport in the British capital that began with the hugely successful Olympics.
Haka used by international music artists
Haka is being used to market the music of overseas artists. One haka exponent is applauding the move, because the music industry has finally seen its marketing potential.
Hekia Parata: Parents and families are responsible for feeding kids
We talk to Education Minister Hekia Parata about current political issues including her response to Labour’s announcement of free meals for low-decile schools.