Deadline for food safety law nears

The deadline for some businesses to register under the new Food Act is approaching. Food businesses, including restaurants and cafes with an alcohol licence, need to apply by March 31. Over 5000 food businesses across the country are already registered... Read More

Coffey confident in Waiariki

The deal between the Mana and Maori parties not to compete against each other in the Maori electorates changes nothing, according to Labour candidate Tamati Coffey. On Monday, representatives from Mana and the Maori Party signed a kawenata, or agreement,... Read More

NZ and China discuss climate change

Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett says China and New Zealand have experience and expertise to share about responding to climate change. Paula met with China's top official for climate change, National Development and Reform Commission vice... Read More

Politics meetup launches in Tauranga

Tauranga's first Politics Meetup Group was launched earlier this week in an attempt to promote non-partisan political debate in the lead up to this year's election. Group founder and self-confessed political junkie Ben Rickard says the group... Read More

Six candidates for Mauao by-election

Six people have been nominated for Te Awanui Black's former Mauao Maori Constituency seat on the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. The nominees are Carlton Bidois, Antoine Coffin, Matire Duncan, Paora Paul Martin, Matemoana McDonald and Christopher... Read More

Out of class and into the Beehive?

High profile Merivale Primary School principal Jan Tinetti has been selected as the Labour Party candidate for Tauranga for the September 23 General Election. Jan won the candidacy from Angela Warren-Clark, manager of Tauranga Women's refuge at... Read More

Labour Party candidate to battle Bridges

Two prominent Tauranga women will square off tonight for the Labour Party Tauranga electorate nomination. They're the principal of Merivale Primary School, Jan Tinetti, and the manager of Tauranga Women's Refuge Angela Warren-Clark. The two... Read More

Homosexual convictions to be expunged

The Government will introduce a new scheme to address historical convictions for homosexual offences, Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced. “While the Homosexual Law Reform Act 1986 decriminalised consensual sex between men aged 16 and over,... Read More

Budget to be presented on May 25

Providing opportunities for all Kiwis to get ahead will be the focus of this year's budget, according to Finance Minister Steven Joyce. This year the government's 2017 budget will be delivered on Thursday, May 25. "The budget will build on... Read More

Local support for cannabis reform

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne's decision to delegate responsibility for all cannabis-based product prescriptions to the Ministry of Health represents a win for medicinal marijuana campaigners. However, local cannabis law reform advocate... Read More



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