National MP Jian Yang to retire
The three-term MP who studied at a Chinese spy school has announced his retirement - but Todd Muller denies pushing him out.
A brief history of racism in Southland
An author finds historical parallels with the dog-whistling comments made by Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker.
National’s pain will be prolonged
Another young Southland MP’s career has come to an abrupt end - has he done lasting damage to his party?
Police to be stationed at isolation facilities
There will be a full-time police presence following a high-profile escapee, the Government announces.
A poorly performing Govt’s one winning card
Luckily for Labour, Jacinda Ardern’s leadership in the Covid-19 crisis is a much more powerful political weapon than bread-and-butter issues about the country’s future.
A tale of an abandoned fairy tern chick
The fine art of teaching a rare bird to fish. An extraordinary story of how an abandoned fairy tern chick, RY-BM, was saved from death and taught to fend for himself.
Rod Oram: Now we can see our future
Three big announcements this week heralded our healthy and profitable future. Those standing in the way, argues Rod Oram, are as out of step as the Think Big world from which they hail.
ECE adult-to-child ratios not fit for purpose
Experts say ECE staff ratios are not fit for purpose, and the ministry has no record of how they were set in the first place.
Why is Labour letting Tiwai Pt shut now?
Why isn’t the Government spending $30m to extend Tiwai Point’s 2,600 jobs until after the Covid-19 recession, Bernard Hickey asks.
A dark day for the deep south
How can Southland cope without its engine and biggest employer, the Tiwai Point smelter? Invercargill’s deputy mayor Toni Biddle and Dee St businesswoman Anne Marie Thomas on what happens now
Early learning plan ‘shovel-ready’
The Covid-19 lockdown has only confirmed how vital NZ’s early childhood sector is to our future. Now is the time to bed in a systemic policy infrastructure to support resilient children.
A story of tax, wealth and Easter eggs
Dr Michael SW Lee uses an Easter egg hunt analogy to explain wealth distribution and our innate sense of fairness.
Teen Khiarna puts in the miles to make Magic
Talented teenage shooter Khiarna Williams is committed to travelling 18 hours a week - after school - to realise her netball dreams.
Why NZ is outlier in world women’s sport
New Zealand is leading the world getting women’s sport back up and running. And new fans around the world are watching.
Young golf star soothed by Chopin sonatas
Picked out as a star by one of the great women golfers of all time, Wellington teenager Darae Chung is preparing herself mentally and physically to play overseas again.
Water, money, control
Will the Government be able to convince councils to give up control of their water supplies?
Councils sit on critical report again
A report card on our environmental watchdogs, buried for the second straight year, might have its funding pulled
Cow-beating footage thrown out in court
Hidden camera footage showing cows being beaten with a steel pipe was deemed unlawful in court partially on the grounds it would encourage undercover filming in the future.
Camera never lies, but can be set aside
Cat MacLennan argues there’s scanty evidence for a decision to rule footage of a sharemilker beating cows with a metal pole inadmissible on the grounds it would encourage more undercover filming.
The brave new world of Oranga Tamariki
Newsroom speaks to current and former Oranga Tamariki staff who share serious concerns over a culture at the agency they say is putting children at risk.
It’s 2020 and Ashton Kutcher is still trying to Punk me
A short story by Wellington writer Jordan Hamel.
This week’s top 10 best-selling books
This week’s biggest-selling New Zealand books, as recorded by the Nielsen BookScan New Zealand bestseller list and described by Steve Braunias.
Instagrammers invade private ‘infinity pools’
WATCH: Owners of an idyllic property are at their wits end trying to stop instagrammers trampling their land. Cameras captured hundreds of people bathing in pools and taking photos on a dangerous cliff edge. Melanie Reid reports.
Christchurch’s school of last resort
WATCH: In the heart of Christchurch is a Designated Character high school. What makes it unique? And should there be more like it? Frank Film visits Hagley College
The life-saving test
Watch: In the first 48 hours of life, blood from newborn NZ babies is taken and tested. Most parents will never hear back. For others, it’s life-changing.
Businesses at risk offered safe harbour
The Government rushed a bill through last month to help companies at risk of trading insolvently because of Covid-19. Previously directors were liable if they traded recklessly. Bell Gully partner Tim Fitzgerald and senior associate Sarah Leslie explain the changes to Mark Jennings.
A big call for Kiwis
Kiwibank Chief Executive Steve Jurkovich reflects on the challenges facing the economy post-lockdown and why it took the bold step last week to slash its variable interest rates, which he says is more than just an interest rate play.
How will new rent relief scheme work?
The government announced last week that it will introduce legislation to imply a term into some commercial leases allowing tenants to claim a “fair” rent abatement because of restrictions put in place to combat COVID-19. But not all tenants will...