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Monday, 19 February 2024
Births 12:23PM
New Zealand's Natural Increase Hits 80-Year Low

In 2023, New Zealand experienced a natural increase of 19,071 more births than deaths, marking the lowest annual figure since 1943, when the margin stood at 17,562, according to data unveiled by Stats NZ.


Saturday, 17 February 2024
Health 3:52AM
New Zealand Public Hospital Infrastructure Needs $115bn Investment in 30 Years

New Zealand's public hospital infrastructure will require $115bn in investment over the next 30 years to address an ageing estate and meet changing demographic needs, according to a report by the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission.


Environment 3:40AM
Bay of Plenty Regional Council Expands Air Sensor Network in Mount Maunganui

MT MAUNGANUI — Bay of Plenty Regional Council has added 11 air sensors to its existing network of 11 monitors in Mount Maunganui, where air pollution is at its greatest concentration.


Health 3:39AM
University of Waikato and New Zealand Ministry of Health Partner to Establish Third Medical School

WAIKATO — The University of Waikato and the New Zealand Ministry of Health have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop a third medical school in the Waikato region.


Government 3:28AM
Peaceful Rally to Demand End to Dangerous Injections

Supporters will gather peacefully in front of Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, on Thursday, February 29, at 1:00 pm, to demand an immediate halt to mandated injections and a full investigation into their harms.


Fishing 3:16AM
New Zealand Minister for Oceans and Fisheries Faces Trust Crisis in Poll

New Zealand's Minister for Oceans and Fisheries, Shane Jones, has come under fire in a new poll that shows 85% of respondents do not trust him to do his job.


Government 3:12AM
New Zealand Government Warned of Israel's Potential Genocide in Gaza by 30 Lawyers and Scholars

An open letter to the New Zealand government, written by 30 lawyers and scholars, warns that the country is now "on notice" that Israel's actions in Gaza may constitute genocide.


Community 3:11AM
15,000 Children in New Zealand Working to Support Families, According to CPAG Research

As many as 15,000 children in New Zealand are estimated to be working paid jobs to support their families, according to research by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), which called for more support for these students.


Health 3:07AM
Family Planning Rebrands as Sexual Wellbeing Aotearoa

New Zealand's Family Planning has changed its name to Sexual Wellbeing Aotearoa, effective from 14 February.


Sunday, 11 February 2024
Legal 6:04AM
NZBA Expresses Concerns Over Government's Withdrawal of Funding for Sentencing Reports

The New Zealand Bar Association (NZBA) has expressed concerns over the government's decision to withdraw funding for sentencing reports under Section 27 of the Sentencing Act 2002.


Saturday, 10 February 2024
Government 3:02AM
New Zealand Citizen Covid-19 Inquiry Releases Terms of Reference and Seeks Funding

The New Zealand Citizen Covid-19 Inquiry (NZCCI) has published its terms of reference document, which is available to download from its website, and is appealing for donations to fund the inquiry, with an initial target of $300,000.


Friday, 9 February 2024
Advertising 3:51AM
Digital Advertising Revenue in New Zealand Grew 7.3% in Q3 2023: IAB New Zealand

IAB New Zealand's latest Digital Advertising Revenue Report shows a 7.3% growth in Q3 2023, reaching $534.8 million.


Manufacturing 3:46AM
Sealegs International Moves Manufacturing to Malaysia

Sealegs International, a leading manufacturer of amphibious boats, plans to relocate a portion of its manufacturing operations to Malaysia due to increased costs in New Zealand following the COVID-19 pandemic.


Thursday, 8 February 2024
Conservation 12:50PM
Underwood Wetland Project Celebrates World Wetlands Day

NORTHLAND — A project to rewild a Northland valley in New Zealand, creating a wetland from previously grazed land, has been marked to celebrate World Wetlands Day.


Government 12:48PM
Royal Commission of Inquiry Launches Online Submissions Site for COVID-19 Pandemic Experiences

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19's handling has launched a dedicated online submissions site to hear from people about their pandemic experiences.


Transport 12:41PM
Heavier Trucks in New Zealand May Benefit Roads and Reduce Emissions

Heavier and longer trucks in New Zealand do not ruin the roads and may actually be cleaner and greener, according to Dom Kalasih, interim CEO of Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand.


Food 10:20AM
Global Pet Food Brands Eyeing New Zealand for Manufacturing with New Plant

A new state-of-the-art canning facility for pet food, the first of its kind in New Zealand, will open next month with the aim of attracting global brands to manufacture in the country.


Conservation 10:03AM
Tuatara Population Thriving on Tiritiri Matangi Island, Two Decades After Reintroduction

WHANGAPARAOA — A recent survey has shown that the population of tuatara on Tiritiri Matangi island in New Zealand is thriving 20 years after their reintroduction.


Crime 4:20AM
Foodstuffs North Island to Launch Facial Recognition Technology Trial in 25 Stores

Foodstuffs North Island is to begin a trial of facial recognition technology (FRT) in 25 of its stores on 8 February, to assess whether the technology is an effective way of reducing retail crime.


Saturday, 3 February 2024
Government 5:11AM
New Zealand Drops to Third Place in Corruption Perceptions Index, Raising Concerns Over Transparency and Accountability

New Zealand has slipped to third place in the annual Corruption Perceptions index (CPI), which ranks countries according to their perceived levels of public sector corruption.


Government 3:32AM
Royal Commission to consider expanding COVID-19 inquiry terms

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, led by Chairman Prof. Tony Blakely, announced support for the government's consultation regarding potential expansion of the Inquiry's terms of reference.


Economy 2:47AM
Spending in Hospitality Sector Drops 1.4% Year-Over-Year Despite Increase in Core Retail Sales

New Zealand's hospitality sector saw spending drop 1.4% year-on-year in January, despite a 3.9% rise in core retail spending, according to data from Worldline NZ.


Friday, 2 February 2024
Government 3:54AM
New Zealanders Favour Usage-Based Charging for Infrastructure Services, Survey Reveals

New Zealanders believe charging for infrastructure services based on household usage is the most fair, according to a survey by the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga.


Transport 3:46AM
Road Maintenance and Improvements Urged in Government Policy Statement on Land Transport

The challenges facing New Zealand's transport system include an ageing road network, extreme weather events, congestion and emissions reduction, according to a briefing by the NZ Transport Agency, Waka Kotahi, to the country's incoming Minister of Transport.


Real Estate 3:43AM
Barfoot & Thompson Expands into Coromandel with Whangamata Real Estate Acquisition

WHANGAMATA — Real estate company Barfoot & Thompson has acquired Whangamata Real Estate, marking the company's expansion into the Coromandel area.


Transport 3:24AM
Public Transport Soars in Taranaki: 18% Rise in Patronage

TARANAKI — Taranaki Regional Council's (TRC) most recent data reveals a 18% rise in public transportation patronage in 2023, with buses in the region carrying a total of 744,037 passengers across 42,973 bus trips.


Council 3:21AM
Napier Faces Steep Rates Increase Amid Financial Challenges and Infrastructure Costs

NAPIER — Napier City Council is set to discuss the topics and options it will put to the community in its Three-Year Plan 2024-27 consultation, which is due to open in late March.


Employment 3:02AM
Minimum Wage Nears Median Wage: Challenges for Small Businesses

BusinessNZ chief executive Kirk Hope has welcomed the government's "moderate" 2% rise, taking into account "inflationary pressures and general economic conditions".


Wednesday, 31 January 2024
Economy 3:26PM
Air New Zealand Contributes $2.7bn to NZ Economy, Supports Over 130,000 Jobs

Air New Zealand has released a study revealing that it contributed $2.7bn to the New Zealand economy in FY23, facilitating a total of $26.4bn in economic activity across areas including tourism, exports and imports.


Tuesday, 30 January 2024
Health 3:55AM
Deb Hayes' Petition Against Removal of 'woman & baby' from Midwifery Council Scope of Practice

A petition calling for an investigation into the Midwifery Council's removal of references to women and babies from its revised scope of practice has received over 2,000 signatures.


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