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Wednesday, 26 June 2024
Government 1:44AM
New Zealand's COVID Inquiry: Broadening the Scope

The New Zealand Government has announced the next phase of the Royal Commission into COVID-19, which will feature new commissioners and an expanded scope.


Monday, 20 May 2024
Deaths 2:55PM
Man Died of Myocarditis Hours After Searching Vaccine Side Effects

A man in his 20s died from myocarditis caused by the Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine just hours after searching "heart racing since vaccine" and "myocarditis" on his phone, according to a report by the Health and Disability Commissioner.


Monday, 6 May 2024
Technology 12:22AM
Techweek24 Offers Free VR Art, Kids' Digital Lit Events

TAURANGA — Two free events at Techweek24 in Tauranga will showcase digital art and literature using virtual reality and children's writings.


Sunday, 5 May 2024
Court 11:58PM
New Zealand Judges Under Scrutiny for High Salaries, Sabbaticals, and Spousal Travel Perks

The Taxpayers' Union of New Zealand has criticized the judiciary for its recently revealed list of perks, which includes free air travel and accommodations for spouses, generous sabbaticals, and access to limousines.


Tuesday, 23 April 2024
Government 1:59AM
Auditor-General Raises Concerns Over Fast-Track Approvals Bill

WELLINGTON CITY — The Auditor-General has expressed concerns over the lack of transparency and accountability in the Fast-track Approvals Bill, urging lawmakers to reconsider the legislation.


Monday, 22 April 2024
Environment 5:14AM
Iconic charity launches urgent appeal to sustain environmental programmes

Keep New Zealand Beautiful (KNZB), a not-for-profit organisation focused on litter reduction and environmental education, has issued an urgent appeal for funding to sustain its programmes.


Thursday, 18 April 2024
Court 2:48AM
Court Allows Myanmar Diplomat to Enter NZ for ASEAN Meeting

WELLINGTON — The High Court in Wellington has ruled that a diplomatic representative from Myanmar can enter New Zealand to attend an ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) meeting this week.


Wednesday, 17 April 2024
Technology 1:34PM
Call for Better Guidance, Regulation to Protect Children's Digital Privacy

A new survey by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner in New Zealand has highlighted major concerns about children's privacy risks, particularly around social media use.


Education 1:24PM
University of Canterbury Brings Wallace and Gromit Creators to Train Next Gen Animators

CHRISTCHURCH — The University of Canterbury (UC) has signed a multi-year agreement with the Aardman Academy, the training arm of the Academy Award-winning Aardman Animations studio behind Wallace and Gromit.


Energy 1:01PM
NZ Energy Sector Ranks in Top 10 Amid Global Disruption

Despite significant global shifts impacting energy security, New Zealand's energy sector has retained its position among the top 10 countries in balancing energy equity, security, and sustainability, according to the latest Energy Trilemma report.


Health 12:41PM
Advocacy Group Questions Overreliance on Psychiatric Drugs

A coalition called Excellence in Mind, comprising mental health practitioners, is raising concerns about the increasing trend of diagnosing and prescribing medication for mental health conditions like ADHD.


Friday, 5 April 2024
Cannabis 2:42AM
Demand for Premium New Zealand Medicinal Cannabis Grows

TARANAKI — Greenfern Industries successfully harvested its first batch of medicinal cannabis in October 2023 at its Taranaki facility, passing New Zealand's stringent quality tests.


News 2:29AM
Micro-influencers Key in Disseminating Information During Crises

A new study shows that micro-influencers on Twitter (1,000-10,000 followers) play a significant role in disseminating information during crises, more so than influencers with larger followings.


Monday, 18 March 2024
News 2:09AM
Republic Group Criticises King Charles Coins

The New Zealand Republic campaign group has criticised the Reserve Bank's decision to feature King Charles III on the country's coins.


Saturday, 16 March 2024
Science 2:22AM
Vested Interests Threaten Scientific Integrity and Democratic Governance

A recent article by J.R. Bruning has raised concerns about the vulnerability of technical and scientific information to manipulation by vested interests.


Sunday, 10 March 2024
Technology 2:12AM
Privacy Commissioner Calls for Greater Penalties for Data Breaches

The Privacy Commissioner, Michael Webster, has called for higher penalties for data breaches at the National Cyber Security Summit in Wellington.


Film 2:08AM
Film Commission Criticised for Funding Political Films

The Taxpayers' Union criticises the New Zealand Film Commission's decision to invest $800,000 in a film about Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, according to a statement released by the Union's film critic, Jordan Williams.


Thursday, 7 March 2024
Council 9:35AM
Dannevirke's water fluoridation to proceed with full funding of installation from Ministry of Health

DANNEVIRKE — The Tararua District Council is proceeding with the installation of a water fluoridation plant in Dannevirke, as directed by the Ministry of Health, with the capital works costs fully funded by the Ministry.


Thursday, 29 February 2024
Alcohol 1:00PM
Alcohol Use Causes More Harm to Others Than Drinkers, New Study Finds

A new study from Massey University has found that alcohol use causes more harm to others than to the drinker.


Wednesday, 28 February 2024
Building 1:14PM
Auckland's Sand Shortage Threatens Upper North Island Building Projects

AUCKLAND — Auckland's shortage of sand, which caused construction delays ahead of Christmas, could impact building and roading projects across the upper North Island unless the government takes action, according to the Aggregate and Quarry Association of New Zealand.


Sunday, 25 February 2024
Deaths 2:39AM
Research Shows New Zealand Had 4% Excess Mortality in First Three Years of COVID-19 Pandemic

A new study by John Gibson of the University of Waikato's Department of Economics finds that New Zealand had roughly four percent cumulative excess mortality in the first three years of the COVID-19 pandemic, equivalent to approximately 4,000 excess deaths.


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.


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