Playground to be built at Parliament

Playground to be built at Parliament

A playground is to be built on the front lawn of Parliament in an effort to get more families to visit. An illustration of what the playground will look like. Photo: Supplied Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard has made a number of changes at Parliament to try to make it more family-friendly for MPs, staff and visitors. The play space will be on the smaller of the front lawns. […]

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Meth myth: How the eviction hysteria unfolded

Meth myth: How the eviction hysteria unfolded

Analysis – The debate over the danger of methamphetamine contamination was settled once and for all this week – when the country‘s top scientist revealed it was nothing more than hysteria. Housing Minister Phil Twyford, Prime Minister‘s chief science adviser Sir Peter Gluckman and Dr Anne Bardsley. Photo: RNZ/Benedict Collins Sir Peter Gluckman‘s report found New Zealand that has been in the grips of a moral meth panic – and […]

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‘I‘m sorry the advice we got was wrong‘ – Simon Bridges

‘I‘m sorry the advice we got was wrong‘ – Simon Bridges

Opposition leader Simon Bridges has apologised to those affected by meth contamination evictions and clean-ups, but says he didn‘t know the tests weren‘t fit for purpose. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly Last week, the government‘s chief science advisor Sir Peter Gluckman said there‘s of illness from third-hand exposure to methamphetamine anywhere in the world. Mr Bridges told Morning Report that it was an “incredibly frustrating” situation. “I‘m sorry that the […]

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Twyford rules out apology over meth tests

Twyford rules out apology over meth tests

The Housing Minister has been labelled a hypocrite for failing to apologise or compensate hundreds of tenants who were kicked out of their state houses after flawed meth testing guidelines were used. Housing Minister Phil Twyford said there would be no apology or compensation from the government after hundreds of tenants who were kicked out of their state houses because of flawed meth testing guidelines. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller […]

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Tourism sector anxious about proposed border tax

Tourism sector anxious about proposed border tax

Tourism and aviation industries are anxious about exactly how the government‘s proposed border tax will work. Photo: AFP strained by huge numbers of tourists. New Zealand has experienced a boom in visitor numbers. With a forecast of 4.8 million a year expected by 2023, that shows no sign of abating. Tourism minister Kelvin Davis refused to include a bed tax in plans but said more money needed to be raised […]

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Govt injects another $7m into Hundertwasser project

Govt injects another $7m into Hundertwasser project

The government is putting another $6.4 million into Whangarei‘s Hundertwasser art centre project. A model of the proposed Hundertwasser Centre Photo: supplied Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced the grant from the Provincial Growth Fund, in Whangarei this morning. Community fund-raising for the building proposed by the late Austrian artist Friedrich Hundertwasser of $21m last June, with a $3m grant from the Ministry of Arts Culture and Heritage. But since […]

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Meth compensation: ‘I‘m not ruling it out, I‘m not ruling it in‘

Meth compensation: ‘I‘m not ruling it out, I‘m not ruling it in‘

Housing Minister Phil Twyford has announced a major review into the meth contamination saga and now says he is not ruling out the possibility of compensation. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly Hundreds of state houses were left empty and more than 130 tenants evicted because of methamphetamine contamination in homes. A report from Sir Peter Gluckman – – revealed the country has been gripped by a moral panic and meth […]

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National and Labour polls at odds in lead-up to by-election

National and Labour polls at odds in lead-up to by-election

Just over a week to go in the Northcote by-election and Labour‘s spying an opportunity, with its internal polls signalling a tight race between the two major parties. National‘s Dan Bidois, left, and Labour‘s Shanan Halbert. Photo: Supplied However, National is confident it can retain the seat vacated by the long-serving electorate MP Jonathan Coleman, who resigned six months after the 2017 general election. Two targeted polls from Labour show […]

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Housing NZ chair refuses to step down after meth revelations

Housing NZ chair refuses to step down after meth revelations

The chair of Housing New Zealand says she will not resign over the methamphetamine hysteria scandal. Testing a house for meth contamination. Photo: Katy Gosset/RNZ Housing New Zealand‘s (HNZ) chair Adrienne Young Cooper would not be interviewed but said she will not resign. HNZ chief executive Andrew McKenzie also again refused to be interviewed. Housing Minister Phil Twyford , saying he was doing so because the opposition was too cowardly […]

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Overhaul of water system in the pipeline

Overhaul of water system in the pipeline

A major overhaul of how water is regulated and delivered could be on the cards, with the government keen on fewer, larger suppliers. Local government minister Nanaia Mahuta says the government is open to a range of options regarding an overhaul of the water system. Photo: RNZ/Craig McCulloch Speaking to the Water Summit in Wellington today, local government minister Nanaia Mahuta said a “step change” was needed. “This is the […]

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