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Politics

More than two coroners needed to address backlog - Nicole McKee

Parliament passed a Bill under urgency to increase the cap on the number of coroners in New Zealand from 20 to 22 full time equivalents (FTEs) but ACT’s Justice Spokesperson Nicole McKee says that won’t address the rising backlog of coroner cases needing to be heard.

Law changes passed stopping tax evasion on water-pipe tobacco - Whaitiri (20 May 2022)
Guild welcomes Budget 2022, but work remains to address pressures (20 May 2022)
Government support for Levin community hit by tornado - Kiri Allan (20 May 2022)

Business

BitPrime OTC to resume live trading

New Zealand-based cryptocurrency retailer, BitPrime, is to resume live trading on its OTC platform today following the successful launch of The BitPrime Supporter Initiative.

ANZIIF announce return of NZ Insurance Industry Awards in Auckland (20 May 2022)
Changes to refugee settlement service providers for quota refugees - MBIE (20 May 2022)
MinterEllisonRuddWatts announced New Zealand Deal Firm of the Year (20 May 2022)

National

Nine-day bountiful book bonanza! - Nelson City Council

A bounty of books awaits you at the Founders Annual Book Fair, opening on Queen’s Birthday weekend.

The hugely popular fair is expected to draw over 10,000 people to Founders Heritage Park over the course of nine days.

New Hawera school opening date set - Ministry of Education (20 May 2022)
Documentary highlights BoI connection with ship and Canadian rebels (20 May 2022)
'Land purchase for wastewater treatment plant part of project to fix North Taranaki's water woes' (20 May 2022)

Sport

NZ referee Matt Conger and assistant Mark Rule appointed for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

New Zealand referee Matt Conger and assistant referee Mark Rule are heading to their second FIFA World Cup after the FIFA Referees Committee today named them among the selected match officials for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

Campaign to activate World Chase Tag opportunities launched - Parkour NZ (19 May 2022)
Golf: “$28 for a freakin beer??????" (19 May 2022)
Pocknall to head up Talent Acceleration Programme (18 May 2022)

Entertainment

NZ International Film Fest adds theatre to venues, confirms regional dates

Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) today confirms its dates for this year’s festival for all 13 centres. The festival is also pleased to announce its return to Christchurch flagship venue, the Isaac Theatre Royal, for the garden city’s opening weekend.

MACEY shares cathartic new track 'The River' (18 May 2022)
Wellington UNESCO City of Film celebrates six diverse storytellers (18 May 2022)
Awanui music festival 'just three days' away' (18 May 2022)

Lifestyle

The Fashion Fusion Show celebrates diversity and glamour in Hamilton

The Fashion Fusion Show is just around the corner and promises to showcase a stunning display of diversity, cultural pride and high couture.

Eat Our Street at Ponsonby's month long Restaurant and Bar Festival (18 May 2022)
Research reveals New Zealanders' views on 'what it means to be Kiwi' (18 May 2022)
Faraday transports us back in time (11 May 2022)

Health

More reports of gastro bug circulating

Hawke’s Bay health officials are asking people to practice good hand hygiene and stay home if feeling unwell after more reports of a vomiting and diarrhoea bug circulating within the community.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission welcomes Budget 2022 investment in specialist mental health and addiction services (20 May 2022)
Budget 2022 Medicines Investment: A start, but also a potential rapid and painful stop? (19 May 2022)
Today’s Budget "shows commitment from Government" - FPHANZ (19 May 2022)

Technology

Innovation and tech underpins need for emissions reduction

Aotearoa’s new emissions reduction plan doesn’t explicitly call out the importance of innovation and technology, but it is there throughout the plan, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

Tech is ever present in today’s digital world, he says.

Agritech companies 'helping reduce NZ's rural emissions' (18 May 2022)
Techweek22 starts today with over 400 events (16 May 2022)
Further recognition tech skills critical for New Zealand - NZTech (11 May 2022)