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Throwing and dragging of calves has to end - Greens

The Government must give the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) more inspectors, resources and independence so it can do its job, the Green Party said today after tonight’s release of new footage of the mistreatment of bobby calves.

'Govt failure on housing crisis drives Reserve Bank to add tools'

If the Government was delivering a comprehensive plan to fix the housing crisis, it is unlikely that the Reserve Bank would be continuing to pursue debt to income limits for lending for housing, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.

Missed target for workplace inspections lets workers down - Greens

A sudden drop in the number of workplace interventions by the Labour Inspectorate suggests that the Government isn’t doing enough to support the basic rights of people at work, the Green Party said today.

Shepherd to chair new-look regional council

Bill Shepherd has been elected unopposed to chair a new-look Northland Regional Council for the next three years.

Harvey named as Taupo deputy mayor

Top polling Taupō District Councillor Rosie Harvey has been appointed deputy mayor.

The announcement was made by Mayor David Trewavas at the inaugural meeting of the council today where members were officially sworn in for their three year term.

Air Force 757 Townsville landing raises questions

New Zealand First questions the wisdom and cost benefit to the New Zealand Defence Force of it providing the Prime Minister’s private jet.

$4m for new classrooms in Waikato schools

Around $4 million will be invested to build a total of 11 new classrooms at six Waikato schools, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today.

The schools are:

Raglan Area School - two new classrooms

Whatawhata School - two new classrooms

Minister welcomes NZ’s first three way kidney exchange

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a three way kidney transplant exchange has been carried out in New Zealand for the first time.

"Organ transplantation is a life-saving treatment and for people with organ failure it’s often the only option available," says Dr Coleman.

State Services Commission 'fails to ensure govt transparency'

The State Services Commission has just released its second Open Government Partnership National Action Plan. It was submitted several months late, and critics say it is unambitious in its targets.

Electoral Commission team making it easy to enrol in Mt Roskill

Orange Guy is going to be hard to miss in the Mt Roskill electorate over the next few weeks, as Registrar of Electors Justine Welsh and her team start hitting the streets.