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More public housing delivered in Auckland - Megan Woods

The Government’s investment in public housing is delivering more warm, dry homes with today’s official opening of 82 new apartments in New Lynn by the Housing Minister Megan Woods.

Jobs for Nature funding will leave conservation legacy for Waikanae awa - Kiri Allan

Ninety-two jobs will be created to help environmental restoration in the Waikanae River catchment through $8.5 million of Jobs for Nature funding, Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan announced today.

Additional testing to strengthen border and increase safety of workers - Hipkins

New testing measures are being put in place to increase the safety of border workers and further strengthen New Zealand’s barriers against COVID-19, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today.

Jump in apprentice and trainee numbers - Hipkins

The number of New Zealanders taking up apprenticeships has increased nearly 50 percent, and the number of female apprentices has more than doubled. This comes as a Government campaign to raise the profile of vocational education and training (VET) begins.

Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Terrorist Attack on Christchurch Mosques on 15 March 2019

The Royal Commission has completed its inquiry process and is focused on producing the report. All interviews, meetings, evidence and analysis work are now complete.

Government funding makes it cheaper to try and drive an electric vehicle - Turners

Great news for those wanting to try an EV but who have been deterred due to the capital outlay require to buy an electric vehicle. Now Turners Subscription is making it easy, with additional support from the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund.

50,000-strong petition calls for an end to bottom trawling on seamounts - Greenpeace

A coalition of environmental groups delivered a 50,000 strong petition to Parliament today, calling on the Government to ban bottom trawling on seamounts.

Jump in apprentice and trainee numbers - Chris Hipkins

The number of New Zealanders taking up apprenticeships has increased nearly 50 percent, and the number of female apprentices has more than doubled. This comes as a Government campaign to raise the profile of vocational education and training (VET) begins.

Firearms register won’t stop gang scum - Nicole McKee, ACT Party

"The Police Association is naïve if it believes a firearms register will stop gang violence", says ACT’s Firearms Reform Spokesperson Nicole McKee.

Time to stop betting on the house

Housing speculation in Auckland is endemic, with the market resembling a finance-fuelled casino with investors rushing to bet on tax-free capital gains. But there is a solution, according to research from the University of Auckland.