New Zealand Government Responds to FIC Demands in the PACER Plus Negotiations

This responds positively to the demands of the Pacific Island Countries in the PACER Plus negotiations, which seek to enhance their participation in international trade. 

In June 2015, Australia took the unprecedented step in lifting the cap under the Seasonal Workers Program and extended it to the entire agriculture sector and to the accommodation sector in selected locations in the country. 

NZ Climate Change Minister’s first act on climate ignores Pacific’s pleas

Minister Bennett refused to give New Zealand’s support to an explicit goal in the Paris climate agreement to limit global warming to a 1.5 degree increase, despite growing support from allies including Australia

Seasonal workers from Vanuatu arrive in NZ

Hundreds of Ni-Van workers are among the thousands that come to New Zealand for temporary horticultural work over the summer.

The first of those workers have now arrived at apple orchards in the Hawke's Bay, with a focus on saving money to help restore homes, churches and schools back home.

Graham Nawia's home was destroyed when Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu in March, along with 90 percent of the housing in Port Vila.

“This gives me an opportunity to earn some good money to bring back to my wife and children in Vanuatu," he said.

Chris Brown cancels NZ concert

He has also scrapped four Australian tour dates.

Brown caused a stir when he announced plans to visit New Zealand, with anti-violence groups speaking out against his trip because of his conviction for assaulting a former partner. But he gained the support of several high-profile Maori women.

He was due to perform in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth from 9 December as part of his 'One Hell of a Nite' tour and in Auckland on 18 December.

NZ accepts Kyoto Protocol amendment

The amendment is expected to enter into force after three quarters of the Parties to the Protocol submit their instruments of acceptance to the Depositary.

The United Nations is encouraging governments to speed up their ratification of the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, the international emissions reduction treaty. Ratification is necessary to provide valuable momentum for global climate action for the years leading up to 2020.

NZ's Auckland urged to support Pasifika languages

Su'a William Sio says the government, in its refusal to adopt a national language policy, has turned its back on Pasifika and Asian languages.

Sio says having citizens who are able to communicate effectively in more than one language of social, cultural and economic benefit to New Zealand.

"We will be launching that strategy and presenting it to Auckland council who will then be charged with the task of taking it back to the full council and I am hopeful that the full council will adopt a strong policy and lead the way for the rest of New Zealand to follow."

Positive outlook for NZ economy - NZIER

The Institute's forecast suggests parts of the economy, such as tourism, had picked up and were offsetting the weakness in dairy incomes, while key export markets such as China and the United States were chasing New Zealand produce.

Continued strong migration was also bolstering domestic activity.

Rogue advisers see Pasifika families unfairly deported, lawyer says

Richard Small's comments come after a Tongan family he represented won a last-ditch appeal to stay in the country.

Viliami and Limiteti Talamai came to New Zealand in 2008 with their two young children hoping for a better life.

NZ student mistaken for terrorist

Jaspreet Singh was sitting at Columbus cafe yesterday morning, outside Auckland Hospital, and a few metres away from the University of Auckland Medical School where he is studying to become a doctor.

Singh is 21 and wears a turban as part of his Sikh faith.

NZ urged to act on rising sea levels

The Commissioner's latest report Preparing New Zealand for rising seas: Certainty and Uncertainty identified at least 9000 New Zealand homes that lie less than 50cm above spring high tides.

There was no doubt that sea levels were rising and it was certain the frequency of coastal flooding would increase as sea level rises, Dr Wright said.

Areas of low-lying coastal land that at present flood during storms or king tides will experience more frequent and severe flooding.