Out of all the people that come to our shores, refugees and asylum seekers are the most vulnerable. They often carry many scars- some visible, some less visible. They often have seen and experienced horrific conditions. So when they arrive, having willingly accepted them, New Zealand has an obligation to provide services and the care to deal with their unique predicament.
Yesterday I kicked off a nationwide solar-powered roadshow showcasing what local businesses and communities are doing to help kiwi households achieve cheaper and cleaner power.
Supporting our children to make the most of their gifts and to experience education as exciting is vital. Gifted Awareness Week is here again to remind us that we need to pay attention to the unique gifts of the full range of our students.
True to his developing reputation as an original and courageous leader, Pope Francis has led the Israeli and Palestinians in prayer together.
It is probable that no other individual on Earth right now could bring that off.
If ping-pong diplomacy could cut the ice in US-China relations in the 20th century, then maybe prayer can do the same in the 21st.
The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has published a report that concludes the situation for New Zealand's highly endangered Maui's dolphin is dire, and that the Government's "current management situation falls short of that required to reverse the Maui's decline."
The Commission calls on the Government to "take immediate management actions that will eliminate bycatch of Maui's" and to "commit to specific population increase targets and timelines."
My personal interest in 3D printing started about a year ago. I had read a bit about 3D printing on blogs and websites but it wasn’t until I heard Maurice Williamson talking on the radio of the risks of 3D printing drugs and guns at parties and then going on about printing gems and gold that I thought we need a more informed public discussion and that I had to research this issue further. So I tried to meet as many experts and makers as possible to understand the technology further.
The Green Party is urging the Education Minister to move to the central funding of school support staff as primary principals and teachers reject her $359 million flagship education plan.
"It's a bit ironic that the Minister's failure to convince primary principals and teachers of the need for her $359 million expert teacher education package comes as the national day is held to recognise school support staff," Green Party education spokesperson Catherine Delahunty said.
Last Wednesday the Minister of Education attended the Estimates hearing at the Select Committee and showed us some interesting figures. Apart from the bizarre sideshow whereby Trevor Mallard accused her of hitting a staff member I did get to raise some issues about the education plans in the latest Budget. Since then I have spoken to quite a few teachers and teachers groups about the big new idea “Investing in Educational Success” or IES.
KEVIN HAGUE (Green) to the Associate Minister of Health: What steps will he be taking to ensure New Zealand drug laws are still fit for purpose given the recent findings by Johns Hopkins University and British medical journal The Lancet that the punitive approach to drug offending has done more harm than good?