Following orders from President Rodrigo Duterte, authorities have closed all state gambling facilities on Sunday and will keep them closed until the end of a massive corruption probe. A Fillipina mother holds her daughter after purchasing a lottery ticket in 2018, when the jackpot rose to over US$13 millionIn total, more than 30,000Continue Reading

By Nicholas Agar Wherever one looks – the media,political leaders’ rhetoric, or online discussions – one finds a bias toward bad ideals. This is not to suggest that we – or most of us – endorse, say, racism, misogyny or homophobia, but rather that we grant them efficacy. We believeContinue Reading

CATHEDRAL REINSTATEMENT ‘GOING LIKE THE CLAPPERS’ By Olivia Spencer-Bower Aerial photo taken on Feb. 21, 2019 shows the remains of a cathedral damaged by earth-quake in Christchurch, New Zealand. A ceremony was held on Feb. 21 in New Zealand’s second largest city of Christchurch to mark the 8th anniversary ofContinue Reading

Does anyone in Christchurch care about the long-term future of the city’s water? The recent attendance at drop-in sessions throughout the city on the draft Integrated Water Strategy would suggest not. Up to $10 billion has been budgeted for water management in the city council’s Long Term Plan, yet thereContinue Reading

Immigration New Zealand says a shake-up of senior management aims to forge new relations with businesses and focus on fraud and worker exploitation. Photo: 123RF But the industry watchdog says there is change fatigue after a series of policy upheavals and a restructure. Twenty-two senior management roles are being axed andContinue Reading

Psychologists employed by District Health Boards (DHBs) will begin refusing overtime on Wednesday as part of a five-week strike. A nationwide ban on all overtime is in place after claims DHBs failed to present an offer in bargaining last week. Association of Professional and Executive Employees (APEX) national secretary DrContinue Reading

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has congratulated Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua on her success in turning the New Zealand netball side around. Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua. Photo: Photosport The All Blacks arrived back from Argentina in time to see the end of the netball final against Australia. Hansen says theyContinue Reading

Christchurch Town Hall has hosted a citizenship ceremony for the first time since the 2010-11 earthquakes. In all, 160 new citizens were officially welcomed at a special gathering in the Limes Room on Monday evening – nine years after the last Town Hall ceremony. The Bayson family, from Halswell, areContinue Reading