Plastic bag ban raises debate

Greg Roughan When the government announced on Friday (August 10) that it was banning single-use plastic bags, it was its use of the ‘c-word’ that shocked the most. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and children from Petone College picking up rubbish after the announcement of the single-use plastic bag ban. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller Government with guts ‘Compulsory’. When was the last time you…

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Auckland Churches hit with biblical rates’ rises

Zac Fleming Auckland Council will urgently review the rates’ bills of the City’s Churches after hundreds were issued huge rises – one of 6900%. The Council issued new rates’ bills, without consultation, to hundreds of Churches earlier this month, claiming many were using all or parts of their property for business, not religious purposes. One Church in Central Auckland, which…

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Get ready for ‘Top Secret’ with Master Thespian Y G Mahendran

On September 23 at 530 pm at Mt Albert War Memorial Hall Venkat Raman One of the most respected comedians and film celebrities of Tamil-speaking people will present a vibrant drama for the first time in New Zealand next month. Y G Mahendran, known as ‘YGee’ to millions of people across the world, will present his highly successful play, ‘Ragasiyam,…

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Versatile artiste Sajjad Ali to perform in New Zealand

Concerts in Auckland (October 12) and Wellington (October 13) Venkat Raman Versatile Pakistani artiste Sajjad Ali will perform in Auckland and Wellington next month. Organised by ‘Flair N Fun,’ a New Zealand based event management and entertainment company, the Sajjad Ali show will be held at the Victory Convention Centre (98 Beaumont Street, Freemans Bay), Auckland on Friday, October 12,…

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Time to celebrate Indian elegance with dignity

Venkat Raman Miss Indianz event is more of a celebration of Kiwi-Indian elegance than a competition, says Dharmesh Parikh of Reshab D Productions and Rhythm Events, organisers of the 16-year-old annual cultural bonanza. No clutter “We believe that Miss Indianz is by far the most clutter-free and transparent event. The clean and simple format allows participants to fully express their…

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