Plastic bag ban raises debate

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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Hamilton becomes the first ‘Age-Friendly City’

Andrew McRae  Hamilton has become the first place in New Zealand to be recognised as an age-friendly city. It’s the 600th city, or town, to receive the honour from the World Health Organisation. New York was the first. Nine Themes Hamilton’s age-friendly four-year plan covers nine themes; transport and mobility, housing, social participation, safety, open spaces and public buildings, respect and…

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