Saturday, December 4
Judges are being surveyed to improve understanding of the ‘life and work experience’

Judges are being surveyed to improve understanding of the ‘life and work experience’

The judiciary is gathering more information on the backgrounds of the judges, including their sexuality and religious status. It is not clear if the results of the survey will be made public. (file photo) Photo: RNZ / 123RF It comes after RNZ's Is This Justice revealed that nine out of 10 judges in the High Court and Court of Appeal are Pākehā, with the majority being male. The only information currently collected by the Ministry of Justice on all judges is their gender, ethnicity and age, although Crown Law collects some information on the legal experience of senior court judges immediately prior to their appointment. According to a report by Stuff, citing a leaked email to his colleagues, Chief Justice Dame Helen Winkelmann said recent media coverage it had "created inacc...
Wairoa rural district without dentist for two years

Wairoa rural district without dentist for two years

Hawke's Bay's small Wairoa district hasn't had an adult dentist in nearly two years. Dental surgery in Wairoa is still there, but full services are not provided. Photo: RNZ / Tom Kitchin Authorities have discovered that there is a great unmet dental need due to drug addiction and the city desperately needs solutions. In Wairoa, people over the age of 18 cannot access a dentist locally. That caused a big problem for Bev Jury's friend who needed dental care. "He had to go to the doctor for antibiotics because he has an infected tooth and he needed to go to the dentist, but there is nothing in Wairoa," Jury said. "So we called Gisborne and about four or five dentists and she couldn't get in, but one of them called again and they had an appointment for her because someone had ca...
Government promises $ 1.3 billion for countries affected by climate change

Government promises $ 1.3 billion for countries affected by climate change

The government is quadrupling its funding for international climate change aid to $ 1.3 billion over four years. Investing in solar capacity around the Pacific will maintain electricity supply when other energy sources are destroyed by cyclones and other weather-related events. Photo: Twiiter / Aumua Amata The announcement was made ahead of the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow later this month. At least half of the funds will go to the Pacific. Climate Change Minister James Shaw said Morning report the money would support a number of projects, with a particular focus on helping Pacific island nations adapt to the effects of climate change. Some of the projects would be an expansion of the work New Zealand was already helping its Pacific neighbors with, Shaw said....
Attention Abuse: President Claims Church Attorneys Delayed Scope of Investigation

Attention Abuse: President Claims Church Attorneys Delayed Scope of Investigation

The chairman of the Royal Commission of Inquiry says lawyers for the church and a Catholic bishop rejected the scope of the investigation. Photo: 123RF In response, the commission called for submissions on the issue, which infuriated a group of survivors so much that they withdrew, calling this a "final blow" to an ineffective and re-traumatic investigation. The Network for Survivors of Abuse in Religious Institutions is now advising people not to give testimony, a stance criticized by some other survivors. The commission says it is "resolved" and will not change its broad scope, but the damage has already been done, some survivors say. This comes at a time when the three-year investigation has been forced to undergo a restart because the government rejected its offer for a l...
Tairāwhiti trust ‘stunned and grateful’ for donated money for vaccination van

Tairāwhiti trust ‘stunned and grateful’ for donated money for vaccination van

A Tairāwhiti trust that is delighted that the country sees the value of a vaccination van for the area and has invested their money in crowdfunding. Photo: RNZ / Angus Dreaver The region had the lowest turnout for Super Saturday with just 912 vaccinations administered, so the Te Aroha Kanarahi Trust created a Givealittle page to get your own vaccination van. Donations have been pouring in, and by 9 a.m. Monday, they had topped $ 110,000. Trustee Tina Ngata said Morning report the questions about why the truck did not get government funding were not for her to answer. "It has been submitted before, although to the DHB and through the Ministry [of Health] and it has not been approved. "The main thing for us right now is just that we want to get it up and running. "We see value ...
Covid-19: North Shore party apparently violates ‘thoughtless and stupid’ rules

Covid-19: North Shore party apparently violates ‘thoughtless and stupid’ rules

Police have received multiple complaints after a video was posted online showing people apparently partying at a North Shore home. Photo: 123RF Images have been circulating on Instagram of the event attended by dozens of young adults who appeared to be disobeying Covid-19 restrictions. A party goer posted that attending the party and breaking the rules was "a huge regret" and a "selfish" and "stupid" decision. Approximately 2,000 people attended a protest rally against the blockade in Auckland's domain on Saturday. Decreased compliance has been a growing concern in this Delta outbreak, and the government has blamed it for the increase in cases. Albany Ward Councilman John Watson said the party believed to be in Redvale had angered people in light of the sacrifices everyone h...
Back to school, but still locked up for many

Back to school, but still locked up for many

Nearly 400,000 children in Auckland, Northland and Waikato are starting the last school term of the year learning from home today. Photo: 123RF Schools in all three regions are remote learning because they are at alert level 3, although in Northland and Waikato that state was scheduled to change tonight. Auckland principals told RNZ that re-engaging children and preparing teens for the NCEA exams were their priorities for the fourth quarter. Carmel College principal Chris Allen said his school would start the fourth quarter with only one student on site. The most important job ahead was to prepare seniors for the NCEA exams in November, he said. "There aren't many weeks left before the external exams start. How do we provide them with the review exercises? We haven't been abl...
Fully vaccinated Auckland residents should be rewarded, say some experts

Fully vaccinated Auckland residents should be rewarded, say some experts

Auckland is not empty enough to relax restrictions, but those who are fully vaccinated should be rewarded with little freedoms, some experts say. Vaccination center sign Photo: RNZ // Angus Dreaver About 89 percent of eligible people in the city have now had at least one stroke after the nationwide record-breaking Super Saturday bum. That was close to the 90 percent the prime minister has spoken of as necessary when considering the alert level reductions, though only 71 percent had received two injections. Auckland epidemiologist Rod Jackson said it was particularly good to see some 40,000 people across the country take their first blow, and the protection that came with it, on Saturday. But with half a million eligible New Zealanders still unvaccinated, it was time to take ...
Northland, Waikato eagerly await alert level decision

Northland, Waikato eagerly await alert level decision

Northland is poised to lower an alert level after no new community cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the region for more than a week, says Whangārei Mayor Sheryl Mai. A sign for Covid-19 testing at Kawakawa. Photo: RNZ / Nita Blake-Percentage "As every day goes by without cases in Northland, we are hopeful that maybe that will encourage us to make the decision to lower an alert level, that would be a real advantage for us." Eight days ago, Northland went to level 3 after a woman, who later tested positive, allegedly traveled there under false pretenses and spent several days in the region. Mai said the Super Saturday vaccination campaign went extremely well in the region, with 5,115 people receiving a dose that day. Northland's iwi-led border control is poised for an a...
Covid-19: Will Auckland go down to Step 2, Level 3?

Covid-19: Will Auckland go down to Step 2, Level 3?

Where to go from here to Auckland? The government has maintained a 90 percent vaccination rate as the key milestone in easing restrictions. A great response from the Ōtara community to the Super Saturday vaccination event Photo: Coconet TV / Penina Momoiseā And now, in Auckland, 89 percent of eligible people have received at least one dose, but it would still be a few weeks until people with more recent punctures are eligible for the second. The number of daily cases of Covid-19 is increasing and 29 people are hospitalized. But Auckland today is very different than it was two months ago. When the first Covid-19 case from this outbreak was found on Aug. 17, the vaccination rate was only 38 percent with at least one dose. Now, 85 percent of people nationwide have received at...