Kiwis will be asked to vote on whether the law surrounding the personal use of cannabis should be changed. The Greens campaigned on making cannabis legal for personal use, including possession and cultivation, with a legal age limit for personal use. They want to assess evidence from overseas jurisdictions with legal cannabis is sold to determine the best model for New Zealand. Mr Shaw said public opinion on cannabis use had shifted, and a referendum on the issue by 2020 would be timely. He said there may be issues that would make the Greens uncomfortable, but nothing they can't live with.
October 19, 2017 21:38 UTC
Queenstown Lakes District councillor and Taskforce Chair, John MacDonald said this approach would be used across the district with the aim of having 1,000 affordable homes available for use by 2028. Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult formed the taskforce earlier this year to investigate ways of addressing housing availability and affordability across the district, with an emphasis on the needs of key workers, families and long term residents. The taskforce's report, released this morning, presents six recommendations, all aimed at addressing the supply and affordability of housing, while offering families and workers security of tenure and the ability to buy into New Zealand’s least affordable housing market. Mr MacDonald hoped his fellow councillors would vote to adopt its recommendations in full at their October 26 meeting. The trust had been involved right from the start and was "really positive" about the options being put forward.”
October 19, 2017 21:33 UTC
Photo: SuppliedA farmer is gunning for dogs who’ve killed 27 lambs on his land near Queenstown’s Lake Hayes in the past month. Jared Hutton says there have been two attacks on livestock in the paddocks of his leased property, Threepwood Farm – 150 hectares of farmed land spread across a rural residential private subdivision. The Threepwood Farm Resi-dents Association (TFRA), which Jared and his wife Katie lease the farm from, have put up a $500 reward for anyone who has information that can lead to the capture of the killer. TFRA boss Karen Ramsay is fairly sure it’s not a resident’s dog and Jared agrees. A ban has also been put on tradie dogs coming on to any part of the farm.
October 19, 2017 21:33 UTC
Greens promised referendum on personal cannabis useROB KITCHIN/STUFF Green Party leader James Shaw addresses the media after NZ First sides with the Labour Party. An internal party email has revealed a raft of policy concessions for the Greens in Government, including a referendum on the full legalisation of the personal use of cannabis. GRANT MATTHEW/STUFF The Greens appear to have fought for and won the right to hold a referendum over the legalisation of cannabis for personal use. GREENS' POLICY GAINS:- Significant climate action with a shift to a net-zero carbon emissions economy by 2050 (specific focuses will be on transport, energy and primary industries). - Increase in funding for drug and alcohol addictions services and a referendum on the personal use of cannabis by the 2020 election.
October 19, 2017 21:28 UTC
Napier's challenging year blighted by costly mistakesMARTY SHARPE/STUFF Napier has work to do on a number of unfinished projects. In our series on councils and how they're faring, we look at Napier's scorecard for the past year. ANDRE CHUMKO/STUFF Tab Pops, of Napier, a registered nurse, said the mayor and council "needed improvement". ANDRE CHUMKO/STUFF Retired Napier man Bryan Clements, said "I'm happy with the current services provided and don't have any issues with the council or Mayor." ANDRE CHUMKO/STUFF Napier teacher Teresa Allen said the Mayor and council "could do better".
October 19, 2017 21:22 UTC
Photo: InstagramJust last month, Lima Sopoaga faced the scariest moment of his life. Sitting in Dunedin Hospital, Sopoaga watched on helplessly as partner Miriam eventually gave birth to their first daughter, Milla. Sopoaga knocked back a start for the All Blacks in Argentina to stay home for Milla's birth - and would happily give up several more. "The sun is still going to come up tomorrow whether I have an amazing game or I play like rubbish. Kahu and Sopoaga came through Wellington College, the Petone club and remain close - Sopoaga spending his day off this week at Kahu's home with his two young kids.
October 19, 2017 21:11 UTC
Furry Friday: Pets on a long weekendGavin donates his labour willingly. Scroll and enjoy - and I hope you and your pets have a safe weekend full of what's important to you. READ MORE:* Furry Friday: Windows outlook and inlook* Furry Friday: Tribute to tortoiseshells* Furry Friday: Pet faces to make you feel goodThanks to all for sharing pictures. Mr Peanut knows that old slogan "eight hours' work, eight hours' sleep, eight hours' play, eight hours' work for eight hours' pay". He would adjust it to say "Eight hours' sleep, eight hours' sleep, four hours more sleep plus feeds and pats."
October 19, 2017 21:11 UTC
Swiss pilot takes ultimate scenic routeDENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS The Matterhorn mountain in Switzerland. Well, that was the situation facing one Swiss International Air Lines flight as it waited to land in Zurich. But instead of going round and round, the pilot asked for permission to go on an unplanned tour. READ MORE:* Swiss International Air Lines pilot Sales Wick captures magic from flight deck* Watch: Boeing 777 makes landing at tiny Canadian airportA spokesperson for Swiss told swissinfo.ch that the pilot had received clearance for the scenic trip. However, holding patterns over the Alps do not differ from holding patterns elsewhere in terms of safety or concerning arrival time."
October 19, 2017 21:00 UTC
Auckland's not New Zealand's most booming region on this measureTREVOR READ/STUFF New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young says: "We need to be creatively focused on how to develop completely new opportunities and revenue streams for our region." Wellington, Auckland and Canterbury all fell behind Taranaki in GDP per capita for the year ending March 2016. The region's GDP per capita of $71,297 was ahead of the national average of $54,178. READ MORE: Chart: New Zealand annual income on the rise, but so are costsWellington's GDP per capita was $67,888, and Auckland's was $58,717. Northland and Gisborne had the lowest GDP per capita, $36,531 and $36,955 respectively.
October 19, 2017 20:48 UTC
The New Zealand dollar was trading at 70.08 US cents as at 8:30am in Wellington from 71.29 cents yesterday, before the announcement on the new government. In announcing the decision to go with Labour, NZ First leader Winston Peters said capitalism needed to regain its "human face". The NZ dollar fell to 53.29 British pence from 53.96 pence and declined to 89.13 Australian cents from 90.80 cents. It fell to 4.6348 yuan from 4.7273 yuan and dropped to 78.96 yen from 80.50 yen. The dollar fell to 59.24 euro cents cents from 60.40 cents.
October 19, 2017 20:37 UTC
Housing: Ms Ardern committed to implement Labour’s KiwiBuild policy, which would build 100,000 affordable homes over 10 years, with half in Auckland. While Ms Ardern and Mr Peters wouldn’t give a direct answer, Mr Peters said farmers and people in the rural sector “should be happy”. Pike River: Mr Peters said his commitment to clear the way for a reentry of the mine would be kept. Ms Ardern said manned re-entrywas a priority for all three parties. Mr Peters said his party had not been delivered enough support to demand such a measure.
October 19, 2017 19:52 UTC
Sir Peter Jackson remains silent on Harvey WeinsteinGetty Harvey Weinstein and Peter Jackson during 2004 BAFTA Awards. New Zealand director Sir Peter Jackson has refused to comment on disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein despite many other Hollywood figures with links to the producer speaking out. Derek Flynn New Zealand director Peter Jackson. Jackson has talked in the past about how he and Weinstein tried to develop The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. After meeting with nearly every Hollywood studio, and being consistently turned down, they came across New Line, who suggested they make three films.
October 19, 2017 19:45 UTC
Extreme attitudes rewarded at McGarry memorial award ceremonyTim O'Connell Waimea Intermediate student Zayla Squires-Gordon was presented with a brand new Giant mountain bike by Kelly McGarry Dream.Believe.Be award winner Fletcher Satherley this week. A building apprentice showing skills beyond his years and a young girl conquering her health limitations are this years inspiring winners of the Kelly McGarry Dream Believe Be award. Tim O'Connell Kelly McGarry Dream.Believe.Be award winner Fletcher Satherley, left, with Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology carpentry tutor Steve McIntyre. McIntyre said it was the 21-year-old's can-do approach to some extreme construction challenges that convinced him Satherley was a worthy winner for 2017. During an assembly at McGarry's old school on Monday, Zayla was given her brand new mountain bike by Giant's Brad O'Malley.
October 19, 2017 19:30 UTC
A house on Stewart Island has been severely damaged by fire overnight. Firefighters were called to the unoccupied house fire on Miro Cres at 1.45am today. Fire and Emergency New Zealand shift manager Andrew Norris said when the island's two Oban crews arrived they found the single storey house well ablaze. "They managed to stop it getting to any neighbouring property." Mr Norris said the cause of the fire would be determined by an Invercargill fire investigator who might travel to the island today.
October 19, 2017 19:18 UTC
Live: Labour starts work on shaping its coalition governmentAn email to Green Party members trumpets wins but warns there will be a degree of disappointment. ROSS GIBLIN Green Party co-leader James Shaw following the announcement Labour-NZ First would form the next government.
October 19, 2017 18:53 UTC