Minimum wage too high to increase further without fueling inflation – National’s Nicola Willis

Inflation has remained at an annual rate of 7.2 percent, driven by higher prices for airfares, food and housing-related costs. Video / NZ Herald National says it’s a “great shame” Labor has increased the minimum wage by so much, because it means they can’t do it now to help low-income Kiwis make ends meet without … Read more

New Zealand’s ‘King of Chronic’ Matthew Wielenga in US jail after Homeland Security investigation

The charge sheet for Matthew Wielenga alleges felony charges of conspiring to distribute a controlled substance and money laundering – and refers to him as “King Kronic” and “Mr Kronic”. Photo / Facebook A former leader of New Zealand’s legal high market is facing charges in the United States over 170 kilograms of the synthetic … Read more

Why pressure could be coming on NZ’s record high meat export prices

Global market economic crunch could erode demand for New Zealand exports this year. Photo / Supplied Historic high prices for New Zealand meat exports look set to slip this year due to softening global demand and difficult economic conditions in some key markets. Sirma Karapeeva, chief executive of the Meat Industry Association which represents the … Read more

How many real estate agents does NZ have, will downturn curb numbers?

Government authority spells out trends affecting real estate agent numbers. Photo Getty / Images Fewer people became licensed real estate agents in the last six months, but numbers are still high, according to the government agency that regulates the sector. The Wellington-headquartered Real Estate Authority said in the year to June 30, 2022, New Zealand … Read more

What NZ scientists just revealed about Tonga’s devastating tsunami, one year on

It has been confirmed by scientists that the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano, which erupted in January, is the largest ever recorded with modern technology. Video / @niwa_nz An eruption-driven tsunami towered 20m high when it smashed into Tonga one year ago today – and came shortly after smaller waves that led locals to flee to … Read more

How much are we saving thanks to the Govt’s crackdown on Visa and Mastercard fees?

The Commerce Commission understands that many payment providers have cut their merchant fees on the back of new regulations. Photo / 123RF It’s a question of high interest: How much are businesses and their customers benefiting from a government crackdown on debit and credit card processing fees? New regulations, which took effect on November 13, … Read more

Weather: Torrential rainfall and high tides expected to bring more flooding and road closures for Coromandel Peninsula

MetService National weather: January 4th – 7th. Major roads around the Coromandel Peninsula have reopened as the region continues to be lashed by a subtropical storm, but concerns surround a fresh flood threat over this morning’s high tide. Torrential rain and gale-force winds continued to batter the Coromandel yesterday, with flooding and slips choking roads … Read more

A Summer’s Day Live canceled, campers clear out, beaches close as forecast worsens

British band UB40’s show in Tauranga has been canceled due to bad weather. Photo / Supplied Organizers of today’s Tauranga festival A Summer’s Day Live headlined by UB40 have canceled the event due to high winds and rain forecast. Heavy rain watches for the western Bay of Plenty and Coromandel have been upgraded to warnings, … Read more

Idaho student killings: Murder suspect Bryan Kohberger was a ‘creep’ in high school, acquaintances say

Police say four University of Idaho students found dead in an off-campus home were targeted, and the killer or killers used a knife or other “edged weapon.” Video / AP The man accused of slaying four University of Idaho students in their beds was a “creep” at high school who was bullied by girls, former … Read more

The Slowdown: Lower speed limits, upgrades for 30 percent of highways

New Zealand’s 2022 road toll. Statistics / Te Manatū Waka – Ministry of Transport Lower speed limits and safety improvements are on the way for up to 30 percent of New Zealand’s state highways in the next few years to combat our high road toll. Last year 377 people died in road crashes – more … Read more