Almost $1 billion is owed in child support by people living overseas, with one person in debt for $4.3 million. What impact does this have on parents struggling to raise their children and how is the Government tackling the issue?
The National Government is amending the law for landlords and tenants, but other parties say it is too timid and in the wrong direction. Baz Macdonald reports.
National MP Alastair Scott won few new supporters for the Government in a disability rights debate in Wellington last night, saying ‘love has consequences’ when asked about disabled people losing benefits when they move in with partners.
In today's email we look at the latest REINZ House Price Index as well as warnings about the potential economic effects of a crackdown on migration.
Especially for subscribers, here's a few longer reads on economic, political and social matters for the weekend.
Property law and rules around benefit fraud are not keeping up with the changing landscape of relationships, with many in de facto relationships now seeing themselves as financially independent. Baz Macdonald surveys that new landscape and explains what it means for an ongoing Law Commission review of the Property (Relationships) Act of 1976.
The Government has been unapologetic for the record high prison population, but that confidence may be beginning to waver. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
Water dominates today's email: we look at the probable fate of the Ruataniwha Dam scheme and dig into the water levies debate.
With water shaping up as a major election issue, Baz Macdonald looks at the calls for levies on commercial water use - and the potential effects on industries and the cost of living.
In today's email we detail the developments in infrastructure funding.
It was tit for tat, as Labour unleashed its version of National’s family income package that would scrap the Government’s lauded tax cuts. Shane Cowlishaw looks at how Labour's package compares, and whether it will be enough to drag the party out of the doldrums?
New charter schools have been announced, as the ACT-driven policy continues to expand.
Labour has revealed details of its family package, which would see it scrap the Government’s planned tax cuts in favour of diverting the money to families.
The Government has unveiled in one fell swoop all the infrastructure projects that will use up all the $1 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund announced in July last year. The fund will back 40 roading, bridging and water projects across Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga and Queenstown to underpin the opening up of 60,000 sections over the next ten years and up to 103,000 sections in the longer run.
In today's email we detail the arrival of the first projects to use the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF).
1. Steel dumping claim dumped