Minister of Health, David Clark told Newsroom that he expects the food and beverage industry to voluntarily reduce the amount of sugar in their products, but anti-sugary drinks campaigner Dr Gerhard Sundborn doubts the industry will go far enough. Thomas Coughlan reports
In today's email we asked whether the economy is getting closer to its increasingly hard to define "speed limit".
The verdict on the tempting idea of a sugar tax is coming in. They don't work as well as many hoped. So the Government wants to nudge the industry to voluntarily cutting the sugar content of food and drink, but may use the stick of regulation if necessary. Thomas Coughlan reports.
The nation's politicians are about to debate two different types of cannabis reform. Thomas Coughlan explains where they both sit on the reform spectrum and details their pros and cons.
1. Ticking off the to-do list
An inquiry into the quality of New Zealand’s mental health and addiction services must set up a long-term blueprint for the troubled sector, experts say.
New Zealand’s health system has been the subject of a string of bad press in the past few years, but how does the latest OECD report rate us?
The Government knew about a blunder that saw DHBs allocated incorrect funding the day before the Budget, but released statements boasting about the individual cash injections anyway.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent earlier on Friday, including news that GDP growth is trucking along, the Government is able to borrow for 12 years at 3.35% and debate is brewing over the Government's lowering of its key export target.
Finance Minister Bill English has returned from Davos with a stronger view that the digitisation of the global economy will start to undermine New Zealand's tax base over the next four to five years.