Over 19 percent of hospital assets are in poor or very poor condition, according to a Treasury report. The problem is most acute in the South Island, Thomas Coughlan reports.
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Bernard Hickey argues Labour should respond to Auckland's man-made infrastructure disaster the same way National responded to Christchurch's natural disaster: by using its strong balance sheet to borrow and build.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has issued a stark warning ahead of the May 17 Budget, saying the Government had discovered the budget situations in Health and Education were much worse than she expected when in Opposition.
Back by popular demand, here's the 8 things that mattered in our political economy in the (short) week that was, along with Weekend Reads at bottom.
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.
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.
The Labour-led Government has fulfilled one of its 100-day plan pledges, announcing the creation of a ministerial inquiry into mental health.
A damning report on the state of New Zealand’s drinking water has called for mandatory treatment of the country’s water supply - but a battle is looming over the cost of making that a reality. Sam Sachdeva reports.
A damning report into the quality of New Zealand’s drinking water has recommended universal treatment of the country’s water supply, saying it “firmly and unequivocally” supports a change to the law.