Slippery slopes: why the Auckland storm caused so many landslides – and what can be done about it

By Martin Brook of Photo: Supplied/John Stephens A slip in Remuera’s Arney Road after Friday’s rainfall Analysis – The January 27 storm that hit Auckland broke all previous rainfall records and caused widespread damage, mostly from flooding and landslides. But while climate change helps explain the intensity of the rainfall, the way land has been … Read more

Auckland flooding: Mt Eden residents criticize council inaction over rubbish disposal

Residents say the council should have a plan on how to deal with all the flood-damaged goods. Photo: RNZ / Jonty Dine While residents enjoy a brief reprieve from the rain, the rubbish continues to pile up as the full cost of the flood continues to be counted. Some streets in Auckland are littered with … Read more

Russian oligarch Alexander Abramov’s ties to New Zealand pose risk of sanctions – police

Chairman of the board of directors of Evraz Group, Alexander Abramov. Photo: AFP Russian oligarch Alexander Abramov’s links to New Zealand were considered a threat to the integrity of overseas sanctions against his business partner Roman Abramovich, a police intelligence report shows. That was one of the reasons for sanctioning Abramov, ahead of the government’s … Read more

Missing radioactive capsule found in Australia

The capsule that is now due to be moved to a secure facility in Perth. Photo: AFP / Western Australia government Authorities in Western Australia say they have found a tiny radioactive capsule which went missing last month. Emergency services had “literally found the needle in the haystack”, they said. A huge search was triggered … Read more

Chris Hipkins’ first question time as PM: Will he ‘win the House’?

Prime Minister Chris Hipkins (file image). Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone Analysis – Tuesday, February 14, at 2pm. That’s when new Prime Minister Chris Hipkins’ parliamentary year begins and he faces National’s leader Christopher Luxon in the debating chamber for the first question time of 2023. He needs to ‘Win the House’, as the saying … Read more

Single consultant on failed Horowhenua landfill paid nearly $1 million

The Hokio landfill. Photo: Supplied / Catalyst Group A district council ignored its own financial controls to outlay almost $1 million on a single consultant, adding to a mountain of costs over a controversial dump. What was meant to be $7,500 of consultancy work in 2020, by May 2022 had ended up costing Horowhenua ratepayers … Read more

New ministers sworn in following Chris Hipkins’ Cabinet shuffle

New ministers are sworn in by the Governor-General in a ceremony at Government House. Photo: RNZ / Angus Dreaver The government’s new ministers have been officially sworn in at a ceremony at Government House. Prime Minister Chris Hipkins’ reshuffle brings in two new Cabinet ministers (Ginny Andersen and Barbara Edmonds), four ministers outside the Cabinet … Read more

Auckland flooding: Rough sleepers on the frontlines of deluge

Auckland City Mission is distributing blankets, food and warm clothes for homeless people, and warning them about the risks of sleeping outside during the severe weather. (file image) Photo: RNZ / Luke McPake Rough sleepers have had to bear the brunt of one of Auckland’s worst floods while thinking of ways to escape the deluge … Read more

‘A trailblazing effort’ – Rugby figures line up to back first openly gay All Black Campbell Johnstone

Campbell Johnstone has been praised for his public statements on his sexuality. Photo: Photosport/ Hagen Hopkins New Zealand rugby legends have come out in support of the first openly gay All Black. Former prop Campbell Johnstone, who wore the black jersey in 2005, came out publicly on TVNZ last night. He told TVNZ he was … Read more

Auckland flood victims: The four people killed in an extreme and unprecedented weather event

First published on Dave Young died in floodwaters on 27 January 2023 in Onewhero, Waikato. Photo: Supplied via NZ Herald Four lives have tragically been claimed by raging floodwaters and slips caused by an extreme and unprecedented deluge of rain across Auckland and Waikato on Friday. At a media conference, Deputy Prime Minister Carmel Sepuloni … Read more