Strict immigration policies are having a negative impact on migrants’ health

Immigrants to high income countries, such as New Zealand, are facing health issues due to strict immigration policies. By Ruby Harfield.

Housing Minister Phil Twyford unveils new standards for all NZ rental homes

New Government rules will require every rental home in New Zealand to have a heater in the living room and an extractor fan in the kitchen and bathroom.

Wellbeing Budget to change measures of success

Ruby Harfield attends a discussion on this year’s Wellbeing Budget and getting wellbeing front and centre of the New Zealand policy environment.

Smoking to be banned in cars when children under 18 are present, Govt announces

Smoking will be banned in cars when children under 18 are present minister, Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa has announced.

Human Rights Council recommends abortion be decriminalised

The United Nations Human Rights Council has recommended New Zealand removes abortion from the Crimes Act, but anti-abortion advocates argue that there is no evidence to support that abortion is no longer a crime.

Ministry of Health exploring feasibility of a sugar tax but Govt has ruled it...

The Ministry of Health is looking into a sugar tax but the Government continues to rule one out for the time being.

Support for community-managed approach to cannabis reform

New research indicates significant support for non-commercial and community-managed approaches to regulate cannabis, with home-growing and a community trust approach among preferred options.

Justice Minister confirms recreational cannabis referendum at 2020 election

Justice Minister Andrew Little has confirmed that the referendum on recreational cannabis use will be at the 2020 election and will be binding.

New medicines bill out for consultation after a decade-plus in the making

A long heralded replacement of the 1981 Medicines Act has been announced – the proposed bill excludes natural health products, adds tissue products, continues with direct-to-consumer advertising, brings in heftier penalties and a new regulatory body. Fiona Cassie reports.

Medicinal cannabis bill passes third reading

A bill that gives terminally ill people a legal defence for using illicit cannabis products has passed its third reading in Parliament today.
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