New Zealand desperate for skilled tech staff

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Tāmaki Makaurau - Tech skills shortages continue to plague New Zealand’s greater tech sector, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says. As a result, the issue is consuming a substantial amount of people’s time and efforts to improve the situation. This includes addressing the issue from both an educational and immigration perspective,

Places in NZ most likely to receive snow this week

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Te Whanganui a Tara - Both the North and South Island have a chance of low level snow this week, even if just briefly, Weather Watch says. A significant Antarctic blast of polar air is headed to New Zealand mid-week. It's bad news for those in early lambing but for skiers

Secure the home before going away on school holidays

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Tāmaki Makaurau – Police are giving great advice to families heading away for the school holidays just started. More than 43,000 burglaries were committed in 2020, about 10,000 less than the previous year, because of covid and most people not going on holiday. Police suggest some tips to help deter burglars from

Ozone can act as a barrier to pollinators finding blooms

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Beijing - Over the past decades, rising levels of ozone pollution have been interrupting pollination, impacting the livelihood of both plants and the animals that pollinate them. Researchers say the excess of ground-level ozone can damage plant foliage, change plants' flowering patterns, and act as a barrier to pollinators finding blooms. Over

New Zealand banning live animal exports

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Otautahi - New Zealand will ban live animals being exported out of the country from April 2023. Aotearoa currently only exports animals for breeding, not slaughter, and it will stop all of these on April 30, 2023. The decision comes two years after 41 crew members and 6,000 cattle died when a

More single-use plastics banned

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Kirikiriroa - Single-use plastic cotton buds, drink stirrers and most plastic meat trays are now among single use plastics banned from sale or manufacture in New Zealand. This is the first group of the most problematic plastic products to be banned in a progressive phase out over the next three years,

Giant northern kauri tree forests to be protected

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Whangarei – The giant northern kauri forests are to be protected, through the national pest management plan with the allocation of $32 million of government funding. The financial backing to halt the damage to kauri by the deadly phytophthora agathidicida pathogen, known as dieback disease, will help toward restoration of the

Home consents remain high as Canterbury hits new record

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Ōtautahi – A total of 50,653 new homes were consented in the year ended August 2022, up 8.9 percent compared with the same period last year, Stats NZ said today. "Homes were consented at high levels in most regions, particularly in Canterbury which reached a new annual record,” construction and property