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More than 165 thousand New Zealanders had non-urgent or elective surgery last year - 60 per cent more than in 2003.
They were the ones who got through the complex and poorly understood system for choosing which patients are most in need of non-acute...
The Government has introduced new labour laws that strengthen the hand of employers, despite New Zealand having some of the most flexible employment rules in the developed world.
Employers say the bargaining process has become unnecessarily protracted and costly.
They say the changes...
In the last decade, thousands of foreign workers have been recruited to the dairy industry's hardest and dirtiest jobs.
Many South Island farms are now reliant on these migrants for milk production.
Unions say worker exploitation is rife, driving down farm wages and...
Education, health and the economy are the three big issues in any election.
But how well do the political parties' policies address the key problems in those sectors, and how effective will they be in resolving disparities between the haves and the have-nots?...
Summary: Identifying the most vulnerable children even before they're born could improve the lives of Maori and Pacific children.
Insight looks at the latest findings of Auckland University's long-term Growing Up in New Zealand study, as it releases a report on child vulnerability....
Overview: The Prime Minister, John Key’s recent trip to New York was focused on lobbying permanent ambassadors at the United Nations to support New Zealand's bid for a non-permanent seat on the Security Council in 2015. New Zealand has been selling itself as a...
With the military back from Afghanistan, New Zealand's latest combat mission is over, so is it now time to consider whether New Zealand still needs the same kind of Defence Force?
The Defence Force has turned its attention to issues closer to home: assistance...
Graeme Acton travels to the heart of the South Island High Country, where farmers and environmentalists are locked in a battle pitting farming intensification against those who want to preserve what they believe is the essence of the Mackenzie.
Leigh McLachlan asks whether only allowing men to speak on the Marae is sexism or upholding ancestral teachings?
In most tribes, it's the man's job to speak on the marae during a formal Maori powhiri, while the women lead the karanga or welcome call....
The number of people voluntarily referring themselves for therapy to try to prevent them from sexually abusing children is rising.
But there are fears some people who pose a risk to children, and have asked for help, may have to be turned away because...