Wellington, New Zealand, April 12, 2018 (AFP) - - New Zealand is halting all new offshore oil and gas exploration to become a global leader in the fight against climate change, the centre-left government said Thursday, but opponents accused it of "economic vandalism". "(We are) taking an important step to address climate change and create a clean, green and sustainable future for New Zealand," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. The oil and gas industry in New Zealand generates about NZ$2.5 billion a year ($1.8 billion), including NZ$1.5 billion in exports, and employs about 11,000 people. Ardern said existing drilling and exploration permits would not be affected, meaning no existing jobs would be lost. She said there would also be limited new on-shore permits around the North Island's Taranaki region, where most of New Zealand industry is concentrated. "We're striking the right balance for New Zealand -- we're protecting existing industry and protecting future generations from … [Read more...] about New Zealand halts new offshore oil and gas exploration
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Did you know there are 1,393 New Zealanders living in France? At least that's according to the latest official figures given to The Local by France's national statistics office Insee. That's hardly a sizeable number and in most of France you'd have to be lucky to bump into a Kiwi, but there are parts of the country where you do stand a chance. But anyway here's a quick glance across the country, followed by an in-depth look at all 13 regions. At a glance There are 1,393 New Zealanders in France. That means it ranks it seventh of the eight Anglo countries we’ve focused on (after Brits, Americans, Indians, Canadians, Irish, and Australians). Indeed, South Africa is only just behind with 1,367 nationals living in France, officially. The top area is the greater Paris region of Ile-de-France, where there are 395 Kiwis, 161 of whom live in Paris, which is the department in the country with the highest Kiwi … [Read more...] about Where are all the New Zealanders living in France?
Film director Taika Waititi has described his homeland of New Zealand as “a racist place” in a brand new interview. The filmmaker behind Marvel sequel Thor: Ragnarok was speaking with the musician Ruban Nielson, for an interview with Dazed and Confused magazine when he made the claim. Detailing the racism he faces in his homeland, Waititi said: “People just flat-out refuse to pronounce Maori names properly. There's still profiling when it comes to Polynesians. It's not even a colour thing - like, 'Oh, there's a black person.' It's, 'If you're Poly then you're getting profiled.'” Read more Taika Waititi: I don't have to be a tortured artist to be interesting He insists New Zealand is “the best place on the planet" despite his comments. Waititi - whose credits also includes comedy film Hunt for the Wilderpeople - was born to a Jewish-European mother and a Maori father of Te-Whanau-a-Apanui descent. His claims were backed up by many in his homeland who … [Read more...] about New Zealand branded ‘racist as f***’ by Thor director Taika Waititi
A Former Immigration Minister says Israel Folau should be banned from New Zealand - after the star Aussie Rugby player said gay people would go to hell. Tuariki Delamere, now a top immigration lawyer, says Folau is a threat to public order and should be denied access to our country. Israel Folau under fire after new homophobic remark Israel Folau posts anti-gay marriage comment on Twitter "I don't believe he's allowed to stand up and express what I term hate speech against homosexuals," Mr Delaware said. Israel Folau is Australian Rugby's biggest star, a three-time Player of the Year, and is married to netball star Maria Tutaia. He caused controversy when someone asked him what God's plan is for gay people, and he said "Hell unless they repent their sins and turn to god." Mr Delamere says under the Immigration Act that's enough to turn him away at the border next time he comes to play rugby here. "You're not allowed to create a situation … [Read more...] about Former Immigration Minister says Israel Folau should be banned from New Zealand
People convicted of homosexual offences in New Zealand are to have their criminal records wiped after a unanimous vote to clear them in the country's parliament. Consensual sex between men aged 16 and over was decriminalised in 1986, but convictions for offences before that time remained on record and appeared in criminal history checks. Nearly 1,000 men were found guilty of homosexual offences between 1965 and the legalisation of homosexuality in 1986. Read more New Zealand says it would expel Russia spies, but can't find any "We stand tonight, as a Parliament, and we say: 'I'm sorry'," the country's finance minister Grant Robertson told parliament. "As a man who has been able to live his life relatively freely as a homosexual male, as a person who is able to come to this Parliament and get heckled and abused by the National Party because I am the Finance Minister, not because I am a gay man." He added: “The constant fear and the … [Read more...] about New Zealand to wipe criminal records of people convicted of historical homosexual offences