Australia allows travellers to bring in two kilograms of kava per person, but the government is considering doubling that to four.
Australia is considering whether to double the amount of kava people can bring into the country for personal use. While many welcome the move, the rules on kava reflect a bias against its cultural use.
Jacinda Ardern has spoken about just transitions that implement change but minimise disruption.
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Jacinda Ardern has used the word “transformational” often during her 2017 election campaign. Now the coalition government's well-being budget is held to that aspiration.
New Zealand’s well-being budget makes a significant contribution to Māori self-determination.
Support for Māori and Pasifika communities was a funding priority in New Zealand's well-being budget, but a change in values may have greater impact than more money.
New Zealand’s unemployment rate is better than the OECD average of 5.2%, but 12 OECD countries have lower rates.
Historically, New Zealand's post-war rate of unemployment was 2% or lower until the early 1980s. Today, 4.4% of New Zealanders are out of work, but the well-being budget is unlikely to bring unemployment rates down.
New Zealand’s well-being budget was based on a set of measures that include cultural identity, environment, income and consumption, and social connections.
New analysis shows that if New Zealand replaced GDP with the Genuine Progress Indicator, which accounts for social and environmental costs, it would be only half as well off.
The Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the Ministry for Children have interviewed thousands of children about what well-being means to them.
When thousands of New Zealand children were asked what well-being meant for them, most wanted enough money for basics, good relationships and to be free from bullying, racism and discrimination.
As part of New Zealand’s transition to a low-emissions economy, emphasis is shifting to innovation and away from traditional agriculture.
Under the New Zealand government's well-being approach to the budget, funding that will help reduce emissions is linked with economic development and innovation.
New Zealand developed a set of well-being indicators to guide policy advice.
New Zealand's government has moved away from GDP as a sole indicator of prosperity to prioritise a suite of measures that track well-being.
New Zealand’s pledge to spend NZ$1.9 billion on mental health in the next five years includes extra nurses in schools to help 5,600 more secondary students.
The New Zealand government has put a record NZ$1.9 billion mental health package at the centre of its well-being budget. It's a welcome step in the right direction.
The risk for dental problems is determined in early childhood.
The high cost of dental treatment is stopping almost half of all New Zealanders from seeking care when they need it. Funding at least parts of dental care publicly could change that.
A suite of new well-being measures are at the centre of New Zealand’s budget plan.
For New Zealand's first well-being budget, the government has moved away from traditional economic growth measures to focus on goals like cultural identity, social connection and happiness.
New Zealand is among a group of countries whose governments use predictive algorithms to help them make decisions.
Academics call for an independent regulator to address risks associated with the use of artificial intelligence by government agencies.
Protests followed the terrorist attack that killed more than 40 Indian military personnel in the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Escalating tensions between India and Pakistan over the disputed Kashmir border are a stark reminder that the subcontinent is one of the world’s likeliest nuclear flashpoints.
The gunman in the mosque attacks had already faced 50 murder charges before a new terrorism charge was brought against him this week.
New Zealand's terrorism law has never been prosecuted successfully since it was enacted nearly 20 years ago. So, why are prosecutors bringing a terrorism charge against the Christchurch shooter?
The largest number of migrants in South Asia move to the neighbouring country.
Officially, the number of migrants globally reached 258 million in 2017, increasing by 49% since 2000. But the lack of a clear definition of who is or isn't a migrant complicates the issue.
Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, has the biggest Pacific Islander population of any city in the world and almost a quarter of its residents is classified as Asian.
New Zealand is ethnically more diverse than most nations, but this cultural mix needs to be better reflected in movies and television productions.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron at the “Christchurch Call” summit, which delivered an agreement signed by tech companies and world leaders.
While the "Christchurch Call" summit has made concrete progress, we need to keep up the pressure on social media companies to become more transparent and accountable.
The US, Afghanistan and Taliban are engaged in peace talks to end the 18-year conflict in Afghanistan.
A ceasefire and peace agreement in Afghanistan may mean that the Taliban would have to lose their "terrorist" classification and turn from despised outlaws to legitimate powerbrokers.
One of the recommendations by a welfare advisory group was to raise benefit levels by up top 47%, but the government has rejected it, for now.
Ardern's coalition government promised to overhaul New Zealand's welfare system, but its response to a comprehensive report by an expert advisory group has been disappointing at best.
In 2018, the rate at which Māori babies were removed from their families was four times the rate for the rest of the New Zealand population.
Last week's attempted removal of a newborn Māori baby from his family highlights the issue that indigenous children are much more likely to be taken into state care, in New Zealand and other countries.