Hi neighbours - prisoners have expressed that they want to be able to vote in both the general election and local body elections.
They say it would help them feel human and connected to the community, with former prisoner Awatea Mita saying the voting ban is "humiliating and dehumanising".
What do you think? Should prisoners be allowed to vote in the council elections? Read more here
Countdown will offer low-sensory quiet hours in its stores nationwide. These hours are intended to help families with children who are sensitive to surroundings, particularly those with autism.
Will this benefit your family? Should it be rolled out across other supermarkets?
Find out more here.
"Kia ora –Terry from New World Kaikohe here. Keen to discover a new top drop in time for summer?
My favourite wine from this year’s New World Wine Awards is the Champion Shiraz/Syrah Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier. I really enjoy it because it’s so well balanced. It has smooth peppery notes but then a sweet subtle floral finish. You’ll definitely be wanting another sip or two!”
Come into your local New World and explore the Top 50 Gold medal-winning wines – we have winners for every budget. Plus join us for complimentary wine sampling and try before you buy.
The Ministry for the Environment has released "Our marine environment 2019", the latest in their series of reports on the state of our environment.
"Our marine environment 2019" focuses on the four top issues that most need our attention in our oceans, seas, estuaries, and coastlines.
Citizen science regarding beach litter has been included in the report.
A 6-page summary report can be downloaded from here, and there is also a link to the full report (72 pages).