Benedict Collins

The Fish and Game poll shows 82 per cent of us are worried about the issue.

New Zealanders most concerned about pollution of lakes and rivers, new poll finds

Other concerns like the cost of living, the health system, child poverty and housing lagged behind.

The Police Minister says festival-goers could soon be able to have their pills tested at events.

Drugs laced with pesticide at Rhythm and Vines prompts Police Minister to consider pill testing

Stuart Nash says he would like to see drug testing at festivals to save lives and hospitalisations.

Sunrise on green farm field in New Zealand

Masterton agricultural school goes into liquidation

Its chairwoman says "it is very distressing for the staff and Board."

Kiwis will vote in a binding referendum  on whether to allow personal use of the drug in the 2020 election.

New Zealanders will vote on whether cannabis should be legalised for personal use at 2020 election

Mr Little is expecting there will also be a referendum on the Act MP David Seymour's assisted dying euthanasia bill at that time too.

1 NEWS has revealed another planned Kiwibuild development has hit an embarrassing snag.

Wellington's first KiwiBuild homes to be constructed next year near city's heart

A planned KiwiBuild development in another part of the country has hit an embarrassing snag.

The Ruatoria company has just become the first business in New Zealand granted a licence to cultivate the plants.

Organisations who want cannabis legalised band together at conference

The Government has said there will be a referendum on the matter no later than the 2020 General Election.

The two were overseas for about 48 hours, during which time they took in the All Blacks Test.

Analysis: Punters 'aren't quite buying' explanation for $24k Japan rugby trip, Benedict Collins says

The 1 NEWS politics reporter goes over why Mallard and Brownlee went on the trip, and the criticism that has ensued.

National has sent a letter to Trevor Mallard outlining their concerns over his handling of Question Time in Parliament.

'They’re taking the mickey' - David Seymour lambastes colleagues' $24k Japan rugby 'junket'

The Speaker and National MP describe their trip as "sports diplomacy".

The move comes just days after government investigation into electricity prices questioned the fairness of the practice.

Meridian discards 'prompt payment discounts' for fairer treatment of struggling Kiwis

The power company has officially pulled the plug on penalising people who struggle to pay their bills.

The Government believes drug sanctions only stigmatise the unemployed, while National wants new testing technology to be investigated.

Beneficiaries who fail drug tests not subject to harsh sanctions

The Government believes drug sanctions only stigmatise the unemployed, National disagrees.

Donors to Sir Ray’s charity are upset the incubators have not been delivered to the Pacific.

Sir Ray Avery asking for public's forgiveness, promises LifePod incubators are on their way

Donors to Sir Ray’s charity are upset the incubators have not been delivered to the Pacific.

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