Government to build new schools in Tauranga and Hamilton

Education minister HekiaParata has announced new investments to build new schools in Tauranga and Hamilton as well as extra classrooms at Tauranga and Hawke's Bay. A school in Hamilton will also be extended under the plan. Parata announced a $53.5 million education infrastructure plan as part of the Budget 2016 at Tauranga's Welcome Bay School on Friday.

Call for Stronger Regional Haze Rule Might Face Opposition from the Coal Powered Energy Industry

Smoke and haze from coal fired power plants drift to national parks and wilderness obscuring the visibility by up to sixty miles. The authorities are trying to address the same problem in Denver, Colorado so that the habitat and the wilderness have lesser impact and visibility issues from the pollution.

New Federal Law Prohibits Car Rental Companies from Renting Recalled Cars until they are Repaired

Last year a legislation approved by the Congress was endorsed as a law which comes into effect today, which makes it necessary for rental car companies which have fleets exceeding thirty five vehicles, to pull out all recalled vehicles until they are repaired.

Missing hunter found near Waiti Stream byhelicopter

A missing hunter, who had disappeared after entering the woods near Makahika, Levin, has been located in the search and rescue operation.

The missing man was found near the Waiti Stream by a Defence Force helicopter that was taking part in the search and rescue operation. A medic was sent down from the NH90 to assist the man from Levin. The man was airlifted and dropped to an ambulance at the Levin Showgrounds, where he walked into the ambulance with the help of a St John officer.

To Help Reduce Debt Load, SoftBank Selling $7.9 Billion worth Alibaba Stock

On Tuesday, Japan's SoftBank Group Corp said, to increase its financial flexibility it would sell at least $7.9 billion worth of its shares in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the Chinese e-commerce giant. The proceedings from the sale will help the company to trim down its debt and to revive the U.S. wireless company, Sprint Corp which it bought three years back.

The Japanese multinational telecommunications and Internet corporation based in Tokyo owns 32.3 percent of Alibaba shares and said it would retain approximately 28 percent stake in Alibaba.

From April’s After- Recession High, Consumer Confidence in California Drops in May

On Tuesday, data from Conference Board, a market research group revealed that in May, U. S. consumer confidence dropped rather unexpectedly. The highlights worries related to the economy's health. The report showed that the index of consumer confidence dropped to 92.6 in May from April's revised reading of 94.7 which was earlier reported to be 94.2. The reading for May also fell short of the analysts' expectations of 96.0.

The Present Situation Index decreased from 117.1 to 112.9, while the Expectations Index declined from 79.7 to 79.0 in May.

China’s Factory Activities Suffer in May as Orders Drop

In May, China's factory activities did not get any better with months of successive drops. On Wednesday a private survey revealed that new orders softened, leading to loss of hope for any recovery soon in the huge manufacturing sector of the country.

In May, the Caixin/Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Manager' index (PMI) dropped to 49.2 which was lower than the reading of 49.4 in April and the market expectations of 49.3.

The second-largest economy in the world is still struggling to get a grip on its manufacturing activities.

Peaceful march planned against child abuse followingMoko's case

A peaceful march has been planned to protest against child abuse following the death of three-year-old boy, MokoRangitoheriri, who was killed by people entrusted with taking his care.

The New Plymouth 'March for Moko' is a part of a nationwide campaign to stand up against child abuse. There was a huge outcry and criticism after Moko's killers had their charge of murder reduced to manslaughter. The theme of the rally is 'Stand Up NZ, Enough is Enough' but activists and campaigners said that work will continue to prevent violence against children.

Labour ties up with Greens to change government

The Labour party has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Greens to work together to change the government in the country.

Labour leader Andrew Little called for a change in the government stating that Labour and the Greens have found a common ground to work together.Mr. Little said that Labour had a strong relationship with the Greens and this relationship has reached a maturity level that will allow the two sides to work together to change the government.