Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Asia Pacific Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Asia Pacific | New Zealand Vowed 100,000 New Homes to Ease Crunch. So Far It Has Built 47. Supported by ByCharlotte Graham-McLay Jan. 31, 2019 WELLINGTON, New Zealand — When New Zealand’s housing crisis became so bad that one study found only Hong Kong less affordable, the country’s prime minister came up with a solution: An ambitious plan to prompt the construction of 100,000 new homes over the next decade to help ease prices. But on Wednesday, the government of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it would scrap its initial targets after failing to meet them, with just 47 of the 1,000 homes it had promised by July built so far. Those numbers suggest that an answer to the worsening shortage is still years away, and the acknowledgment came as a new study showed that housing had grown more … [Read more...] about New Zealand Vowed 100,000 New Homes to Ease Crunch. So Far It Has Built 47.
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By Alasdair Pal NEW DELHI (Reuters) - In a dark alleyway no wider than arms' length, a single ladies' shoe is all that remains on the boarded-up doorstep of Prabhu Dhandapani, his wife and their eight-year-old daughter. Prabhu, 30, was one of around 50 residents of a refugee community in New Delhi who left the capital to attempt an 7,000-mile boat journey through some of the roughest waters in the world with the aim of landing illegally in New Zealand, relatives and police said. He is now in custody in southern India, while his wife and daughter are missing, along with everyone else who boarded the fishing boat that police say left Munambam harbour in Kerala on Jan. 12 carrying more than 100 people. The most likely and shortest route, though the straits between Indonesia and Australia, passes through seas where storms and typhoons are common. More than a dozen relatives of passengers on board the boat, that include pregnant women and young children, told Reuters they left to escape … [Read more...] about Lack of jobs in India drove migrants on to boat for New Zealand, say relatives
An Australian teenager has been deported after typing “I have a bomb” into the Air New Zealand in-flight messaging app. Australian citizen Meke Fifita, 19, appeared at Manukau District Court on Thursday charged with breaching the Civil Aviation Act. He provided information to another person relating to the safety of an aircraft, knowing the information to be false, police said. The charge was laid after emergency services scrambled to Auckland International Airport on Wednesday night due to a “threatening comment” made while the Air New Zealand A320 was taxiing to the runway. Fifita was arrested after the plane – bound for Sydney – returned to the gate. The court heard Fifita was travelling on his own back to Sydney from Tonga, transiting at Auckland. He typed “I have a bomb” because “I thought it was funny”, the court heard. When airline staff announced there had been a security breach, he knew … [Read more...] about An Australian has been teen deported after joking about having a bomb while onboard an Air New Zealand flight
Noel Edmonds has hit out at a Sun on Sunday story, which claimed he is leaving the UK after being voted off a reality TV show, calling the article “absolutely disgusting lies” in a social media tirade. Edmonds railed against the article, published on Saturday night, which is headlined: “‘Crushed’ Noel Edmonds plans move to New Zealand after being upset by I’m a Celeb rejection”. Edmonds (pictured) was the first to exit ITV’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! which is based in the Australian jungle.In a video about the article, Edmonds said: “I normally totally ignore attacks on me by the tabloid press, but today’s Sun has written such an untrue story and such a malicious story that I have to respond.“Apparently I am so crushed following my experience on I’m a Celebrity that I’m putting my house on the market and I am skulking off to New Zealand. “The Sun were told last week that … [Read more...] about Noel Edmonds slams Sun on Sunday over report he is ‘moving to New Zealand’ after I’m A Celeb ‘upset’
TOKYO/WELLINGTON (Reuters) - From sleepy New Zealand hillsides to sleek Tokyo dining scenes, a bottle of Hawke’s Bay wine shipped to Japan traces an arc that exporters like Nigel Avery see as an avenue for multi-million dollar growth built on a free trade pact. Bottles of wine on the shelf at Sileni Estates vineyard, a New Zealand winery based in the Hawkes Bay region, are seen in this September 10, 2015 handout photo. Sileni Wines Limited Partnership/Handout via REUTERS Avery’s Sileni Estates hopes to gain as the two countries are among a group of 11 ringing the Pacific Ocean that have carved out a tariff-busting deal, just as the United States and China remain enmeshed in trade disputes and business in Europe is racked by Brexit. Even without the United States, pulled out of the accord by President Donald Trump, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) covers an area that houses more than a tenth of the world economy. … [Read more...] about Heard on the grapevine: How Pacific trade pact primes New Zealand…