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The new party Sustainable New Zealand wants to highlight environmental issues facing New Zealand.

The party is launching on November 10 at Wellington’s urban ecosanctuary Zealandia. 

The newly formed party’s top three policies include healthy water, saving native species from extinction and creating “sustainable, economic growth”.

Leader Vernon Tava said Sustainable New Zealand would place the environment as a priority, “but don’t believe we need to radically overturn the economy and society to achieve that”.

“We believe we can have economic growth, and protect the environment. Free market and fostering innovation is the pathway forward for New Zealand’s economic success,” he says, pledging Sustainable NZ was not a party “just blaming farmers for everything”. 

MPs in the United Kingdom have rejected Prime Minister, Theresa May’s,
EU withdrawal agreement for the third time.

This happened on the day the UK was due to leave the EU – 29 March 2019.

The government lost by 344 votes to 286, a margin of 58.

It means the UK has missed an EU deadline to delay Brexit to 22 May and leave with a deal.

Thousands of Leave supporters gathered outside Parliament to protest against the delay to Brexit, bringing traffic to a standstill.

Mrs May now has until 12 April to seek a longer extension to the negotiation process to avoid a no-deal Brexit on that date.

What happens next?

BBC chart showing next steps from Brexit

The European Union, or ‘EU’ for short, is a political and economic partnership of 28 European countries. It first began following World War Two with a hope that countries that traded together would be less likely to go to war with each other.

It has since grown over the years with the formation of a ‘single market’ that allows goods and people to move around all of Europe as if they were one single country. They have their own currency (the Euro is used by 19 of the member countries) and their own parliament that can set laws.

Brexit is a clever term used to describe the exit of Britain from the European Union. This was sparked by a referendum – a vote in which everyone of voting age can take part – on the 23rd of June 2016. 51.9% of Brits voted to leave the EU and 48.1% voted to stay. Over 71.8% of voters turned out which is over 30 million people.

The UK is scheduled to leave at 11pm UK time on Friday, 29 March 2019. If Brexit goes ahead as planned, Britain’s relationship with New Zealand will become even more important as they look for trade partners outside of Europe.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been named the 29th most powerful women in the world.
A recent Forbes’ list of the 100 most powerful women, has Ardern has ranked just six places behind Queen Elizabeth II and 21 places above singer Beyoncé.
Forbes said she had used her platform to “create a path for other women” to follow in her footsteps and, at age 38, was the youngest female leader in the world and New Zealand’s youngest PM in 150 years.
Forbes also singled out the fact she “promises an ’empathetic’ government, with ambitious plans to tackle climate change and child poverty”.
Number one on the list was German Chancellor Angela Merkel who Forbes said was the ‘de facto’ leader of Europe.
The Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, arrived in Papua New Guinea on Sunday afternoon for APEC leaders’ summit.
APEC stands for Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation. The APEC summit is the annual meeting of the 21 Asia and Pacific countries.
This year trade, security, and climate change are expected to dominate discussions among leaders at the APEC leaders’ summit.
Security is tight at Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, with foreign warships including the patrol vessel Otago, stationed in the harbour.
New Zealand has given $15 million to Papua New Guinea to help stage the summit, but it’s been earmarked for training and security.
Australia and China have also been big financial backers of the summit, and Australia is also deeply involved in providing security.
China’s leader Xi Jinping is attending, but neither Donald Trump nor Vladimir Putin will be there.
The New Zealand government has committed close to $30 million to foreign aid projects in Papua New Guinea.
New Zealand will join Australia, Japan, the United States, and South Korea in a $1.7 billion project to expand electricity coverage.
New Zealand’s contribution is about $20m.
Ms Ardern said the government will also give close to $10m for immunisation campaigns, particularly for polio which has re-emerged in the country.
New Zealand women became the first in the world to win the right to vote 125 years ago.
On 19 September 1893 the Electoral Act 1893 was passed, giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote.
As a result of this landmark legislation, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections.
The election on 28 November 1893 was when New Zealand women voted for first time.
This week there are many events around the country to celebrate the 125 year anniversary.
A Bill drafted by National’s education spokesperson, Nikki Kaye, is before Parliament after if was drawn from a ballot.
If passed into law schools would be required to offer at least one other language to children under 13, and it would require schools to choose from 10 priority languages including Māori, Mandarin and sign language.
Nikki Kaye hopes to get other parties to back her plan to make learning a second language compulsory in primary and intermediate schools.
Ms Kaye said there were huge benefits for young children learning a second language.
Having the ability to speak a second language can be the difference in allowing children to be able to speak with their grandparents or young business leaders being able to connect to markets like China and India, Ms Kaye said.
Proposed member’s bill ballot system:
In Parliament there is an order of bills that are to be debated each day in the debating chamber, called the Order Paper. When a space on the Order Paper becomes available, a ballot is held to decide which members’ bill(s) will be introduced. This time Nikki Kaye’s second language bill was drawn.
A bill is proposed legislation under consideration by the government. A bill does not become law until it is passed by the government. Once a bill has been enacted into law, it is called an Act or a statute.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will officially return from maternity leave early tomorrow (Thursday).
In fact, she will officially be Prime Minster again at midnight tonight, when Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters leaves the country.
However, she will not return to Wellington until next week. She will travel to Wellington on Saturday with her partner and baby and set up her family in the Prime Minister’s residence at Premier House.
Her Thursday return will come exactly six weeks after giving birth to her daughter Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford in June.
The Prime Minister has made Fortune magazine’s list of the world’s most influential young people.
To qualify for the list you have to be be aged under 40, Jacinda Ardern is 37.
The magazine describes Ms Ardern as a rock star of New Zealand politics.
Top of the list is Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Instagram founder Kevin Systrom, both aged 34.
Go Jacinda Ardern!
New Zealand’s finance minister Grant Robertson has delivered the 2018 budget.
In the budget that he gave today in parliament he outlined how New Zealand will spend its money over the next year.
The key points from the 2018 Budget are outlined below. The focus seems to be on health and education.
Very low-cost GP visits will be extended to all Community Services Card holders. Eligibility for the card will be extended to all Housing NZ tenants, and those receiving an income related rent subsidy or accommodation supplement.
Free doctor visits and prescriptions are extended to all under-14s.
The education sector gets nearly $2 billion. That’ll go on 1500 new teachers, 200 new classrooms, and a big boost to learning support.
Learning support gets an extra $133.5 million over four years. That’ll go toward the likes of speech language therapists and psychologists. There will be an extra $30.4 million over four years for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
The Government has provided funding for an additional 6400 state houses over four years – or 1600 a year. It’ll come at a cost of $234 million over four years.
The Government will fund two additional accommodation blocks at the Māngere Refugee Resettlement Centre. The Government says this will support increasing the Refugee Quota to 1500 places per year.There’s also a funding boost of $3.8 million over four years for the Refugee and Protection unit.