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Legal Aid Office closures put “extra strain on the system”

Posted 10:16am Saturday 24th September 2016 by Joel McManus

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that 6 of the 8 legal aid offices in New Zealand will close early next year, including the Christchurch branch, the only office left in the South Island. The process will be centralised in Auckland and Takapuna, something widely criticised by many in the legal Read more...

Mt Eden Prison suggested as shelter for homeless

Posted 10:34am Saturday 10th September 2016 by Joe Higham

The derelict grounds of Mt Eden Prison could be used to shelter the homeless, according to submissions from a cross-party inquiry into homelessness.  Submissions to the inquiry will “initially be heard in person at four locations: Te Puea Marae in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, and Read more...

John Key calls Australian PM his “BFF Forever”

Posted 10:32am Saturday 10th September 2016 by Joel McManus

Drama broke out on the international relations front after Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull tweeted a picture of himself with newly appointed UK leader Theresa May, with the caption “There couldn’t be two countries with closer bonds than Australia and Britain”. A heartbroken John Read more...

Cost of homelessness more than anyone at Critic will earn in a year, ever

Posted 10:29am Saturday 10th September 2016 by Joe Higham

The Government has stated that it will consider a report by opposition MPs on homelessness, despite being unconvinced with the originality of its findings. It found that each homeless person in New Zealand is costing the taxpayer up to $65,000 per year, a figure that, if correct, would likely Read more...

How Newshub started a national body shaming campaign against two university students for daring to be skinny

Posted 10:27am Saturday 10th September 2016 by Joel McManus

Last week, Farmers posted a photo on their Facebook page to promote dresses from the new Andrea Moore collection. The models were twins and 21 year old students at Auckland University students. Unfortunately, as internet commentators are want to do, the post had a bunch of negative comments Read more...

Hekia Parata to introduce new ‘COOL’ initiative

Posted 10:27am Sunday 4th September 2016 by Joel McManus

In an effort to seem innovative and exciting, Minister for Education Hekia Parata has announced a poorly thought out initiative with an even worse name, which would allow school-aged students to register in online operated charter courses as opposed to attending a regular school.  Any Read more...

Small loans no longer needed to purchase avocados

Posted 10:13am Sunday 4th September 2016 by Hugh Baird

After a 2015 season which saw avocado fans forking out huge sums due to a nationwide shortage, the 2016 season has already been predicted as being our best yet.  Prices soared earlier this year in May with avocados costing over $4 each, due to a myriad of factors including; poor weather, Read more...

Campaign begins to highligh exhaustion of New Zealand’s ‘Resident Doctors’

Posted 10:08am Sunday 4th September 2016 by Joe Higham

Resident doctors are registered medical practitioners, ranging in experience from first year qualified doctors to those with more than 12 years experience, primarily working in the public sector and are employed by all 20 DHBs, according to the campaign’s media release.  The press Read more...

Grocery Prices

Posted 10:36am Sunday 21st August 2016 by Critic

With the price of groceries requiring a small mortgage these days, we at Critic decided it’d be a good idea to compare prices of the big three supermarkets and see where you can get the best bang for your buck. Countdown= $89.80 New World= $84.53 Pak N Save= $77.63  Few top Read more...

UNICEF report shows bleak picture of child poverty in New Zealand

Posted 10:30am Sunday 21st August 2016 by Joe Higham

A UNICEF report has revealed that as many as 305,000 New Zealand children, or 28 percent, currently live below the poverty line. Alone this is problematic, but alongside this is the cost it has on society. The report detailed it costs $10 billion year on year, as well as a $2 billion burden on Read more...

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