Taxing the Habit

Over the next four years, smokers in New Zealand will have to pay 40 per cent more for a packet of cigarettes after the government announced tobacco tax hikes in this year’s budget. Prices here are already among the highest in the world, and by 2016 they will top $20 a pack on average. Officials hope higher taxes and new restrictions will bring this country of 4.4 million closer to a recent pledge to snuff out the habit entirely by 2025. New Zealand’s Cancer Society reacted to the announcement by sending out a press release titled “Thumbs Up!”


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Housing Crisis Bites in Northland

Housing Crisis Bites in Northland

A 30 per cent  rise in people waiting for state housing in Northland is fuelling New Zealand’s “desperate” shortage in affordable homes, resulting in some families living in the woods, and…